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“Not just a hotel. One of our favorite chic evening stops mixing fine cocktails with Art”

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21c Museum Hotel Louisville
Ranked #5 of 97 Hotels in Louisville
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 18, 2013

If you have minimal time in town and want to good social chic atmosphere and enjoy art, I would suggest a stop here. The menu is limited, but the bar is not. If you are more of a picky-eater, I highly recommend reviewing the menu prior to planning your visit. Most of the items are appetizer/finger foods. The bar serves well balanced cocktails and the ambiance is warm and inviting. The best part about visiting this location is that there is an great art museum inside with a wide array of works, more on the contemporary side (note: not really suitable for young children).

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Laura S, Associate Sales Manager at 21c Museum Hotel Louisville, responded to this reviewResponded December 23, 2013

Hi Stan,
Thank you for visiting 21c and Proof on Main during your visit to Louisville. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your cocktails and the art on display in the galleries. Be sure to visit again soon as our cocktail menu is seasonal and our art exhibitions change every few month. We look forward to welcoming you back.

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Reviewed December 17, 2013

Driving by this hotel you would blink and miss it, and boy would you be missing out! The museum part of the hotel is really nice to walk around and look at while having a glass of wine. It is a nice relaxing thing to do while winding down. We loved the camera wall that is at the entrance of the elevators. The whole vibe of the hotel was just a relaxed and cool experience. The rooms were almost as if they were a loft apartment. They were very comfortable.

The breakfast area has a European breakfast hall vibe to it. They cure their own meats in house. The breakfast meal was so delicious. If I lived there I would stop there just for the breakfast alone

*We were told as well that you can play pranks on other guests (that you are there with) and request them to put one of the red penguins in their hotel room anywhere…i.e.. shower, tucked in bed, behind the curtains! But shhhh its a secret! What a fun prank to play on a friend!

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Laura S, Associate Sales Manager at 21c Museum Hotel Louisville, responded to this reviewResponded December 19, 2013

Hi Rosa,
Thank you for choosing to stay at 21c Museum Hotel during your visit to Louisville. I'm glad you enjoyed interacting with the art. "Text Rain" by Camille Utterback & Romy Achituv and the "Red Penguins" by Cracking Art Group are especially fun and engaging works! We look forward to seeing you another time soon.

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Reviewed December 16, 2013

I'm far from a prude but unless you want young children exposed to nude imagery in the restaurant and throughout various views--be careful! That said, good value, contemporary design, some of the most comfortable beds and pillows ever. And a fun alcove with live interactive video where you're the star!

Room Tip: Avoid a room facing Main Street with the entrance to the restaurant below--noisy even on a Sunday--p...
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank JamesMaxx
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Gabe I, Director of Operations at 21c Museum Hotel Louisville, responded to this reviewResponded December 19, 2013

Hi JamesMaxx,

Thank you for sharing your experience. We intend for our exhibitions to inspire discussion, and certainly do not want to offend anyone. 21c is committed to presenting art that is thought-provoking, not simply provocative or titillating.

Images of the nude human body are included in the collections of established museums worldwide; those currently on view at 21c Louisville include photographs of a performance (located in the bar at Proof on Main), and of two young figures posed as Classical statuary, who have lost limbs due to civil strife, featured in the lower level exhibition, "Aftermath: Witnessing War, Countenancing Compassion."

We hope that you and your family will return or visit us in Cincinnati or Bentonville- each property features two major art exhibitions a year, and the same comfortable pillows and beds. We also offer guided, public tours on Wednesday and Friday afternoons at 5. These informative tours are appropriate for all ages.

Thank you again; your comments are invaluable. We hope to welcome you back soon.

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Reviewed December 13, 2013

We had our work christmas party here, they set us up in a gallery downstairs, and it was an amazing time. The food was perfect and the service was impeccable. Terence Hart the events coordinator worked with all our needs and budget to ensure we had a great experience. By far the best place for an event.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Josh W
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Laura S, Associate Sales Manager at 21c Museum Hotel Louisville, responded to this reviewResponded December 16, 2013

Hi Josh,
Thank you for sharing your review about your experience at 21c. Our museum galleries provide such a unique setting for corporate and social events that it's hard not too have fun while you're here! I'm glad you mentioned our Event Manager, Terence Hart--We are so lucky to have him on our team! Terence works very hard to ensure that everything from the décor to the food provided by Proof on Main is perfect for our events. I'm glad you had a great time! We hope to host you all again next year.

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Reviewed December 11, 2013

This is such a unique hotel and we really enjoyed our stay here. The art surprises you throughout the entire space, and the staff was very welcoming and helpful. It was more than we typically spend on accommodation, but it was definitely worth it.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Laura S, Associate Sales Manager at 21c Museum Hotel Louisville, responded to this reviewResponded December 16, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about your stay at 21c Louisville. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed December 4, 2013

The museum is great. The staff was very friendly so don't feel weird about going in just to see the art. I found the art to be meaningful and nicely presented. It is really worth taking a look at, even if it's just a quick walk through while you are going to the Slugger Factory or on the Urban Bourbon Trail.

Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Laura S, Associate Sales Manager at 21c Museum Hotel Louisville, responded to this reviewResponded December 16, 2013

Hi Misswestmore,
Thank you for visiting 21c Museum. We are glad to hear you found our team to be friendly and welcoming. Our museum galleries are open 24 hours a day and seven days a week! We love when guests stumble upon our museum when exploring historic Main Street. Be sure to check our website for new exhibitions to come.

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Reviewed December 2, 2013

We were in town for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend for a wedding. Most of the wedding party was staying at the local chain hotels but we decided to stay here. We chose to stay in the Cyclone Suite because we were traveling with our teenage son and we didn't want to get two rooms. The Cyclone is the only room on the basement level and it is filled with art and artistic touches. The bed is on a platform and another platform was used for sitting. The second platform was where the staff placed a second mattress for our son. The room was very comfortable for all three of us. The only complaint is the lack of lighting and daylight. It was somewhat like being in a cave. When we made the reservation, it appeared like the colored panels were actually skylights but they are not - so don't be fooled like we were - there is NO sunlight in this room. But since we were only in the room at night, we made do. Our parents and brother stayed in "normal" rooms at the hotel and their rooms were very modern, clean lines and very comfortable. Best hotel in Louisville.

Room Tip: Only choose the Cyclone if you want a unique experience with very little sunlight. The rooms is als...
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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Gabe I, Director of Operations at 21c Museum Hotel Louisville, responded to this reviewResponded December 19, 2013

Hi Mike,

Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. I love that you and your family enjoyed Asleep in the Cyclone, 21c Louisville's site-specific sculptural installation that also functions as a hotel room. Created by New York-based artists Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe, the Cyclone offers guests a completely immersive art experience.

Please don't let the darker-than-typical room design dissuade you from reserving again- we have supplemental lighting on hand should you need it. I'm sorry we failed to communicate the option to you upon arrival; clearly we missed the mark.

We hope to welcome you back soon. Thank you again for the invaluable comments.

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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: $255 - $711 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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