LOUISVILLE, KY -- When you pull up to the entrance, it's hard not to notice the bright red penguins guarding the doors. And that's not all that sets the 21c Museum Hotel apart. After 25,000 individuals voted, the 21c Museum Hotel was recently named #1 hotel in the United States and #6 in the world in the prestigious 2009 Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards.
The 21c Museum Hotel is more than just an overnight stop for Louisville guests. Even without reservations, all are welcome to visit the hotel's 9,000 square feet of exhibition space featuring rotating art displays. And, of course, there are the 40 red penguins who roam the hotel as permanent guests, originally commissioned as public art for the 2005 Venice Biennale. Philanthropists and art collectors, Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, founded the hotel in 2006. Their vision was to make contemporary art accessible for everyone.
"We are thrilled with the recognition 21c Museum Hotel has received from travelers around the world and from Conde Nast Traveler," said Wilson. "Louisville is widely known for the Kentucky Derby, but there is much more to do in our city than go to horse races. We look forward to welcoming new visitors to experience 21c Museum Hotel and our presentation of works by living artists."
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