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What We Love

  • Chef Michael Paley’s seasonal, wood-fired menu at the house restaurant, Metropole
  • The free contemporary art gallery, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • A nine-story airshaft repurposed as an iridescent fiber optic exhibit by Danish artist Astrid Krogh

What To Know

  • The gym is open 24 hours and there is a full-service spa on the 11th floor
  • Some contemporary art exhibits aren’t for the tenderhearted
  • Overnight valet parking (with in-and-out privileges) is available for $28 per night
  • Free WiFi

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Eco-Friendly
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Mod, art-centric boutique hotel, with a 24-hour art gallery, tony restaurant and rooftop bar in downtown Cincinnati

The Look

The 21c is an artful blend of turn-of-the-last-century architecture and a contemporary disposition. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and owners Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson — who kicked off the concept with their flagship Louisville location — worked with architect Deborah Berke to preserve its vintage appeal while integrating a contemporary interior overhaul. It’s hard to miss the elaborate mosaic tile floor and terra-cotta and plaster molding details. Browse the striking mixed media exhibits in the 8,000-square-foot gallery space, and then enjoy more original art in each guestroom. No generic sofa paintings here.

Bed and Bath

Guestrooms are a balance of chic and cozy, pairing modish furnishings with supersoft linens, plus handy amenities like iPod docks and Nespresso coffeemakers. Suites sport two flat-screen televisions and an impressive walk-in wet room with steam shower and tub (rubber duck included), elegant black-and-white decor and lovely Malin + Goetz bath products (you’ll want to pinch the cilantro hair conditioner).

Beyond

Nearly every dish on chef Michael Paley’s inventive menu takes a spin in Metropole’s custom-built wood-burning oven, and he changes up the offerings regularly — though the string-roasted chicken is (so far) a reliable local favorite. Stop in for a light breakfast of wheatberry granola, or lunch on the charred spicy mortadella sandwich. After hours the bar turns out a mean Old Fashioned (dubbed the Don and Dirty in an homage to Mad Men’s rye-swilling Don Draper). But don’t miss the menu of shrubs, tasty colonial-era cocktails laced with flavored vinegar and such seasonal ingredients as Concord grape with juniper, or carrot with basil and achiote.

In the Area

The 21c is located smack in the middle of this compact city. See more art next door at the Contemporary Arts Center, and walk two blocks northwest to Jean-Robert de Cavel’s French Crust Café for an almond croissant or dejeuner of beef short rib with red potatoes and mushrooms. Don’t miss wandering over to Over-the-Rhine, a revitalized Italianate neighborhood just blocks from downtown, where you can try Senate’s gourmet hot dog, Abigail Street’s creamy bouillabaisse, or Bakersfield’s street cart–style tacos. And a must-see spot is Findlay Market, Ohio’s oldest continuously operated public market and home to dozens of year-round grocery, craft and carry-out food vendors.

How to Get There

21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati
609 Walnut St
Cincinnati, OH 45202 United States

Reviews

21st Anniversary @ 21C!
Lisa M

We had a wonderful time at 21C! We started going there on our anniversary for our 21st & have been back every year except this year. We love the art museum aspect of the hotel. It is fun to soak in the art & take a break from the busy-ness of life. We splurged for the suite - which is nice if you're tall;) We loved being in the middle of the city & close to so many great restaurants, attractions, and shopping. We enjoyed having Metropole right in the lobby area - ready to serve amazing food/drinks. The roof top area is also a one of a kind experience. Last time we enjoyed the spa as well.

Perfect stay for dinner and theater
DayTrip40394069101

Beautiful hotel across from the Aranoff theater. Many excellent choices for dinner within walking distance. The hotel restaurant was amazing. Room was wonderful. Not a fan of the bathtub, but the shower made up for it. Interesting artwork throughout hotel. Staff was superb.

Another great stay
C623JZpeterb

As the team at 21C calls it … I am a repeat offender! Again a great stay at 21C Cincinnati. They just make it too good to go anywhere else … great service, good rooms, excellent food. And all so centrally located downtown in Cincinnati. What more do you need?