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The name conjures up the drama, wealth and high jinks of the Kentucky Derby and the bourbon which bears this state’s name, but there’s much more to Kentucky’s love of horses than just one race and some of Kentucky’s counties are dry, so all is definitely not what it seems. In a state this size it’s always going to be tough to refine recommendations for the best places to stay in Kentucky, but our Guru’s list includes both small B&Bs in sleepy, pine-laced hamlets, and grand Louisville dames.
What Not To Miss
- Kentucky is breathtakingly beautiful. Especially if you’ve a thing for the wild west. The rolling limestone hills and lush pastures of Kentucky’s horse-breeding country are a sight right out of a frontier film.
- As well as fields of bluegrass, Central Kentucky is also where you’ll find the 700,000 acres of dramatically rugged scenery of the Daniel Boone National Forest and the natural sandstone arches and sheer cliffs of the Red River Gorge and the Mammoth Cave National Park, which has the world’s largest underground cave system.
- Central Kentucky also has Bardstown, the ‘Bourbon Capital of the World’, Hodgenville, where Abraham Lincoln grew up, Lexington and the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill.
- Louisville is thought of as the gateway to ‘the South’, so there’s an air of old fashioned hospitality. It has long been a transport hub - first the river and then rail - and it’s a bit overlooked as a visitor destination outside of Derby time. But the Victorian architecture is impressive and there are numerous wonderful museums, some of them pleasingly niche, classy old neighbourhoods, hipster bars and farm-to-table restaurants popping up everywhere.
- Then there’s Lexington, home to the University of Kentucky and the million-dollar thoroughbred industry, Fort Knox which, funny enough, the home of Fort Knox and Frankfort, the peaceful state capital.
- For a slice of Kentucky Bluegrass country, you'll need to head to Berea. It has a vibrant arts and craft scene and is surrounded by beautiful countryside.
Use our guide to the best places to stay in Kentucky to help to plan your trip, whatever your reason to visit.
The best places to stay in Kentucky
For a city break
- The 21C Museum Hotel (Louisville) is also home to a popular contemporary art space and both the public spaces and the rooms benefit from an overspilling of art onto their walls as well. The 90 rooms are modern, lively and luxurious and you’re right in the centre of things. With a great restaurant, gym, spa and sauna.
For the Kentucky Derby
- The Brown Hotel Louisville, is a grand old hotel with a Georgian Revival facade, wonderfully impressive public spaces and almost 300 comfortably modern bedrooms. Right in the heart of the action with doubles starting from around £120 per night.
For the views
- 21c Museum Hotel, Lexington is an inspiring, contemporary art museum come boutique hotel in the historic Fayette National Bank Building. White on white rooms with contemporary furnishings, splashes of pop colours and original art on the walls. Restaurant championing local Bluegrass ingredients. Lively and super-artsy.
- The Boone Tavern Hotel in Berea is a charming, traditional hotel with a classical facade and nice features like handcrafted furniture and high ceilings. A perfect place to come for strolls around forests and pokes through artisan boutiques.
For an apartment or cabin
- If you'd prefer a self-catering option this holiday - don't hesitate to visit our online partner Booking.com for a diverse range of properties to suit holidays of all types.
- Fly to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport located 20.5km (12.8 miles) from Cincinnati with a wide range of both domestic and International flights including to Europe and Canada. Otherwise lexington or Louisville.
- Alternatively, catch a train to Kentucky with Amtrak rail routes linking Kentucky to other states.
- If you want to rent a car to explore the stunning Kentucky scenery - for prices visit our online partner Rentalcars
- Best time to visit - Springtime from March to May provides moderate temperatures which are ideal for enjoying the great outdoors and many sights.
Still not sure?
- Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Kentucky,
- Refine your search to the best places to stay in Louisville,
- Or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
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Best Hotels in Kentucky
Boone Tavern Hotel Berea 63 rooms from £78Private Hot Tub - Executive Suite features a private hot tub tubBack to NatureGreat walks - Good for walkers.Traditional
Origin Hotel Lexington 120 rooms from £101Local exploring - Fantastic location for exploring the racehorsing scene and enjoying the best bourbonsSights nearby - Horse Country Farm Tours
A trendy hotel, well located in Lexington for exploring local sights. Comfortable and stylish rooms offer huge beds with luxury linens and spacious bathrooms. Enjoy delicious Southern comfort food, craft cocktails and curated bourbons lists at the restaurant. An exquisite stay! See More
The Sire Hotel Lexington (Kentucky) 40 rooms from £108Local exploring - The hotel is in the historic neighbourhood of Gratz Park, making it perfect for exploring by footSights nearby - Mary Todd Lincoln House is less than a 10 minute walk away
A chic historic hotel set in Gratz Park Historic District. Light and spacious rooms are designed in simple monochrome tone with luxurious linens and marble bathrooms. The restaurant offers a wide range of dining options and showcases that famous Southern hospitality. A smart Kentucky stay. See More
21c Museum Hotel, Lexington Lexington (KY) 88 rooms from £124Artworks - Original art work in rooms and interesting installations in the barViews - Great views from hotelFull of characterBoutique
An inspiring, contemporary art museum come boutique hotel in the historic Fayette National Bank Building. White on white rooms with contemporary furnishings, splashes of pop colours and original art on the walls. Restaurant championing local Bluegrass ingredients. Lively and super-artsy. See More
