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... This morning's ride was slowed by milder versions of the same stuff. With everything soaked I opted for a hotel for tonight for rest and to dry out. Two days ago I was paused outside of Owensboro KY when a passing driver invited me for dinner with his family. He is a runner with curiosity about touring. I was treated to a very nice dinner of venison/ turkey meat loaf, kale chips and ...
... and had to go over I65 anyway and take the scenic tour. This town is spread out, old and new areas, and we ended down by the river. We saw the steps leading up to the levee so we climbed and on the other side looking over the Ohio River were seats and a bandshell with a great view of the river and to our surprise the lock and dam located on the Kentucky side, what a surprise. Time to pick up the pizza, head for the motorhome and get ready to move.
Spent the morning at Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum. This is a must see if you are ever in Louisville. Have never been a fan of sports involving animals, but you catch the fever while you are there. Would love to attend on a race day, but the every day Joe tickets are sold out for 4 years. Money that was changed hands on the last Kentucky Derby Day was $210,000,000. Had lunch downtown ...
Our day included several stops. We stumbled upon the Lincoln Boyhood Memorial Park on our drive through Indiana. We browsed the museum that honored Lincoln's boyhood to his early 20's. Our next stop was Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum. We had a tour of the grounds, saw a video about the race and enjoyed ...
... over the bridge and so very convenient to downtown Louisville. Louisville is a beautiful city. The downtown area has been restored with all the original architecture and personality intact. We used the free hop on and off trolley to tour downtown. Visited the Louisville Slugger Museum and toured the factory. Great little shops and restaurants all throughout downtown. Going to Churchill Downs today and will be taking a riverboat cruise down the Ohio River this evening. Life is ...
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TravelPod Member Reviews21c Museum Hotel Louisville
This hotel is an experience all on it's own. The art is great and the overall quirkyness makes for a unique and memorable stay that you will never forget. Check it out, at least once!
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Historical Traveler Reviews 21c Museum Hotel Louisville
Am I in---Kentucky?
My room was cool; I liked it more than I thought I would. One wall was exposed brick. The other wall had art posters pinned to it in the area above the bed.
The room was supplied with a safe, coffee maker, iron and ironing board------and a huge flat screen hi-def television. They were showing an animated short filmed titled "The Jack Leg Testament" which was mesmerizing.
(By the way.........I've traveled to London, Los Angeles, New York, etc. and the first time I have a flat screen tv in a hotel room is here in Kentucky.)
The young lady who took me up to my room seemed unsure of herself, admitting that it was her second day on the job. She forgot to tell me that the elevators won't work without a room key. I eventually figured that out on my own.
The bedroom was clean, but there was hair on the tub and on the floor of the bathroom when I checked in. Room for improvement there, 21c.
Water pressure in the shower was about average for a hotel.
I did occasionally hear noise coming from other rooms.
There is art on display everywhere in the hotel; some of it so subtle it could easily be overlooked. If you're interested in what's there and what it all means tune the iPod in your room to museum tour.
The concierge was either away from her desk or always helping guests on the phone. However, the front desk staff was helpful in providing maps, directions, and restaurant recommendations.
Overall, I enjoyed the unique environment that this hotel provides.
Room rate was 189, taxes were 28. Valet parking was 15/day.
Great modern upscale hotel
We got a great deal on a room off the hotel's website and were really impressed with the place. From the art to the bar to the cool bathrooms in the lobby, this place is unusual, hip, and modern. The rooms did not disappoint - great minimalist decor with beautiful bathrooms and plasma TV. I would stay here again in a minute. I just hope they build more 21C hotels elsewhere!
Small Kinks didn't offset the experience
My husband and I only had Saturday night to spend at the hotel, and we took every turn to enjoy it. He called to confirm our booking before we left and was assured the room was reserved. When we got there 2 hours later we were informed that due to some AC problems the King Riverview was unavailable, so they downgraded us to a regular king, and dropped the rate. It would have been great for them to have said this when he had called to confirm, because the internet rate would have been lower than what they put us at for the night. They did allow us to have a later check out however.
