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Be a Part of History!

The Firehouse Hostel is your place to stay in the middle of it all!

“Our mission is to provide a sharing environment where cultures blend in learning about ourselves and the history of firefighting within the walls of a hostel.”

We have lovingly restored this 1917 Craftsman-style, old Firehouse #2 into a hostel for travelers. Located in Little Rock’s first neighborhood, now the MacArthur Park Historic District, we offer you an affordable place to stay right in the heart of Little Rock with bunks starting at $28!

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Little Rock Pride Week! Special Discount!

Special Booking Discount for LGBT History Month! To celebrate, we are offering a “25 for Pride” special booking discount to attendees...

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Join us for Fire Prevent Week, October 9th-15th!

Stop by and visit the Firehouse Hostel & Museum at these fun events to learn about fire safety! North Little...

Visit us for National Voter Registration Day!

Visit us for National Voter Registration Day!

The Firehouse Hostel & Museum is a proud partner and host site of National Voter Registration Day on September 27,...

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Celebrate Arkansas Peace Week!

The Firehouse Hostel & Museum is a sponsor of Arkansas Peace Week, September 18-25. Join us for Arkansas Peace Fest at...

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From the press

We have been getting a lot of attention lately! Here are links to stories from television stations KTHV and KATV, newspapers Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Arkansas Times, and industry magazine Hostel Management.

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Firehouse Museum

We have collected lots of cool old firefighting artifacts and equipment from the early 20th century. They will be lovingly displayed for all to see. Tours can be arranged. Call (501) 476-0294 or email: info@firehousehostel.org.

Burning Questions?

We have answers! We have compiled a list of common questions about hostels in general, our hostel in particular, and more. Click here to view, and if we were not the mind-readers that we intended to be, please contact us.

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Our History

illustration of Firehouse #2Built in 1917, old Fire Station 2 is a beautiful Craftsman-style building located at 1201 Commerce, within present day MacArthur Park, Little Rock’s oldest city park. The glory days of the fire station came to an end in 1957 when modern fire trucks became too large to fit inside and a new Fire Station 2 came into service across from MacArthur Park on 9th Street.  The building was converted and used as a storage facility for the Arkansas Military Museum and as offices for Little Rock Parks and Recreation Department.  After a fire on the first floor, rooms were added to first floor where fire trucks had previously entered the building, the inside staircase was removed and access to the 2nd floor was achieved by a new staircase from the outside.  Little Rock Parks ran various programs from the site and allowed it usage for various community functions.  Since 2006, members of Hostelling Arkansas, Inc. have worked with the city and community to raise funds to gut and renovate the fire station. As the Firehouse Hostel & Museum and it will house guests and hostellers from around the world and has a fire fighting museum to share within its walls.

The Firehouse Hostel & Museum now joins the Arkansas Arts Center and MacArthur Military Museum within MacArthur Park, which also hosts a community playground, bike polo courts, dog park, jogging trails and a pond. The park is highly utilized by the community and is located near Little Rock’s buzzing River Market and SOMA areas which have experienced a renaissance in recent years, making this a great location for both locals and visitors. There is a bus stop right outside the Hostel, and many other local attractions are located within a mile. 

The parks history in itself  has a colorful past, including having a lively horse racing track in the 1830’s, a Federal Arsenal until after the Civil War, campground, amphitheater, baseball field and as the birthplace to General Douglas MacArthur.