As guests arrive through the front doors at the Inn at Carnall Hall, they step into a world of history and gracious hospitality that has welcomed thousands since the building was first constructed in 1906.
Named for the first woman professor at the University of Arkansas, Miss Ella Howison Carnall, the facility served as the first women’s dormitory on the University of Arkansas Campus and is the second oldest building on campus, after Old Main. Carnall Hall was placed on the National Register for Historic Places in December 1982. In the decades of serving the U of A community, Carnall Hall has been a dormitory, a fraternity home and a place for overflow classroom space and offices.
In 2003, Carnall Hall took on new life as a different kind of “home away from home,” this time for all of Northwest Arkansas and those who visit. The Inn at Carnall Hall pays tribute to the building’s rich history of quality and education by offering gracious Southern hospitality at its finest. Ella’s Restaurant is named for the Inn’s namesake and features award-winning cuisine.
The Inn at Carnall Hall continues to be a public-private partnership between the University of Arkansas and Ted and Leslie Belden, now the owners of the lease which manages The Inn. The Inn is a laboratory of the Hospitality program of the Dale Bumpers School of Agriculture, and serves as the “front porch” as well as the “kitchen” for the University, where all are welcome to relax and enjoy.
Whether sitting in a rocker on one of the porches gazing out on the lawn of Old Main, relaxing with a glass of our own private label wine in the Lambeth Lounge, enjoying the delicious cuisine in Ella’s Restaurant, or sleeping late in one of the luxuriously appointed rooms, the staff and owners of The Inn at Carnall Hall hope that you add your own stories to our history.