The Brown Hotel
A favorite of Kentucky Derby attendees, The Brown Hotel is an opulent choice amongst travelers, visitors, and locals to the Louisville downtown. The 16-story historic hotel is famous for its Southern hospitality, exceptional service, and luxurious accommodations. Located on the corner of Fourth and Broadway, this prime location offers easy access to many of Louisville’s most popular destinations, including the Brown Theater, the Louisville Palace Theater, and the Kentucky International Convention Center.
The stone and terra cotta trimmed Georgian Revival hotel features a two-story lobby with a hand-painted coffered ceiling, Palladian-style windows, and mahogany furniture on Bottocino limestone floors. It underwent a recent renovation to combine its historic grandeur with upgraded modern amenities. The 293 grand guestrooms feature signature hand-woven Brown Hotel throws, pillow-top beds with Egyptian cotton linens, European goose-down comforters, spacious baths with Spanish Ramora marble floors, flat-screen televisions, and complimentary WiFi. There is over 24,000 square feet of meeting space, a fitness center, a bar, and two restaurants, including the AAA Four Diamond English Grill. The impressive roof garden venue with gorgeous views of downtown reopened in 2016 for weddings, special functions, and private events.
Not to be missed, the famous "Hot Brown" was invented by hotel chef Fred K. Schmidt in 1926 for guests famished after an evening of dancing. It has been featured on NBC’s The Today Show, an episode of Throwdown! with Bobby Flay, a Louisville-themed episode of Man v. Food Nation, the documentary Sandwiches That You Will Like, and numerous food and dining magazines. The hotel typically serves 800 Hot Browns a week, and up to 15,000 a week during the Derby festival.
The landmark hotel is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and a member of Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Brown Hotel was named 2015 Travel + Leisure 500 The World’s Best Hotels and 2015 Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards Top 30 Hotels in the South. A visit to The Brown Hotel is not complete without a bourbon flight in the Lobby Bar or a Hot Brown in the English Grill where, critics agree, “perfection is possible.”
Original Property Opened: 1923
335 West Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202
Historic Hotels of America toll-free reservations number (800) 678-8946
The Jazz Age, 1919 ~ 1928
A favorite of Kentucky Derby attendees, The Brown Hotel is an opulent choice amongst travelers, visitors, and locals to the Louisville downtown. The 16-story historic hotel is famous for its Southern hospitality, exceptional service, and luxurious accommodations.
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