Stayed at the Brown this past weekend for the Oaks and Derby Races. From the moment we walked in it was like being swept back in time. The lobby is expertly preserved and the hotel staff is so friendly and welcoming. We stayed on the Club Level - upon arrival we had a bottle of Champagne and chocolate strawberries along with a welcome note and a commemorative Derby Silver platter and a box of chocolates. What a way to start a weekend! We dined in the hotel restaurant on Friday night and had the prefix menu - which was a bit disappointing because my husband and I both really wanted to try the Hot Brown. The food was served in small portions and was a bit lack luster - we really expected more from all the reviews we previously read but, service was fantastic and we didn't let this dampen our mood. If there is any advice I could give to the Hotel management is that they really need to update the bathrooms in the hotel rooms. The shower head was outdated and old and the tub was really gross with paint chipping off. The shower curtain did not hold back the water which lead to a wet bathroom floor. With all this being said - the beds are comfy and pillows are perfect. We did get the Hot Brown before departing and we are glad we did. It is something to try if you are into sandwiches.
- 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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