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A New 21C Museum Hotel Will Open in Cincinnati

November 5, 2009 at 8:44 AM | by | Comment (1)

The 21C Museum Hotel in Louisville.

A reader in Ohio tipped us off last night about this excellent news for downtown Cincinnati--The 21C Museum Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky will open its second hotel in the old Metropole Hotel next year. And in living up to the museum part of its name, the new hotel will play a huge role in the city's burgeoning contemporary art scene.

Here are some detes from the press release:

The new 21c Museum Hotel in Cincinnati will be located adjacent to the Contemporary Arts Center and across the street from the Aronoff Center for the Arts. 21c Museum Hotels is working with the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation on the restoration, scheduled to begin next fall. The total expected cost for the project is $45 million.

21c Museum Hotel in Cincinnati will offer 160 rooms, an 8,000 square-foot contemporary art museum open to the public free of charge, and a Proof restaurant and bar serving contemporary cuisine made with locally grown ingredients.

We have to say even though we're not sure when we'll be making our next trip to Cincinnati, we're impressed by 21C Museum Hotel's plan for their second location. They aren't just opening up wherever the mood fits. Cincinnati might not be a hot market but we like how 21C Museum Hotels are seeking to marry their "arty side" in a city that certainly needs it. Maybe some of the U.S. cities out there that are getting a bad rap right now could benefit from a 21C Museum Hotel as well.

While there's no official opening date for 21C Museum Cincinnati, construction on the Metropole is set to begin next fall. Meanwhile, Cleveland is expecting to get some hotel lovin' as well. A Doubletree will open there in 2011 in the old Tudor Arms Hotel. We sincerely hope it's a Doubletree in the vein of theWit and not you know...a Doubletree.

[Photo: EllenM]

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Very Cool!

I can wait to see this new <a href="http://www.wchsmuseum.org/">museum</a>. Cincinnati has the best museums of anywhere, hands down!

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