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21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati

609 Walnut St | Cincinnati, OH 45202  [SEE MAP]Cincinnati, OH  [SEE ADDRESS]

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On-site spa
Small fitness center
Appropriately perched adjacent to the Contemporary Arts Center – across the street from the Aronoff Center for the Arts in downtown Cincy – the 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati is for the traveler looking for a little more than just a place to hang their hat. Recent guests heaped praise on the unique outpost of the 21c Museum collection, saying they felt little need to step foot outside the hotel. Perhaps that's because you don't need to leave to get your fill of culture: The museum within the hotel features a rotating roster of 21st-century artists. And the creativity doesn't stop at the gallery display; rooms are stylishly decorated with amenities including MALIN + GOETZ toiletries and Nespresso coffee makers. If interpreting modern art isn't your idea of a good time, you can enjoy some pampering at the Spa at 21c. The hotel also boasts an on-site fitness center, though recent guests warn that it is a bit small. And when your stomach starts to rumble, the on-site restaurant, Metropole, receives rave reviews from past visitors thanks to its fresh menu and knowledgeable waitstaff.
Cincinnati, OH
Hotel Class
Property Type
Boutique hotel, 156 rooms
Primary View
City center
Modern, Historic



  • 4.5Hotel Class
  • GREATCritic Rating


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Critic Reviews

Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2019
  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2019

Condé Nast Traveler


A 1924 landmark turned art hotel in downtown Cincinnati, next to the Contemporary Arts Center and across the street from the Aronoff Center for the Arts.



Built in 1912 and designed by the noted firm Joseph G. Steinkamp & Brother, whose other Cincinnati works included the Art Deco American Building, the former luxurious Metropole Hotel was a city mainstay famous for its two-story curved staircase and ornate ballroom … Now, along with revitalized original elements like the mosaic tiled elevator floors and that signature staircase, you'll find 8,000 square-feet of gallery and installation space showcasing the work of living artists (the rotating exhibits are open to the public for free, 24-hours a day; calendars are available online).

Fodor's Choice

Travel + Leisure


A neglected, 100-year-old downtown building has been transformed into a chic hotel and contemporary art space with rotating exhibitions. Ever true to its mission, the brand's founders, Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, preserved many of the original details — mosaic tile floors, large-scale arched windows — and filled each of the 156 modern rooms with original works.

Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2019
  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2019

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 1739 have reviewed the 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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Tripadvisor Travel Rating: Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1739 reviews 4.5 (based on 1739 reviews)

Guest Rooms

The guest rooms and suites at the 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati have been renovated with a modern, loft-like feel. Homey touches like fluffy bedding and original artwork add comfort to a somewhat minimalist design. All rooms include robes, Nespresso coffee makers, flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi. Suites provide additional seating and dining areas, as well as double vanities in the bathrooms. Most rooms have city views.
  • MALIN + GOETZ bath products provided

Standard room size252 to 351 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

The 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati is located in the heart of downtown’s Central Business District, surrounded by high-end shopping, restaurants, bars and parks. This hip boutique hotel fits in nicely with the Queen City’s illustrious arts scene by offering a contemporary art museum on its first two floors that is free and open to the public 24/7. Additionally, it is adjacent to the Aronoff Center for the Arts and three blocks from the Taft Theatre.
  • Approximately 13 miles northeast of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
  • Hotel is less than a mile north of Paul Brown Stadium, the Great American Ball Park and a variety of parks and recreational areas along the riverfront
  • 24-hour valet parking ($38)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping


The 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati offers all-day dining in Metropole Restaurant, a sleek but cozy farm-to-table style restaurant featuring an open fire kitchen and innovative cocktail program. The lounge offers an additional small plates menu for more casual dining or a quick bite. A rotating art gallery adorns the walls and contributes interesting decor. The rooftop bar provides cocktails, bar snacks and sweeping views of the city skyline.
  • Cocktail Terrace open seasonally at 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday
  • Must be 21 and older to enter Cocktail Terrace

Number of restaurants2

Cuisine TypesAmerican

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast


The Spa at 21c packs a lot of pampering into its three-room facility, including a couples suite with a whirlpool, waxing and nail services, specialty men’s services and custom wedding packages. A contemporary design and bright space promote relaxation. The property’s art museum theme is continued throughout the spa with a unique "Field of Grass" installation powered by real wind gusts.
  • In-room and express treatments available

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body Treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


Families with children will find the 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati to be a solid home base for exploring the city’s top family-friendly attractions, including the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Newport Aquarium and two professional sports fields. Kids will also enjoy experiencing the many zany art installations in the ground floor museum and throughout the hotel.
  • Rollaway beds available for $30 per night; cribs are complimentary
  • Children's menus available in Metropole Restaurant and for in-room dining
  • Kids Club
  • Free Kids Club
  • Fee for Kids Club
  • Cribs
  • High Chairs


The fitness center located on the lower level of the 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati is small but well-stocked with a range of modern exercise equipment, including cardiovascular machines with integrated flat-screen TVs and free weights. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the proximity to the Ohio River for kayaking, fishing and boating. Additionally, many parks and trails can be easily accessed from the property for jogging and cycling.
  • The fitness center is open 24 hours
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)


The 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati has 8,000 square feet of event space for meetings, conferences, galas and other corporate and social gatherings. The meeting and pre-function spaces are filled with natural light, contemporary furnishings and original artwork. A full-service events team can assist with audiovisual technology, presentation materials, catering services and after-hours activities.
  • A 24-hour business center is available on the main floor with basic computing, printing and faxing capabilities
  • Meeting add-ons include unique group activities like art classes, cooking classes, scavenger hunts, yoga sessions, express spa treatments and sustainable upgrades

Number of meeting rooms7

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


The property welcomes guests with pets, although there's a weight limit and a fee applies. The hotel provides food bowls but guests must provide their own pet beds and other supplies. Several local dog walking, boarding, daycare and supply services are located nearby. Also nearby are a variety of parks and open spaces for exercising pets.
  • Pets can weigh no more than 50 pounds
  • $75 pet cleaning fee required per room
  • Guests must sign pet waiver at check-in
  • Pets allowed (with fee)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting


Combining the contemporary space of a modern art museum with resort-style hospitality, the 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati provides a unique setting for weddings, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners and receptions. Catering options present regional flavors in fresh, elegant dishes for hors d’oeuvres, plated dinners and late-night snack bars. A dedicated wedding coordinator is on-site to help book vendors, plan bridal party activities and tend to guest needs.
  • Custom amenities and welcome bag delivery available
  • All packages include event manager, linens, printed menus, table numbers and place cards

Maximum wedding guest capacity200

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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