Hotel 21c in Louisville is also an art museum, and by that we mean modern art, with all the weirdness that implies. Or if you're the artsy type, it's delicious I suppose. The Louisville 21c is a reconditioned much older building and the rooms are the same size as a typical Holiday Inn, but they're well-furnished, like the luxury hotel it is should be. And although the art in the public areas is intense, don't look for it in the rooms. No doubt the "real stuff" is much to valuable to put anywhere but public areas--and they probably shouldn't trust the ordinary guest with it. After all, its Art, not decoration.
This was a business trip for me, with someone else paying for the room, but if I were a paying guest, I'd be very upset with the window that opened into an old-fashioned air shaft with a view of a wall. That's a bummer. So much for seeing anything of Louisville, at least from the hotel window.
The hotel chain, by the way, as giant (four foot tall?) plastic penguins of a different colors--Louisville's are red--that are light enough to be carried and perhaps placed in front of a colleague's door to greet him in the morning. It's an art museum kind of humor, I suppose.
But back to the art, it's really strange, with huge pictures of full frontal nude men. It might be wise to take somewhere where's a pool instead.
- 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