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Hotel Bentley
Bentley Hotel is located in Louisiana
Bentley Hotel
Location in Louisiana
Bentley Hotel is located in the United States
Bentley Hotel
Location in the United States
Location 200 Desoto St., Alexandria, Louisiana
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1907 (Opened 1908)
Architect George R. Mann
Architectural style Renaissance
NRHP reference No. 79001084
Added to NRHP November 15, 1979

Bentley Hotel, usually known as the Hotel Bentley, is a classic Renaissance-style hotel located near City Hall in downtown Alexandria in central Louisiana.

Description and history

The hotel was built by the timber baron Joseph Bentley at a cost of $700,000; allegedly because he had been refused dinner service at another local hotel for not being properly attired. It opened to the public in August, 1908, and Mr Bentley lived in the hotel until his death in 1938. On November 15, 1979, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The hotel was once owned by the Pineville real estate developer Buddy Tudor, who worked for its historic preservation.

Former owner Robert G. "Bob" Dean, Jr., of Baton Rouge closed the hotel in December 2004 and placed it on the market, at one time asking $12 million. The current owner, Michael Jenkins, purchased the facility for $3.4 million on October 11, 2012; The Bentley had been listed for $6.5 million. Jenkins has now reopened the renovated hotel with a hundred available rooms. The newer part of the structure, the seven-story tower, is being converted into condominiums; while the older section remains a hotel. The Bentley Room restaurant and Mirror Room lounge have also been reopened.

A case in the lobby has historic artifacts on loan from the Louisiana History Museum, and an area inside the Main Lobby has also been utilized to create a World War II exhibit, which showcases many items of memorabilia from the war. Hotel Bentley was significant to World War II because of the famous Louisiana Maneuvers which were conducted nearby. Notable military leaders visiting the area during that time included generals George S. Patton, Jr., Omar Bradley, Joseph Stilwell, and Dwight D. Eisenhower, among others. Many of these headquartered at the Bentley.

On August 10, 2018, the Bentley celebrated its 110th anniversary. In addition to the military figures, the Bentley has hosted such entertainers as John Wayne, Roy Rogers, and Cary Grant.

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