The Best Boutique Hotels in Louisville, Kentucky

Every art fan should stay at least once at the 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky
Every art fan should stay at least once at the 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky | Courtesy of 21c Museum Hotel Louisville / Expedia.com
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29 October 2020

Whether it be for a wedding, girls weekend or “just because”, everyone needs some luxury once in a while! The city of Louisville, Kentucky, is on the up and up, but its hotels have always been fabulous. Here are some boutique hotels for the days when being classy is calling!

The Brown Hotel

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The Brown Hotel, Louiseville, Kentucky
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The Brown Hotel is a staple of Louisville’s history and majesty. With its Great Gatsby vibe, it won’t be surprising that staying here will be an elegant experience. You can enjoy fine dining without ever having to peruse the streets, as The Brown Hotel is home to the four-star English Grill, as well as J. Graham’s Cafe, where the Hot Brown Sandwich is a must. Summer is wedding season, and the Brown is a go-to if you’d like your big day to feel like taking a step back in time. Want things a bit more modern? Check out the hotel’s rooftop garden; it is simply spectacular.

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21c Museum Hotel Louisville

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21c Museum Hotel Louisville, Kentucky
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The outside of the 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville appears surprisingly “normal” for what the inside holds. As a part of a chain of hotels that are both museums and hotels, staying here is a truly unique experience. Each room looks perfectly curated for your Instagram pictures, and the hotel comes complete with a live exhibition. Every art fan needs to stay here and cultivate their creativity. If Van Gogh was still alive and decided to visit Louisville, this would definitely be his hot spot. The surrounding downtown of Louisville combines a mix of hipster and historical vibes – perfect for an inspiring weekend getaway.

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  • Galt House Hotel

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    Galt House Hotel, Louiseville, Kentucky
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    The Galt House is pure Louisville and part of the Louisville skyline. It sits directly on the Ohio River, giving guests the best sunsets in the city. A historical icon, The Galt House was once a house of a wealthy doctor, and then it was converted into a hotel in the late 1800s. The architecture reflects this – everything is grand and sweeping, ready for a midsummer’s ball or just a really fabulous event! The pool faces the historical Belle of Louisville, which offers a phenomenally fun way of exploring the city. But, if the bars sound like a better idea, this swanky venue houses the famous RIVUE Restaurant and Lounge as well as the Jockey Silks Bourbon Bar.

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    Vu Guesthouse

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    Vu Guesthouse, Louiseville, Kentucky
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    The Vu Guesthouse is a mysterious getaway that looks more like the set of a Tim Burton film than a hotel. The dark color scheme with pops of brightness lends itself to a hotel experience like no other. Vu Guesthouse’s allure lies within its lack of information. The location itself is secretive and provocative. This former tobacco warehouse has been transformed into a sexy and unforgettable destination just outside of Louisville’s lively downtown. If unique is the theme of your vacation, then Vu Guesthouse has got you completely covered.

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    Breckinridge Inn

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    Breckinridge Inn, Louiseville, Kentucky
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    The Breckenridge Inn is for everyone wanting to live out their Gilmore Girls dreams by staying in a really adorable Inn. This venue is conveniently located near Churchill Downs, so, come Kentucky Derby time, it certainly is a hot spot. The architecture is a combination of Southern charm and elegance. So, get ready for the races because this place is the perfect abode.

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