A Historic Site
The DeSoto Rock Shop is located in the Historic DeSoto Hotel building just north of the Arlington Hotel. The shop utilizes the first and second floor of the hotel. The Hotel retains the original flooring and has the “rustic” feel of days gone by. The DeSoto Hotel was the first completely “fireproof” building erected in Hot Springs. In it’s day, the hotel was known for it’s grandure. The syle and elegance can still be felt.
In the early 1900’s the Desoto Hotel was perfect for surveilance of the gangster activity taking place in and around town.The upper floors were perfect overlook sites as the south windows faced the Arlington Hotel where known gansters stayed. The tales of a shootout and deaths of FBI agents on the upper floor of the DeSoto Hotel has fueled many stories and myths.