Went in a business trip where I did not decide the hotel but were advised it was nice with tons of history. The hotel did not disappoint. I would not rate it as high as other reviewers because it did not feel a luxury experience. The room was well sized, clean and comfortable. Bathroom as well, everything worked perfectly. I was disappointed it did not have a mini bar, it was a hot day and I wanted to get to my room and refresh but had to settle for a soda machine across the hall. The halls look somewhat worn out but the elevators and the lobby are spectacular, look old but in a nice way. Service is spot on. Appreciation for the service in the gift shop, they let me borrow a pair of scissors since they did not sell them.
Location of the hotel is OK, you can walk to several restaurants and bars or go to where things are "happening" in Louisville, in a short cab ride. There is a cab stand right by the side of the hotel and drivers are incredibly useful and nice, educated people.
The room was quiet even when the sight of my window was some street construction. Had a great night. Breakfast the next day was very good, not that expensive but took too long to be served, something hard to understand when so many people at the restaurant looked like business people.
Overall, I liked the hotel, its charm beats any chain hotel in the area, it has good, attentive service and comfortable rooms. My only "negative" comment is that I did not find the hotel to be a luxury property (no HBO!). We were given a corporate rate but the published rate is over 300dlls., I think is a little bit expensive. Will come back (with a corporate rate or a promotion) because I loved Louiville!
- 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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