21c Museum Hotel Louisville
This boutique hotel doubles as a contemporary art museum. Founders Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson wanted somewhere to store their growing art collection while helping revitalize downtown Louisville, so they opened a hotel with rotating public exhibitions. Housed in a 19th-century tobacco-and-bourbon warehouse, the hotel provides a unique space for modern installations like a giant gold replica of the Statue of David, which sits out front. If you don’t stay here, at least stop by for the exhibits. You really should book a room, however, as the service is excellent, the rooms beautiful, and the amenities everything you could need.
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Hotels for Art Lovers
Art collectors Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson set out to revitalize their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, by turning five abandoned warehouses into a 90-room hotel with a 9,000-square-foot exhibition space and a restaurant. Their second 21c Museum Hotel opened in Cincinnati in 2012, and their next, near the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas, opens this spring.
By Ariel Ramchandani, AFAR Contributor
700 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202, USA