The Brown Hotel Louisville 293 rooms from £132Sights nearby - Minutes from Brown Theatre, the Palace Theatre, Kentucky International Convention CenterLively area - In the thick of the action.Local markets - Good for local colour.Opulent
A grand hotel with a striking Georgian Revival facade which embodies Old World elegance complemented by top notch modern conmforts. Classic decor in the rooms and OTT interiors in the public areas. Prime location in downtown Louisville. Enjoy southern hospitality in historic grandeur. See More
Maple Hill Manor Springfield, Kentucky 7 rooms from £137Romantic Break - McElroy room - known as the honeymoon hideaway - is a romantic choice with a spa bath, sunset deck and atmospheric fireplaceLocal exploring - Ideally located amongst four major tourism trails; learn more about bourbon, wine, Abhraham Lincoln and Civil War historyRiding - For horse enthusiasts the area offers riding stables, thoroughbred horse farms, racing and Kentucky Derby Museum nearbyCountry Escape - Enjoy farm tours, visit wineries or go hiking, cycling and kayaking in the surrounding countryside
Award-winning Greek Revival antebellum inn surrounded by acres of farmland. Traditional rooms with impressive period decor look out over mature gardens with hammocks, a swing and patio. The property boasts an alpaca and llama farm, a nature reserve, vineyard and farm shop. Authentic historic charm. See More
Willis Graves B&B Burlingyon, Kentucky 5 rooms from £148Romantic Break - Stand-alone Willis Graves Garden Cottage is ideal for couples. Set away from other rooms it features its own patio & whirlpoolLocal exploring - Perfectly located to explore the sites in northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and southeastern IndianaSights nearby - Visit Over The Rhine for well-preserved 19th-century buildings, breweries, gastropubs and charming indepedent shopsCooking classes - The owner is a trained chef. As well as serving up delicious breakfast, cookery classes are available
Charming owner-run Burlington B&B made up of 1850s Federal home, log cabin & a garden cottage. Beautifully-appointed rooms with rustic style have been lovingly renovated to maintain a historic feel with modern comforts. The chef-train owner serves up alfresco garden breakfasts. Perfect for couples. See More
Hotel Covington KY, Kentucky 114 rooms from £148City Style - A glamorous addition to the south side of the Ohio River- chandeliers, velvet bedheads and contemporary artSights nearby - Nearby is the Cathedral Basilica of The Assumption, styled on Notre Dame Cathedral and a real sight to beholdFull of characterRomantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Tablet
A welcome addition to Covington, the less developed little sister of Cincinnati, on the Ohio-Kentucky river border. This historic skyscraper now houses a cool contemporary hotel worthy of any big city. The interiors are original and inspired and the restaurant and bar are worth checking out. See More
Charred Oaks Inn Lexington 4 rooms from £179Local exploring - Great location for exploring the famed horse attractions of LexingtonViews - Terrace and garden viewsFour poster beds - For romantics.Adult Only
A small, charming Southern colonial-style B&B in Versailles, only minutes away from Keeneland racecourse. Large, spacious and floral rooms feature magnificent king four-poster beds and antique furnishings. Delicious and hearty breakfasts are served. A tranquil and homely base. See More
21C Museum Hotel, Louisville Louisville (Kentucky) 90 rooms from £180Sights nearby - Louisville Slugger Museum Factory and the Science Centre are short walking distance.Lively - Hip and happening.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Full of characterRecommended by - Tablet
Home of a popular contemporary art space this hotel is modern, lively and luxurious in the heart of the city. Rooms have every comfort, and all spaces mirror the museum with works of art. Proof on Main brings sophisticated dining and is frequented by locals. Gym, Spa and Sauna-truly has it all! See More
Bourbon Manor Bardstown, Kentucky 10 rooms from £187Local exploring - Ideal base for exploring a wide range of historical sites and interesting museums the area offersSpa - Full-service award-winning spa offers massages, facials, sauna and beauty treatmentsSights nearby - Visit Wickland, Home of Three Governors, Old Bardstown Village, Basilica of Saint Joseph and Barton 1792 DistilleryGreat walks - Bardstown Community Park offers trails, play equipment and lovely areas for picnics in the summer months
Handsome 18th-century plantation transformed into an elegant owner-run inn. Old-world charm radiates from rooms decorated in traditional period style; think four-poster beds, decorative fireplaces and antiques. Indulge in spa treatments and spend lively evenings in the atmospheric lounge bar. See More
Chateau Bourbon Louisville 4 rooms from £202Sights nearby - Visit Kentucky Kingdom a seasonal amusement & water park with both thrill & children's rides, plus waterslides & wave poolsGreat walks - Walk around Cherokee Park's with a 2.4-mile Scenic LoopRestrictions on children - Children over 6 are welcomeWhirlpool Bathtub
An upscale B&B in the heart of the vibrant area of Norton Commons, Louisville. Rooms are elegant, some with four-poster beds, fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. Enjoy all things bourbon with on-site tastings while at breakfast sample homemade bourbon granola! Simple, impeccable, Southern-hospitality. See More
A Storybook Inn Lexington 7 rooms from £226Local exploring - The inn is the perfect base as it is closely located to all of Versailles and Lexington's attractionsNo restaurant - A farm-to-table breakfast is includedWhirlpool BathtubSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
A luxurious boutique inn set in historic Versailles. Rooms are spacious and stylish with antique furnishings, whirlpool tubs and walk-in rain showers. Enjoy a farm-to-table breakfast with fresh ground organic coffee. Take a dip in the pool and relax in the garden. A homely base to explore from. See More