Southern Charm & Artistic Flair at the 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville, Arkansas

21c Museum Hotel Bentonville

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21c Museum Hotel Bentonville

While there are many hotels in Bentonville, Arkansas to consider during your stay, if you are looking for an intriguing and hospitable place to relax while on the road, the 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 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!

Where is the 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville

21c Museum Hotel Bentonville
Exterior of the 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville.

The 21c 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¢!

The Rooms at 21c Bentonville

21c Museum Hotel Bentonville - where to stay in Northwest Arkansas
21c Museum Hotel Bentonville

Each of the 104 rooms at 21c Bentonville is spacious and will instantly make you feel like you’re living in a luxury apartment. Not only are the rooms at 21c Bentonville homey, but 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

Hotel Grounds

Penguin at 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville

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.

Lobby of the 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville

Museum Exhibits

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.

Museum Shop

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!

Dog posing with a bowl, leash and shampoo.

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.

I also recommend ordering one of the signature refresher beverages like the Farmer’s Tan with notes of watermelon, grapefruit, lime & mint.

Farmer's Tan beverage at the Hive in Bentonville.

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!

Pet-Friendly Perks

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.

READ MORE: Traveling with Your Dog

Other Notable Highlights of the 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville

Gym at the 21c Hotel Bentonville

Hotel Staff

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.

Laundry 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.

Business Center

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.

Bicycle Rentals

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.

READ MORE: Things to Do in Northwest Arkansas

Are you ready to experience artistic luxury in this charming boutique hotel in Bentonville?

We want to thank the 21c Bentonville for hosting us as their guests. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are entirely our own.

The 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville will compel you with its Southern charm, contemporary art, flavorful dishes, and artistically posh pet-friendly rooms.


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    Amber Pittman
    August 9, 2017 at 12:28 PM

    OMG! When I think of Bentonville, I never imagined such a progressively styled hotel! I’m from MS, so I hope I get a pass for saying that about Bentonville! 😉

    I’m an aspiring honeybee farmer, so naturally, I adored The Hive’s decor! It’s just too stinkin’ much! 😀

    That pupper of yours is super cute, too, by the way!

    Can I just say that because of this hotel, I actually want to plan a trip to Bentonville? Is that weird? LOL

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      Kallsy Page
      October 22, 2017 at 12:07 AM

      Hi Amber! Where in MS are you from? We went to college in Arkansas so we were surprised at this find too! However, Bentonville is the center of Walmart so there are many corporate businessmen and women traveling for business, families visiting students at the University of Arkansas in nearby Fayetteville, and of course, travelers like us! There is more to do here than what you might imagine and we would be glad to help you plan your trip should you decide to visit Bentonville! We’ve already sold you on a place to stay right? 🙂 Thank you for the compliments, Bentley (our pup) told us to tell you he is quite flattered! 😉

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    August 9, 2017 at 12:44 PM

    What a cool hotel! It looks upscale and I love how It’s dog friendly. That’s always the hardest part about traveling with a pet.


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      Kallsy Page
      October 22, 2017 at 12:03 AM

      The moment we walked in we felt as if we were stepping into a modern luxury apartment. We have been on the hunt for pet-friendly places lately since our dog, Bentley has been traveling with us more often. We were glad to know that 21c Museum Hotels offers many pet-friendly perks to make your stay more comfortable.

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    August 9, 2017 at 1:23 PM

    Love the hotel! Looks very chic and modern! Your photos are lovely! The museum was quite interesting…also, the hotel seems pretty instagrammable as well!

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      Kallsy Page
      October 22, 2017 at 12:01 AM

      It was definitely a modern hotel and the museum has many intriguing pieces of art! We agree with you, Meghna. It was very “Instagrammable!”

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    Rachelle Gordon
    August 9, 2017 at 1:35 PM

    This is the first post I’ve seen for Arkansas, and I really want to stay here! I love the idea of having art pieces and museum-worthy artifacts throughout the hotel and in the individual rooms. What a cool thought to bring so much culture to the hotel! And the Hive looks like a pretty awesome place to hang out and enjoy a great meal!

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      Kallsy Page
      October 22, 2017 at 12:00 AM

      Arkansas is a state that is often overlooked by travelers but we’re hoping to change that! 21c is the perfect hotel to stay at in Northwest Arkansas and is close to many places to shop, dine, hike, etc. I hope you’re able to visit 21c soon. 🙂

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    August 9, 2017 at 1:42 PM

    You had me at “tasty chocolates to enjoy”! Love the green penguin idea. It’s so cheeky and fun! The food looks so delish. Your dog and you are too cute btw. I also love the photography! Kudos, great post.

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      Kallsy Page
      October 21, 2017 at 11:59 PM

      Any hotel that puts chocolate on your pillow is a winner, right? 😉 We thought the green penguins were really fun too! We moved quite a few around the hotel during our stay. Thank you for the wonderful compliments, Erika!

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    Miranda Knudtson
    August 9, 2017 at 2:02 PM

    This is SUCH a cute hotel! I love how the lobby looks, and the art pieces scattered around the hotel is super unique! It’s almost like a little treasure hunt to find them all!

