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Looking for a bike-friendly place to stay in The Mountain Bike Capital of the World? Look no further than The Bike Inn Bentonville!
Mountain bikers and cyclists have a unique set of needs when it comes to bike-friendly accommodations. Does it have secure bike storage? Is there a bike wash station? How far is the hotel from the trails?
These are all questions I ask myself when I’m choosing a place to stay on my two-wheeled travels.
The good news is that many hotels and Airbnbs – especially those in popular biking destinations – are doing more to cater to mountain bikers and cyclists.
I had the pleasure of staying at The Bike Inn in Bentonville, which is one place that is going above and beyond for mountain bikers. In this post, I share my honest review of my recent two-night stay.
The Bike In Bentonville at a Glance
- Address: 3400 S Walton Blvd Bentonville AR
- # of rooms:
- 2 Double Rooms (two separate rooms each w/ queen beds)
- 5 Single Rooms (with queen bed)
- 1 Suite (with queen bed, living space, & kitchen)
- 1 Cottage (with two queen beds, a bunk bed, & kitchen)
- # of van camping sites: 2-3 van spots with electrical hookups
- # of glamping pods: 4 pods (with double bed and access to bathhouse)
- Backyard hangout area with fire pit & grill
- Bike wash station
- Two bike repair stations with tools
- Outdoor shower
- Indoor showers/bathrooms for campers/glampers
- Guest lounge w/ fridge
- Hanging bike racks in each room
- “Gearbox” vending machine stocked with trail snacks, chain lube, tools, and anything else you might need for your ride.
***Jeremy and his wife Tiffany opened the Bike Inn in September 2021, and are continuously building and improving the property so these numbers and amenities will probably change!
Watch a walkthrough of my “Bougie Bike Suite”
What I Loved about the Bike Inn Bentonville
There’s a lot to love about staying at The Bike Inn Bentonville. Here are a few things that stood out to me:
The room details
I love good design and cozy vibes when I’m staying at a hotel or Airbnb and the Bike Inn definitely delivers.
The rooms are modern and chic with nice touches throughout like bike art, old bike tools and parts on display, comfortable furniture, and more. Each room also has great AC and wifi.
I stayed in the “Boujee Bike Suite” which has a full living room, kitchen, and master suite.
Here are a few more room details I loved:
the Variety of rooms & Accomodation
The Bike Inn Bentonville isn’t just a hotel.motel. There are glamping pods, van spaces, a cottage, and more, which make it a great place for all types of travelers and budgets.
These 4 super cute glamping pods are the newest addition to the Bike Inn Bentonville. Jeremy and his wife were actually just getting them set up when I stayed, so I had a peek before they were ready to go.
Each pod has a double bed, AC, and an outdoor deck with chairs. They are pretty tiny, but you’re going to be out on the trails all day anyway, right? They’re also really cute!
For bathrooms and showers, there’s a building with two indoor showers/bathrooms just a short walk away. These facilityes are shared with all the pods and van campers.
Bike Inn Bentonville has 2-3 van camping spots next to the pods that accommodate up to 25′ rigs. Each pull-in has electrical hookups and there’s water on site to fill up tanks.
Like the pods, van campers can use the indoor bath/shower house or there’s also an outdoor shower. There is no dump station.
One of the best parts about staying at the Bike Inn Bentonville is taking advantage of all the cool features and amenities!
the Bike Inn Shuttle
The Bike Inn Bentonville also has its own shuttle bus! They do a First Friday trip up to Howler Bike Park in Missouri and you can ask them about private/group shuttles around Bentonville.
The Bike Inn Bentonville’s newest offering are a fleet of of e-bike rentals! Bentonville is one of the most e-bike-friendly places to ride in the US, but if you don’t have your own set of two wheels (or you’re flying and can’t bring yours with you), you can rent a YT DecoyMX eMTB right from The Bike Inn and have it ready to go when you arrive.
What Could be Better
The Bike Inn Bentonville is located directly off Walton Boulevard about 2.5 miles south of downtown.
To be honest, the location isn’t fantastic.
It’s not really near anything and the motel is situated right off a busy main road, but this is definitely not a reason to skip staying here.
You will probably end up driving most places including the trails, restaurants, bike shops, etc… But what the Bike Inn Bentonville offers definitely makes up for its slightly out-of-the-way location
Bike Inn Bentonville Distance To:
- Coler Preserve: 3.7 miles
- Slaughter Pen Trails from downtown: 1.8 miles
- Bella Vista (Little Sugar, Blowing Springs, Back 40 trails): 11 miles
- Downtown Bentonville: 2.5 miles
Kitchen organization & functionality
My room was very clean, as would be expected, but I did find that the drawers and cabinets in the kitchen were in a bit of disarray with random leftover cups, plates, and utensils stashed everywhere.
For cooking, the Suite and Cottage do have little portable gas stoves as well as a few pots and pans, but I think it would be challenging to cook anything more elaborate than some simple pasta or scrambled eggs. Besides, there are some great restaurants in Bentonville to check out!
Other good to Knows
- No pets
- Get a 15% weekly discount and a 30% monthly discount
- Tents are not allowed due to zoning restrictions
- No smoking of any kind inside
- Don’t be a dick (this is written in several places around the hotel and I think it’s great)
- Check-in at 4 pm and check-out at 10 am
My Overall Take
I was really impressed with the Bike Inn Bentonville and I’ll definitely stay there again when I find myself back in Bentonville.
I think they did a great job with renovating the old motel and they’ve really thought of all the important things mountain bikers need like a bike wash station, tools, and comfy beds.
The location was the one downside, but Bentonville isn’t huge, so it’s still easy to get downtown and access the trails.
The Bike Inn has only been open since September 2021, so I get the feeling that Jeremy and his wife are still getting things set up the way they want. I’m excited to see where they take it!
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Have you stayed at the Bike Inn Bentonville? What did you think? Leave a comment below!