21c Museum Hotel Bentonville
What We Love
- Art exhibits throughout the ground floor, rotating every six months
- The genuine, friendly staff: Southern hospitality at its finest
- Easy access to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art via a path from the hotel
What To Know
- It’s the newest 21c hotel, opened in early 2013
- Hive restaurant and bar are fantastic and a destination for locals, too, so reservations are recommended
- Dogs under 50 pounds are welcome for a fee of $100
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The reception area of the 21c Museum Hotels’ latest addition is bright, airy and big — more gallery than lobby. Wander the high-ceilinged halls and rooms of the first floor and you’ll discover a rotating collection of contemporary artwork that’s worth a visit in itself. But, forgoing the formal, quiet atmosphere of a gallery, the 21c creates an immediate sense of warmth with a hearty helping of Southern hospitality from the helpful, friendly staff.
Bed & Bath
There’s room to spread out in the stylish, Deborah Berke–designed guestrooms. Starting at 363 square feet, spaces include comfy sitting areas with tables, floor-to-ceiling windows and original art. Suites have separate living and dining areas and modern bathrooms with double vanities, a tub and a shower. All rooms come stocked with Malin + Goetz bath products, plush robes and Nespresso coffee and espresso makers.
Northwest Arkansas’s culinary scene takes a giant step forward thanks to chef Matthew McClure’s contemporary Southern fare at the hotel’s Hive restaurant. A menu with choices such as slow-cooked pork belly and grits, top-notch service and a gimmick that works — the hotel’s signature green penguin statues dining alongside you for part of the meal — add up to a stellar dining experience. The Hive’s bar serves such cocktails as the Arkansawyer (Hendrick’s gin, lavender, ginger and fresh lemon) and is a favorite of locals as well as guests. Afterward, work off your meal in the well-equipped gym, where artist Virginie Barré’s Fat Bat sculpture of an overweight Batman hangs from the ceiling. Fitness fans will also appreciate the Saturday “Yoga with Art” classes, held in the hotel’s gallery.
In the Area
Opened in 2011, the stunning Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is just a short stroll away along the Art Trail. Walk past sculptures by Robert Indiana and James Turrell, then explore the museum’s collection of works by such renowned American artists as Norman Rockwell and Andrew Wyeth (admission is free). Also worth seeing is the Walmart Visitor Center, which is housed in Sam Walton’s original dime store on Bentonville’s town square. Explore the history of the company that put Bentonville on the map, then cap off your visit with a shake at the attached Spark Café Soda Fountain. When hunger strikes, head to the Big Rub BBQ truck across from the 21c for a quick bite, or Tusk & Trotter for a sit-down meal (we can vouch for the pig ear nachos).
How to Get There
If you are planning on visiting Bentonville,the 21C is without a doubt the best hotel in town. Its right in the square,with a great resturant and cool art. This is our second trip to Crystal bridges and neither the museum or the hotel disappointed. The walk to the museum thru the woods is lovely with scupltures along the way. The food and service at the Hive was exceptional (again). If I had to complain the desk is busy and the room is pricey for Arkansas.
Perfect location - walk to Crystal Bridges and the town square. Very friendly and helpful front desk staff. Spacious, comfortable room. And love that you can grab a beverage and enjoy the art. Can't wait to try this chain in other cities.
I love this hotel! I used them for a group tour. We provide such tours for museum members and the group loved it! They enjoyed the art tour by the hotel curator and the chef created a delicious breakfast buffet for them the next morning. Security is very good, the service is excellent, and you really have fun. Their signature artwork, green penguins, are everywhere and the result is whimsical and fun for everyone. You can move then around. One greeted us in the elevator. It's just a beautiful fun hotel that can make any trip more memorable.
My friend and I recently stayed at 21C one night when we made a trip to the Crystal Bridge Museum in Bentonville Ark.I live in Oklahoma City where there is another 21C Museum Hotel but I will never get to stay there since I live in town.
The hotel is fun and quirky. It is however overpriced.There are plenty of hotels for much less that would be comparable. That said, the staff was friendly and helpful. The location of the hotel was very close to the town square and the Museum so that was nice.It has a restaurant which was just ok. Menu selection was limited. All in all, fun place to stay.
Loved my stay at the 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville. The room was very comfortable, the staff great, and the exhibits were wonderful. I would easily stay here again and recommend the hotel group to anyone.