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Be a Part of History!

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!

*PLEASE NOTE: We are now operating on Winter Hours (Open Thursday-Monday through mid-March)

About Us

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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 are lovingly displayed for all to see. Tours can be arranged. Call (501) 476-0294 or email: info@firehousehostel.org.

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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 HI Little Rock 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.

HI Little Rock 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.  

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Notices and Events
Winter Hours

New Winter Hours January-March 2017

HI Little Rock Firehouse Hostel & Museum is now operating under Winter Hours. Through mid-March, we will be operating on...

Spanish Class at HI Little Rock Firehouse Hostel & Museum

Join us for FREE Spanish Classes!

Join Little Rock Language Exchange for FREE Spanish Classes at HI Little Rock Firehouse Hostel & Museum! When: Every other...

Hostelling International USA

Now Accredited by Hostelling International!

Our new name is now HI Little Rock-Firehouse Hostel & Museum! After an accreditation inspection in November, we earned accreditation...

Stay with us for the Little Rock Marathon!

Reserve Now for the Little Rock Marathon on Sunday, March 5, 2017! This event sells out every year and our...