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“Beautiful, playful, provocative 21C Museum Hotel”

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21c Museum Hotel Louisville
Ranked #4 of 95 Hotels in Louisville
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Beautiful, playful, provocative 21C Museum Hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2012

I just spent a weekend at the 21C Museum Hotel for a wedding. I cannot find anything negative to say about this place, but the positives are endless. The concept is somewhat daring for a market like Louisville, but somehow they pull off a fairly prominent mix of provocative art on display by being playful with it. The movable red penguins and the two way mirror in the waterfall inspired urinal in the men's room are just two examples that come to mind.

The food and cocktails at the hotel's restaurant, Proof, are beyond compare and matched the interesting crowd that always keeps the place buzzing.

While we were there we spotted Anthony Bourdain at breakfast and learned Van Halen was in the hotel as well. Yet despite the celebrities and the Conde Naste awards, the place simply does not take itself seriously, which only adds to the atmosphere.

As a proof of concept, if 21C can make it Louisville, this place is guaranteed to be a hit in some many locations.

I would love to go back. The only downside is the price. We had a wedding rate of $159, which was worth the money, but with a standard rate over $330, it might be too pricey for many. Then again the place was packed while I was there.

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Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

Stayed one night & had a great time. Staff was friendly & helpful. The room was clean & comfortable. Linens were great & amenties were wonderful. I would highly recommend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

Recently stayed for romantic getaway. Absolutely stunning hotel (or museum with beds). Wish we would have had a little more time to look at everything. Rooms were exceptional, service was more than friendly. Restaurant was "different". Central location made it easily walkable to many areas - KFC Yum Center, 4th Street Live, Science Museum (across street),
Louisville Slugger Museum. Would return without hesitation

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Greenwood, Indiana, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2012

This hotel is outstanding! The staff is courteous and friendly and accommodating. Everyone made us feel welcome. The rooms are contemporary and clean with flat screen hi-def TVs, bath robes and free Wi-Fi.
It doubles as a museum and has a lot of art pieces, with a docent to guide you through them.
The location is also good, near some nice bars and restaurants.
It's restaurant, Proof on Main, is just great. Again, super service and friendly staff. There is a good selection of wines and the food was outstanding.
We will now make this our annual anniversary weekend location.

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Evansville, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2012

This hotel is a "trip" in itself. It was another "Hotwire" experience that my wife is always skeptical of. She was very impressed. The staff was extremely helpful. Rooms were very clean. Nice location, within walking distance to most downtown attractions.

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Property: 21c Museum Hotel Louisville
Address: 700 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202-2634
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Region: United States > Kentucky > Louisville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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 (per night): $328 - $529
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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