A true Southern belle, The Brown Hotel is a Louisville classic with a glittering register of famous past guests, including Elizabeth Taylor, Barack Obama and Muhammad Ali (who has a suite named after him). Built in Georgian Revival style in 1923, this imposing red-brick hotel stretches 16 stories high. The hotel is set right in the heart of the downtown theater district, just two blocks from the restaurants and nightlife of Fourth Street Live. The hotel is a special favorite with race-goers during the Kentucky Derby, which takes place three miles away at Churchill Downs.
It’s an older hotel, so facilities aren’t abundant, but there is an in-house fitness center and free local transfers. Two on-site restaurants cover meals throughout the day: The English Grill for Kentucky fine dining (dinner only; closed on Sundays) and J. Graham’s Café for simple American dishes (breakfast and lunch). Be sure to try the Hot Brown sandwich, invented at The Brown in 1926 and composed of roasted turkey and toast covered in Mornay sauce and Pecorino Romano cheese and topped with bacon and tomato. After dark, retire to the lobby bar for a mint julep or just a pour of good ol' Kentucky bourbon.
Rooms are quiet and comfortable and have old-fashioned décor with tufted carpets, opulent drapes and antique furniture. Equestrian prints decorate the walls, and bathrooms have Spanish marble floors. Standard rooms are small but a good value; splurge on a Luxury rooms for more space and four-poster beds. Opt for a Club Floor room for access to the exclusive Club Lounge, where free hors d'oeuvres, wine and beer are served every evening.
From the press:
"Opera stars, queens and prime ministers have trod the marble floors of this storied downtown hotel" -- Lonely Planet
"Classic luxury hotel with early 20th-century style and Southern charm, the Brown Hotel is surrounded by entertainment options and restaurants, including the hotel's own highly regarded English Grill" -- The Guardian
Infant cots / cribs
Newspaper / magazines
Extra beds / roll away beds
Gym / fitness center
No pets allowed
24-hour front desk
24-hour room service
Baby-sitting service on request
Complimentary airport transfer
Complimentary shuttle service
Express check-in / checkout
Laundry / dry cleaning
Room service (limited hours)
Safe in reception (fees apply)
Iron and ironing board
Jacuzzi in some rooms
Pay-per-view / movies on demand
Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout
Off-street parking (fees apply)
Parking (fees apply)
Public car park (fees apply)
Valet service (fees apply)
Accessible bathroom in some rooms
Accessible meeting room
Accessible path of travel
ADA compliant rooms
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.
Standard checkout time: 11am.
Children and additional guests
Children up to age 17 stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding (on request).
Child's cot/crib available free of charge for children (on request).
Extra bed available (on request): $20 per night for children up to the age of 17 and for adults.
Charges will be added to your bill on checkout.
No pets allowed.
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.
Minimum stay of 3 nights required for the first weekend in May each year for Derby weekend.
The hotel is a 15-minute drive from Louisville International Airport, and it provides a free 24-hour shuttle service -- just call the hotel when you land, and someone will be waiting for you in arrivals. For those who arrive by car, valet parking is available for $24 per night, or self-parking at $20 per night (both plus tax).
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You will pay the hotel in the hotel's local currency. The rate displayed (in GBP) is an estimate based on today's currency exchange rate.
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