We mention Walmart, of course, because of Alice Walton, the mega-loaded Walmart heiress, who funded the Crystal Bridges Museum of Modern Art neighboring the hotel, and who bankrolled the 21c Museum itself. Isn't it funny how something so original and worthwhile can come out of something so heartless and destructive? But we digress...
Guests at the hotel will be able to enjoy free bike rentals starting in the spring, as well as meals at The Hive, which "showcases the unique cultural identity of Arkansas" (hmm, didn't know that existed!), and the frequently rotating exhibitions throughout the hotel's public spaces. The latter are open 24/7 throughout the year, and, best of all, free.
Natural light supposedly plays a big role at the hotel, with dozens of skylights, light monitors, large windows and a light court throughout the building. Inside the rooms, you'll find high ceilings, custom-designed furniture (like stitched leather chairs), tiled bathrooms, iPod docking stations, Malin + Goetz toiletries, free WiFi, flat screen TVs, and, of course, plenty of art.
Rates begin at $214/night.