The Brown Hotel - Louisville, KY

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Hotel at a Glance: The Brown Hotel

After its opening in 1923, the first person to sign the guest register at the Brown Hotel was a former prime minister of the United Kingdom. Over the next several decades, the Georgian revival-style hotel continued to welcome rich and famous guests, including Harry Truman, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Crawford, the Duke of Windsor, and Muhammad Ali. In 1971, as downtown Louisville’s economy worsened, the hotel was forced to close it doors. More than a decade passed before the 16-story property was fully renovated and reopened. In 2012, it was named one of the best 500 hotels in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine, signifying its triumphant return to its 1920s grandeur.

  • Secret club: Available only to guests in the Club Deluxe and Luxury rooms, this special nook in the hotel provides complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine each evening, as well as a free breakfast each morning.
  • AAA Four-Diamond restaurant: At the English Grill, choose from a selection of more than 200 wines that complement dishes ranging from sautéed halibut to braised beef short ribs (dining credit is included in some options of this Getaway).
  • Interesting dish: At J. Graham’s Café, the Hot Brown, which comes in a skillet atop texas toast and turkey, stuffed with cheese, tomato, bacon, and mornay sauce, was featured on an episode of Man v. Food.
  • In-room amenities: mahogany furniture, 5-inch feather pillow-top mattresses, and marbled bathroom floors

Louisville, Kentucky: Southern City with Legendary Sports Attractions on the Banks of the Ohio River

Sometimes referred to as the northernmost southern city, Louisville is located along the Indiana-Kentucky border on the banks of the Ohio River. Each year on the first Saturday in May, throngs of well-dressed folks descend on the city’s Churchill Downs to watch the “most exciting two minutes in sports”—the Kentucky Derby. Though the horserace and the events surrounding it last only a few days, the track hosts other races from April to November and operates a museum full of artifacts and hands-on exhibits you can see seven days a week.

Another Louisville mainstay is the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, which offers a 30-minute guided tour of its famed baseball-bat-making operation. The 120-foot-tall Louisville Slugger stationed out front is billed as the largest bat in the world. In the museum, you can participate in interactive exhibits that take you inside the manufacturing process and even let you test out the latest line of bats inside Bud’s batting cage. After the tour, each visitor receives a miniature souvenir bat for swatting away autograph-seeking fans.

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What You Get

  • Stay for two in a deluxe room, club deluxe room, or club luxury room
  • Select options include daily valet parking and a bottle of wine per stay
  • Select options include $40 dining credit per stay at English Grill
  • Up to two kids 18 or younger stay free
  • Dates into September

Policies and Fees

  • Reservations: Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
  • Cancellation policy: 48-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable.
  • Additional fees: 16.07% tax added at purchase.
  • Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability

No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed.

Amenities

  • Two onsite restaurants
  • Free airport shuttle
  • Lobby bar
  • Fitness center
  • Complimentary WiFi

The Fine Print

  • Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
  • 48-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable
  • No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate
  • Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
  • No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at check-in
  • Not valid with reward points
  • 16.07% tax added at purchase

Other Details

Room Details

All Rooms

  • One king bed or two double beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2 (king), 4 (double)
  • Adding occupants above standard: $50 per night for each additional guest 19 or older; kids 18 or younger stay free

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 4 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: self-parking available for an additional $20 per day; valet available for an additional $24 per day.
  • Rollaways: available for an additional $20 per night
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: please contact property for handicap accessibility requests or options.
  • Room upgrades: upgrades may be available by calling the property or at check-in for an additional cost.

Getting There

  • Nearest Airport: Louisville International (SDF; 7 mi)
  • Nearest Transit Stop: TARC bus #2, W Broadway and S 3rd Street stop
  • Cab Fare: about $28 from SDF
  • Shuttle Service: free shuttle to SDF

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