As Mark Twain once posited, “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” Could that be true? As you ponder the merits of such an argument, you suddenly feel drawn to a dose of Southern hospitality—and a sip of sweet corn-mash bourbon to wash it down. You can imagine the faint clopping of horse hooves and a slower pace of life. Follow the hoofbeats to Louisville—it’s sending out a siren song, inviting you to taste its world-famous bourbon and break out your most elaborate hat for a seat at the Kentucky Derby. Not every vacation destination suggests that gentlemen pack their seersucker suits and ladies a colorful floral dress, but the opportunity to experience the opulence of Churchill Downs should not be missed.
Adding allure to the city is a vibrant Southern culture, some of the best food in the world, a revolution in civic spirit, and innovative attractions. Yes, when you want to escape the ordinary, the largest city in Kentucky is a mighty fine destination for a wise wanderer like yourself.
If you’re wondering where to stay in Louisville (by the way, it’s pronounced Lou-vull, not Louie-ville—and certainly not Lewis-ville), just let the aromatic waft of the iconic “Hot Brown” sandwich lead you to a neighborhood brimming in good eats and classic culture.
Where Are the Best Places to Stay in Louisville?
Louisville is a city full of dynamic neighborhoods, rich in history and charm. With restored Victorian homes in Old Louisville, quirky shops and art galleries in NuLu, amazing eateries in Clifton & Crescent Hill, and bourbon distilleries out near the East End, every area of this city begs to be explored. When you are looking for Louisville lodging options, two neighborhoods stand out from the rest, though. Downtown Louisville hotels—and their counterparts in Southern Indiana—put you close to all the area has to offer.
Take a stroll along Louisville Riverwalk on the banks of the Ohio River, squeeze in a session of retail therapy at the Fourth Street Live! Pedestrian mall, or tour attractions dedicated to baseball bats (Louisville Slugger Museum), boxing (Muhamad Ali Center), and bourbon (Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse)—all Louisville originals. Here are some of our favorite hotels that put you in close proximity to all of these points of interest:
- Galt House Hotel: Being the city’s only riverfront hotel is reason enough, but there is so much more to this impressive hotel than its location. With more than 1,300 guestrooms (including 600 executive suites), over 125,000 square feet of exhibit space, direct access to the Kentucky International Convention Center, and seven restaurants and lounges, the Galt House is anything but a typical hotel. Enjoy a meal at RIVUE, the world’s only restaurant with dual revolving floors—providing epic 360 degree views—and you’ll know why.
- Marriott Louisville Downtown: Connected to the convention center via a sky walk, the Marriott is a contemporary business hotel with upscale amenities that attracts discerning vacationers, as well. Guests enjoy two concierge levels, free Wi-Fi, custom catering services, and two on-site eateries.
- The Brown Hotel: Many travelers come to Louisville just to stay at the legendarily elegant Brown Hotel. The gorgeous Georgian-Revival architecture combined with refined Southern charm make the Brown a popular place for weddings, romantic getaways, and other truly relaxing respites. While its distinguished importance has earned it a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, its famous Hot Brown sandwich has endeared it into the hearts—and stomachs—of food enthusiasts around the globe.
If you are searching for a neighborhood with cheap hotels near Louisville, look no further than Southern Indiana. A 1-mile drive over the Ohio River from hotels in Jeffersonville and Clarksville puts you right in downtown Louisville. If Southern Indiana sounds like it will work for you, here is a great lodging option:
- Clarion Hotel Conference Center Louisville North: Not only is the Clarion situated next to Interstate 65, making it little more than a hop, skip, and a jump from downtown, the place even has its own water park. The beautiful hotel grounds are on the shores of a large pond, surrounded by grassy lawns and a grove of elms and oaks.
Let Travelocity help you find the best hotels in Louisville. Not only will you find a wide selection of upscale accommodations, affordable inns, and well-appointed rooms, you’ll also pocket a bourbon barrel of cash. You probably won’t save enough to buy a racehorse, buy you will be able to purchase a paddock ticket for the derby.