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About Louisville

Louisville - where every pronunciation except Lewisville is tolerated - has long been known as the ‘Gateway to the South’. A river transport hub, and now road and rail hub as well, Louisville is often overlooked and underrated. But if you come for the Derby, this city’s biggest event, you’re bound to be impressed by its elegant, largely Victorian architecture, its hip bars and farm-to-table restaurants, its wonderful museums and its classy old neighbourhoods. Louisville is also southern enough for our Guru’s recommendations for the best places to stay in Louisville to include the words ’southern hospitality’ in their reviews.

The best places to stay in Louisville can be found below, but first here are some of the reasons to visit this fair city - and it’s not all about the traditional, seersucker fun of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby… Though obviously you should definitely visit the racecourse and the Kentucky Derby Museum on the grounds of the racecourse.

Aside from the gee-gees, Louisville is also known for being name checked by baseball - this is where the Louisville Slugger is made, staple of the diamond since 1884, and the town Muhammad Ali called home - and there’s a museum to both local exports.

Louisville also hosts the Kentucky Science Centre, a number of wonderful old historic homes - including Thomas Edison’s cottage, and conversely it also houses the Creation Museum, which offers an interactive tour though the biblical alternative to evolution.

Aside from the museums there’s the city itself with all its beautiful parks - designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted, ‘The Father of American Landscape Architecture’. Waterfront Park, stretching along the Ohio River, is definitely a highlight with its open lawns, parks, playgrounds and fountains.

Our pick of the best places to stay in Louisville are ideal bases, whatever your reason to visit.

  • The Brown Hotel is a grand old hotel with a Georgian Revival facade, wonderfully impressive public spaces and almost 300 comfortably modern rooms. Right in the heart of the action It offers excellent value with doubles starting from only £120 per night.
  • The 21C Museum Hotel is home to a popular contemporary art space, and both the public spaces and the rooms benefit from an overspilling 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.

Still not sure? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Louisville, expand your search to include all our Kentucky recommendations, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.


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Best Hotels in Louisville

  • The Brown Hotel Louisville 293 rooms from €152

    Sights nearby  -  Minutes from Brown Theatre, the Palace Theatre, Kentucky International Convention Center
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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    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

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  • Hotel Distil Louisville 205 rooms from €157

    Business meetings  -  Spaces include a grand ballroom, meeting rooms, and private dining, plus it's only 10 mins walk to Kentucky Convention Center
    City Style  -  Perfect base to dip into the infamous prohibition past with all the conveniences and comforts of the present
    Sights nearby  -  Watch the races at nearby Churchill Downs, home of the famous Kentucky Derby
    Great walks  -  Stretch your legs and admire river views from nearby Waterfront Park
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    Luxury hotel on famous Whiskey Row with a rich past and historic facade. Contemporary rooms feel warm and welcoming with sleek industrial touches and fab river views. Indulge in glam dining at the steak restaurant or enjoy a bourbon or two on the stylish rooftop bar and terrace. City-centre cool. See More

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  • 21C Museum Hotel, Louisville Louisville (Kentucky) 90 rooms from €207

    Sights nearby  -  Louisville Slugger Museum Factory and the Science Centre are short walking distance.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Full of character
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    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

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  • Chateau Bourbon Louisville 4 rooms from €233

    Sights nearby  -  Visit Kentucky Kingdom a seasonal amusement & water park with both thrill & children's rides, plus waterslides & wave pools
    Great walks  -  Walk around Cherokee Park's with a 2.4-mile Scenic Loop
    Restrictions on children  -  Children over 6 are welcome
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    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

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