When I was getting my toes wet in the travel world, I always opted for well-known multi-national chain hotels. There is something to be said for the comfort of having some sort of familiarity when you are far from home. There comes a time, though, when we all need to step out of our comfort zone; and lately boutique hotels have rocked my world.
While in Cincinnati, Ohio to visit P&G Headquarters, I stayed at 21c Museum Hotel. Located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, 21c could not be any closer to the city’s cultural centers and museums, in fact (as the name suggests), the hotel is a museum itself. The first couple floors of the hotel feature museum exhibits of 21st century art (21c – get it?) and are open to the public 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – at no charge.
My room was the Deluxe Double Queen. It was spotless, roomy and well equipped. The beds (yes, I tried both) were super comfortable – memory foam I believe. Along with the two beds, this category of room (344 – 396 SQ FT) features:
- HDTV flat screen television
- Complimentary wi-fi
- Nespresso coffee and espresso machine
- Luxurious bedding
- Malin + Goetz bath amenities (which you can also purchase in the gift shop in larger quantities once you fall in love with them)
- Original art (you’ll know it when you see it 😉 )
- Plush robes (comfy, soft and roomy!)
I had plenty of it, but didn’t get a ton of photos, sorry. The evening of my arrival, I had dinner at the in-house restaurant, Metropole; the restaurant’s menu focuses on local dishes cooked in a custom-built wood-burning fireplace. The dishes were excellent, and what stood out most (some things are a bit foggy due to their delicious cocktails and wine selection) was the service; it was attentive and the staff knew so much about the ingredients used, the preparation and even the inspiration of each item we selected and helped us make decisions when we were a bit indecisive. It was just lovely. There is also a rooftop terrace at 21c which is open seasonally and offers the same delicious cocktails, wines and beers as Metropole, as well as bar snacks… I hope I get to return so that I get a chance to go up.
I did get a chance to order room service for breakfast and I was introduced to what may become my new obsession: Goetta. That’s what those fried up slices are in my photos above. Goetta is a breakfast meat that originated in the Cincinnati area and is made of ground meat (pork, or pork and beef), pin-head oats and spices. I hear there are even festivals in the area that celebrate Goetta, and I understand why… now to see if I can recreate it! Boo for not being able to import meat across the border. Boo.
I’d be a liar if I said I could hold a conversation about art. I know nothing about it, and at the same time I LOVE taking it in. I like what I like and I don’t what I don’t…ha! I woke up early to have some time to myself to walk through the gallery floors and truthfully, I could have stayed there for hours.
21c doesn’t scream ‘Family Hotel’, but at the same time, it is kid friendly. Cribs are available at no charge and cots are available for a fee if required. If you are visiting sans kiddos, there is also a highly recommended spa within 21c – The Spa at 21c features three treatment rooms – including a couple’s spa suite with en-suite whirlpool tub, steam shower with skylight and heated floors – and offers a range of treatments from facials and massages to pampering Cincinnati spa packages – Next time Cincinnati, next time.
For full details on this unique boutique hotel, visit http://www.21cmuseumhotels.com/cincinnati/.
Step out of those comfort zones, people!
(and try Goetta!)