21C Museum Hotel Cincinnati was a wonderful place to stay, explore the arts and cultural history of Cincinnati, and unwind in their luxurious rooftop spa. Featuring two full floors of art galleries and even more art in each guest room, 21C Museum Hotel Cincinnati was a fantastic experience from the time we checked in until the moment we checked out. Read on to learn why we loved it so much, and why it’s where we recommend staying when visiting the beautiful Queen City.
21C Museum Hotel Cincinnati
Address: 609 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Awards: Top Hotel in America by Condé Nast
Staff Helpfulness & Friendliness: 5/5
Room size: 3/5
Room Amenities: 5/5
Room and Bed Comfort: 5/5
View from Room: 5/5
Food Variety: N/A
Food Quality: N/A
Internet Service Quality: 5/5
Proximity to Other Points of Interest: 5/5
Valet Parking: Yes, it is the only option for parking.
We absolutely loved our stay at 21C Museum Hotel Cincinnati because it was such a fantastic location, and we were right downtown.
The main draw of this hotel is their dedication to the arts and supporting local artists. As I mentioned above, two full floors of the hotel are a dedicated art museum, which is completely free and open to the public 24 hours a day. The galleries rotate every few months, so there’s always something new to see. Should you be so included to support the featured artisans, there’s also a gift shop located on the ground floor of the hotel, near the check-in desk featuring gifts and moments featuring or inspired by the works of art. The most famous work of art in the museum is the mirrored ping-pong table that allows people to play ping-pong against themselves. Is it possible to never lose against yourself, or can you never win?
Our room was a spacious four room suite, complete with a table and chairs, a living room and sitting area, the main bedroom area, and a spacious bathroom reminiscent of Japan, where the shower and bath are in yet another separate “room”. Our bed was comfortable, the air conditioning changed the temperature of the room at the drop of a hat, and the hotel offered Malin + Goetz amenities, which we first encounter during our time in Alsace, France. The staff were exceedingly kind to us, and very friendly. They gave us excellent recommendations in the area, and helped us navigate Cincy. If you have a chance to stay here, request a suite at the back of the hotel, away from the street. There are nearby bars nearby that make a lot of noise late into the night, and if you’re at the back of the hotel it’s completely silent. That was the advice given to us by the hotel staff, and it made our stay excellent.
The Spa at 21C Cincinnati
The Spa at 21C Museum Hotel Cincinnati, which is located at the top floor of the hotel (donated by a “Spa” button in the lifts) had a very relaxing atmosphere. The stairs leading up to the spa, featured one large installation reminiscent of standing out on Lake Michigan. Each container on the wall housed roughly half of a cup of beach sand, along with what appeared to be dune grass. The artist had this set up to “blow in the wind” every ten seconds or so, along with the sounds of waves crashing and wind blowing. It was truly a beautiful work that lended a tranquil peace to the spa’s atmosphere.
We enjoyed a couples massage in the couple’s suite, which was outfitted with a massive steam shower complete with a skylight and stone benches, as well as a soaking tub large enough for us to completely submerge ourselves in. Our massages were excellent, and afterward we were offered refreshments and invited to relax and stretch, and make use of the other facilities in the couple’s suite. It was a beautiful experience, and one that we would love to enjoy again on our next visit to Cincinnati. If you’re looking for a romantic date idea, this would be an excellent choice.
Rooftop Bar & View
21C Museum Hotel has one of the best views of the city from its rooftop bar. The bar is open to both guests and non-guests alike, so head on up if you’re looking for a place to enjoy drinks while watching the sunset over Cincinnati. In addition to a full bar, they also serve light snacks.
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