Just stayed at the Brown Hotel for 5 days due to a training class held at Kindred Health Care (right across the street). If I did not get this room at a reduced rate, I definitely would have felt it was overpriced. It wasn't a bad stay but it wasn't anything memorable. The room was just a basic (somewhat on the small side) with a queen size bed, desk, desk chair and room chair with an amoire for the tv. The walls are a bit thin. So thin I could hear the next door perso speak in a regular tone to her friend, family and others on the phone. The space is somewhat limited space to walk around or have much clutter as the amoire takes up a lot of room. The bathroom was almost as large as the room itself and was a bit dated. I think a previous guest wrote it best when they stated the lobby is probably the best feature as it is historical and is beautiful. If you have a car, don't be alarmed to learn that if you would like to use the garage that is attached to the hotel, you will have to pay a $20 per day fee to use it. There are other parking lots within the area for $4 and $6 per day but they are uncovered and unsupervised. Another not so great thing is the hotel has a limited number of channels to view. There is no Showtime, BRAVO, Lifetime, TLC or other popular cable channels. I think there is only a choice of about 20 channels to view. The only desk and chair in the room face the window, so if guest wishes to watch tv and use your laptop you can't do both as your back to the television. Okay, the plus side is the room is clean, close to several local restaurants, the staff is nice enough, and free USA Today newspapre and free internet access. Other than that, I can't think of anything outstanding. The food at the hotel is a bit overpriced and just for oatmeal it is $8 or $9. The lunch buffet is $18 per person. The evening menu is fairly high as well. If you are looking to stay in downtown Louisville, KY -- I'd recommend saving yourself some money and staying at the Marriott just down the street, where their parking is only $5 per day and you even get a hot breakfast included with your room price. Sorry Brown Hotel, my stay wasn't memorable and you need to offer discount parking or at least breakfast in the lobby...something that is an extra value to the hotel guest.
- 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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