The Brown Hotel

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love It

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

"Storied downtown hotel" -- Lonely Planet
Enjoyed This
(40 Member Ratings)
"The elegant decor and ambiance of a truly grand hotel."
Oct 09, 2018
Erie, USA

Map & Directions

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). 

Rooms & Rates

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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, 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
  • 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


  • 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 Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

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.

Enjoyed This
(40 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Brown Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.9 Ambiance
4.7 Location
4.4 Rooms
4.9 Quality of Service
4.6 Value for the Money
4.9 Ease of Booking
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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
Enjoyed Most
club level lounge
John Aug 11, 2018 Peru, USA
Enjoyed Most
kim Aug 11, 2018 Mount Pleasant, USA
Enjoyed Most
The ambiance
Josh Aug 10, 2018 Spruce Pine, USA
Enjoyed Most
The history, architecture and attentiveness of staff.
Elizabeth Aug 04, 2018 Southport, USA

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