155 Five Points Circle
Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913
(501) 525-1622

"A Personal Note About Accessibility"

Five Points was built in another era ~ long before the need for accessibility standards was widely understood or recognized. That certainly doesn't mean that people of that time weren't compassionate towards the needs of those who were handicapped or disabled: My dad, Rex Houston, often carried polio-crippled servicemen (being treated with the thermal waters at the Army-Navy Hospital in Hot Springs) from their vehicle down to the fishing boats, and back again after they had enjoyed fishing on the lake. As a young boy, I remember a number of our guests who had physical limitations, including some afflicted with polio before that terrible disease was conquered, one man who would remove his artificial leg and leave it in the boat while he swam ~ quite well, I might add ~ with his family, and a blind gentleman who had a fascinating Braille watch with a pop-up face and high-strength hands that he could touch ~ state-of-the-art for the 1950s.

When we restored the original cabins (built in the 1930s and 40s), it was determined that it was impractical to make any of them fully handicapped accessible (up to ADA standards). The doors were too narrow for wheelchairs, the bathroom floor plans limited, some had steps to negotiate, etc. Although most people would have no problems, they simply weren't designed to modern ADA standards.

We resolved that when we built additional cabins, we would address this issue. We will be building some brand-new (yet still rustic) cabins this winter, and at least one of those will be fully-accessible. If you have any specific accessibility requirements, please be sure to specify that when making your reservations, whether online or by phone. And please be sure to check with us if you have any questions about specific cabins.

The original cabins are accessible to most people, but here are some specific limitations you should be aware of:

  • Cabin #5 ~ This is a two-story, two-bedroom cabin, with the living room and kitchen area upstairs. Entry doors are downstairs into the bedrooms (one door into each bedroom), and the bath is downstairs as well. In addition, there is a fairly steep sidewalk leading up to the cabin from the parking area. There is a child gate that can be put in place at the top of the stairway, so generally speaking, infants and toddlers will be quite safe; however, parents of small children should be aware of the stairs.
  • Cabin #6~ This is a one-story, two-bedroom cabin, so everything's on the same level. However, there are about a half dozen steps from the parking area, a short sidewalk that slopes slightly, and three more steps up to the porch of that cabin. People who cannot navigate steps at all would probably want to avoid this cabin as well.
  • The large deck and gazebo down by the lake does have several levels. However, a good part of the deck is on one level, and can be accessed from ground level by wheelchair.

Our objective is to make the Five Points experience available to everyone possible, so if you do have any questions about specific cabins or any other accessibility issues, please don't hesitate to give us a call at (501)525-1622.

Best wishes, Skip

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