I first came across the 21C Museum Hotels in Louisville, KY. I was visiting a friend of mine there who suggested we check out the art gallery in the hotel. An art gallery? In a hotel?!
It. Was. Awesome. The exhibit was modern with a mix of all art mediums including video. My favorite was Peter Sarkisian’s Puddle, which included video and audio.
Since then, I’ve always wanted to stay at a 21C Museum Hotel, located in select cities (Louisville, Cincinnati, Bentonville, Durham, Lexington & Oklahoma City). So when the Durham location was one of my company housing options in Durham, I had to stay there.
The hotel itself is super groovy. Housed in an old building designed by the same architects as the Empire State Building (more on that later).
The room is comfortable with soft lighting (and fantastic “entry”, “master” and “bedside” switches). The bathroom is black and white with purple lighting and Malin + Goetz products.
Best of all, the hotel is PET FRIENDLY. Which means Bruno was very welcome. For a one time cleaning fee of $150, your pet can stay no problems.
The exhibits rotate and there were a few pieces that I remember from the gallery in Louisville. Again, there was a mixture of video, sculpture, and paintings. Here are a few of my favorites:
I highly recommend this small chain of hotels and can’t wait for my next stay with them!