Hotel of Dreams

August 3rd, 2008

I’ve been staying at the 21C Museum Hotel┬áin Louisville for the past two days. It’s my second visit and I wish I could live here. The photo was snapped of the welcome mat in the lobby. It’s a video projection and as you stand around waiting to check in, the sleepers move, turn over, reach out for each other. I never tire of waiting for something to happen…a potential little story unfolding before my eyes. The hotel is filled with startling, controversial, thought-provoking art installations, and it makes me wonder why schools, hospitals, and other public buildings can’t be as well. I don’t mean the bland pudding-comfortable stuff that generally passes for public art, but pieces like this that jar your sensibilities, move you out of your ordinary state of mind. Every time I stay here, I’m all shook up by it. Originally, I booked it to have a refuge from my family’s antics when I come home to visit. Now I look forward to coming here. It’s not just a place to sleep or stash my suitcase; it’s a destination on its own, a place to create, conjure, recover, dream. It never occurred to me that a hotel could be a muse.

5 Responses to “Hotel of Dreams”

  1. Pat says:

    No one wants us jarred out of our usual state of mind…we are supposed to let those who “know” do our thinking for us while we work ourselves silly. This hotel sounds like an interesting place to visit…very stimulating….and like you say…a story unfolding at every turn. Forget the family…spend all your time at the hotel!!! Pat

  2. Anonymous says:

    damn frida, sounds like you found heaven! what a wonderful escape and i love their concept/design. thanks for sharing.

  3. Lindsey Beth says:

    I’ve heard 21C is an amazing place to stay. Wish I had a reason to book a room there, but I always stay with my folks!

  4. Sarah says:

    Thank you thank you thank you! This blog post came to the attention of the team at 21c and we were tickled pink by your comments. This project is a labor of love and we are thrilled you share our enthusiasm!

    We have joined the world of and would love for you to become a fan. Also, feel free to share your words with others on Your comments gave us goose bumps!

  5. Di Mackey says:

    You might like the book ‘Nomad’s Hotel’ by Cees Nooteboom. He’s a Dutch traveler, a writer and poet and one of the essays in this book is about creating his perfect hotel, having stayed in so many.

    I love the idea that a hotel could be a muse.