After a long exhausting car trip I was met at the Brown Hotel in Louisville by a friendly, sparkly valet service, who efficiently unloaded my luggage from my car to my cart, and directed me in exactly how to get to the front desk where my luggage cart was already waiting for me. The hotel's beauty is sheer delight, like stepping into the early 1900s in terms of decor, furniture and ambiance, but with present-day efficiency in staff, computer reservations management, and so forth. My room was just beautiful, lush, lovely, with a marbled floor and counter topped bathroom, perfectly lovely furniture, and, as a constant reminder of just where in the world I was, a bed-topper/blanket/afghan depicting a Kentucky Derby scene. I was there for a conference and everything was just beautiful, wonderful and welcoming -- from beautiful conference/ball rooms, to great break snacks, to a staffer who stayed outside of the conference room for the entire time we were in it, in case someone in the conference needed something, directions to the restroom or anything else. I felt very well-cared-for in this lovely place. The public rooms felt, to me, like high quality art galleries or exhibits, the furniture, carpet, drapes, etc., were that special. As i was at a conference and we had many off-site events for dinner and other things, I didn't partake of lunch or dinner at any of the hotel's restaurants, but I'd wanted to to experience the beauty and graciousness I knew I'd find. The gift shop was full of a wonderful mix of attractive postcards and t-shirts, handbags and other wearable art, and Kentucky Derby souvenirs for people of all ages. And as a delightful detail, a statue of Mr. Brown -- the long-deceased owner of the hotel -- and his little dog, stand outside the building and are visible from the part of the restaurant where breakfast is served. And the service at the Brown, overall and especially, especially the housekeeping staff, was second to none.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at the corners of Fourth and Broadway in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, The Brown Hotel is one of Louisville's most treasured landmarks. Built in 1923 at a cost of $4 million by J. Graham Brown, the hotel was a magnet for many prominent guests and celebrities during the 1920s through the 1950s. In 1971, two years after the founder passed away, The Brown closed as a hotel and later reopened as the Board of Education building. ... more less
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