Louisville's 21C Museum Hotel

April 29, 2011 at 3:36 am EST

21C Museum Hotel owners Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson banked on the fact that art could drive commerce and that their hotel and restaurant could serve as a a centerpiece of Louisville's downtown revitalization.

They were right.

In 2009, the 90-room modern, luxury hotel that doubles as a gallery for contemporary artists was named America’s top hotel by Conde Nast Traveler magazine.

The boutique hotel nestled in the heart of Museum Row in historic downtown Louisville offers upscale amenities, including wi-fi, iPod docking stations, a spa and fitness center and award winning design and décor.

The 21c Museum is North America's first museum dedicated solely to collecting and exhibiting contemporary art of the 21st century, with more than 9,000 square feet of exhibition space. Shows have included emerging artists along with acclaimed international artists, including photographers Andres Serrano and David Leventhal and multimedia artist Chuck Close.

Within the hotel is the dining hot spot Proof on Main, where Chef Michael Paley fuses the culinary traditions of Italy and the American South while focusing on local, sustainable ingredients.

Proof on Main's bar stocks more than 50 of Kentucky's finest bourbons and also mixes up seasonal artisan cocktails.

21C is a responsible steward of the environment, promoting recycling throughout the property, featuring locally produced and sustainable meats in the Proof on Main restaurant and employing reclaimed and recycled materials in the building’s design.

The all-in-one hot spot has been featured in publications from Travel & Leisure to The New York Times.

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