The Brown Hotel is a most beautiful property. Located in a newly re-emerging Louisville in the most convenient location it's luxury and classic design with comfort was a welcome surprise. We only stayed one night.
First of all, what I have to say may be a little unexpected, but what stood out most of all and above most other hotels were the Valets. These guys were class acts. Apparently they're mostly from Poland and work long hours, but have smiles on their faces and brave elements all day long. One guy in particular was from Poland and had worked in the business for quite a few years. He was very friendly, gave great advice, talked socio-culture with me and just all around was easy to engage with. These guys took excellent care of all of our family during our first in 50 yrs reunion and deserve recognition.
Secondly, the ambiance was surprisingly authentic, historically. The Lobby was magnificent, ornate and well kept.
The front desk staff were also genuinly friendly, much like the valets. These ladies were great with sugguestions! I was so happy to hear from them that a Starbucks is right around the corner.
Our room was huge, clean and had lots of old world charm. It was just a little out dated looking though and a little too eclectic to make it truly beautifull, though...
I definitely reccomend this hotel for both tourists and business travelers. The restaurant food is good. The bar is well stocked with a surprising variety of Vodkas for martinis, (especially for a southern local).
The ballroom is like an old Cinderella's castle ball room, with ornate plaster celings and elaborate woodwork. It's a little like a living time capsule from the days gone by.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at the corners of Fourth and Broadway in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, The Brown Hotel is one of Louisville's most treasured landmarks. Built in 1923 at a cost of $4 million by J. Graham Brown, the hotel was a magnet for many prominent guests and celebrities during the 1920s through the 1950s. In 1971, two years after the founder passed away, The Brown closed as a hotel and later reopened as the Board of Education building. ... more less
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