The pandemic has made vacationing nearly impossible for some, but let’s be real, most of us need a vacation at this point.   We just need to take a staycation instead!  Enter the award-winning 21c Museum Hotel in downtown Cincinnati. is giving you 7 reasons why you should take a staycation at the 21c Museum Hotel!

1. Hotel and Museum in One

Explore the exhibits of the 21c Museum literally anytime; it’s open 24/7.

You’ll find art at this museum before you even walk in the door, which is accented by Werner Reiterer’s large brass chandelier, hanging over the sidewalk.

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21c Hotel & Museum – outdoor brass chandelier

Athi-Patra Ruga’s Foam Sculpture

Once inside, you’ll come face to face with Athi-Patra Ruga’s foam sculpture Proposed Model of Francois Benga.

According to the essay accompanying the sculpture, this dazzling work of art was, “created in homage to an early 20th-century icon of queer culture…[and] belongs to the artist’s pantheon of heroes and queens that reflect African beauty and resistance.”
Make your way through the museum and immerse yourself in some of the most intriguing art today.

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21c Hotel & Museum Exhibit, Foam Statue – photo by Kelsea Daulton

The museum hotel is also adjacent to the Contemporary Arts Center and across the street from the Aronoff Center, so you’re literally surrounded by art!

2. Exhibits Change Frequently

Museum Manager Michael Hurst said they try to change the exhibits every 10 months to keep the museum experience fresh. For this reason, it’s easy to visit the 21c Museum frequently and always see something new.

Hurst said that while they try to keep exhibits no longer than a year,
Dress Up, Speak Up in Cincinnati is on it’s second year in the city due to the pandemic.

The tentative schedule for a new exhibit is October 2021.

3. The Metropole

Director of Sales and Marketing Jessica Tomain describes 21c’s restaurant as a chef-driven restaurant that is a farm to table operation. The Metropole partners with local farms to introduce the fresh produce and ingredients that make up the menu.
Executive Chef Vanessa Miller came onto the scene last August.

She puts her modern take on French and Italian cooking, and ensures only the best is served by creating homemade pasta. The new Spring menu is available now, which features three pasta dishes.


Cocktail Terrace, rooftop bar at 21c Hotel & Museum in Cincinnati

Yes, there’s a rooftop bar!

The rooftop bar, Cocktail Terrace is now open!  Voted one of the best rooftop bars in the city, this is an awesome perk for choosing 21c Hotel for your next staycation.

Enjoy the skyline and a drink from Miller’s raw bar, a new concept this year featuring fresh seafood.

Reservations are suggested.

4. The Spa

Cincinnati has the only location, out of nine 21c Museum Hotels, to offer a full-service spa. This feature is completely unique to us.

Book one of the three rooms for a specialized treatment just for you.

Whether you want a massage, a facial, or something waxed, this spa has something for everyone.

5. Dress Up, Speak Up Exhibit

Museum Director and Chief Curator Alice Gray Stites writes, “Bedecked and bejeweled, the figures populating Dress Up, Speak Up occupy fluid space and time, evoking past and present, fact and fiction, memory and desire, to illuminate the complexity of contemporary identity.”
Throughout the museum, you’ll find several different works by different artists that populate this exhibit.

“Whether clad in the stylized garb of Enlightenment-era Europe, the traditional coverings of ancient religious tradition, or the gender-bending bling of popular culture, these representations of self and other role-play in real time, reach back through history to address prevailing personal, social, and political changes,” writes Stites.

Michael Hurst states that all exhibits are curated based on a specific theme that deals with what’s going on today.

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Kudzanai Chiurai (Zimbabwean), We Live in Silence VII, 2017. Dress Up, Speak Up Exhibit at 21c Museum Hotel

The artwork is selected from the founders’,Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson’s, huge collection of 21st century art.

According to Hurst, their collection just keeps growing. They always have new artwork to show.
Even if you see Dress Up, Speak Up at a different location once it moves from Cincinnati, it won’t be the exact same exhibit.

Hurst said that only about 30 percent of the current exhibition will continue to be displayed with pieces being pulled and added as exhibitions move.

6. Pet-Friendly Rooms

The 21c Hotel boasts pet-friendly rooms so your furry friends won’t have to stay home for this staycation!

Bring your pets along and if you have a pooch, take them to some of the top 7 dog-friendly dog spots in Cincinnati.
Your pets can have their cake and eat it to, or more accurately, you can! This is because until June 30, 2021, you can waive the pet fee if you book directly through 21c!

7. Packages and Special Offers

Jessica Tomain states the best way to experience 21c is to immerse yourself in all they have to offer. What better way to do that than to take advantage of one of 21c’s packages and special offers.

Spa, Wine, Everything’s Fine Package

Indulge in self-care essentials with the Spa, Wine, Everything’s Fine package and you’ll get:
One night stay at the 21c Hotel 50 minute 21c Glow Facial Macarons made by Metropole Bottle of RoseIt truly does not get better than this…

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Spa at 21c Museum Hotel downtown Cincinnati

Book Multiple Nights and Save at 21c

If you want to stay at 21c Hotel for more than one night, you’re in luck!  The longer you stay, the more you save:

  • 10% off for 1-2 nights
  • 15% off for 3-4 nights
  • 20% off 5 nights or more

Another great reason to stay at 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati for your next staycation – or vacation!

Consider 21c Museum Hotel for a Private Events, Too

Do you already love 21c Museum Hotel? Me too.

Getting married in an art museum?I didn’t even know that was a thing- but Yes, sign me up!
Weddings are just one of several events that 21c can showcase. This event space is ideal for social and business events alike.

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Events of all sizes can be accommodated at 21c Hotel & Museum. You can choose from:

  • A large ballroom that will host up to 200 people
  • Five art galleries, to accommodate meetings and events for smaller groups
  • A Smartboard-equipped conference room
  • The cocktail terrace is available, too!

You and your guests will get lost in the 8,000 square foot event space that’s filled with art, right in the heart of downtown Cincinnati.

Whether you’re hosting a business conference or a wedding, 21c will make sure you’re taken care of.

Conclusion for 7 Reasons to Staycation at 21c Museum Hotel

So, why not give yourself a break this weekend, and staycation at 21c Hotel Museum?
In Tomain’s words, “Stay here, sleep here, tour the museum, have a massage at the spa, all under one roof.”

21c Hotel Museum definitely offers tourists and Cincinnatians alike a completely unique experience that won’t be forgotten.

What Do You Think?

Have you ever stayed at 21c Hotel or toured the exhibits there? What was your experience?  Let us know in the comments section below.

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