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The Brown Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   335 W Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202 (Formerly The Camberley Brown Hotel) (Central Business District)   |  
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Ranked #5 of 95 Hotels in Louisville
Syracuse, NY
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
“A most wonderful hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

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.

Room Tip: Although I don't know for sure, my guess is that every room is perfect.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Tullahoma, Tennessee
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

The Brown is one of those places that can be said to transport you back in time. It has that wonderful 1920's feel and elegance of times long past. The staff is exceedingly courteous and professional, the rooms are wonderfully appointed and very spacious. Our last stay was for New Years Eve and we had a wonderful time at the hotel and for the events. The food at the hotel is always great and the menu is very accommodating to all levels of expense. Room service is also an excellent option, which we enjoyed a few times. I highly suggest one of their weekend packages if you want a more inclusive deal. This is one of my two favorite hotels in Louisville.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, New Hampshire, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

I had the privilage of staying at the Brown Hotel this past week on business. From the moment, I entered the historic property I felt at home. The customer service was top notch, the property was spotless and the attention to detail was remarkable. I did not want to leave! I travel weekly for business and this hotel by far in a class of its own. Looking forward to taking my family back now! Josh

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

My partner's friend booked the hotel for us on New Year's Eve.
What a great pick! The hotel was lovely, our room was very clean and spacious. The bed was large and very comfortable. I had a great night sleep!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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BradWalker-GM, General Manager at The Brown Hotel, responded to this review, February 26, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you for staying with us.
Wonderful to hear we provided you with a nice room and a great night’s sleep.
Regards,
Brad Walker
Vice President & General Manager
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Warsaw, Indiana
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

This is my 3rd year staying at The Brown Hotel. This is a lovely place to stay. Conveniently located downtown. Super clean and nice staff. I travel here for business every year and always looks forward to my stay.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BradWalker-GM, General Manager at The Brown Hotel, responded to this review, February 26, 2013
Dear Guest,
It is always great to hear from a returning guest who has visited with us several times.
Please allow me to assist with your reservation on your next trip to ensure we select a very nice room.
Regards,
Brad Walker
Vice President & General Manager
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Cincinnati, Ohio
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

My step dad had offered great memories of post war (WWII) activities at the Brown. My wife surprised me with a "special offer" and we met up with my brother and his wife. While not as elegant as the Netherland Hilton (Cincinnati) or charming as the Canterbury (Indianapolis), the Brown feels "just right"...
Rooms were elegant, bathroom was clean and spacious and the largest walk in closet I've ever experienced at a hotel (not that it was necessary).
If you have the time, treat yourself to a great dinner at the English Grill (onsite). Here's a tip if you'll be arriving by car - bring a bottle of your own great wine and just pay $30 for a corkage fee. While the English Grill's wine list is excellent, you'll be paying (and tipping) a lot. My brother brought two of his favorite bottles and it was really smart of him to do so...
The only "downside" of the hotel is its location (in cold weather), slightly south of center city and the 4th street action. But for a Friday night in February, it was a great experience and highly recommended. You won't be disappointed!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cincinnati, Ohio
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
48 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

Came here for one night as my company was hosting our annual Holiday celebration in one of their ballrooms. The staff was super friendly, the rooms were nice and spacious. The bed and bathroom seemed clean and comfortable. Food in the banquet room was good, not great. Location was perfect for walking to the outdoor entertainment area, which I'd strongly recommend. As far as I'm concerned, this is my new go-to choice for hotels in Louisville.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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BradWalker-GM, General Manager at The Brown Hotel, responded to this review, February 26, 2013
Dear Guest,
Delighted to hear you enjoyed the hotel and our central location downtown.
Pleased to read that the Brown will be your choice for future visits. Please allow me to assist with your reservation on your next stay.
Regards,
Brad Walker
Vice President and General Manager
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Address: 335 W Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202 (Formerly The Camberley Brown Hotel)
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Location: United States > Kentucky > Louisville > Central Business District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 95 Hotels in Louisville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Brown Hotel 4*
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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