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
- 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
As the title says, never made it to the hotel,but the staff are awesome.Due to one of my lovely pets breaking a toe the night before we left , we were no longer able to make our trip. The staff however were understanding, made me laugh, and able to help cancel my reservation with no penalty.21C hotels have always been great stays in the past and I look forward to visiting this location once my dogs toe heals up.
AFG business meeting . Room was excellent with great view. Wish I had visited the Spa and museum. Hard to spot the hotel moniker while traveling in. Valet parking is spot on. I hope our group meets there again!!
The service was top notch; employees were personable and engaged and happy! The property has many interesting aspects, including pink penguins. It's a cool and fun place to stay, drink, dine, and explore.
The first room I was given had a direct view into office space across the street. After being moved to another room had a better view. Staff is very helpful. Shuttle a bit unpredictable. Rooms are chic and comfy. Room service and housekeeping good, but forgets some items. Overall I’d definitely stay there again but they are things you’ll need to call front desk for.
This is a wonderful property, and I'm sure I would have had a lovely experience in a different room! Counting House was lovely, the art is fabulous, and the valets are terrific! But Room 705 was absolutely miserable: probably the worst night of sleep I've ever had in a hotel. I've been in rooms by elevators before, but this was a whole other level of noise. You could hear them moving all night: not just when people stopped on my floor.