The hotel boasts of having the concierge call ahead of the stay to program the Ipod to your own tastes in music, we never recieved any call or emails, and the Ipod was Definitely NOT our music styles. It also was not functioning properly, and when my husband went down to the desk to exchange it he was told the concierge was not going to be in till later. We had things to see, so we did not get a replacement. We did not receive any turn down service either, nor did we have any poster art in our room for sale.
Dispite the small kinks that seem to be the result of ambitious service promises, the hotel provided a very fun and unique stay. This is a one of a kind place that attracts a wide variety of people. The art in the downstairs galleries and throughout the hotel was very interesting and enjoyable, lending an air of an all night gallery opening party. As the night got later more people filled the space, interacting with the diplays and having an obviously good time. Proof on Main has wonderful food at reasonable prices for the quality. The bar at Proof can't be beat for enjoying some of the appetizers of the restaurant, and the specialty drinks, though priced higher than what you may expect are worth the money.. generous pours and carefully crafted. Couches to lounge on and artwork on the walls and bartop and soft lighting offer more eye candy for the crowd that fills the place at night. We had great service from the people at the front desk to the staff at the restaurant and the bar. They all seem to be enjoying themselves, and the place is shiny, clean and new! Toiletries and linens are top shelf all the way around. The location is perfect for touring the Glassworks, and other art galleries. Close to Speed Art museum, and local attractions and shops. We will be booking again at the 21C, when the next art installation is switched over. We will make sure to call regarding the Ipod ourselves this time.
A+ for 21C
We just returned from a weekend at 21C Hotel in Louisville. What a great place. The accomodations, service and staff are top drawer. The rooms are comfortable, clean and quiet. And the decor is such fun. The art collection in the lobby and throughout the facility provides entertainment at every turn. Don't miss the bathrooms off the lobby. We had dinner at Proof on Main, the hotel's restaurant where the waitstaff was attentive and the chef accomodating to make some substitutions to allow us to remain on our diets. The food was outstanding. Stay at 21C Hotel if you like contemporary upscale and interesting places. It's not your standard Marriott or old world Seelbach Hilton.
Awesome- 21 C
Just returned from an awesome stay at the 21 C Hotel. The service was excellent. You feel as though you are staying in a 5 star hotel in NY city. The hotel is near the new Muhammed Ali Center and the Louisville Slugger Museum. I highly recommend both. The rooms are very cool- ours had a large balcony that is shared with the room next door. This would be great for 2 couples. Large red penguins roam the halls. Also - if you love horses make sure you take the stable tour at Churchill Downs (and God bless Barbaro!)
Great weekend at 21C
My wife and I spent a weekend (May 13 & 14) at the 21C Hotel in Louisville. Very nice room with a view of the Ohio River. One wall was all exposed brick. Very nice! The room had a 42 inch flat panel TV. A cute feature was plastic penguins scattered around the hotel, in the corridors, on the elevators, etc. Quirky and cool. The hotel also has a museum with offbeat modern art. Worth experiencing.
The room was very clean and quiet. 500 count Egyptian bed linens. iPod radio in the room.
Will definitely stay there again.
Unique, hip, and memorable!
We were going to be traveling through Louisville, and were intrigued by various online descriptions we read of the 21C. So we reserved one night there, and were absolutely delighted. The staff is personable and efficient, the ultra-contemporary decor is jaw-dropping, and the spacious rooms were plush and well-appointed with comfortable beds, abundant luxury toiletries, and high-tech amenities that made it a special treat. Best of all, we snagged a bargain rate online of $119.
The lobby and lower gallery have wild, sometimes whimsical, contemporary artwork -- much of it multi-media -- such as a camera by the elevators that projects images of passers-by on the wall, which also has letters of the alphabet cascading down and forming words as they "touch" the projected images. (hard to describe -- you'll have to see it!) The lobby restrooms have two-way mirrors, so those inside can see everything/everyone outside (a little disconcerting) though nobody outside can actually see in. There's an outside alley/courtyard that has giant smoke-ring puffing cauldrons that are visible through various windows.
