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Written by Ellen Dougherty   
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 23:28

21c Museum Hotel
It's part museum, art gallery, bar, restaurant, hotel and spa -- all for a mixture that's sure to please. Find out more about this dashing downtown destination.


 The 21c Museum Hotel restored the 100-year-old former Metropole Hotel into a contemporary
art museum, boutique hotel, meeting space, spa and Metropole restaurant

Right in the heart of downtown Cincinnati is a destination that marches to the beat of a different drummer.


The Cincinnati 21c Museum Hotel opened in November 2012, adjacent to the Contemporary Arts Center and across the street from the Aronoff Center. Building on its mission to engage the public with contemporary art and to support urban revitalization, 21c renovated and restored the 100-year-old former Metropole Hotel into a contemporary art museum, boutique hotel, spa and Metropole restaurant.


The property offers 156 rooms, as well as 8,000 square feet of exhibition, meeting and event space featuring rotating curated exhibitions, multi-media installations and cultural programming such as artist lectures and live performances. The exhibition space is open to the public and free of charge, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.



According to Stephanie Greene, Public Relations Manager for the 21c Museum Hotel, design architect Deborah Berke created a space that is both historic and contemporary, respecting the character of the historic building. Throughout the property, there are many of the original historic details, while still adding surprise and discovery to the space. For example the paint was stripped away from the 1924 building, revealing friezes and the original tile. New tile was selected for the façade of the 1912 building, cased on historic references. There as well is mosaic tile floors in the restaurants and first floor elevator lobby and in the elevator lobby on the lower and level near the fitness center.


Its restaurant, called the Metropole, is led by executive chef Michael Paley. Metropole’s menu revolves around a custom-built, wood-burning fireplace developed by chef Paley. Showcasing the region’s sustainable farmers and producers, Metropole offers a menu of string-roasted meats, ash-cooked vegetables, house-made charcuterie and more. The menu is complemented by a beverage menu that favors craft beers and bourbon.


Greene says they also just opened The Spa at 21c, which is located on the 11th floor of the property. It features three treatment rooms; including a couple’s spa suite with en-suite whirlpool tub, steam shower with skylight and heated floors, The Spa at 21c offers a range of treatments from facials and massages to pampering spa packages. "As with other spaces throughout the property, contemporary art is woven into the experience. Guests to the spa are greeted by a site-specific installation by artist Ryan Wolfe called Field of Grass, which spreads across the stairway wall leading up to the spa," she explains. "The work recreates the feel of a windswept, grassy expanse. Blades of grass are activated by wind data, and viewers can watch as a gust of air moves across the entire installation."


The spa’s menu includes signature facials by RéVive skincare as well as massages and body wraps. "A number of packages are offered, combining massages, hydrating facials, bath rituals, invigorating body scrubs and soothing scalp treatments," Greene explains. "The spa also offers wedding packages and a special menu of services for men. Additionally, express treatments are available."


In addition, the 21c Museum Hotel will open a Rooftop Bar in spring 2013, which will offer stunning views of downtown Cincinnati and surrounding areas. By day, spa guests can enjoy a pre- or post-treatment snack or beverage on the roof terrace. In the evening, the rooftop space will serve cocktails.


Founded in 2007, 21c Museum Hotels is a growing company that oversees the expansion and management of 21c Museum Hotels nationally. 21c Museum Hotel was founded in Louisville, Kentucky by Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, contemporary art collectors and preservationists, who had a vision for bringing art into people’s daily lives and supporting the revitalization of their hometown.


Cincinnati was the company's second property, and it plans to open a third hotel in Bentonville, AR in the first quarter of 2013. Future properties have been announced in Lexington, KY and Durham, NC. For more information visit


Watch the webcast below for an interview with 21c founders Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson.

Ellen Dougherty -

Ellen Dougherty is an events and editorial intern at Cincy Chic. Contact her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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