The Top 20 Business Travel Hotels in the World

By Condé Nast Traveler - 2013-09-20T15:41:50Z

Photograph courtesy 21C Museum Hotel

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17. 21C Museum Hotel

Louisville, Kentucky

Business Facilities Score: 93.3

Created from abandoned tobacco and bourbon warehouses, and doubling as a contemporary art museum with more than 9,000 square feet of exhibition space, this property—"centrally located and close to everything downtown"—has reclaimed-wood floors, hand-blocked linen upholstery, exposed brickwork and timber trusses, and glass transoms. "Unique and creative" guest rooms have Herman Miller chairs, high ceilings, pewter mint julep cups, Malin and Goetz bath products, and rubber ducks in bathtubs. Proof on Main's menu is inspired by Italy and the American South, hence dishes like Marksbury Farm Bone-in Pork Chop or rye pasta carbonara, and a choice of more than 50 Kentucky bourbons, several bottled exclusively for the hotel. One reader remarks, "It's hard to believe it is in Louisville."

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