Photographs courtesy 21c Museum Hotels.
Do you like to get a big head start on your travel plans? 21c Museum Hotel Lexington—which does not yet exist—is now accepting reservations for April 15, 2016 and later. The boutique hotel, to be located in downtown Lexington, will feature a similar farm-to-table restaurant and contemporary art museum pairing that you may know from Cincinnati’s own 21c.
21c was founded by Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, contemporary art collectors and preservationists. Their goal has been to rehab downtrodden buildings, turning them into premiere hotels and art spaces that are uncommon in medium sized markets. While institutions like 21c have saturated large cities like New York and Los Angeles, they’re a rarity in the Midwest.
So far 21c has set up shop in burgeoning cities like Louisville, Bentonville, and Durham, with more hotels on the way in Oklahoma City, Nashville, Kansas City, and Indianapolis. If you’re a fan of the Cincinnati location on Walnut Street, make the 80 minute drive to Lexington and explore what the Horse Capital of the World has to offer while shacking up at 21c’s latest venture, opening next spring.
21c is serious about becoming part of the fabric of the community, not just a play place for stuffy rich people. The museum at 21c Lexington will be open to the public 365 days a year, free of charge, showcasing contemporary art and other programming. (The Cincinnati location currently offers $5 “Yoga with Art” every Sunday.)
But what’s luxury without local flair? Lockbox, the hotel’s restaurant, is set to incorporate local flavors and seasonal ingredients, while the bar and lounge will tap into the region’s rich bourbon history. Because you can’t go to Lexington and skip the bourbon.
The hotel also features standard luxury amenities, such as exhibition and event space, a ballroom, a fitness center, a business center, and valet parking.
The 88-room hotel will be housed in the historic Fayette National Bank Building in downtown Lexington. The building was designed by New York City-based architecture firm McKim, Mead & White, designers of the original Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan and the 1903 White House renovations. The building originally opened in 1914, serving as the city’s first skyscraper.
167 W. Main St., Lexington, (859) 899-6800, 21cmuseumhotels.com