21c Museum Hotel in Durham Welcomes First Guests

The 21c Museum Hotel in the heart of downtown Durham is now open.

by Adriana Pop, Associate Editor

The 21c Museum Hotel in the heart of downtown Durham is now open.

Company and local officials recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new 125-room, $48 million property at 111 N. Corcoran St., which employs a staff of 150 people.

Formerly known as the Hill Building, the hotel offers 125 guest rooms that range in price from about $230 per night for a standard double queen or king room to about $1,500 per night for the penthouse suite on its 15th and top floor. According to the NewsObserver, the 21c company has owned the property since 2013, when it purchased it from Greenfire Development, a local company that remains a partner in the hotel.

Besides a wide range of amenities, including a business center, fitness center and plenty of meeting space, the hotel features seven site-specific art installations in and around the building, as well as rotating exhibitions on its first and second floors. Guests and visitors alike may currently view the property’s debut exhibition called “Pop Stars! Popular Culture and Contemporary Art.” It consists of more than 100 multimedia works and is on display through August.

21c Museum Hotels is a luxury hotel chain based in Louisville, Ky., that combines the hotel experience with contemporary art exhibitions. Similar properties are located in Cincinnati, Ohio, Bentonville, Ark. and Indianapolis, Ind.

The new Durham hotel is the first of five new lodging facilities scheduled to open in and around the city in the next 12 months. These include:

  • The 54-room boutique Hotel Durham at 315 E. Chapel Hill St. expected to open in May;
  • The 134-room Aloft Durham Downtown hotel slated to open in June;
  • The 75-room Jack Tar at 212 N. Corcoran St. expected to open during the first quarter of 2016;
  • The 125-room Residence Inn by Marriott at 1108 W. Main St. scheduled to open in June.

Photo credits: www.21cmuseumhotels.com