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
The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable. The staff is friendly and accommodating. The atmosphere is fun and the art is wonderful. We had dinner at The Hive and the food was high quality, deliciously prepared. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. Especially the green penguins! We chose the hotel to be within walking distance of The Crystal Bridges Art Museum. It was a great choice! We’re just sorry we didn’t book 21c on our next stop which was Nashville. Next time!
The hotel is beautiful and the rooms are large and comfortable.
Edgy art, some great and some ????.
Ben and Jarryd at the front desk were terrific.You could tell they were really invested in their job.
Had a mix up in restaurant reservation on a very busy night. They set up an extra table off the bar just for us and went out of their way to insure we had a good experience. The menu imaginative and the food is outstanding. the 4 of us were amazed at the quality and preparation.
Could not have been a better stay.
i purchased the bed and breakfast combo for 4 nights. I was given a "budget" to stay within every morning. The breakfast menu was super limited. I wish I knew these 2 details before paying in advance! Service at breakfast was even more limited .. another thing I wish I knew in advance. There were so many restaurant staff running around and so little service. One morning, if you can believe it, I was given ORANGE colored scrambled eggs. I was told they were farm to table. Now I've stayed on ranches in Nebraska; gathered eggs straight from the chickens myself ... they never were orange. Parking is out back with no direct entrance to the hotel.