Nestled in historic downtown Louisville, 21c Museum Hotel is a 90-room boutique hotel, contemporary art museum, award-winning restaurant and cultural civic center.
Founded in 2006 by preservationists and contemporary art collectors Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, 21c Museum Hotel Louisville is a testament to the power of art in communities.
Troubled by development encroaching upon rural Kentucky’s farmlands, preservationists and contemporary art collectors Brown and Wilson sought to reverse the trend toward suburban sprawl by making a considerable contribution toward revitalization efforts in their hometown.
Pairing this desire with a second of their passions, to make contemporary art a part of more peoples’ daily lives, the couple embarked on a journey to create both an economic driver for the community and an oasis where art challenges and amuses, stimulates conversation and provokes new ideas.
Other art museums in Louisville, KY simply cannot compare to the experience associated with 21c.
The pair partnered with world-renowned architect Deborah Berke to reimagine and renovate a series of 19th-century tobacco and Bourbon warehouses along downtown Louisville’s West Main Street into a boutique hotel and a contemporary arts museum.
Could art and commerce coexist in harmony? Brown and Wilson trusted their intuition and sought to test their theory.
In 2006 they opened Louisville’s 21c Museum Hotel, a desirable hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.
Much more than a place to spend the night, 21c is an innovative union of authentic Southern hospitality, thoughtful design and accessible luxury — all anchored by world-class contemporary art by today’s emerging and internationally acclaimed artists (hence the name, paying homage to the 21st century).
Once home to a series of 19th-century warehouses, its Louisville hotel rooms and suites provide a welcomed sanctuary from the art and activity that fills the Museum.
The accommodations are spacious with high ceilings, large windows, and many feature original exposed brick walls.
There’s also an onsite restaurant, spa and a variety of other amenities designed to enhance the convenience of your stay at 21c Museum Hotel Louisville.
In addition to its premier guestrooms, its art hotel offers a delightful setting for guests to revel in thought-provoking art of the 21st century in its museum.
During your stay, be sure to check out the latest exhibitions, special events and collections on display.
Each of the rooms come with a touch of luxury. Amenities include original art, 42″ HDTV flat screen televisions with full cable line-up, in-room safes, luxurious bedding, pewter mint julep cups, and complimentary high-speed wi-fi.
Business travelers will appreciate the gourmet Nespresso coffee maker, spacious work desks with Herman Miller ergonomic chair, and executive business center.
For a truly luxurious getaway, retreat to the exclusive 21c Rooftop Apartment. It features one-bedroom with king bed, one full bath and two half baths, a full gourmet kitchen, open concept living/dining area, private garden terrace with sweeping downtown views, satellite radio throughout and luxurious amenities.
The hotel also has semi-private Rooftop Terrace rooms overlooking Historic 7th Street. These come complete with a luxury king room with furnished, semi-private rooftop terrace overlooking historic 7th Street.
Want a corner suite? These Luxury King Suite with gorgeous views of Louisville are among its largest rooms. Each has four large windows and gorgeous views of 7th Street, Main Street and the Ohio River.
For the most unique stay, consider the “Asleep in the Cyclone” room that is a site-specific sculptural installation by New York-based artists Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe.
The work, called Asleep in the Cyclone, is an evolution of the artists’ previous large-scale architectural collages, and extends their exploration of historical and narrative fictions, rogue science, and the contemporary urban environment, based on the counter-cultural artists’ community from the mid-1960’s known as Drop City.
Freeman and Lowe have transformed aspects of the Drop City design practice and philosophy to construct a room that exists in stark contrast to its time and surroundings.
Constructed entirely of re-purposed barn wood, custom textiles, original sculptures, and other artworks, the room features a domed ceiling sculpture that recalls the geodesic designs of American architect Buckminster Fuller.
Multi-purpose furniture and surfaces designed by the artists are complemented with an antique writing desk, rocking chair, and record player. A selection of records, chosen by Freeman and Lowe, is included, as are artist-designed blankets, linens, and other curated components.
Want to please your palate, in your pajamas? Inspired by the American South, its room service menu celebrates the bounty of the region’s sustainable farmers and producers, with many ingredients coming from Proof on Main’s own garden at Woodland Farm.
Prefer to be seen? Stop in the Proof bar, a local hot spot, for late night bites and some of the city’s best people watching.
If travel woes have you tense, pamper yourself in its in-house spa, complete with sauna, steam room, and workout facility.
Run off that not-so-exciting business meeting on its state-of-the-art equipment or pump some serious iron to impress, well, whoever you fancy.
Just a hop, skip and a jump, 21c is in the middle of the downtown’s action, with a number neighboring museums and businesses.
21c Museum Hotel is located at 700 West Main Street, Louisville, Kentucky.
For more information, visit www.21cmuseumhotels.com.