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91% (33 member ratings) "Great enough for Gatsby" -- Chicago Tribune

Seelbach Hilton

Louisville, KY
  • A scene from The Great Gatsby takes place here
  • Past guests include presidents, royalty and Al Capone
  • Opened more than a century ago
  • The Oakroom is Kentucky’s only AAA 5-Diamond restaurant
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91% (33 member ratings)

4.2Value for the Money


500 South 4th Street
Louisville, KY, 40202
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When the Duchess of York, Al Capone and F. Scott Fitzgerald made trips to Louisville, they stayed at the Seelbach Hilton Hotel. Opened more than a century ago, the registered landmark has dazzled for generations -- it was impressive enough to persuade Fitzgerald to set Tom and Daisy Buchanan's wedding here in The Great Gatsby.

The Seelbach is home to Kentucky’s only AAA 5-Diamond restaurant, The Oakroom, which itself has a century of history serving rich regionally inspired cuisine in a Golden Era oak-paneled room beneath brass chandeliers. A table in one nook was a favorite for when Capone came to play cards, and is located near secret tunnels should the gangster have needed to escape. The state’s liquor of choice is poured in the Old Seelbach Bar, where cocktails incorporate single-barrel bourbon and Kentucky limestone water.

When a wedding hasn’t already booked the space, ask hotel staff for a tour of the Rathskeller. This subterranean ballroom is completely covered in custom Rookwood pottery. The ceiling curves up to gothic arches, and walls have medieval-style tiles and coats of arms.

Guest rooms marry historical accents like paneled wood doors with modern amenities such as HD TVs and Wi-Fi. The Concierge Lounge serves nightly hors d’oeuvres and has a discounted honor bar.

From the press:
  • “The Seelbach is as grand today as it was when Fitzgerald first set eyes on it back in 1918” – Chicago Tribune


  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Restaurant
  • Nightlife / entertainment
  • No pets allowed
  • Pet-friendly
  • Extra beds (fees apply)
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • 24-hour security
  • Complimentary airport transfer
  • Concierge service
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Business center
  • ATM

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas
  • Wi-Fi in guest rooms (fees apply)
  • High-Speed Wi-Fi (fees apply)


  • Hair-dryer
  • Bathtub (in some rooms)
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Parking (fees apply)
  • Valet service (fees apply)


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


  • Standard check-in time: 4pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.


  • Standard checkout time: 11am.

Children and additional guests

  • Children ages under 18 stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding (on request). Cot/crib available on request, free of charge. Extra bed available, on request, in the Queen & Double: $10 delivery fee. Charges will be added to your bill.


  • Pets are allowed on request and will be charged a $50 non refundable cleaning fee. Charges will be added to your bill .


  • Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Getting there

Louisville International Airport is about 15 minutes south by car. A taxi ride runs about $20.


  • 500 South 4th Street
  • Louisville, KY, 40202
  • United States

Customer Service

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Tel: 1-877-966-0000

Mon-Fri 9am-9pm ET, Sat-Sun 12pm-8pm ET

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