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Rocking Horse Manor Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #5 of 20 Louisville B&B and Inns
Birmingham, Alabama
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47 reviews
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“Knowledgeable & friendly hosts give excellent tips on the area”
Reviewed July 19, 2012

While the Victorian house and its furnishings are well-maintained and we found the rooms to be clean and quiet, the best part of our stay were our hosts, John and Ricardo. After showing us around the house and telling us some of its history and the history of Louisville, we told the hosts our interests and they were able to give excellent tips on where to dine and what to see. We tried out several restaurants and sites at their suggestion and found all of their recommendations helpful. Breakfast was a special time when hosts and fellow guests shared plans for the coming day and what we had found and done up to that point around town.
A few things about Louisville - it is a small city and easily navigable by car. We had the grid figured out by our first afternoon. The blocks are longer than true city blocks, keep that in mind when planning to walk. Parking is extremely reasonable. We were in town for the Forecastle Music Festival and never paid more than $5 for event/all day/night parking. The festival took place over the weekend and we were surprised to find many of the shops and restaurants "downtown" were not open, or only open at odd hours. Be sure to call ahead if you have specific dining plans.

Room Tip: The Irish Rose room is "cozy" - the smallest at this B&B, but it does feature the home...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

There are many good reviews here, so let me just provide some information that may help you. I think people are happier when they have their expectation levels set realistically, and I'm not sure the reviews here give a full enough picture. We enjoyed the stay here overall for all of the reasons listed by others, and, indeed, the building itself is quite beautiful. I think that people are overrating the quality of the breakfast and the condition of the rooms, if our room was any indication (perhaps ours was the worst, and it wasn't bad, so take this all with a grain of salt). The bed in our room (Chelsea's Garden) was actually not comfortable, because the mattress is old (kind of lumpy and springy, if you know what I mean). The claw foot tub/shower was also below average, in that it was refinished with that kind of rubber/vinyl coating, but the coating was peeling away in many spots. We don't go to B&Bs for televisions, but we had to use ours, because we could hear everything in the next room.

We had breakfast there twice, and both were average. One was overly salty, and though this is a matter of taste, neither of us finds food in restaurants, etc. to be overly salty, so we are probably not overreacting. The hosts are very friendly, and so at breakfast they try to seat you with other guests. This is not ideal for some people, though I know there are many who like the sociable atmospheres of B&Bs. I think it would be diplomatic to let guests choose to sit alone or with others.

Anyway, the innkeepers are very helpful, and their knowledge about the area makes staying here worth your while. Parking is free in front of the house. Though the immediate surroundings of the B&B are slightly run down (with the exception of the B&B itself), it seems safe enough. The historic neighborhoods with lovely homes are a short drive away and worth going through. Downtown is perhaps a 15 minute drive.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 6, 2012

The house is beautiful, the food is excellent, the location is great! And the service is above and beyond expectations! These guys go out of their way to make you feel at home and to give you as much info as you want to keep you busy in the awesome city of Louisville!

  • Stayed July 2012
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Dayton, OH
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Reviewed June 12, 2012

John and Ricardo were extremely gracious and accommodating, even cheerfully arranging for our late arrival. Breakfasts were wonderful, and the host were so attentive. They were so helpful in sharing information and tips about the local area, and they pointed out off-the-beaten-path sights that made our trip even more enjoyable. Our room, and the house in general, was so beautifully decorated, and we were given a personal tour as soon as we arrived. We couldn't have asked for a more delightful stay. We will definitely be back!

Room Tip: The Irish Rose room is small but beautiful, and the small private balcony is very relaxing for havin...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 8, 2012 via mobile

We planned a short stay in Louisville. Based on other reviews,the B&B was highly rated. We checked in late, and were overwhelmed by the hospitality and the accommodations. The house is finely decorated and furnished with every possible amenity,and convenience. The owners are gracious and outgoing, the breakfast was excellent. We took the owners advice about things to do locally and were very happy with what we saw and experienced. Every part of the experience was exceptional; from the follow-up call, to make sure we were OK, because of the late arrival, to the superbly decorated mansion,to the excellent breakfast, to the nearly renovated outside yard area. We will be returning to the Rocking Horse,when we vist Louisville,or pass through Louisville again.

Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bloomington, Indiana
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Reviewed June 7, 2012

It's everything you could ask for a reasonable price. Incredibly quiet, very clean & comfortable, central to all things Louisville, and tremendous breakfasts!

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Cleveland, OH
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Reviewed May 27, 2012

We stayed at Rocking Horse Manor last weekend and loved it. John and Ricardo welcomed us to their beautiful home and made us comfortable immediately. John has so much knowledge about Louisvile and the surrounding area that we hardly knew what to do first. My only regret is that we only stayed one night ~ next time we plan a trip to Louisville, we will stay at Rocking Horse for at least two nights so that we have time to enjoy all that is offered and have a chance to relax in the fantastic garden. Don't hesitate to stay here, it is a wonderful property. Ricardo and John truly care about their visitors. The Schusters.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Rocking Horse Manor Bed and Breakfast

Property: Rocking Horse Manor Bed and Breakfast
Address: 1022 South Third Street, Louisville, KY 40203-2914
Location: United States > Kentucky > Louisville > Old Louisville
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Louisville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 1888 Historic Rocking Horse Manor Bed & Breakfast is the house built for one of the Bourbon Barons of Victorian Louisville, Max Selliger, of Max Selliger & Co. Distillery in 1888. Stay in a former Bourbon Baron's home and enjoy the craftsmanship that went into the great homes of Old Louisville. The Rocking Horse Manor is a totally restored 1888 Richardsonian Romanesque mansion. All guest rooms offer all the amenities the modern traveler requires, including in-suite baths, individual room temperature controls and high-speed wireless internet access all throughout, while the house maintains the Victorian architectural features including original stained glass, pocket doors, hand-carved fire place mantels, 12 1/2 foot ceilings, original parquet floors with intricate inlaid borders and original Italian Marble mosaic tiles in the expansive foyer. Enjoy a glass of Bourbon in the parlor or library with wet-bar or outside in the courtyard with its various seating areas in both, sun and shade, large fountain, and view of the impressive façade of the original carriage house. ... more   less 

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