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      Kallsy Page
      October 21, 2017 at 11:57 PM

      You’re absolutely right, Miranda! The art pieces are like a treasure hunt. Now we can’t wait to go back and see the new exhibits they offer. 🙂

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    August 9, 2017 at 2:58 PM

    This places looks absolutely amazing!! I would love to go on a green penguin hunt! Honey is my love language (it should be it’s own food group) and bees fascinate, so Hive would be all kinds of my place! Definitely adding this to my Arkansas bucket list!

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      Kallsy Page
      October 21, 2017 at 11:56 PM

      We were having WAY too much fun with the green penguins. One of them stayed by our side during the duration of our stay and even accompanied us to breakfast, haha! The Hive is such a fun place to dine and the food is AMAZING. Let us know what you think after your stay at 21c. 🙂

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    August 9, 2017 at 5:46 PM

    This is such a cute hotel!!! Also love the fact that that there are exhibitions within the hotel. I’m definitely gonna have to stay here when I visit Bentonville!

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      Kallsy Page
      October 21, 2017 at 11:55 PM

      The exhibits change periodically so we are anxious to see what their next one features. Let us know what you think if you end up staying at 21c!

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    Julia Dent
    August 9, 2017 at 5:53 PM

    Such a beautiful hotel! I love that it’s dog friendly, all those penguins are so cute!

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      Kallsy Page
      October 21, 2017 at 11:54 PM

      We found it to be beautiful as well! Thanks for stopping by, Julia!

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    Stacey Billingsley
    August 9, 2017 at 5:56 PM

    I’d love to stay here! Since I live in Joplin, maybe I can get my husband to take me here for a little weekend getaway. We’re always looking for weekend trips for the fall and spring!

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      Kallsy Page
      October 21, 2017 at 11:54 PM

      This would be the perfect weekend getaway from Joplin, Stacey. There is a lot to see and do in Northwest Arkansas and Bentonville would be the ideal location to stay. The fall foliage or spring flowers would make the scenery even more beautiful. Let us know what you think when you go!

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    August 9, 2017 at 5:58 PM

    That sounds like my kind of hotel – I love it when hotels incorporate artsy design details into their decor and I love the fact that the Hive is also essentially an art museum! And that’s so cute about the penguins!

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      Kallsy Page
      October 21, 2017 at 11:53 PM

      What I love is that each of their locations has different designs, restaurants, and exhibits. It makes each one unique in their own special way! The Hive was such an interesting place to dine and the food was out of this world! Thank you for your comment, Caroline!

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    August 9, 2017 at 6:35 PM

    Umm you had my at 99 cent ice cream cone lol. What an awesome review! I really appreciate the quality photographs as well since I’m a visual person. They really describe the spaces and rooms well. That fried chicken looks amazing too. Definitely staying here if I find myself in Bentonville!

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      Kallsy Page
      October 21, 2017 at 11:51 PM

      Thank you for the compliments, Eddie. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville and highly recommend it if you’re in the area.

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    August 10, 2017 at 4:12 PM

    I love that they allowed you to bring your dog. Nothing like a family vacation. 🙂 This hotel seems like a great place to stay. We will keep it in mind!

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      Kallsy Page
      October 21, 2017 at 11:50 PM

      Having a pet-friendly place to stay has become very important to us since we started traveling with our dog, Bentley. He’s grown accustomed to being on the road and enjoyed the hotel and all of the pet-friendly perks they offered. Definitely keep it in mind for your next trip!

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    August 10, 2017 at 6:07 PM

    I love boutique hotels! I’ll take them any day over cookie cutter ones. How cool is it that this one offers a museum as well?! The food looks so delish! I’m a fan of all things peach so this hotel has already won me over with the Stone Fruit French Toast.

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      Kallsy Page
      October 21, 2017 at 11:49 PM

      We love boutique hotels as well! It offers a completely different experience for each guest. The art museum is a nice added touch and if you like peaches that French Toast is right up your alley. Sounds like you need to make a trip to Bentonville, Arkansas! 😉

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    August 10, 2017 at 6:41 PM

    I loved following y’all on your Instagram story of this hotel. Your story instantly got me hooked, but this review magnified how much we want to stay here! I love how they incorporate an art exhibit throughout the hotel – that is so unique and cool. Your pictures of Bentley were amazing! It looks like he enjoyed the hotel more than y’all haha. Great breakfast choices, they look and sound delicious. Seriously really want to stay here!

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      Kallsy Page
      October 21, 2017 at 11:47 PM

      Thank you for tuning in on our Instagram stories and for checking out the blog post here! It means so much to have dedicated readers and followers like you. 🙂 The art exhibit was rather intriguing and I’m anxious to go back when they change out the exhibit to see the new collection. Bentley was definitely spoiled rotten and I think he might have enjoyed the most considering he decided very quickly that the bed was ALL for him! 😉 If you get the chance to stay at one of the 21c Hotel locations we highly recommend it.

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    Lena Ameri
    August 12, 2017 at 4:46 PM

    ummm LOVE! These rooms look HUGE, so comfy, and clean! I LOVE that they allow dogs and offer little perks for them! Plus the restaurant looked awesome!

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      Kallsy Page
      October 21, 2017 at 11:44 PM

      Everything about the 21c Museum Hotels makes it the perfect place to stay for those who have pets! If you get the chance to stay at one of their locations you most definitely need to eat at the restaurant they offer (each one is different depending on the location).

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