A perpetual addition to one of downtown's most vibrant blocks of entertainment
|Entrance to the |
21c Museum Hotel
It's not every city that can boast a hotel and art museum under one roof. With the opening of the 21c Museum Hotel in the renovated Metropole Apartment Building, Cincinnati becomes only the second city in the world (along with Louisville) to have such a claim. It's older, but smaller, sister opened to much acclaim in 2006 and quickly reached world status as one of the top hotels. We stayed there earlier this year (see that review "A Night at the Louisville Museum" posted 2/15/2012) and were impressed with the museum, but found our room to be equal to many boutique lodgings.
|Hotel Lobby and Museum|
nearly as friendly or welcoming as its relative in Louisville. Neither time were we greeted, although there was no one checking in or in the lobby when we entered. Working our way to the Metropole Restaurant, we found the same to be true at the host stand. Even though we perused the area, there was no conversation from the hostess or other staff members. That's a significant omission for a hotel of this caliber and one that should be addressed immediately if it is to make a statement as one of the premier downtown establishments as it has in Louisville.
|Interactive "Healing Tiles" |
by Brian Knep
|"Gully Godz in Conversation" by Ebony Patterson|
|Meeting Room with Kara Walker's Artwork|
This is a 24/7 public space. There is a noticeable absence of museum guards. That is both refreshing and alarming. As I overheard in a conversation with some patrons and a museum curator, the staff is learning what works and what doesn't everyday.