I booked a room at 21C as a Christmas gift to myself, as I was curious about the rave reviews and the hype surrounding this "big-city" hotel in my own "small-city" hometown of Louisville.
From the moment I arrived and stepped into the lobby, I felt like I had entered a different world. The artwork was chic, provocative, modern, and intriguing. The staff were professional and pleasant. Quirky and fun surprises waited around every corner.
My room was no exception: Exposed brick walls and classic lines, a continued artistic theme, luxurious bedding, modern amenities, and pampering touches awaited me.
I had booked a massage at the spa; It was wonderful! The fitness center was small, but state-of-the-art. The sauna and steam room (coed, so plan on bringing a suit or a big towel!) left me feeling thoroughly relaxed.
I had planned on ordering room service from Proof, the four star restaurant in the hotel. I was tempted into going into the cozy little bar instead. I sipped a drink and perused the menu. The bartender was able to chat with me very knowledgeably about the menu. I chose to get grilled octopus as an app and Bucatini Carbonara as the entree. What can I say except that it was exquisite? The prices are reasonable for dining of this quality and the staff, again, were all very friendly.
All in all, the experience lived up to the reviews and the hype. I think everyone should stay at 21C at least once, even if they live in the area. The only small point that I could even mention as a negative is that the mini-bars in the rooms are electronically sensitive. I chose to root through the selections, which added an accidental $8 charge to my bill. It was promptly removed by the front desk when I mentioned it. Since then I have had hotel management contact me with a personal email to check on my experience and respond immediately to the very tiny complaint about the mini-bar.
A stay at 21C is not only a decision you won't regret, but will create a memory that you will treasure for a long time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 21c Museum Hotel Louisville is more than just a place to spend the night – it's a 90-room boutique hotel, contemporary art museum, award-winning restaurant and cultural civic center nestled in the heart of Museum Row in historic downtown Louisville. With over 5000 square feet of art-filled meeting and event space, 21c guests enjoy authentic Southern hospitality and accessible luxury while exploring the work of contemporary artists in America's only museum dedicated solely to art of the 21st Century. Whether you are visiting Bourbon Country, spending a day at Churchill Downs, or hosting a lavish Southern wedding, 21c is a modern epicenter for culture, activity and artistic expression. Applauded by Travel & Leisure Magazine as "one of the most ambitious unions of art and hospitality ever undertaken," and hailed by The New York Times as "an innovative concept with strong execution and prompt and enthusiastic service," come meet the infamous Red Penguins and discover how 21c Museum Hotel Louisville is redefining the art of hospitality. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 21c Museum Louisville
- Hotel 21c Museum