We visit Louisville often but this was the first time that we stayed at the 21C Museum Hotel. This hotel is a renovation of an old Louisville building on West Main St. I love how this modern hotel has maintained the charm of the old building. Most of my expectations were met or exceeded during this trip. When we checked in, one of the iconic red penguins was right outside our door. The next morning, it was down the hall. Love it! Our room was small, but it was very comfortable (especially the bed) and had a view of West Main Street. There were tall ceilings and windows and exposed brick. The bathroom had a zen décor with a large, flat sink and a shelf for toiletries, but no counter space. There was also a small closet. Good shower though. I think that it was designed more for the business traveler and certainly not those of us that travel heavy. Even so, compared to all of the other higher-end hotels that are downtown, the overall atmosphere makes the 21C my favorite. The hotel staff that we encountered appeared to be quite young (which is usually not a positive) but we didn’t require any special attention so it wasn’t an issue.
We didn’t tour the hotel museum during our stay but we had drinks at the Proof bar. It isn’t as crowded as it was in the past since there are other new places close to the hotel (St Charles Exchange Bar across the street!) Many other restaurants, galleries and bars and the Ohio River are within walking distance. It is right next to the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory and the Muhammad Ali Center. Also the YUM! Center is not that far down the street.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 21C Museum Hotel Louisville is more than just a place to spend the night - it's a 91-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