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“Very upscale and contemporary boutique hotel!” 5 of 5 stars
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21c Museum Hotel Louisville
Ranked #7 of 94 Hotels in Louisville
Certificate of Excellence
Evansville, Indiana
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16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Very upscale and contemporary boutique hotel!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2009

I love this hotel and have been there several times upon visiting Louisville. The art that is displayed on the lower and main level is contemporary and something that isn't seen very often in the midwest. Everywhere you go in the hotel there is wonderful art-from the lobby to the restaurant, Proof on Main. I was told that the chef helped prepare Obama's inauguration dinner. The food is fabulous.
The rooms are very clean, comfortable and well decorated with several amenities. Staying in this hotel is a real treat for the senses!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled solo
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1 Thank indygringa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2009

Not only is this hotel a brilliant concept--"sleep with art"--but the staff is friendly and attentive, and the rooms are both chic and really comfy. The hotel is suffused with specially commissioned cutting-edge, thought-provoking yet playful art--fantastic! 21c is also one of the hottest spots in town. Only complaint: they could do a better job sound-proofing the rooms.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Cincinnati
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2009

I took my wife and two children (9 & 11) on an overnight trip to Louisville. This hotel was close to all the attractions downtown. I've stayed in many hotels that were 4-5 stars and this one, although a little different than you may be used to, is an excellent hotel with great accomodations (imagine loft apartment living) and superb service. If you can appreciate a unique environment, some very good artwork and you welcome being greeted by name when you walk in the door from an evening out, than this is the hotel for you.

My kids LOVED the hotel and thought Louisville was a fun place. Only bit of advice to give to those taking kids is that the restaurant doesn't necessarily cater to picky eaters. It's great food, but kids may not dig it if you have someone who only eats chicken fingers.

I would agree with other reviews, This is the best hotel in Louisville.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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1 Thank Robert_Nesta_Marley
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Pasadena, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2009

A fabulous, unique hotel. I would actually travel to Louisville, just to stay here. This is a botique hotel that is keen on the details. And, like the name says, the hotel is filled with art. My room was huge, had plenty of outlets, a flatscreen, amazing products in the bathroom, comfortable bed and a proactive staff.

This is why American Idol stayed there in 2008. This is a FABULOOUS hotel. And the bar, "Proof" is awesome.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled on business
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1 Thank PLRamirez
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kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2009

I heard a lot about this hotel from my sister who lives in Louisville. I got a last minute reservation at this hotel for a quick overnight trip for Valentine's Day. The hotel was booked but the hotel staff took my name and called me when there was a cancellation. The staff was extremely accommodating, the room was super clean and modern, and the attached museum was interesting (and free to tour). Considering the atmosphere, the accommodations are worth the price. the I also heard that the restaurant was great but we didn't get a chance to eat there. The only downside is that there is no late night bar in the hotel. We came back to the hotel around 1am hoping to grab a drink and relax since most bars stay open until 4am but they shut the restaurant down early.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank fairlightkentucky
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Cincinnati, OH
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2009

Very creative concept to mix Contemporary Art and Hotel. Fantastic service and excellent restaurant 'Proof on Main'. My husband and I spent just one night at the weekend (Birthday Package for him) everything was excellent - we felt we had really escaped to another world. We would definitely like to visit again! This was the first time we visited Louisville and we coupled this with a trip to the Bourbon Trail. Louisville is right on the door step of the KY Bourbon Trail.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Citriness
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Jupiter, Florida
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39 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2009

I typically use Priceline for hotels and am accustomed to paying less than $100 a night for upscale accommodations, so the highest compliment I can give this hotel is that we paid $179 per night and it was worth every penny! I can say without a doubt that when we return to Louisville, we will always stay at this hotel and give Priceline a rest.

The experience was fabulous, from the friendly check-in to the intriguing and often amusing art to the sleek rooms. The food at the restaurant was so good that we went two nights in a row (and found that the service can be hit-or-miss).

The location is excellent, in the heart of downtown and very close to both Louisville Slugger and the Muhammad Ali center.

The hotel offers valet parking for $21 per night, but we found plenty of on-street parking (free overnight and all day on Sunday) and also used a garage on the next block which was supposed to cost $6 for 24 hours. When it was time for us to leave the garage, the cashier's booth was unmanned, and when we approached it, the arm blocking the exit went up automatically, so we parked for free.

The only minor annoyance with the hotel is that it seems to give Travelocity first dibs on many of its rooms. We booked one night through the hotel's Web site and then decided to extend our stay to two, but when I called the hotel's 800 number I was told (by a customer service representative obviously in Canada) that the only rooms available for the second night were more expensive corner rooms and suites. So, I logged on to Travelocity and found the room and rate I was looking for. I had to e-mail the hotel to ask that they combine the reservations so we wouldn't have to change rooms midway through our stay.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank CrazyCrunch
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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
#2 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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