- Associated Press - Sunday, February 28, 2016

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - An upscale hotel is opening in a century-old bank tower in Lexington.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for Monday for the 21c Museum Hotel. An open house and tours will follow. The events are open to the public.

Louisville philanthropists Steve Wilson and Laura Lee Brown had already opened 21c Museum Hotels in Louisville and Cincinnati. They bought the 103-year-old Lexington property in 2012 for $3.1 million.

The 15-floor former First National Building has 88 rooms and is aimed at drawing high-end travelers.

The Lexington Herald-Leader (https://bit.ly/1QPItYo ) reports room rates range from about $199 a night to $699 for a 15th floor suite.

A restaurant opened in the building in February.

As workers around him at the hotel added finishing touches, Wilson said he was “thrilled to death” with how it turned out. The 21c group has worked with New York designer Deborah Berke.

Contemporary art is included in the public spaces of the hotel and restaurant, much of it from Wilson and Brown’s personal collection. Individual meeting rooms also double as galleries. Art is included in every hotel room.

Mary Quinn Ramer, president of VisitLEX, Lexington’s convention and tourism center, said the 21c Museum Hotel occupies “this sweet spot of art, food, drink and overnight (stays)” that will make it an enticing attraction for out-of-town visitors.

“We are really excited to have a new hotel product to offer and obviously we love the fact that they have been able to take a very important historic building and re-purpose it for modern use,” Ramer said.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, https://www.kentucky.com


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