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“A Touch of Warmth, Elegance & Tradition in Louisville”

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Rocking Horse Manor Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #5 of 20 Louisville B&B and Inns
Reviewed April 17, 2013

The Rocking Horse Manor B&B exceeded its reputation as the best B&B in Louisville based on our experience. I first went there as a break from the tedium of standard business hotels, and was delighted by the class and elegance of the manor, the attention to detail in decor and the respect for the history surrounding the property. John and Ricardo are the quintessential hosts, providing a warm, friendly welcome, a great ambiance, all the information one needs to know about the town, entertainment and dining options, and a top quality breakfast. The experience was so delightful that I came back with my wife, and we spent several nights playing tourists in Louisville. The second visit to Rocking Horse only reinforced my belief that the this is indisputably not only the best B and B in Louisville, but is at the top of the list of our more general, international experience with B&Bs. In addition, I would say the the value is unsurpassed, as the rates are quite reasonable. My wife and I enthusiastically recommend Rocking Horse Manor. You will not be disappointed!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

This place truly rocks! Could not have asked for more accomodating hosts and delightful Bed & Breakfast. Our bed was very nice, our room was private and the breakfast was wonderful. An all around wonderful experience. Thank you John and Riccardo!

Jeff & Teresa
Cincinnati, Ohio

Room Tip: I think ALL of the rooms are wonderful. We were on the second floor and that was very nice.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

The Rocking Horse B&B is a beautiful place in Louisville to stay. John and Ricardo made our 3 day stay wonderful with their very tasty breakfasts and their suggestions on what to see in the city and area. The place makes you feel like you traveled back in time to a beautiful Victorian era. We stayed in the Irish Rose room which was cozy and had a nice outdoor balcony. We had our own bathroom and the free WiFi came in handy. The location of the Rocking Horse is in the middle of Louisville's old section. We found it an easy base to venture out and explore from while having a cozy place to come home to.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Rocking Horse on an Anniversary getaway. We were met at the door by John and Ricardo and given a very nice tour of this beautiful old home. We stayed in Patricia's Hideaway. A very nice room on the third floor ( this house has a LOT of stairs). The room had a private bath with a claw foot tub w/ a shower. There was a small lounge close by with ice and soft drinks. We also had a fruit tray we requested in our room upon arrival and an ice bucket was waiting with ice for a bottle of wine that I had brought. Breakfast was very tasty with a cheese souffle, ham and hashbrowns and yogurt. If you are looking for something to do in Old Louisville, I would recommend one of the guided tours, the victorian architecture in the neighborhood is incredible. If you don't have plans made John is an incredible wealth of information on the local area and enjoys giving you ideas. We would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: There is some traffic noise on the front side, although not terrible, it may be quieter on the back.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

John and Ricardo were such wonderful hosts. This home was so beautiful and the food was amazing!! I was here for a show at the expo center for work, but I will be back for sure!! I can't wait to bring my fiance for a relaxing week at Rocking Horse Manor!

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

We enjoyed a lovely stay at the Rocking Horse Manor. We were there for 2 nights to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary and were warmly greeted by John with a wonderful tour of the manor. In our room, per our request we had waiting for us a chilled bottle of champagne and huge chocolate covered strawberries. Took us two days to eat them all! John and Ricardo were informative and gracious hosts. The room was spacious, clean, quiet and more than comfortable. All rooms including our bedroom had been wonderfully decorated with such lovely antiques. Breakfast each morning was delicious and filling. The common areas are gorgeous and had we stayed more days, I could see us sitting in the library just hanging around reading. John provided us with valuable information, days prior to our visit, via email regarding places to see and eat, which allowed me to create a fantastic fun filled itinerary as we roamed around Louisville for the first time. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Enjoyed this nice and quiet Bed and Breakfast near the downtown area of Louisville. John and Ricardo were very hospitable. Room was nice and comfortable. Needed the escape so this provided the perfect venue. Went downtown to eat at Hard Rock. Must have been eighties night. Sweet! Went over to the CS2 museum of modern art. Great experience. Went to the Louisville Bat Museum in the morning. Awesome tour. This house is decorated very stylish keeping the theme of the period it was built.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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: $75 - $135 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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