The minute you walk inside you know this is not your typical hotel. In the lobby, I was surrounded by a large art display of a body with no head breaking hundreds of records, large plastic animals and huge photographs of gypsies. It was a refreshing change from the normal sterile lobbies I encounter often during my travels.
Check-in was fast and easy with a helpful staff member. My room was a good size, bed was comfy and clean. The bathroom was small but clean and had nice funky toiletries such as cilantro conditioner and rum body wash. I enjoyed my organic, vegan chocolates each night on my pillow. I would suggest asking for a room with a city view. Mine was a view of the middle of the hotel atrium which is basically just brick walls.
After check-in I went to the bar where they had a nice assortment of local beers and lots of interesting conversation about the crazy art such as the countdown clock to the owner's death. The gallery was great to check-out and even the stretched hotel limo outside was an art piece. We had a reception in the penthouse which had a lovely view of the city outside on the terrace and even more art. There were some pieces that were not "corporate friendly" but great conversation starters. We also had a group dinner in the gallery which was nice and the only negative I heard was one art video that showed a man struggling to eat with no hands which made some diners uncomfortable.
The restaurant was also very good for breakfast and lunch. The service was great, prices were reasonable for a hotel and food was great and had nice portions.
The plastic penguins throughout the hotel were a hit and they constantly ended up in new places like hotel rooms, elevators and I heard even a shower.
This hotel was a breath of fresh air for this very busy traveler. I would indeed stay there again.
- 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