Disclaimer: We want to thank the 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville for hosting us as their guests. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are entirely our own.
If you are looking for an intriguing and hospitable place to relax while on the road, 21c Museum Hotels will immediately make you feel at home. Each one of the 21c Museum Hotels properties offers a contemporary art museum, paired with a boutique hotel and chef-driven restaurant to provide you a compelling and unique experience. The 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville is no less, captivating you with its Southern charm and encouraging each guest to open their eyes to a new world of contemporary art, flavorful dishes, artistically posh pet-friendly rooms, and so much more.
The 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville is conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Bentonville, Arkansas and approximately 30 minutes from Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas campus. Being a part of the Downtown Bentonville Square there are plenty of things to do nearby. Within walking distance, you’ll find many boutique shops, restaurants, The Walmart Museum, Walton’s 5 & 10, and The Spark Cafe where you can stop for an ice cream cone for only 99¢!
Each of the 104 rooms at 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville is spacious and will instantly make you feel like you’re living in a luxury apartment. Not only are the rooms at 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville homey, they’re also artistically posh with intriguing works of art, comfortable beds, plush robes, and more.
In each guest room, you’ll find other added amenities including:
- Free Wi-Fi for the duration of your stay
- 42″ HDTV flat screen television
- Nespresso coffee machine
- Fully stocked mini bar
- Complimentary bottled water
- Tasty chocolates to enjoy
- Alarm clock/docking station
- Malin + Goetz bath amenities
- Plush bathrobes to wear
- Comfortable bedding
- Unique artwork for viewing pleasure
All around the hotel you’ll spot the hotel’s iconic green penguin statues. These green penguins are 4 feet tall and are made out of recycled plastic. They serve as an important reminder of environmental conservation and sustainability. Guests are encouraged to move the penguins around the hotel grounds, taking them to their room or even while eating a meal at the onsite restaurant, The Hive. Hotel employees are often playing tricks with the penguins putting them around the halls, elevators, or stairwells!
The hotel lobby will instantly convince you to take a seat on the winding comfortable couch as you wait to check in or to take a break while touring the galleries.
Immediately on your arrival, you will notice intriguing works of art outside of the hotel entrance. Orange Tree, a large sculpture that resembles basketball hoops and Making Change, a Fleetwood Cadillac limousine covered in coins – from the top, you will notice that it says 21c!
Inside the hotel, there are surprising art pieces in every corner of the 12,000 square feet of exhibition space. However, the art at 21c Bentonville isn’t limited to the exhibition space – you’ll also find interesting pieces in your hotel rooms, The Hive restaurant, outdoor patio areas, and on each floor of the hotel (make sure you stop at each one!). Another bonus? The museum exhibits are free for guests and to the public 365 days/year. Exhibitions change often but regardless of when you visit, you are sure to find some thought-provoking and inspiring works of art.
The Museum Shop has souvenirs and gifts for anyone to purchase take home from their visit, including pet supplies, apparel, bed, kitchen and bath items and home decor – you can even purchase your own green penguin if you wish!
Inside the museum shop, there are a variety of products perfect for your pet. These can be purchased at the 21c Museum Hotel’s online store.
Atlas Perfect Leash: This durable all-weather, leash measures five feet (60″) and is made in the USA.
Louisville Stoneware Dog Bowl: This stoneware bowl is available in 7″ and 9″. It is perfectly stylish and even dishwasher safe!
Malin + Goetz Dog Shampoo: This Malin + Goetz dog shampoo contains glycerine and neroli extract to help treat your pup to a luxurious bath without drying or irritating the skin.
The Hive Restaurant + Bar
The Hive, led by Chef Matthew McClure, is the perfect spot for any meal or a late-night cocktail. We dined at The Hive for their Saturday morning brunch and enjoyed the BMF Chicken on a Biscuit pared with perfectly seasoned skillet potatoes, the Stone Fruit French Toast with bourbon peaches and candied pecans, and signature refresher beverages like the Farmer’s Tan with notes of watermelon, grapefruit, lime & mint. Regardless of your entrée choices, your taste buds are sure to be singing after enjoying a meal at The Hive! Thinking about getting breakfast in bed? In-room dining can also be arranged!
Thinking of bringing your pup? The 21c Museum Hotels go out of their way to make sure not only their guests are comfortable, but pets are too! Bentley (our pup) was greeted with a cheerful welcome by 21c Bentonville staff and guests. He was able to walk around the hotel grounds and museum space with us while out and about and enjoy the comforts of our hotel room as well. There is a one-time per stay pet cleaning fee of $75 that is charged to your reservation and a pet waiver must also be completed and signed during check-in.
Other Notable Highlights
During our stay, we noted that each one of the staff members of 21c Bentonville was incredibly hospitable and helpful. Upon arrival and departure, staff members held the door for each guest, assisted with luggage, aided guests with directions & things to do, guided guests to their room and explained the features of each room. The list goes on and on!
Parking + Valet Service
Self-parking and overnight valet services are available at this location. The valet parking area is located outside of the main entrance of the hotel. There is a $9 fee per night for valet services.
21c offers same-day laundry and dry cleaning services during the weekdays. You can place items in the laundry bag found in the guest room closet. They also offer iron and steam garments on site.
For guests who need access to a computer or printer, there is a business center located on the main floor of the hotel – two computers and a printer are available.
24-hour Fitness Center
The fitness center at 21c Bentonville is well-stocked with a variety of fitness equipment tailored to cardio, strength building and yoga.
The options for bike trails are limitless around Bentonville! 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville offers guests access to bicycle rentals through the hotel or a local bike shop. Bike storage is also available for each guest.