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Louisville, Kentucky’s 21c Museum Hotel Voted #1 Hotel in United States



21c Museum Hotel lobby. Photo by ellenm1.

21c Museum Hotel lobby. Photo by ellenm1.

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 21c Museum Hotel has been selected as the #1 hotel in the United States and #6 in the world in the prestigious 2009 Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards. Hundreds of hotels were evaluated by Conde Nast Traveler readers and more than 25,000 individuals voted. This year marks one of the few times an independent hotel has won the top award. 21c is the only U.S. hotel to make the list of the world's top twenty hotels for 2009.

The hotel awards are based on the quality of rooms, service, food/dining, location, and overall design. The 21c Museum Hotel scored above 95 in all categories with identical scores of 98.9 out of 100 for rooms and design.

The award was presented to 21c Museum Hotel at a ceremony in New York yesterday. The presenter, New York City restaurateur Danny Meyer, noted, "When I stay at 21c I feel coddled, transported, nurtured, nourished, stimulated, rested, and above all, smart."

21c Museum Hotel was launched in 2006 by Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, philanthropists and art collectors with a vision for bringing contemporary art into daily life and supporting the revitalization of their hometown, Louisville, Kentucky. 21c Museum Hotel serves as a gathering place where guests, artists, and Louisvillians congregate for great food, innovative arts programs, and historic cocktails with a modern twist.

Art is integral to 21c Museum Hotel, which has 9,000 square feet of exhibition space featuring rotating exhibitions and arts programs. The museum is open to the public free of charge 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The vision behind 21c Museum Hotel is that contemporary art can be accessible for everyone, and its exhibitions create a playful and engaging atmosphere.

21c Museum Hotel's restaurant, Proof on Main, features award-winning food and beverages presented with warm, professional service and affordable prices. Chef Michael Paley's menu fosters sustainable agriculture, featuring ingredients produced by local farmers. The bar offers more than 50 of Kentucky's finest bourbons and specialty cocktails.

21c Museum Hotel--housed in a series of renovated 19th-century tobacco and bourbon warehouses listed on the National Register of Historic Places--was designed by Deborah Berke and Partners Architects. 21c combines a cosmopolitan sensibility with Southern hospitality with 90 inviting guest rooms that offer comfort, smart design, fun touches, and modern amenities.

"We are thrilled with the recognition 21c Museum Hotel has received from travelers around the world and from Conde Nast Traveler," said co-founder Steve Wilson. "Louisville is widely known for the Kentucky Derby, but there is much more to do in our city than go to horse races. We look forward to welcoming new visitors to experience 21c Museum Hotel and our presentation of works by living artists."

Photo courtesy ellenm1


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