Named one of America's "Dozen Distinctive Destinations" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, this 1886 hotel, on 15 acres of grounds along the spine of the Ozark Mountains, is a Eureka Springs landmark. Originally built as a resort escape for Victorian gentility, it later became a bogus cancer hospital in an area known for healing waters. Since its multimillion-dollar refurbishment and reopening in 1997, the Crescent has added a conservatory, an expansive spa, a pizza bar, and a steak house restaurant complete with wine cellar. The newest addition to lodging options includes a collection of lodge-style cottages. Guests can learn about the hotel's past on morning history tours and nightly ghost tours.