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The 21c Museum Hotel Lexington sits inside a National Register of Historic Places building that dates back to 1913, originally used by the Fayette National Bank. Today it serves as both a unique and luxurious boutique hotel and a contemporary art museum in downtown Lexington.
While the hotel has offered impressive accommodation for nearly a decade, with original art and floor-to-ceiling windows combined with high-end amenities, it just got even better with a new addition: the Queen’s Gambit-inspired “Harmon Room.”
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Fans of the popular Queen’s Gambit drama miniseries can experience firsthand what it would have been like to live in character Beth Harmon’s world, complete with a larger-than-life chessboard installation suspended from the ceiling.
The series was not only set in Lexington but the author of the novel Queen’s Gambit, Walter Tevis, was from the city and taught at the University of Kentucky in town.
The details are remarkable, including mid-century modern décor, vintage accessories, chess books and sets, and impressive custom artwork all sourced and dressed by local vendors. The period furniture comes from private collections and local antique shops.
Lexington nonprofit Iron Bridge Woodshop produced a limited run of the handmade walnut-and-maple chessboards like the one in the room, and you can even purchase one at the Lexington Visitors Center. The artistic recreation of Beth Harmon’s drug-induced hallucinations, and the custom wallpaper in a pattern dubbed “The Knight’s Gambit,” created exclusively for this project, are just some of the many other highlights.
You’ll truly feel as if you’ve stepped back in time to 1960s Lexington for a unique and unforgettable stay with countless photo-ops for your Instagram feed.
There are even copies of Chess Review magazine and rare books on loan from local Black Swan Books that have been placed around the room as if Beth herself was staying, making it easy to get lost in the past.
But you can do more than just enjoy a memorable room to sleep in. VisitLEX, the Lexington tourist board, helped to take it a step further by curating an exclusive Queen’s Gambit Guide to Lexington, offering visitors the chance to connect with local landmarks and attractions from the show, from the Herald-Leader offices and Black Swan Books to Ben Snyder’s Department Store and the Henry Clay High School.
Complimentary items that were made just for the Harmon Room are included too, like the reproductions of the “Lex Liquors” tote bags seen on the show.
And, just because you’re in a 1960s time capsule it doesn’t mean you won’t have access to modern amenities like free Wi-Fi along with hotel facilities like in-room dining provided by Lockbox, a 24-hour fitness center, and 24-hour valet service. Plus, you’ll be able to enjoy the museum’s curated exhibitions and cultural programming too.
21C Hotel Museum Lexington