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Area to avoid

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Area to avoid

We are planning a trip to Louisville in May (after the Derby) and we are trying to find a nice place to stay that isn't too expensive. Are there any areas of the city we should avoid (ie: SW, NE, etc.)? Thanks for any tips!

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1. Re: Area to avoid

Most of our clusters of hotels are downtown or near the fairgrounds. The hotels near the fairgrounds (which are also right next to six flags and the airport) are less expensive than downtown. Anything on the east end (near Hurstbourne Pkwy) should also be safe but farther away from local attractions. Most 3-4 star hotels in Louisville are in relatively safe areas, however there are always exceptions to the rule. If you stay downtown I would be leary to wander too far from your hotel/4th street live at night.

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2. Re: Area to avoid

To avoid disparaging any specific area of my hometown I'll give you an idea of where to go instead of where to avoid.

In general, if you want to stay in a safer area of town, try to find a place that is east of Interstate 65. Anything on or near the following arteries is a safe bet: Hurstbourne Parkway, Shelbyville Rd.(U.S. 60), Lexington Rd., Frankfort Avenue, Brownsboro Rd (U.S. 42), Blankenbaker Parkway, Breckinridge Lane, Taylorsville Rd., Bardstown Rd. Just map the hotels to see what main thoroughfare it is near.

If you want to stay downtown, just use common sense and avoid less populated areas when walking around at night.

The nice places downtown are the Seelbach, the Brown, Galt House, Hyatt, Marriot and there is a fairly new Hampton Inn.

Of course, use the hotel reviews on this website before you make any decisions. They're pretty accurate. Even though it may be in a nice area, it could still be a crummy hotel.

Good luck and enjoy the Derby.

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3. Re: Area to avoid

Hyatt, Marriot, Galthouse, Seelbach Hilton, or the Brown are all great places that are more expensive but well worth it. They are located around 4th street which has plenty of shopping, eating and night life choices. If you shop around you can usually find a deal for around $90 or so.

If not you would be happy staying in the east end of town such as Hurstbourne, St. Matthews, Springhurst etc.