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Galt House Hotel
Ranked #28 of 95 Hotels in Louisville
Salt Lake City, UT
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27 reviews
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“It's All True.”
Reviewed October 13, 2008

Except for a couple of the reviews I've seen here all of them contain some portion of truth concerning The Galt. On the plus side it's close to plenty of attractions, our suite was big and comfortable, the staff was very friendly, and the building itself is interesting. On the other hand, the walls are thin and water activities such as showering and flushing could be heard throughout the night. The breakfast options are indeed ridiculous but the bar located in the skywalk has a fabulous view of the Ohio. All in all, we enjoyed our stay but might try someplace else if we're ever in Louisville again.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — thin walls
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 30, 2008

Everything was nice, lovely rooms, great staff. The restaurant had great food. We had a room that when you walked out the patio door, you could see the river boat, the carriages coming around to pick people up for a ride to town. We would sit at night outside our room and look out to the river. We were here for a convention and there was a short wait for elevators maybe 5 minutes. Staff was great and always had a smile.

  • Liked — great people
  • Disliked — nothing everything was fine
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 28, 2008

We stayed in the Rivue Tower. The room was adequate, kind of worn, stains on carpet, beds hard, free WiFi. I got the feeling that this section of the hotel was only opened when a big event was booked. The elevators looked really shabby. We were there for the Ryder Cup so every hotel in Louisville was fully booked. The room just looked unfinished, no bed skirt, worn out blanket. But aside from the permanent looking stains on the carpet it was clean, quiet, and plenty of hot water and towels.

The best thing about this hotel was the staff. From check in, parking, room service, everyone was efficient and cordial. The room service food was very good. They even returned by post something I left in the room. I would not hesitate to stay here again, but don't expect much in decor.

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed September 22, 2008

The Galt House seems to generate very different views so hopefully this will help make up your mind.

I stayed in the Suite Tower and there is no doubt that the very large room and free wi fi will be attractive to many travellers. It has a good central location about 3 blocks from the nightlife of 4th Street Live and within easy walking distance of some good restaurants (Jeff Ruby next door and Vincenzo's one block away)and the Ali Museum.

However, it is bland, has decor out of the 60's, terrible breakfast options, slow lifts and tiny hard towels (but plenty of them).

There are much better hotels in Louisville but the Galt House is adequate.

  • Liked — large room
  • Disliked — decor and soulless atmosphere
  • Stayed September 2008
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Reviewed September 16, 2008

The Galt House had really gone down hill in the past which is sad for a place with so much history but after the new renovation, it is amazing!!! granite countertops, really classy timeless interior decorating. Nice white bedding, cherry armoire for tv, incredible views of the river.

Only negative is that the walls are kind of thin and any time anyone washed their hands, took a shower or flushed a toilet, I heard the water run down the pipes. Thats kind of hard for someone like me that sleeps light.

I would definitely stay there again though (with earplugs for when I sleep). It was totally worth it!

  • Stayed September 2008
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Delaware
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Reviewed September 13, 2008

My room in RIVUE Tower overlooked the river. Only thing wrong with the room was the shower handle; after figuring it out, it took awhile for the water to get near hot. Was at a convention for retirees and some complained about how far they had to walk to meeting rooms. As in a previous review, I also recommend Starr, one of the concierges. Room service portabella mushroom sandwich delicious, as was dinner in Magnolia restaurant in hotel. Location on the river was great; could walk to sightseeing, 4th Street Live, or get a trolley for 50 cents right in front of hotel.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Shower
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled on business
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Iowa
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Reviewed September 10, 2008

The Galt House is almost an institution in downtown Louisville - it has been there a long time. So the property is showing its' age However, it was a nicer property than I thought it would be after reading many negative reviews. We attended a convention of approximately 1000 people - we stayed in the suite tower and had a very nice 2 room suite for the same price as our contracted room rate of $75. All you convention goers - be sure to check with the hotel to see if they are offering their 2 room executive suites in the East tower for your convention room rate. We did see however that the configuration of their suites are different- we loved ours but others were much smaller.
Our check in was swift at 2:15 in the afternoon, the Bell Staff was very friendly and helpful. We were very pleased with our 2 room suite - we had a couch, chair, table & 2 chairs, a desk, and a wet bar with refrigerator. The couch and chair looked old and tired, however the remainder of the suite had been refurbished - the bedding was excellent and we appreciated the dressing counter outside the bathroom as the bathroom vanity was very small. Since we had a long convention, we decided to set up household in our suite and it became our home away from home - we even ate breakfast and lunch in our room. The only negative is the suite is a "front to back" room, so the parlor portion has no windows and is very dark.
Restaurants in the hotel are limited, however there are many within walking distance - a few blocks south at "4th St Live" are many restaurants and several around the block - Bistro 30l and Bristol are very good. Breakfast options are very limited.
Parking garage - it fills up fast. If you are attending a large convention - park your car and leave it there - parking spots are at a premium. The ceilings are very low so it would be difficult to park a high profile vehicle.
Elevators - there are 4 in the East tower - sometimes long waits, but all in all, it wasn't a problem, however it would be nice if they had another set.
For a convention hotel, it is fine. If you are going to Louisville for pleasure, I would certainly recommend another downtown hotel property such as the Marriott or Hyatt. But for the most part, we enjoyed our stay at the Galt House.
Be sure to dine at the Varanese - a short drive from the hotel. Certainly a "jewel" in Louisville dining - www.varanese.com

  • Liked — Nice two room suite
  • Disliked — Age of property
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled on business
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Property: Galt House Hotel
Address: 140 N 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202-2910
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Location: United States > Kentucky > Louisville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#19 Family Hotel in Louisville
#22 Business Hotel in Louisville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Galt House Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 1300
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Galt House Hotel, the Heart of Louisville, boasts 1,290 guest rooms and suites, 128,000 square-feet of convention space and more than 50 meeting rooms. Galt House Hotel features six full-service restaurants and lounges, including RIVUE, a 25th floor revolving restaurant with amazing cuisine, as well as the Rooftop Garden and Terrace, Club 360° Fitness Center and the three-story Conservatory that connects the two towers over 4th Street. It is connected to the KFC Yum! Center and the Kentucky International Convention Center, and within walking distance of Fourth Street Live! entertainment district, the Muhammad Ali Center, Kentucky Science Center, Kentucky Center for the Arts, Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum and Frazier History Museum. It is also within walking distance of unique shops and restaurants. ... more   less 
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