Not your run-of-the-mill hotel the 21c Museum Hotel, smack dab in the heart of Louisville, made me feel refreshed and cultured; a fine feat!
The decor of the hotel lobby is a, well, you guessed it, museum. Different mediums and types, the art is everywhere. Even the elevator is a work of art (although isn't it time to become a little more Earth friendly and replace those incandescents with LED?). The staff are exceptional. I was offered water upon arrival while checking in. They could answer any question and got me in for a second night on short notice. The housekeeping staff kept me stocked with Nespresso cartridges as I am AN AVID coffee drinker.
Our room was light and airy. A composition of a brick wall accented with organic furniture and a lovely 14 ft or so ceiling; industrial chic. I want to say the experience felt wispy yet solid...is that ok? The in room coffee (love you guys) was a Nespresso machine. Every detail was original and surprising. Room service was timely, delicious, and economical. The valets/doorpersons were quite happy to open the door for us smokers many times a day.
The only downer was parking but had I used the $25 valet service, this would not had been an issue. I parked at the garage 1 block away which, for a downtown parking garage, was amazingly affordable at $7/night. I guess the whole thing was a downer because of the weather. It is also a slightly more expensive hotel but considering the service and accommodations, I felt it was well worth it.
- 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