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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Definitely worth the trip; very nice place to stay. Would recommend walking around inside the hotel even if you are not staying here. Friendly staff, clean hotel.
Comfortable beds. Very nice rooms. Close to everything in town- walking distance to museum and town square.
Stayed four nights in room 406 in early May. This is a very stylish hotel with beautiful decor but with some flaws. In the main living area the chandelier was too close to the sofa so that whenever you stood up you were more likely than not to hit your head. It should have either been further away from the sofa or higher. The Hive, the restaurant, had a very limited menu for all meals. There also was no place to purchase snack items. On the positive side, the service was good throughout with Ben, at the front desk, being exceptional and the best service person I have ever encountered in al my travels. I would stay here again.
What an incredible fusion of incredible modern art and hotel space. I loved this hotel and hope I get a chance to stay again. The art is excellent and the staff is friendly and accommodating. The location is great and we ate at the restaurant repeatedly - always satisfied with the service and the food. I can't recommend more highly
I stayed here recently for business. From the moment we arrived, the front desk staff helped with our luggage, and quickly figured out our names. The room was huge, impeccable, and had everything I needed. I love the bathroom as well. Bed was perfect. Dinner at the restaurant The Hive was superb. Service was first class all around.
The town square is steps away where you can enjoy a wonderful farmers market every Saturday morning.
And of course, there is the art. 21C is a wonderful panacea to the soulless chain hotels of today.
Love the art! This is an interesting hotel in the heart of Bentonville located conveniently close to Crystal Bridges Museum and its gorgeous grounds. Spacious rooms, friendly staff, good restaurant. Everything about this hotel was great (with one small complaint below).
A shout-out to Blade in reservations who managed to accommodate our group so we could all be together at the 21C.
My only complaint: I like to have tea (& coffee) in my room. Although there is a Nespresso machine provided, I prefer a full 6-8oz cup of brew. Also I am not a fan of this brand of coffee/maker which is the rage in some finer hotels. I travel with my own coffee and cream all over the world and generally have no trouble getting a hot water pot. Although I asked for one at the front desk and they readily gave me the one they had responding, “I think it’s in the back, unless it’s out,” it didn’t work. So, I used three cycles of the Nespresso to heat the water but it was annoying. In a hotel of this calibre which I imagine caters to an international crowd, I’d advise them to stock at least a few working hot pots. After all, this is the home of Walmart!