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Well-known for horse racing, baseball, and bourbon, Louisville is a Kentucky city’s that’s certainly worth a visit. There are lots of museums here to check out, not to mention excellent restaurants and the Urban Bourbon Trail to sample local spirits. This is a friendly and affordable town with a lot of convenient and accommodating places to stay as well. Here are our top choices for hotels in Louisville!
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The Brown Hotel has been a landmark in Kentucky since 1923 and epitomizes true southern elegance and glamour. It’s sophisticated, stylish, and has a beautiful rooftop garden that is popular for weddings and events. The Lobby Bar is especially glamorous, and there are two onsite restaurants, The English Grill and the J. Graham Café. Make sure to order the “Hot Brown,” a specialty dish created by the hotel in 1926. The Brown Hotel has 293 guest rooms, specialty suites, and Club rooms, all with Egyptian cotton linens, European goose down comforters, and eclectic artwork. The list of in-room amenities includes complimentary Wi-Fi, USA Today newspapers, refrigerators, and work desks. This hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places and is conveniently located near lots of Louisville attractions, such as the Palace Theatre, Kentucky International Convention Center, and Brown Theatre.
This is a truly unique hotel because it is also a museum! The 21c Museum Hotel has 91 rooms and is located along Museum Row. The boutique hotel is also home to Proof on Main, Executive Chef Mike Wajda’s restaurant. The hotel/museum is the result of repurposing several 19th century warehouses, so the design reflects both history and a contemporary lifestyle. Onsite you’ll find a spa with massage services, 24-hour fitness center, over 9,000 square feet of exhibition space, pet-friendly rooms, and free Wi-Fi. This hotel’s museum celebrates the city’s love for contemporary art, with curated exhibitions that are free for the public to visit, open every day, and rotate throughout the year. You can take a guided docent tour Wednesday or Friday at 5pm as well.
If you’re planning to attend a conference at the Kentucky International Convention Center, then a convenient place to stay is the Louisville Marriott Downtown. The hotel is attached to the conference center and has spacious rooms with modern amenities. It’s also near the Louisville International Airport and has suites with separate living and sleeping areas. Complimentary Wi-Fi and breakfast are provided, as well as a full-service business center if you’re traveling for work. There are 591 rooms and 25 suites across 17 floors here, and there is onsite parking for an extra fee. Pets are not allowed at this Marriott, but there is a 24-hour fitness center, indoor pool, and whirlpool here.
This Hyatt is a great place to stay if you want to be in the heart of downtown and walk to all the city’s top attractions. It’s on 4th Street, attached to the Louisville Convention Center, and has brand-new rooms with city views. It’s easy to get to the Louisville Slugger Museum, the Muhammad Ali Center, and Whiskey Row from here. Top Hyatt amenities include free Wi-Fi, an indoor pool, outdoor tennis court, fitness center, and the Sway Restaurant & Bar. This restaurant embraces the farm-to-fork concept and serves southern fare with ingredients from local farms. There’s a rooftop event venue called Spire that offers amazing views and also 24 conference rooms and a conference theater.
The Galt House is a waterfront hotel in Louisville that offers lovely views of the Ohio River and is close to Whiskey Row and Museum Row. Rivue is the onsite restaurant and lounge, and Xhale Salon is the perfect place for a spa day. This hotel used to be a residence owned by Dr. W.C. Galt in the early 1800s and was later opened as a hotel, the only waterfront hotel in Louisville. Today, there are 1,314 guest rooms and suites at the Galt House Hotel in the SUITE Tower and the RIVUE Tower. Free basic Wi-Fi is offered in all the guest rooms, and there is also a pool and fitness center onsite. You can bring up to two dogs along for $50 per stay as long as they are 45 pounds or less each.
The Hilton Garden Inn is another great place to stay in Louisville, especially if you’re traveling for business. It’s located in Bluegrass Industrial Park and near lots of leading companies. This Hilton is about a 20-minute drive from downtown, eight miles from the Louisville International Airport, and has easy access to Interstate 64. Guests here enjoy made-to-order breakfasts at the Great American Grill, handcrafted cocktails at the Garden Bar & Lounge, and lots of meeting and event space. There’s also an indoor pool for lap swimming and a fitness center to go with these 112 guest rooms. The rooms also have spacious work areas, and travelers can take advantage of catering services and A/V equipment for meetings.
The Seelbach is a luxury hotel with a unique character and well-appointed rooms. The history of this hotel dates back to 1969, when Louis Seelbach moved to Louisville to get involved with the hotel business and started construction of a Beaux Arts Baroque hotel shortly thereafter. The Oakroom Restaurant here has a beautifully restored early-1900s bar and serves a mix of local and international ingredients. Meanwhile, Gatsby’s on Fourth is open every day for breakfast and lunch.
If a bed & breakfast is more your style, then stay at the Inn at Saint James Court in Louisville. It’s in an 1890s Victorian mansion in a tree-lined, residential neighborhood and has just three guest rooms. Stay here for personalized attention, all the comforts of home, and to make new friends while chatting on the porch.
This is another historic bed & breakfast that makes for a peaceful stay in Louisville. There are eight guest rooms here with deluxe amenities and elegant antiques. Your stay includes complimentary coffee, tea, after-dinner drinks, desserts, and gourmet breakfasts each morning. Some rooms even have cozy fireplaces!