My Stay at the 21C Museum Hotel in Durham

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?! 

Outside the 21C Museum Hotel in Louisville
Outside the 21C in Louisville

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

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).

Penguin at the 21C Museum Hotel in Durham
The mascot

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.

Rubber Duckie in the shower
Duckie in the shower

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.


Art Gallery

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:

Elastic Empire State by Alexandre Arrechea in the 21C Museum Hotel in Durham
Elastic Empire State by Alexandre Arrechea – transformation of the Empire State Building, designed by Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, the same architects of the building that is currently the 21C Durham
American Flag in 21C Museum Hotel in Durham
Memorial Flag by Dave Cole – made out of 18,000 plastic toy soldiers
Felipe by Adriana Duque at 21C Museum Hotel in Durham
Felipe by Adriana Duque

I highly recommend this small chain of hotels and can’t wait for my next stay with them!

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