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21C Museum Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky 
$$$$

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700 W. Main Street
Louisville , Kentucky
Tel: 502 217 6300
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From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
"It's difficult to describe the uniqueness of this hotel," the top-scoring Gold List property in the United States. Created from abandoned tobacco and bourbon warehouses, the property features reclaimed-wood floors, hand-blocked linen upholstery, and glass transoms, "striking design that mixes old and new to stunning effect"—9,000 square feet of exhibition space are a backdrop to the revolving collection of contemporary art. Guest rooms have high ceilings, Herman Miller chairs, exposed brick walls, and silver mint julep cups. Proof on Main cooking is inspired by Italy and the American South, hence dishes like handmade tonnarelli, and sides like simmered grits; its selection of Kentucky bourbons includes some bottled exclusively for the restaurant.

(90 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 97.7
  • Design: 98.7
  • Food: 97.4
  • Location: 96.5
  • Rooms: 98.7
  • Service: 97.1

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2009

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From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:

This 91-room hotel, hung with works from the owner's private collection (including pieces by Andres Serrano and Sam Taylor-Wood), pays homage to twenty-first-century art. Further distinguishing it from Louisville's stately hotels are its 5,000-square foot gallery and witty plastic penguins, which staff rotate around the lobby. Each room comes with the usual gadgets, plus fun extras such as poster art to take home. Proof on Main serves gorgeous cuts of bison and does a snazzy take on country ham fritters.

—2007 Hot List

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