21c Museum Hotel Lexington

Night at the museum anyone? This 88-room boutique hotel is a key cultural player in Lexington’s downtown scene, drawing visitors and locals alike with its magic combination of great contemporary art, food and drink. Come and immerse yourself in Lexington’s contemporary cool.


Housed in the historic 100-year-old First National Building (Lexington’s first ever skyscraper) you’re slap bang in the middle of the city’s cultured downtown. In case you tire of the events in the hotel itself, you’ll be well catered for if you just step outside the door; this district is packed with entertainment, shopping, dining and more. Strolling out of the hotel in the morning, you’ll spot the Sunrise Bakery: home of the most delicious croissants this side of Paris. Around the corner, you’ve got Wine + Market, Lexington’s leading boutique wine shop which doubles as a deli, market and craft beer store and hosts famous Friday night tastings. Or, for something more refined, you can visit the Lexington Opera House.

Your Room

As you’d expect of an art house hotel, every one of the 88 guest rooms and suites are offer a design-led stay. Crafted by renowned architecture and interior design firm Deborah Berke Partners, features include contemporary furnishings in spacious settings framed by large windows and high ceilings. You’ll find original art on every wall, so you can have a cultural exploration from your bed.

Why we like it

It’s not often we come across a concept as unique as this, so the Lexington is already top in our books for its inspired merging of art with accommodation. But there’s more to it than that: it also has a cracking restaurant, the Lockbox. Lexington’s new dining destination is committed to sourcing high-quality, local ingredients from around the Bluegrass region, each plate a masterpiece in Southern flavours.

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