There's also a well-appointed fitness center containing several treadmills, bikes, elliptical trainer, extensive weights & benches, and a full locker room w/showers, plenty of plush towels, steam room and sauna. The location of the 21C is also very convenient (in the Museum district), blocks away from the new Muhammad Ali Center and around the corner from the Louisville Slugger Museum, for example.
If you want a unique, memorable hotel stay, this is the place to go!
The best thing about this hotel is that it is NEW!...new fluffy towels...new comfy bed linens, new carpet....you get the idea. If you are into contemporary art you will LOVE this place. Frankly, all the funky art displays were wasted on me, but I still loved our stay here. The lobby is unique, to say the least, but lots to see. It is very secure; the elevator requires your key before it will take you up to your floor. Downtown location, but very quiet, and seemingly, well insulated. Rooms are modern with sleek furniture, but very comfortable beds and european bed coverings. Lovely soaps, flat screen TV - infact, all the elctronics are state-of-the-art. The price was wonderful at $149 after staying in a dirty, substandard motel the night before at $135.
The room service menu is pretentious, very limited and overpriced. That being said, we ordered a steak and also a scallop entre and they were both fabulous. It was a memorable experience to stay at 21C.....and kind of a fun diversion from standard hotels.
Ready for the Derby!!
My wife and I stayed there for our anniversary last week, and the hotel is living up to its praise in all of the news articles. The staff is prompt and courteous, and the rooms are perfect. I love the exposed brick walls and plasma TV's. Beware of the roaming giant penguins in your hallway. The stoic figures seem to conspire together when you are not looking and move about the halls.--- oooooooscary! Good luck getting a dinner reservation anytime soon at Proof. I tried to get one 5 days in advance, but no luck. Anyway, there is EXCELLENT dining within 1 or 2 blocks. Jarfi's Bistro at the Kentucky Center for the Arts is our favorite. You also have a choice of Morton's Steaks, the Bristol Bar and Grille, Vincenzo's, and many others. Plus, we like getting out for a walk just to look in windows and people-watch. Breakfast at the hotel was delicious, but the service was terribly slow and understaffed. I hope that situation will resolve soon. In all, Hotel 21C is a great addition to the Louisville downtown area.
Great New Hotel
I just spent 3 nights at the 21C Hotel. The rooms are very plush, with 42 inch flat screen tv's and IPODs as well as exposed brick walls, excellent lighting, great fabrics on the bed and furniture, comfortable chairs and a large desk. I enjoyed being able to remove the hotel's ipod from the bedside alarm clock and listen to my tunes by placing my own IPOD in the device's docking station. The rooms seemed very quiet with big thick walls. I know I never heard anyone and noone complained about my rockin' out with the IPOD.
The service was very friendly. Everyone seemed very young and eager to please. One night I returned to find the ice bucket stocked with ice. I did enjoy the "make it a cup at a time" for free coffee, tea and decaf that was in the room. Valet parking is offered at $8, but I did have to pull around to the restaurant entrance one night as they weren't running the valet station at both the restaurant and hotel entrances.
The museum stuff is very fun modern art. If you like giant red penguins then you'll be very pleased. A lot of it is interactive and it is a fund place to wait for the slower members of your group to make it down to the lobby. The hotel has a good location downtown across from the Art & Crafts Museum and a few blocks down Main Street from the Actors Theatre. The Jazz Factory jazz club (try the no cover charge Dixieland Jazz every Friday at 5-6:30 with Happy Hour prices) is also a few blocks away (there's a Glass Factory in the building and you can watch them make stuff). Enterprise Rental Car is also close if you didn't grab a car at the airport.
Service in the restaurant is pretty slow, but the food is good and the prices are great. $12 for a BIG Kentucky breakfast with the fluffiest grits I've ever had. We had drinks every night in the hotel bar. Here the service was friendly and fast. The deseerts, especially rosemary and olive oil gelato (?speliing?) was good (yes, rosemary & olive oil ... trust them and me! yummy!!)
We got the rooms for 'round $150 a night. This place is very reasonable at this price and I expect they'll go up or always be sold out. Enjoy!!