Hotel Bentley in Alexandria Louisiana

200 Desoto Street
Phone (318) 442-2226
HotelBentleyAndCondos.com website
Hotel Bentley's official Facebook page

The Hotel Bentley and Condos is located in downtown Alexandria, Louisiana, at 200 Desoto Street, occupying the entire city block between Main Street (2nd Street) and Third Street. The hotel is adjacent to the Alexandria Riverfront Center and the Alexandria City Hall.

Hotel Bentley: Over the Years

Built in 1908, the Bentley has long been the flagship hotel in Central Louisiana, offering luxury and amenities for tourists, Hollywood stars, military generals and business travelers.

It was named after Joseph A. Bentley, a lumber entrepreneur from from Pennsylvania who moved to Rapides Parish in 1892. 

As recently as the 1980s, the Bentley was designated a four star hotel, the only four-star hotel in Louisiana outside of New Orleans.

In the late 1990s, the hotel changed ownership and became affiliated with the Radisson chain, and renamed the Radisson Hotel Bentley. The Bentley closed in 2004.

Hotel Bentley Third Street entrance, Alexandria, Louisiana

On August 1, 2012, plans were announced for a local developer to reopen the Bentley, with luxury condos, a hotel, meeting rooms, lounge, and restaurant. On October 11, 2012, the sale from Dean Bentley LLC, owned by Baton Rouge businessman Robert G. "Bob" Dean Jr., to Hotel Bentley of Alexandria LLC, headed by local entrepreneur and preservationist Michael Jenkins was completed. The sales price was $3.4 million.


Current Status of the Hotel Bentley

Hotel Bentley Mirror Room in 2015 after renovation Mirror Room in the Bentley Hotel in 2015

After extensive restoration, the Bentley's Mirror Room lounge was reopened to the public on May 1, 2015. It features plush seating, and its original famous stained glass windows.

Work continues to reopen other sections of the hotel. Special events such as wedding receptions and Mardi Gras balls are now being held in the Bentley.

Beginning May 5, 2016, 62 rooms, located on the 3rd and 4th floors, are available for overnight guests. Renovations continue on the 5th floor, which will have an additional 31 guest rooms.

Renovation plans call for converting the seven-story tower portion of the property into condominiums. The original portion of the property will remain a hotel with 93 rooms.

For reservations and related information, the public can call the Hotel Bentley at 318-442-2226 or visit their website at HotelBentleyAndCondos.com website or the Hotel Bentley's official Facebook page.

Hotel Bentley stained glass windows


Other Hotel Properties in Alexandria

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The Hotel Bentley is in the process of reopening after restoration, but many other fine accommodations are available in the area. Alexandria, with its central location in Louisiana, and its position on Interstate Highway I-49, offers a large number of hotels, motels and other accommodations.

Popular lodging offerings located in the Alexandria-Pineville area are shown below, with other accommodations available in Alexandria, and in Pineville across the Red River.

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Holiday Inn Express and Suites

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Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Alexandria, Louisiana

TownPlace Suites by Marriott

3810 Alexandria Mall Drive, Alexandria, LA 71301

TownPlace Suites by Marriott in Alexandria, Louisiana

Home2 Suites by Hilton Alexandria

3800 Alexandria Mall Drive, Alexandria, LA 71301

Home2 Suites by Hilton in Alexandria, Louisiana

LaQuinta Inn & Suites

6116 West Calhoun Dr, Alexandria, LA 71303

Laquinta Inn and Suites in Alexandria, Louisiana
Parc England Boutique Hotel - at England Airpark near AEX Airport Parc England boutique hotel in Alexandria, Louisiana

Candlewood Suites

2344 N Macarthur Dr, Alexandria, LA 71303

Candlewood Suites in Alexandria, Louisiana

Comfort Suites

6015 Old Boyce Rd, Alexandria, LA 71303

Comfort Suites in Alexandria, Louisiana
Holiday Inn Alexandria Downtown - Downtown, 701 Fourth Street, adjacent to the convention center Holiday Inn in downtown Alexandria Louisiana

 

Visit our Alexandria Hotel & Motel listings, availability, locations and reservations section on this website.



The Hotel Bentley sign on Third Street, in the heart of downtown Alexandria LouisianaFamous Visitors to the Hotel Bentley

As the finest hotel in Central Louisiana (CenLA), the Hotel Bentley experienced visits during World War II and the Louisiana Maneuvers by several military notables. 

These included Major General George Patton, Lieutenant Colonel Omar Bradley, and then not-so-well-known Colonel Dwight David Eisenhower

Generals George C. Marshall and Matthew Ridgeway are said to have visited the Bentley also, as well as then-little-known Second Lieutenant Henry Kissinger.

Entertainers also stayed at the Bentley, many of whom performed for the troops.

Cowboy legend Roy Rogers stayed at the Bentley during the 1950s during a trip down the Red River.

And John Wayne spent several nights in the Bentley during the filming of the movie "Horse Soldiers".


YouTube Video with Michael Jenkins, the New Owner of the Hotel Bentley


For current information on the hotel and recent photos, visit the Hotel Bentley's official Facebook page


Hotel Bentley Lobby circa 1970s (courtesy of the Louisiana History Museum)

Hotel Bentley Lobby circa 1970s (courtesy of the Louisiana History Museum)

The Hotel Bentley as seen in 2003

Hotel Bentley Third Street entrance, Alexandria, Louisiana

Hotel Bentley Third Street entrance, Alexandria, Louisiana

Hotel Bentley Third Street entrance, Alexandria, Louisiana

Hotel Bentley, Alexandria, Louisiana, south portico and columns, on Desoto Street

Hotel Bentley plaque - National Register of Historic Places
Hotel Bentley, ALexandria, Louisiana

Hotel Bentley Historic Marker ... on Third Street near the Bentley valet parking area
Hotel Bentley, ALexandria, Louisiana

Vintage Postcards of the Hotel Bentley

Hotel Bentley historic postcard, Alexandria, Louisiana

The Mirror Room at the Hotel Bentley in Alexandria, Louisiana

The Canteen Room, Bentley Hotel, Alexandria, LA


Hotel Bentley and Condos
200 Desoto Street
Phone (318) 442-2226
HotelBentleyAndCondos.com website
Hotel Bentley's official Facebook page