In all fairness, this is not our first stay at the Brown Hotel. We have stayed here on personal and professional visits to Louisville and have never been let down. The website is right on, old school hotel charm, service, décor and attention to detail. The normal price is in the range of $135 to $185 a night (two night minimum in most cases). This is a full service hotel; great restaurant, outstanding room service, lobby bar, valet parking, great business accommodations and I could go on and on.
For business purposes we normally book a conference room at the Brown as well and their Business Manager does outstanding work. We are normally looking for a small conference room and the Brown is well suited for everything from 5 to 500; and the service is exactly what you would expect from a top of the line hotel.
Rooms are very nice, spacious, well appointed, clean and functional. This is an older hotel, which as my wife and I agree only ads to the ambiance. The second floor lobby is truly like stepping back into the Gilded Age, wonderful artwork, outstanding period décor with comfortable couches, chairs and seating arrangements just perfect for small group interaction or a private moment alone. My wife often chooses to just sit in the lobby, read and people watch while I am tied up in meetings. In the evenings the lobby bar generally comes alive with fellow travelers, airline pilots, stewardesses and local business professionals. There is a wonderful lady that is usually there playing the piano and she does do requests (Chopin to Jimmy Buffett).
If price, swimming pool or spa is your deterministic factors, then you probably want to pass on the Brown. If you like being treated like a valued customer and friend, being spoiled with great food and a wonderful ambiance, then this is your place. The locations is easy to get to from I-65; the upper downtown Fourth Street address puts you at a very nice walking distance from the Fourth Street Live activities, the Convention Center and the downtown theaters. Right across the street is a wonderful local outlet for the Bluegrass Brewing Company and the hotel’s shuttle service is always available to whisk you off to any number of Louisville’s outstanding eateries.
When in Louisville, it is the Brown for us!
- 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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