We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“A classic, but needs some refreshing” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Brown Hotel

Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 8 more sites!
Save Saved
You added The Brown Hotel to your Saves list
The Brown Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   335 W Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202 (Formerly The Camberley Brown Hotel) (Central Business District)   |  
Hotel website
  |  
  |  
  |  
Hotel amenities
Special Offer
Complimentary Wifi
Ranked #5 of 97 Hotels in Louisville
Herndon, Virginia
Top Contributor
114 reviews 114 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“A classic, but needs some refreshing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The Brown is a classic "old school" hotel and still one of my favorites for its emphasis on elegence and service. I have stayed here dozens of times on business and it is my first choice in Louisville, even when it is not as a convenient location for my work, it is still first choice. The staff is extremely customer satisfaction oriented, the building itself is a delight, and the main restaurant "The English Grill" is one of the best in the city. All that having been said, the hotel does need a refresh, just a little sprucing up and modernizing here and there.

Room Tip: higher floors away from street noise; rooms are not cookie cutter alike, some are larger and some sm...
See more room tips
  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Brad W, General Manager at The Brown Hotel, responded to this review, August 5, 2014
Dear Guest,
Pleased to read that you have stayed with us many times in past.
Please let me know when your travels next bring you our way. I would look forward to a chance to say hello and block a nice room for you.
Hope to see you soon.
Regards,
Brad Walker
Vice President and General Manager
bwalker@brownhotel.com
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

840 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    503
    221
    78
    21
    17
See reviews for
102
291
43
247
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (199)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Hartland, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Stayed here one night after a concert at the KFC Yum Center. I was dropping off girls, so we did not need to be within walking distance to the arena. From the moment you drive up, the valets, bellmen, desk associates, and wait staff are simply amazing!! So helpful with info of the city, parking, dining, and friendly. Ate at the lobby restaurant as well as room service. You MUST have the Hot Brown. If you aren't from the South, you probably have not heard of this favorite sandwich, but The Brown Hotel is where is originated and no one does it justice! We all actually had it twice during our stay! The hotel is a little pricey, but well worth it! The awe inspiring decor and atmosphere was awesome!

Room Tip: If you don't want to valet park, there are lots close to the the hotel to park in over the weeke...
See more room tips
  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Herndon, Virginia
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Great hotel, although a little far from center of city (0.5-1 miles). There are some hotels closer to downtown, but on a hot day, it was a bit of a walk. Staff was helpful, but I was a little annoyed they charged us $10 extra for 2 separate beds (booked on priceline).

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Los Angeles, California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

My Sister and I took a "roots" trip to Kentucky to see where I was born and where she grew up before we moved to the Gold State. The Hotel is a Magnificent Historic Hotel beautifully appointed with charming staff. The rooms send you back in time a half a century. THE WINDOWS OPEN! Kind people abound and we were very gratful for all of their great recommendations. Not to be missed is their world famous "Hot Brown" a yummy cheesy sandwich thing (we split one) apparently invented in the 20s to fuel the flapper set after a night on the town. Rich and yum yum. Could never eat a whole one. A lovely experience. I hope the staff wont be mad. I got home and had not turned in my plastic key. So I hole punched it and used it for the mailbox. Now when I get the mail I leap back to my roots.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Huntsville, Alabama
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I spent 2 nights at the Brown on a recent business trip, the hotel is beautiful and the staff was very friendly and helpful. It is easy to access off the interstate and close to downtown attractions. Will definitely stay here again when I return to Louisville!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
San Diego, California
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The Brown is a beautiful and historic hotel.
You'll be transported back in time to 1923, this hotel
is a must stay with beautiful rooms.
Keeping with tradition, we had the famous "The Hot Brown" at the English Grille.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Rochester hills
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

Had a wonderful trip to Kentucky. It was so nice to come back to a wonderful room and comfortable bed. The hotel had a lot of charm. Lots to see with in walking distance from the hotel. I hope to revisit The Brown.

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
Price Your Stay

Been to The Brown Hotel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about The Brown Hotel

Address: 335 W Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202 (Formerly The Camberley Brown Hotel)
Phone Number:
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 ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 97 Hotels in Louisville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Brown Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 293
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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com, Expedia, Booking.com, TravelClick, Orbitz, Priceline, Despegar.com, Odigeo, Tingo and Jetsetter so you can book your The Brown Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage The Brown Hotel, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.