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General Nelson Inn
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   411 West Stephen Foster Ave., Bardstown, KY 40004 (Formerly Best Western)   |  
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Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Bardstown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
42 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Ho hum”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2009

Definitely 50s, and like many of those born during that decade, getting a bit frayed around the edges. Very nice staff. I don't mind these motels with the rooms around a courtyard/parking area, but there is nothing exceptional about this one and most are quite a bit cheaper. Bardstown must be a swinging town given the prices - but it was a Sunday that we stayed, and apparently it closes on Sundays. On the other hand, nothing bad happened.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Johnston
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4 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2009

upon arivial I was a little miffed to see what I was not expecting. The 50's style motor inn was out of the days of RT66. The motel is very out dated and is sorely in need of a total remodel. The rooms are very old looking and the tv's and furniture and in deperate need of replacement. I had a room that was " non smoking" and reeked of smoke. The lobby is in a seperate building and reminds you of a seen from a Norman Bates movie. It's like staying at an apartment complex. The rooms are kept clean but they are not sparkling. The motel is privatly owned and things seem to work on a budget as far as upgrades go. The staff is very friendly and is very helpful. If you're are expecting a modern state of the art facility this not the place to come. I think a major renovation for this motel is hanging a ceiling fan.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Findlay, Ohio
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3 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2008

Best Western General Nelson [www.generalnelson.com] is an older styled "motor inn". This however is for those who wish to go "retro" while enjoying the comforts of the 21st century. All rooms have been updated with modern lavs and bathrooms. Our king size bedroom [non smoking] was furnishsed with a mini fridge,coffee maker and a new wide screen cable tv. Our room was the first one up the outside stairs on the corner (202) across from the office. This offered one of the quietest rooms as no neighbors across,above or next to on one side.
Just down the stairs was the cozy and compact room for the complimentary continental breakfast. Hot & cold beverages as well as cereals , with fresh fruits and fresh belgium waffles,hard boiled eggs & more filled many a fusy eater.
Our room was neat and clean (even included stationary). The ample parking area was litter free and well lit. The entire grounds were well groomed and cared for including the gazebo and family picnic area.
We booked our reservation on-line using the 14 day advance discount [$71]. The General Nelson is just acouple of blocks down from the "historic downtown district'of Bardstown. One could easily spend 2-3 days visiting the civil war sites/museum, and famous bourbon distilleries.
Although not rated at this time we've enjoyed and highly recommend the following : Jim Beam Distillery [jimbeam.com], My Old Kentucky Dinner Train [rjcorman.com]'Makers Mark Distillery[makersmark.com] and just a short walk to Old Talbott Tavern and Inn [tallbotts.com].
We are looking forward to some day to return once again see those smiling faces on Kentucky 's best examples of true "southern Hospitality"

  • Liked — friendly staff [chamber maids to office staff]
  • Disliked — no counter space in lavatory
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
41 hotel reviews
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145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2008

Our family (Mr, Mrs and adult daughter) stayed in Room 101 for 2 nights (mid Sept 2008) and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Two comfortable queen beds with ok pillows, a compact bathroom with a really powerful shower. Plenty of hot water and lots of fluffy bath and hand towels. Good adjustable a/c unit. WiFi access readily available in-room. Big TV with premium cable channels.

Complimentary continental is ok - make-your-own waffle machine, choice of 2 cereals, bread and bagles, juices and coffee. Hot food (eggs and sausage) served on special occassions only (bus tour parties, etc). Breakfast service would greatly benefit from a microwave.

VERY friendly and helpful staff - a problem we experienced with the guest laundry was speedily and amicably resolved.

Didn't use the pool but it looked clean and inviting. Superb family restaurant next door - USD10 for all-you-can-eat dinner buffet. Within easy walking distance of town center main shopping. We would stay here again without hesitation.

uncletony, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

  • Liked — Good value for money, clean and nice friendly staff
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Cincinnati
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2008

We stayed at the General Nelson Best Western for several days recently while we were touring the bourbon distilleries. They could not have been nicer. We had a clean room, nice pool, and friendly people. We were able to walk to town for dinner, and it was only a short drive to other attractions.

  • Liked — The friendly Staff.
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Minneapolis
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37 hotel reviews
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2007

We stayed the night of August 3, 2007 and found the motel to be very well kept up. The room was very spacious, clean, and did not have any funny smells. We used the pool and it was great--just the right temperature and very clean. The pool area was also very clean--much nicer than some other motels that we've spent more money at. Great location to all the area attractions around Bardstown. If you're looking for a distillery to tour we would recommend Maker's Mark--very small and quaint--a complete tour unlike Evan Williams. Maker's Mark is about 25 miles from Bardstown outside of little town of Loretto--beautiful, hilly country setting. We highly recommend this hotel.

  • Liked — The swimming pool
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Arizona
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4 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2006

Lots of smells here.
Hotel is downwind of all the distilleries around the town, and the smell of "mash" is a little much.
Room inside smelled as though someone had thrown up - interesting... next night we came down with the stomach flu.
Blankets/Spreads showed some stains.
Breakfast was below average in available choices.
My opinion - $70 - $80 price was higher than the value received.

  • Stayed October 2006
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 411 West Stephen Foster Ave., Bardstown, KY 40004 (Formerly Best Western)
Location: United States > Kentucky > Bardstown
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Bardstown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — General Nelson Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of the Commonwealth, Bardstown is the site of My Old Kentucky Home - the state shrine and subject of composer Stephen Foster's legendary song. Stephen Foster-The Musical, one of the longest running outdoor musicals in the United States, plays each summer.These are only two of the dozens of attractions and festivals that make the Bardstown area a first-class tourist destination..When visiting Bardstown you'll want to call the Best Western General Nelson Inn home. Conveniently nestled between the knobs of central Kentucky, Bardstown is located 35 miles south of Louisville, about 16 miles off Highway I-65. ... more   less 
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Best Western Bardstown
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