The Best Hotels in Louisville, Kentucky for Every Traveler

Louisville, Kentucky, has a hotel to suit every traveler and budget
Louisville, Kentucky, has a hotel to suit every traveler and budget | © Anne Rippy / Alamy Stock Photo
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7 December 2020

As the birthplace of Muhammad Ali and the Louisville Slugger baseball bat, a haven for bourbon and Southern comfort food, and the home to live-music bars and distilleries, there are plenty of reasons to love Louisville, Kentucky. Whichever attracts you, there’s a hotel to suit your needs.

The Brown Hotel

4.6/5 (932 Reviews)
Brown Hotel
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Looking more like a Saint Petersburg ballroom than a Georgian Revival hotel, the Brown has occupied this downtown corner near the Brennan House since 1923. Old world-style rooms come with marble floors and mahogany beds, the most opulent being the Muhammad Ali suite, dedicated by the man himself. This oversize lodging sports a marble Jacuzzi tub and a dining room with a chandelier. Dining options include the elegant J Graham’s Café and the palatial Lobby Bar serving hot brown sandwiches – they were invented here, after all.

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Moxy Louisville Downtown

Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel, Hotel
4.4/5 (71 Reviews)
Moxy Louisville
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Looking like a Tokyo club on Whiskey Row, this neon-lit Marriott outpost offers unparalleled access to the distilleries, cocktail bars and jazz clubs that make this area so famous. Inside, a wood-paneled game room offers foosball, card tables, board games and graphic art books. After a night of partying, wake up to stellar Ohio River views through floor-to-ceiling windows. For all-hours eating, Zombie Taco serves casual Mexican bites.

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21c Museum Hotel Louisville – MGallery

4.7/5 (854 Reviews)
21c Museum Hotel Louisville, Kentucky
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It’s like a night at the museum – but in this case, the museum comes to you. The downtown Louisville iteration of the 21c boutique chain features a constantly rotating selection of fun and thought-provoking works, and one installation, the glass-paneled Asleep in the Cyclone, even doubles as a guest room. Celebrity-favorite restaurant Proof on Main serves elevated Kentucky classics such as charred octopus and bison. The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and the Muhammad Ali Center are within a five-minute walk.

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Omni Louisville Hotel

Chain Hotel, Spa Hotel, Hotel, Luxury
4.6/5 (1037 Reviews)
Omni Louisville
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Four blocks south of the river and one east of the Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse, this contemporary four-star pad impresses with its muted mid-century decor, curated in-room bourbon bars and Louisville skyline views. The gracefully minimalist Mokara Spa offers earth-clay detox wraps and a gentlemen’s Walk in the Woods facial with hemp oil and bark extracts. Follow dinner at Bob’s Steak and Chop House with bowling and cocktails at the Prohibition-style Pin + Proof bar.

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Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Mall of St Matthews

Chain Hotel, Hotel
4.7/5 (374 Reviews)
Hilton Garden
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About a 15-minute drive from downtown, this three-star bolthole sits within the enormous Mall of St Matthews and its many shopping and dining options, including Kung Fu Tea, Blaze Pizza, Nordstrom Rack and more. Refresh after a day of browsing with a dip in the heated indoor pool or work out in the fitness center. All rooms come with a mini-fridge, a microwave and Serta Suite Dreams bedding. There are also numerous accessible room options for people with disabilities – check when booking.

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Hotel Distil, Autograph Collection

Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel, Hotel
4.7/5 (29 Reviews)
Hotel Distil
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A cocktail’s throw from the sophisticated jazz clubs and distilleries of Whiskey Row, Hotel Distil combines Marriott’s reliable service with design-forward rooms, with spindly serving carts, geometric headboards and lots of filament bulbs. A well-equipped fitness room allows you to keep up your exercise regime; grab a post-workout bite in the Repeal Oak-Fired Steakhouse before heading to the rooftop bar for aged, house-made bitters cocktails.

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Aloft Louisville East

Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel, Hotel
4.5/5 (535 Reviews)
Aloft Louisville
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Edging the Gene Snyder freeway and a 20-minute drive from downtown, this Marriott outpost sits in prime shopping territory next to several mega-malls and the Walmart Supercenter. Rooms are unfussy and comfortable, sporting pillowtop mattresses, smart TVs and Bliss Spa toiletries. Facilities include an indoor pool and fitness center, a Re:fuel by Aloft grab-and-go snack bar and a W XYZ Bar serving small plates and cocktails in a violet-accented, sci-fi setting.

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The Seelbach Hilton Louisville

Chain Hotel, Hotel, Luxury
4.2/5 (983 Reviews)
The Seelbach
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Legends abound at this masterpiece of a hotel on 4th Street, opened in 1905 by two Bavarian brothers. It has hosted presidents in its Seelbach Suite and Al Capone at its gentlemen’s club, but the pièce de résistance is the vaulted Rathskeller, or beer hall, a favorite drinking den of F Scott Fitzgerald. Rooms tastefully blend modern furnishings with historical fixtures, and three dining options range from casual breakfast hall Gatsby’s on Fourth to the faithfully restored Old Seelbach Bar, serving single-barrel bourbon cocktails.

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  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Louisville Downtown

    Chain Hotel, Hotel
    4.5/5 (936 Reviews)
    Embassy Suites
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    A clean-lined monochrome aesthetic is the order of the day at this refined all-suites hotel in downtown Louisville, next to the Fourth Street Live! restaurant complex and minutes from the Muhammad Ali Center. The cooked-to-order breakfast and fine dining at the Orchid Room are the perfect antidotes to a night of bar-hopping. If you’re more health-conscious, work out in the fitness room, or jump into the large indoor pool.

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    Caesars Southern Indiana

    Chain Hotel, Spa Hotel, Hotel
    4/5 (951 Reviews)
    Caesar's Southern
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    This enormous casino hotel faces onto the Ohio River from the Indiana side, yet is just a 25-minute drive from downtown Louisville. Play Wheel of Fortune and electronic roulette in the grand slot room, with almost 1,200 machines. Alternatively, shoot craps in the glittering traditional table games room. Jack Binion’s Steak is a masterclass in indulgence – premium beef, fat Cajun prawns and creamy cheesecakes – and rooms have a brooding, understated elegance.

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    AC Hotel Louisville Downtown

    Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel, Hotel
    4.5/5 (296 Reviews)
    AC Hotel Louisville
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    This Marriott bolthole in downtown impresses with an industrial-chic lobby and clean-lined minimalist rooms with smart TVs. The fitness center comes equipped with modern cardio machines and free weights – fill up post-workout on small plates of tapas and handcrafted cocktails at the AC Lounge. Beyond, the antique shops and galleries of the East Market District await you – the hotel is also on the Urban Bourbon Trail, which takes in Louisville’s finest bars.

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    Vu Guesthouse and Luxury Boutique Hotel

    Hotel, Guesthouse
    4.3/5 (231 Reviews)
    Vu Guesthouse
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    With a pink-and-orange exterior that’s practically visible from space, the Vu is a guest house that does things differently. Spread across a former tobacco warehouse, the 34 rooms and suites have a boudoir feel with ornate tufted headboards, mood lighting and premium Molton Brown toiletries. Kick back with a cocktail in the red-lit lobby bar or try the grand piano. Outside, you’ll find the historically African-American neighborhood of Smoketown, with downtown attractions a four-minute cab ride away.

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