Was going down to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby, and with the absolute cheapest hotels in the area starting at $225 a night that weekend, I took a chance on Priceline and ended up with a room at the Ramada Plaza for only $60! However, upon seeing all the reviews here for the hotel I was now financially obligated to stay at, I thought I made a terrible decision. That ended up being very far from the case.
Upon pulling up, the hotel had an a very clean and impressive facade and although previous reviews had mentioned a shortage of parking, even with the hotel being almost fully booked I found there was actually ample parking. The lobby itself was also much nicer than expected. It had a very professional and large front desk, with multiple staff waiting to help, and plenty of chairs and a couch for sitting. Without having to wait, the front desk allowed us to check in early (10:30am), explained shuttle options for getting to the Derby and then we headed to our room.
To get to the room, we walked through the large and clean indoor pool area (although there was an entrance through a hallway as well, it just wasn't as convenient). The room was much larger than your average "standard" guest room. It had a new flat screen tv, high ceilings and large bathroom with a small separate single vanity. Quite a few reviews had complained about dirty rooms in need of updates, but this one was as clean as I'd expect from a decent hotel and no item was really in need of updating. Only qualms I did have with the room was the lack of effective lighting (which may have been helped by the only window looking out on the pool instead of outside) and a severe lack of outlets. Also, a few reviews complained about a "urine" smell in the hallways. I walked through the hallways, and it did smell a bit wet, but didn't even smell musty and was very far from smelling like urine. Fortunately, no matter what you think it smells like, it stays in the hall and not in the rooms.
As for the location, in and of itself is worth more than the ratings this hotel has been commonly given. It is right off the highway and is a quick 15-20 minute drive from the derby and downtown Louisville. The immediate area of the hotel is actually very nice (Hurstbourne is what it's called if I remember correctly) and within a couple minutes drive is almost any type of restaurant you could want. Also, if you're not feeling like driving, there's a seemingly popular restaurant right in the hotel to go along with a nice coffee shop, not to mention the full service Dairy Queen across the parking lot.
In all, I was absolutely shocked that this hotel had received as many bad reviews as it did. There's nothing 1 or 2 star about this place; it is clean, the staff is professional, and it is by no means difficult to entertain yourself from it's location. I would not hesitate to stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The new Ramada Plaza Hotel Louisville features all new guest rooms, 32 inch HD TV's, Indoor Pool, Sauna, Fitness Center, Arcade, Gourmet Coffee Shop, Family Pizza Restaurant, Nightclub, Business Center, Free Airport Shuttle and has over 40,000 SF of banquet and Exhibition space. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ramada Plaza Louisville Hotel Louisville