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21C Museum Hotel Review
Four-foot tall red plastic penguins line the roof of this boutique hotel and modern art museum like friendly sentries. When it opened in 2006, 21C immediately attracted national acclaim for its elegant restoration of a 19th-century building, attention to service, and cutting-edge art collection. Guests mingle with gallery visitors and locals who are dining in the hotel's award-winning restaurant, Proof on Main. All of the designer-decorated rooms are spacious, but the best have private patios overlooking the city, where—on a sunny Kentucky morning—you can enjoy room-service breakfast while wearing a plush hotel bathrobe. At the end of the day, soak in the large bathtub while sipping bourbon from the silver julep cup provided in each room.
Sleeping with Art
America's only museum devoted exclusively to art of this century also happens to be a cosmopolitan boutique hotel with a private spa, an award-winning restaurant (ingredients from the hotel's nearby farm), and a happening bar, which is a stop on the city's Urban Bourbon Trail. Edgy artwork—some playful, some provocative—is installed throughout, from the front sidewalk to the elevators to the spacious rooms. Be sure to reserve a room with a private patio, and be prepared to unwind into the decadently comfy beds or oversized bathtubs charmingly equipped with peppermint soap and rubber duckies.
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