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Review of 21c Museum Hotel Louisville

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21c Museum Hotel Louisville
Ranked #6 of 95 Hotels in Louisville
Certificate of Excellence
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Coolest Hotel ever”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2012

21c Museum Hotel is the most interesting idea for a hotel. The first floor is a contemperty museum with a very popular bar and hip restaurant. Help was the friendliest no matter their station. Guests were fun and fashionable. The art created a buzz amoung the visitors-not to mention the mysterious plastic penguin who "roams" the hotel. We had a beautiful view of the river and stately old downtown buildings.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2012

I don't usually stay at 4 star places like this, but split the room with 2 friends so it was worth it. :) In our first room, one of the beds was saggy in the middle. I also don't like to make a big deal out of those things, but I figured for the money, I should say something and called the front desk. The staff immediately offered us another room and a bellhop was at our room within minutes to collect our luggage. It was a seamless transition and they even brought us something that we had left behind in the first room.

The art museum, lobby and bar are really well designed and make the hotel an attraction in itself. We had drinks at the bar (and you can walk around the museum with them too...yay!) and breakfast at the restaurant. Prices are on the high side, but coming from NYC, they were not unreasonable.

Also...true confession: I may have left with more than my fair share of Malin + Goetz samples.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Faith L
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HOUSTON
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120 reviews
78 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2012

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.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank SLYCAST
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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41 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2012 via mobile

We enjoyed our stay with our family at this hotel. The hotel is an unexpected find. Artwork was great, service above and beyond and rooms very spacious. Proof was great too. The location was right in the heart of museum row, which was perfect with kids. We will definitely be back. Loved this trip!

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kingfamoffive
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New York
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34 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

Nice clean rooms, good size, good service, free wifi and very comfy bed. The hotel was interesting and had a great restaurant. The only downside I didn't like is that their service at breakfast was really slow. Can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Travlil
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New York City, New York
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60 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

This is one of my favorite hotels anywhere in the world. The staff is so charming and helpful and the ambiance is truly like staying inside of a museum. Any experience here will be unforgettable!! The bar and restraurant Proof downstairs has amazing food and a wide selection of Kentucky bourbons to fit any price range. Checking out the downstairs galleries will lead to discoveries of new artwork every time you visit. I have stayed here twice for over a week each time on business and have never been disappointed. If you are planning a trip to Kentucky and want a fabulous room with the BEST service in town then you must come to the 21 C!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank FullStacker
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Boston, Massachusetts
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65 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2012

Stayed here recently on a quick weekend getaway from Cincinnati. The hotel is a great urban retreat- the rooms are quiet and clean with some nice extras like soft fluffy robes and really nice toiletries.
Make sure to walk around the hotel to see all the art exhibits. Even if you are not a huge fan of modern art, you will be impressed by the installations.
The hotel bikes are a perfect way to explore Louisville. We made the quick ride to the NuLu area of town which had some great restaurants and shops. The Garage restaurant was great for brunch and had a nice outdoor bar if the weather is nice.
Proof on Main was good, but very short on vegetarian options.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank BeckyDonahue
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Property: 21c Museum Hotel Louisville
Address: 700 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202-2634
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Location: United States > Kentucky > Louisville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Louisville
#3 Luxury Hotel in Louisville
#5 Business Hotel in Louisville
#6 Family Hotel in Louisville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — 21c Museum Hotel Louisville 4.5*
Number of rooms: 91
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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