The first clue that your stay at the 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville will be anything but predictable might be the towering 30-foot shiny gold replica of Michelangelo’s David (a piece by Serkan Özkaya) that stands outside entrance. David makes the quite the sidewalk statement and the hotel lives up to it in every way. Founded with the intention of combining a museum and a hotel, all 21c properties have on-site museums and this one, the first in the collection, sits right in the midst of Louisville’s Museum Row. You’ll be steps from collections such as the Louisville Slugger Museum and the Roots African American Museum. Of course, this is Derby City so horse racing is on hand as well as a nice selection of award-winning bourbon distilleries. What's it like to stay at the 21C Museum Hotel in Louisville?
Here, a review of the 21C Museum Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky:
What You Need to Know
Contemporary art is woven into the guest experience throughout the hotel with art installations (which rotate frequently) everywhere—even in the elevators. Rooms get a spacious feel from high ceilings (leftovers from the building’s past as a warehouse), exposed brick walls and airy, big windows. Furnishings are comfortably modern with neutral tones. For an over-the-top immersive art experience, book the “Asleep in the Cyclone” room—a vivid sculptural installation suspended over the bed that gives the impression sleeping in a kaleidoscope. It also comes with artist-designed blankets and linens.
Arty and cool with a dash of playful, this property challenges the notion of the hotel aesthetic in a refreshing way. You might sip cocktails underneath the colorful stare of one of the hotel’s signature red ceramic penguins or spare an hour to explore the rotating exhibitions in their dedicated museum space. What you won’t feel is a sense of stuffy art gallery pretension.
Who Will Love It
Lovers of contemporary art, non-traditional hotel experiences, and culture hounds will love the hotel and the area’s high density of restaurants and museums.
Who Might Not
Families with very young children may not want to spend the visit hovering over Cheetos-stained fingers near the fine art.
The rotating art collections and site-specific commissions tailored to the hotel’s unique design make this hotel more than just a place to sleep. Regulars never tire of the experience because each stay reveals a new artist and new works to enjoy. 21c also pays great homage to Kentucky’s distilling legacy with 120 bourbons on offer in their restaurant Proof on Main, many of them rare single barrel selections.
All guestrooms feature original artwork and offer complimentary wifi, 42″ HDTV flat screen television, alarm clock/docking station, and Malin + Goetz bath amenities.
Fees and Extra Costs You Should Know About
No extra fees.
How to Get a Deal
Book the Take Your Time package where the longer you stay, the more you’ll save with 5% off 1-2 night stays, 10% off 3-4 night stays, and 15% off 5+ night stays.
In the Neighborhood
The hotel is mere blocks from the Muhammad Ali Center, The Kentucky Science Center, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, and the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. If you get thirsty, pop into any of the nearby distilleries including Evan Williams, Old Forester, Michter’s, Angels Envy, and Rabbit Hole.
Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport is 8 miles from the hotel.
Nearest Public Transit
Options include the TARC bus system and downtown trolley.
The Bottom Line
The 21cMusuem Hotel delivers an entertaining and diverse art-infused experience that will stay with you long after you check out.
It's All in the Details
HOTEL SIZE: 91 rooms
TYPE: Large City Hotel
LOCATION: Louisville, KY
KNOWN FOR: Artsy energy and an acclaimed restaurant with over 120 bourbons on offer.