The Best Hotels to Book in Kentucky

From mountains to museums, a visit to Kentucky is well worth the trip, especially with a stay in an art-centric hotel like 21c
From mountains to museums, a visit to Kentucky is well worth the trip, especially with a stay in an art-centric hotel like 21c | Courtesy of 21c Museum Hotel Louisville / Booking.com
Gabi Ancarola

Fringed by the Appalachian Mountains and River Ohio, Kentucky is a fantastic holiday destination offering a varied alternative of things to do and places to visit, ranging from rivers and gorges to museums and fun attractions and hotels – now bookable on Culture Trip.

To name just a few highlights in Kentucky, discover the sandstone cliffs and formations of Red River Gorge – appealing to climbers of any level – or marvel at the history behind the legendary Fort Knox, one of the most renowned army posts in the US. If Kentucky is on your travel wish list, read on to learn where to stay when on your next visit.

1. The Seelbach Hilton Louisville

Chain Hotel, Hotel, Luxury

The Seelbach Hilton Louisville
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Ghosts, celebrities, presidents and a halo of legend surround the ambiance of the Seelbach Hilton – featuring the most luxurious suites in Louisville. The hotel takes pride in its modern amenities wrapped in a storied past and a distinct character. The Seelbach is the best place to experience the Kentucky Derby or to set on a journey along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. In this Historic Hotel of America, the enchanting rooms feature a timeless European style, ample spaces and luxurious decorations. And when it comes to dining, you can choose from a breakfast restaurant to an authentically restored early 1900s bar.

2. The Brown Hotel Louisville

Hotel

The Brown Hotel
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Since 1923, this Kentucky landmark has welcomed guests with a style of its own. A landmark in town, the Brown Hotel resembles a fine Kentucky bourbon – never overwhelming and always entertaining. The building, with its characteristic Georgian-Revival façade, is a blend of Old World elegance and modern-day comfort. Rooms feature rich fabrics and classic decors, such as Mahogany pillow-top beds, an executive desk and an eclectic collection of artwork. In the nearby area, you can discover Louisville Slugger Museum – just 11 blocks from the hotel – or venture 7mi (11km) further to visit the Louisville Zoo.

4. Galt House Hotel Trademark Collection by Wyndham

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A sleek bar with shelves of liquor and cushioned barstools at the Galt House Hotel, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Courtesy of The Galt House Hotel, Trademark Collection by Wyndham / Booking.com

With its unique waterfront location, the imposing Galt House building grants access to the best areas in town – as it’s located in the heart of Louisville’s business community, museum district, cultural center and Urban Bourbon Trail. Considered the largest hotel in Kentucky, its rich history dates back to the 1800s. However, today’s 1,310 contemporary guest rooms and suites welcome you with a collection of modern comforts and amenities. Galt House Hotel also features seven restaurants and lounges for delicious dining and cocktails – including an American Brasserie and a bourbon bar.

5. Vu Guesthouse

Hotel, Guesthouse

Vu Guesthouse
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Vu Guesthouse is a luxury boutique hotel located in the historic Smoketown neighborhood of Louisville, minutes from downtown. The 34-room hotel stands on the premises of a former tobacco warehouse decommissioned in 1865. Chic and at the same time classy, the rooms offer premium bedding and robes and bathrooms with rainfall showerheads – while some suites also feature a spacious workspace. An added plus is the quaint lobby bar and hotel lounge area with its grand piano, an outdoor patio and a separate lounge room.

6. Hotel Covington Cincinnati

Hotel

Tables and chairs behind lounge seating and in front of the bar at the Hotel Covington Cincinnati Riverfront
Courtesy of Hotel Covington Cincinnati Riverfront / Expedia

Hotel Covington is located in Covington, Kentucky – just steps from the Ohio River as well as downtown Cincinnati shops, restaurants and art venues. For your convenience, the hotel is only a 15-minute car ride from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Rooms are rich in character, detail and design – featuring comfy beds and luxurious bedding, a mini-fridge stocked with local goodies, and elegant bathrooms. On-site, there’s a sun-dappled patio and the beautiful Artisan Coffee Bar and Coppin’s Restaurant – with a unique but very local culinary idea behind its menu.

7. Origin Hotel Lexington

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Origin Lexington, a Wyndham Hotel
Courtesy of Origin Lexington, a Wyndham Hotel / Booking.com

You’ll love this contemporary hotel in the heart of bourbon country, conveniently near to shops and restaurants – and just minutes from renowned bourbon distilleries, horse farms, and horse racing facilities. Offering a modern idea of Southern hospitality, this dog-friendly hotel has comfortable rooms with beautiful décor and thoughtful amenities. The on-site restaurant takes pride in its savory dishes infused with hints of bourbon and craft cocktails – and there’s a comprehensive fitness center and complimentary in-room yoga kit for your perusal.

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