By Mary Noe

When contemporary art collectors Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson opened their first 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, they had no intention of changing the landscape of luxury lodging. They wanted to take an active role in the preservation and revitalization of downtown Louisville, and created a space that would blend culture and hospitality in a unique way.

Believing that “Old looks better in the presence of new,” they combined a luxury boutique hotel with a contemporary art museum and chef-driven restaurant to create a new kind of travel experience.

More than a decade later, their inspired vision has expanded to includeseven museum hotels in the South and Mid-West US, with more on the way. All offer luxury lodging, award-winning cuisine, and curated rotating exhibitions, commissioned site-specific installations, and regular cultural programming at each location.

All seven 21c properties were recently named ‘Top Hotels in the South’ in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards. The rankings are based on the quality of rooms, service, food and dining, location and overall design.

NashvilleTennessee, is the lucky home of 21C Museum Hotel Nashville, and the award-winning boutique property has become one of Music City’s best luxury destinations.  Here, catch a glimpse of co-founder Steve Wilson, as he shares the vision for 21c Museum Hotels, then be sure to check out Contributor Mary Noe‘s excellent feature story on the company’s superb 21C Museum Hotel Nashville property.


Contributor Mary Noe is a freelance writer who offers a fresh approach on local happenings, keeping readers current on travel, community, and lifestyle trends.