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The Brown Hotel is turning 100. Here's how the Louisville icon will celebrate the occasion
March 22, 2023 By Rae Johnson via Louisville Courier Journal

A year-long celebration is in the works for a historic hotel in the heart of downtown Louisville.

The Brown Hotel announced plans Monday for a several events to commemorate 100th anniversary of its opening, beginning with a custom tableside mint julep experience. The deal will be available at the hotel's in-house restaurant and bar starting in April and will continue through the Kentucky Derby. The price tag isn't cheap, at $100, but the result is a Old Carter Bourbon mint julep cocktail assembled at your table, according to a release from the hotel.

“The Brown Hotel has served Louisville and the guests that visit our wonderful city for 100 years,” said Brad Walker, the hotel's general manager. “While we have been an epicenter for weddings, engagements, birthdays, charity events and anniversaries helping our guests celebrate their special occasions for a century, we are equally proud to host guests for everyday events such as a business lunch; quick bite before a play; or just to try our famous Hot Brown.” 

That's not all the hotel is planning, though. There will be a 1920s-themed gala on Oct. 25 with, of course, dining and dancing. The night will also feature a historic tour of the hotel, curated appetizers and desserts as well as themed cocktails, the release said. It will be open to the public, but reservations and tickets will be required.

There will also be discounted rooms available for $19.23 during June and July, the release said.

The Brown Hotel, at 335 W. Broadway, has been a Louisville "staple of elegance, tradition and lavish celebrations" since 1923, the release said, and prides itself on that character. Built in 10 months at $4 million, the hotel takes visitors back in time -- even its chandeliers are the same ones that were lit when Queen Marie of Romania greeted subjects from the crystal ball room in the 1920s. The hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has a Four Diamond rating from AAA and is part of Preferred Hotels and Resorts and Historic Hotels of America.