My husband and I had never been to Louisville and were looking to spend 2 days and 1 night in the city. We chose The Brown because of location and because it seemed to be a classic old hotel with local charm rather than another cookie cutter hotel that one could find anywhere. We were not disappointed. The place has character.
It is within walking distance of all the major attractions and a short drive for those who do not want to walk. The room was clean and well kept. The sheets were fresh and the pillows comfy. The staff was very friendly and helpful to us out-of-towners, providing directions and recommending places based on what we wanted.
We had lunch at the on-site restaurant. The manager personally stopped by to ensure everything was o.k. My husband and I live in Los Angeles and eat at a lot of great places and were not expecting to find such a good lunch in Louisville. He really, really enjoyed his cheeseburger and fries as I did my Hot Brown. A lot of great hotels throw burgers on the menu because they have to but don't do the job well. Not The Brown. It was on par with what one could get at a good restaurant in L.A. The only quibble - and it is minor- was that the menu at the two restaurants was similar. We'd like to see a few more dishes on the evening restaurant menu.
- 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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