The latest address for 21c Museum hotels, a multi-venue contemporary art museum and award-winning hospitality brand, has opened in the heart of downtown St. Louis.
Like all 21c properties, 21c Museum Hotel St. Louis challenges the conventions of both the hospitality and museum worlds, providing a space where travellers and locals can come together to experience contemporary art exhibitions, community-focused cultural programming, and inspired food and beverage options that spark conversation and create connection.
Housed a 95-year-old, 10-story, Renaissance Revival-style YMCA building, 21c Museum Hotels have carefully restored the building, reimagining it into a contemporary space that honours its historic roots. The property now enters a new era as 21c St. Louis, boasting over 14,000 square feet of museum exhibition space featuring site-specific art installations and rotating, curated exhibitions, along with 173 artistically appointed rooms outfitted with exclusive artworks from artists who have strong ties to Missouri including Carmon Colangelo, Collin W. Elliott, Brandon Forrest Frederick, Bethanie Irons and La Vispera.
In addition to the museum, gallery space and accommodations, the property is also home to a 10,500+ square foot athletic and wellness centre, Locust Street Athletic and Swim Club – an ode to its past as community recreation centre, and two food and beverage outlets: chef-driven restaurant Idol Wolf – combining local and seasonal ingredients with Iberian sensibilities to create a Spanish inspired shared drinking and dining experience; and the Good Press – a coffee shop working with local roasters, growers, and purveyors to put the best of what the city has to offer front and centre, both led by Chef Matthew Daughaday. The building’s historic spaces, such as the former gymnasium and fitness track, will be transformed into art-filled public meeting and event spaces equipped with the latest AV technology to accommodate museum programming and other events from weddings to intimate soirees and small board meetings.