I love to get out of chain hotels and stay in boutique or historic hotels occassionally and this was a great experience. The hotel is beautiful--I parked in the garage ($16) and entered the hotel from an elevator--ike stepping back in time. Heavy, ornate woodwork and high ceilings. Check in was fast and pleasant. The lobby is grand and exquisite---pictures don't do it justice. Later there was a cart with mugs and hot apple cider for guests in the lobby--Superb touch.
The hallway to room was a bit worn but it is a old hotel--but again enjoyed all the woodwork. The room was large and spacious with a nice desk. The bath was also large (see pics) but the tub was a bit antiquated with the fixtures. I was surprised to see paper cups for coffee at a 4 star hotel. The room was great (comfy bed) but the wall was paper thin. I could hear all of the man's conversation next door and every cough--there was a connecting door so that may have made it worse. I had to cut the fan and tv on to mask the sound.
Restaurant very nice with exceptional service. I ordered the tofu steak with a salad and water--$42 which is more than i normally pay for tofu ;-) but the presentation was worth it--the taste and texture of the "steak" left a lot to be desired but glad that I tried it.
Hotel was easy to access and I would stay again--everyone should experience it at least once.
- 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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