Where to Stay in Louisville for Every Type of Visitor

in Guides/North America

Baseball and the Kentucky Derby are a few things that accompany the name of Louisville. Another characteristic that comes to mind is the city’s diverse areas and attractions that make it an ideal destination for any type of traveler. Here are five places to stay for five types of Louisville visitors.

Louisville Skyline
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For the Budget Conscious

Those hunting for a comfortable, yet affordable stay should consider America’s Best Value Inn. Rest easy with pleasant rooms, Wi-Fi, and free breakfast. Consider that this unpretentious hotel sits just off of the highway and is a quick drive from the Louisville International Airport. Also nearby is Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby where visitors can take part in a quintessentially “Kentucky” pastime.

Churchill Downs
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For Families

If you’re looking for a resort style stay at a budget price, look no further than Fern Valley Hotel & Conference Center. This hotel offers its guests an extensive list of amenities. Enjoy an on-site health and fitness center, spa facility, indoor pool, recreation center, children’s playroom, complimentary shuttles and more. There is something for everyone in the family. Its prime location is another plus. Fern Valley Hotel is essentially less than ten miles from all the popular points of interest with many attractions within walking distance.

Families with Kids
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For the Business Traveler

Those traveling on business will appreciate staying at Galt House. This waterfront hotel is in the heart of Downtown Louisville, the city’s largest central business district, and just two blocks from historic whiskey row Benefit from its close proximity to the West Main District, East Main District, Medical Center, and others. After work, take advantage of the nearby attractions. Places like the KFC Yum! Center and Belle of Louisville are only one block away.

For the Glamorous

One word will come to mind after stepping into the grand lobby of The Brown Hotel: opulent.  High ceilings, gilded details, ornate molding, and chandeliers are only some of the things that greet you if you choose to stay in this luxury property. Look forward to classically decorated rooms with Egyptian cotton linens, European goose-down comforters, and Spanish marble floors. With all this luxury awaiting you, you may never want to leave.

For the History Buff

The Seelbach Hilton is the ideal accommodation for architectural enthusiasts and history buffs. This historically significant hotel was first constructed in 1903 by the Seelback Brothers who hoped to fashion a hotel after the splendor of cities like Vienna and Paris. Notable guests include William Howard Taft, Al Capone, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Today, The Seelbach pays homage to its rich heritage by adorning its rooms and suites with original details including tiles and oak carved fireplaces.

Drinks at Seelbach
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Erika is a writer and content creator exploring the globe boldly and slowly one destination at a time. Her travels and rich upbringing as an Asian-American fuel many of her stories where she endeavors to write about the human condition. Although she might presently call NE Florida home, her heart remains listless for her home in Maui. She is an advocate for "experiences over possessions," a Marquez fan, and a self-proclaimed introvert.