21c Museum Hotel Breaks Ground in Bentonville
December 7, 2011 at 10:20 AM
Now that Wal-Mart heiress, Alice Walton, has opened the Crystal Bridges Museum of Modern Art (it was her millions and her incredible art collection that got the museum off the ground), cultured visitors to the museum in Bentonville, Ark. are in need of an equally cultured place to stay.
Fortunately, ground has broken on the new 21c Museum Hotel, which will be modeled after the original 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville. And yes, it's also being bankrolled by the Waltons.
The hotel will be located in the city's downtown arts corridor but Bentonville is a small town so the Crystal Bridges museum will still be walkable. The four-story contemporary style building will have 103 rooms, including suites, a fitness center and a sustainable restaurant. In fact, the whole building will be built and operated using green practices and sustainable materials. And of course, there will be art. Lots of it.
Like 21c Louisville, it will be woven into the fabric of downtown, welcoming both visitors and members of the community to experience its rotating exhibitions, participate in its programs and enjoy its culinary offerings. With more than 12,000 square feet of exhibition, meeting and event space, 21c will present curated, rotating exhibitions, dynamic installations and live art events.
And don't forget about the red penguins!
The hotel is expected to open within a year. In the meantime, the Courtyard by Marriott in Bentonville is going for $89 a night while the Hilton Garden Inn is just $63 a night.