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The Brown Hotel

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • AAA 4-Diamond-rated Louisville classic, located in the theater district
  • A destination stay for Kentucky Derby race-goers & celebrities
  • Birthplace of the Hot Brown sandwich
  • Free 24-hour airport transfers are available from Louisville International Airport

"loved the ambience of this historic hotel. sevice was excellent. It was also a great location to see attactions. We would go back."
May 11, 2019 - Freedom, USA
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A true Southern belle, The Brown Hotel is a Louisville classic with a glittering register of famous past guests, including Elizabeth Taylor 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.

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). 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. Guests who opt for a Club Floor room receive access to the exclusive Club Lounge, where free hors d'oeuvres, wine and beer are served every evening along with breakfast each morning. 



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Restaurant
  • No pets allowed


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • 24-hour security
  • 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)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Jacuzzi in some rooms
  • Pay-per-view / movies on demand
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel


  • Bathrobes
  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries


  • 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 parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • ADA compliant rooms


Check-in: Standard Time is 4pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 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.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Cancellation: 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.

Additional details: Minimum stay of 3 nights required for the first weekend in May each year for Derby weekend.

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Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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(38 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Brown Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.8 Ambiance
4.6 Location
4.3 Rooms
4.9 Quality of Service
4.6 Value for the Money
4.8 Ease of Booking
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Enjoyed Most
loved the ambience of this historic hotel. sevice was excellent. It was also a great location to see attactions. We would go back.
Michael May 11, 2019 Freedom, USA
Enjoyed Most
The breakfast and happy hour
Kristi Apr 09, 2019 Columbus, USA
Enjoyed Most
the club level
Other Comments
the staff was great
Jerry Apr 09, 2019 Lemont, USA
Enjoyed Most
We enjoyed the beautiful ambiance of the hotel along with the service we received from the staff.
Other Comments
We enjoyed being on a club floor and having access to the club lounge
Clara Mar 13, 2019 Lebanon, USA
Enjoyed Most
The elegant decor and ambiance of a truly grand hotel.
Karen Oct 09, 2018 Erie, USA
Other Comments
Room was musty smelling
Maureen Sep 19, 2018 Menomonee Falls, USA
Enjoyed Most
The Hot Brown.
Other Comments
Everyone super friendly & Helpful. Loved the history.
Dale Sep 18, 2018 Fremont, USA
Enjoyed Most
Beautiful historic hotel
Molly Sep 06, 2018 Findlay, USA
Enjoyed Most
The Brown Hotel is an historic hotel reflecting the opulence of an earlier era. Our room was extremely quiet and the kind bed very comfortable. The bathroom had updated fixtures and amenities although the marble tile on the floor appeared to be original.
Other Comments
We enjoyed our stay at The Brown and with the included valet parking, thought that it was an excellent value. We did have to walk about 3 or 4 extra blocks down 4th street to get to some of the better restaurants in the area. We also had to walk further to get to the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, although we were told that there is a free trolley service in this area. One does have to drive to the Kentucky Derby Museum and Churchill Downs. If you want to see the Muhammud Ali Center, please be aware that it is closed on Monday.
Sanford Aug 29, 2018 Eaton, USA
Enjoyed Most
Staff service and restaurants
Verlene Aug 28, 2018 Baxley, USA

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