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About Lexington

Known as the Horse Capital of the World, Lexington, in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky, combines a big city's culture and energy with a small-town friendliness. It is also called the 'city in the park' due to the dozens of horse-farms by which it is surrounded. But it is not only horse-lovers that will be charmed by this city; anyone with a taste for bourbon, bluegrass music and quaint, southern ways of life will also enjoy a visit. Our choice of the best places to stay in Lexington put you at the heart of the action.

With the famous Kentucky Derby taking place (in May) at nearby Louisville, and the countryside's superb grasslands, Lexington has become a horse-breeding centre. Most of the horse farms can be toured and there's an equine museum. Of course, there are also plenty of horse-riding opportunities.

As it's a relatively quiet area, the surrounding countryside is excellent for exploring by bicycle while the limestone cliffs of the Kentucky River Palisades will please hikers.

If you want more gentle pursuits, there's an aviation museum, children's museum, civil war museum - in the historic Hunt-Morgan House - plus the childhood home of Mary Todd Lincoln (wife of President Abraham Lincoln).

Whiskey lovers are in for a treat with plenty of distillery tours; Bourbon is American's only native spirit. And then there are a host of bars and venues where you can not only find bourbons but the real ol' foot-tapping bluegrass music. Come in the summer to enjoy a picnic in an outdoor venue. The best places to stay in Lexington ensure a taste of all the city has to offer.

For art lovers

  • As much art gallery as hotel, the 21C Museum Hotel is a stunning conversion of the historic Fayette National Bank building. Rooms are sleek and contemporary while modern art and sculptures dot the public areas.

For more choices, browse our list of the best places to stay in Lexington, expand your search to include all our Kentucky recommendations, or contact a friendly guru for advice.

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Best Hotels in Lexington

  • Origin Hotel Lexington 120 rooms from £101

    Local exploring  -  Fantastic location for exploring the racehorsing scene and enjoying the best bourbons
    Sights 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

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  • The Sire Hotel Lexington (Kentucky) 40 rooms from £108

    Local exploring  -  The hotel is in the historic neighbourhood of Gratz Park, making it perfect for exploring by foot
    Sights 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

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  • 21c Museum Hotel, Lexington Lexington (KY) 88 rooms from £124

    Artworks  -  Original art work in rooms and interesting installations in the bar
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Full of character
    Quirky  -  An experience!

    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

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  • Charred Oaks Inn Lexington 4 rooms from £179

    Local exploring  -  Great location for exploring the famed horse attractions of Lexington
    Views  -  Terrace and garden views
    Four 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

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