21c Museum Hotel Bentonville
Small Town, Big Style
What it is
A 104-room small town hotel with a world class reputation, thanks to its on-site museum and restaurant by James Beard Award semifinalist chef Matthew McClure.
What it isn't
Uneducated. The hotel has curated a plethora of cocktail-making classes for guests, so you can whip up mixologist-worthy tipples when vacation’s over (sniff).
What we think
Glitterati from across the globe have descended on Bentonville, population 49,467 and the birthplace of Walmart, ever since the Moshe Safdie-designed Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened its doors there on 120 acres in 2011. And 21C Museum is, unequivocally, where they’re staying. Airy guest rooms are fitted with custom blonde wood and sculptural white furniture, plus original art pieces; each bathroom has a spa-worthy stash of Malin + Goetz toiletries; and you’ll have a separate sitting area and table ideal for evenings in. To truly splurge, book the 840-square-foot 21c Suite—it has its own private terrace with a retractable awning, not to mention a separate living and dining room roomy enough to host cocktail hour with friends new and old, if the mood strikes.
You're here because
You want to see Monica Mahoney’s sculpture Making Change: a 1962 Fleetwood Cadillac limo that’s been adorned in $952 of pennies, nickels and dimes.
It’s rare for an Arkansas native chef to receive the recognition they deserve on a national stage, but after stepping foot into Hive, the hotel’s on-site restaurant, you’re positive Matthew McClure has earned every accolade. After one bite of your burger with pimento cheese and butterscotch pudding and espresso shortbread, you’re about to sculpt him an award yourself.
Restaurants & Bars
The Hive- Refined Country cuisine
Right on Lawrence Plaza, Bentonville’s town square, and just across the street from Sweet Dream Creamery, where locally sourced ice cream flavors include bourbon caramel fudge and earl grey lavender.