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Galt House Hotel

One- or Two-Night Stay with Dining Credit or Christmas KaLightoscope Admission at Galt House Hotel in Louisville, KY

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Historical Downtown Hotel Overlooking the Ohio River

Since its grand opening in 1835, the Galt House Hotel has hosted a long list of dignitaries (including Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt), endured a devastating fire in 1865, and succumbed to insolvency and demolition in 1921. In its fourth incarnation, the iconic Louisville property has risen from the ashes—thanks in part to an $60 million renovation completed in 2008—and reclaimed its standing as a local treasure, becoming the official hotel of the Kentucky Derby and the KFC Yum! Center, home of the University of Louisville basketball team.

A massive crystal chandelier twinkles above the expansive lobby, setting an elegant tone that extends from the foyer to the 25th-floor penthouse. There, a section of the Rivue Restaurant and Lounge slowly revolves to display 360-degree views of downtown Louisville and the Ohio River. The hotel also has a glass-dome conservatory modeled after Victorian England’s famous Crystal Palace. There, Al J's Lounge connects the Galt House Hotel's two towers, and patrons can order a cocktail at the 30-foot aquarium bar while enjoying the conservatory’s tropical gardens and colorful birds. At the end of the day, guests retire to executive suites that encompass 720 square feet, including a separate bedroom with one king-size bed or two queen-size beds.

The hotel's annual Christmas at the Galt attraction commemorates the holiday season with luminaries and lighted sculptures, including a grove of abstract Christmas trees. In Christmas Village, kids wander through the Snow Fairy Castle, opening secret doors and scribbling wish lists for Santa Claus. The 90-minute Colors of the Season variety show entertains with holiday songs as well as a three-course holiday meal with a baby-green salad, chicken breast with orange-and-cranberry stuffing, and a mini pumpkin tartlet.

Louisville, Kentucky: Historical Southern City on the Banks of the Ohio River

Every year on the first weekend in May, throngs of well-dressed visitors (many wearing exquisite hats) descend on Louisville, headed to Churchill Downs to witness the country's most iconic horserace. Though the derby lasts only a few days, the track hosts other horseraces throughout much of the year and operates a museum seven days a week.

Louisville's other bastion, the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, offers 25-minute guided tours through the bat-making factory. You can learn more about the manufacturing process with interactive exhibits and take an opportunity to stare down a 90-mile-per-hour fastball. Post-tour, each visitor receives a miniature souvenir bat with which to swat away falling acorns.

What You Get

Stay for two in an executive suite with parking

  • Option 1: $129 for a one-night stay any day of the week with a $25 credit at Rivue, valid for dinner for two Tuesday–Saturday (up to a $282 value)
  • Option 2: $275 for a two-night stay with admission for two adults and two kids to KaLightoscope Christmas (up to $552 value)

Book by: 2/10/13 for option 1, 1/2/13 for option 2
Travel window: 11/15/12–2/10/13

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • Six restaurants onsite
  • Club 360 fitness center
  • Complimentary WiFi

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 1/2/13 or 2/10/13, depending on option purchased, or promotional value expires
  • Valid for travel 11/15/12-2/10/13
  • Not valid 11/28/12, 12/5/12-12/7/12, 12/28/12-12/31/12, or 2/6/13
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • 48hr cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • 15.01% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

Executive Suite

  • One king bed or two queen beds with a sofa bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 3 for king rooms; 5 for two-queen rooms
  • Adding occupants above standard: $10 per night for each additional guest 18 or older; no charge for additional guests 17 or younger
  • 720 square feet
  • Separate bedroom
  • Wet bar and refrigerator
  • Cable TV

Hotel Policies

  • Check-in: 3 p.m.
  • Check-out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: overnight self-parking included with this Groupon
  • Rollaways: available for $20 per stay
  • Smoking: no smoking allowed inside the property
  • Pet policy: pet-friendly rooms are not available; guide dogs are welcome.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: not available
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