21c Museum Hotel Durham
What We Love
- Located in the landmark Hill Building, a 1930s Art Deco icon in downtown Durham
- Chef Josh Munchel’s Counting House restaurant serves a regionally inspired seasonal menu of North Carolina classics
- 21c’s signature art focus, with 10,500 square feet of gallery space and rotating exhibitions by famous artists
What To Know
- The property, the fourth outpost of the 21c chain, opened on March 16, 2015
- 21c Museum Hotels are designed to cater to the local community as well as to guests, so there’s a buzzy atmosphere in the lobby, gallery and Counting House restaurant
- Mod cons such as flat-screen TVs, Nespresso coffeemakers and Malin + Goetz bath amenities
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The fourth property in the trailblazing, art-focused 21c Museum Hotels group, this brand new 125-room boutique sleep occupies the landmark Hill Building in the heart of downtown Durham. Designed in the 1930s by the architects behind the Empire State Building, the building mixes thoughtfully restored Art Deco details with a sleek modern style by Deborah Berke Partners. Expect original terrazzo floors in the lobby, arched windows in the regionally inspired Counting House restaurant, and hints of green marble and silver leaf on the walls and ceilings in the public spaces. The guestrooms range from a cozy 300 square feet to apartment-size spaces all done up in a modern white-on-gray palette with pops of color in the original artworks and 21c’s signature fuchsia penguin mascots. All rooms are kitted out with flat-screen TVs, Nespresso coffeemakers and Malin + Goetz amenities in the bathrooms. There’s a fitness center for a workout fix, a small spa for a dose of pampering, and the must-visit 10,000-square-foot gallery space, which features rotating exhibitions by local and international artists.
In the Area
Downtown Durham is having a quiet renaissance, with a crop of new restaurants, bars and cultural centers. Beyond 21c’s Counting House restaurant, have a meal at tapas-style Mateo and ramen go-to Dashi, and save an evening for beers at indoor/outdoor Fullsteam Brewery and cocktails at upscale Alley Twenty Six. For a culture fix, hit the family-run Museum of Life and Science and the Nasher Museum of Art, and take a tour of Duke University. Good to know: 21c’s well-curated neighborhood guide includes a raft of options for eating, drinking and sightseeing in Bull City.
How to Get There
I typically do not enjoy conversations about the nuances of what makes one stay at a hotel amazing or terrible as most hotels are not that different. 21C is. As an art-forward destination that has amazing staff, awesome food, and an entertaining atmosphere, it is worth the conversation and much more. Highly recommend 21c's art/hotel/food/spa experience.
This is a really great hotel in the heart of Durham. It's curiously interesting as it is in a refurbished bank building. Room service is good. Nice bar. Friendly staff. Felt very safe as a single woman traveling alone.
Did not like the design of the hotel, poor decoration in rooms, poor lighting, food in restaurant was not good, at least not the breakfast food, was not impressed with the museum, although there were some interesting pieces. No guide on the TV to know what shows were playing. Had have ice delivered to the room, no ice machine available.