21c Museum Hotel Bentonville (2013)
Deborah Berke Partners Architect
200 NE A Street, Bentonville AR 72712
UPDATE: Winner of TripAdvisor ‘s Best “Hot New Hotel” in the US (and 4th best “Hot New Hotel” in the World). Also, Conde Nast Traveler has it as the 11th Best Hotel in the United States, and 75th best hotel overall in the World!
Visited April 2013
The 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville is the first ground up new construction building for the company and the third location in this art museum boutique hotel concept. My initial impression as I approached the building is that it looked like a new junior high school, albeit a very nice junior high school. This was probably partially due to the basketball hoop sculpture visible in the south courtyard outside what could have been the gym – which actually is the hotel lobby gallery.
I do not want to give the impression that I do not like the building. I have included this in my Architecture Blog (not just my Hotel Blog) as it is a pretty remarkable building – and hotel. As you would expect from the name, the main floor is a series of galleries dedicated to art of the 21st Century. There are paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture, collages, video, kinetic installations, iconic furniture, and remarkable assemblages of common materials. The check-in desk is a simple table with the most pleasant and helpful front desk staff i have come across. Only the laptop computer on the table gives you a clue that the table in the gallery space also functions as the front desk/lobby.
There are a variety of clerestory windows and an interior courtyard, bringing natural light into the lobby, cocktail lounge and restaurant – even the kitchen. There is a large meeting/banquet area and breakout space with Arne Jacobsen’s leather “egg” chairs, a business office and fitness center. All of these spaces display artwork, as well as a series of gallery spaces interspersed throughout the street level.
The guest rooms are fantastic, and the lounge and restaurant are outstanding. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here. It also happens to be within walking distance of a great new museum, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
View photos of my guest room click here.
View photos of the lounge and restaurant; click The Hive
The 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville web site