Conveniently located in heart of downtown's business district,
Connected to Kentucky International Conference Center by
Spacious, clean rooms with coffeemakers and mini-fridges
Three on-site restaurants plus 24-hour room service
Well-equipped fitness center open 24 hours
Indoor pool, whirlpool, and sauna
Business center and huge amount of meeting space
On-site gift shop and coin-operated laundry facilities
Free Wi-Fi in public spaces
Expensive on-site parking
Fee for Wi-Fi in rooms
Concierge-level lounges closed on weekends
The four-pearl Louisville Marriott Downtown is a busy yet
well-maintained conference hotel connected to the Kentucky
International Conference Center in downtown Louisville. Although not luxurious, its 617 rooms are clean, comfortable, generally
spacious, and tastefully decorated, with flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, and
mini-fridges. An indoor pool, a whirlpool, and three dining options are attractive on-site amenities. But on-site parking is expensive, and Wi-Fi is only free in public areas, not in rooms. Rates can be expensive on certain
dates, but it’s competitive with other upscale business hotels downtown, such as the adjacent Hyatt Regency Louisville, which offers a nearby alternative.
Large downtown convention hotel buzzing with activity
Given its 617 rooms, huge amount of meeting space, and direct sky bridge to the city’s convention center, it’s no surprise that this Marriott
is buzzing with activity. The expansive lobby is classy and contemporary, with
black-and-white tile floors accented by clusters of crimson rugs, sofas, and
armchairs, as well as black furniture and staircases and dark wood paneling. A long
wall of reception desks reflects how this hotel is geared for accommodating
large groups. The sports bar is a boisterous place with projection TVs, booths, and a racing theme playing homage to nearby Churchill Downs. The BLU Italian restaurant
is more subdued, but still gets busy with groups. Rustic wood floors and soft
lighting lead to a darker space with a black lacquer bar, crimson carpeting, and
clusters of red sofas and armchairs. While primarily a business hotel, any travelers seeking comfortable
digs in downtown Louisville will be content here.
Downtown, connected to the Kentucky International Conference
Center via a skywalk
The Marriott is located in the heart of
Louisville’s downtown business district. It’s directly connected to the Kentucky
International Conference Center via a skywalk (a three-minute walk) and
there are plenty of restaurants within a few minutes' walk. The Fourth Street Live entertainment district, with numerous nightclubs,
restaurants, and shops, is only a three-minute walk away. The KFC Yum Center sports
arena is a seven-minute walk and the Muhammed Ali Center is a 12-minute walk.
The Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory is a 14-minute walk (five minutes by car),
and the Louisville Slugger Field, where the Louisville Bats play, is 12 minutes away on foot. The Kentucky Exposition Center and
Fairgrounds is about a 10- to 15-minute drive, as is Louisville International
Airport and Churchill Downs. The University of Louisville campus is approximately
a 10-minute drive.
Spacious, clean, and comfortable rooms -- but Wi-Fi is extra
Renovated in 2013, rooms are spacious, clean, and comfortable. Decor is consistent throughout the rooms and most suites and includes brown/beige patterned carpets, cream-colored wall coverings, and matching dark-wood headboards, dressers, nightstands and desks with media plug-ins and black mesh/leather ergonomic office chairs. Most also come with upholstered armchairs and leather ottomans. Amenities include mini-fridges, coffeemakers, 42-inch flat-screen TVs, and free daily newspapers delivered on request. While free in all public spaces, Wi-Fi incurs a fee in rooms -- two different speeds/price packages are available. The bathrooms have white tile framing standard white shower/tub combos with curtains, beige tile floors, and generously sized, tan granite vanities with wood-framed wall mirrors.
Standard Rooms come with one king bed or two doubles, as do the Business and Concierge Level Rooms. The 25 suites offer more space to add extras such as kitchenettes with wet bars, dining/boardroom tables for six, and sitting areas with sofas. Business Rooms and Suites receive nightly turndown service, and Concierge Level guests also get access to their floor's concierge lounge, where there's a free continental breakfast, afternoon snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. The concierge lounges are closed on weekends, however. The open-plan Business Suites have all of these features except for kitchenettes, while other suites like the Marriott and Presidential Suites have separate living/bed areas. The Presidential Suite also has one bathroom and one half-bath and hardwood floors.
Three dining options, meeting
space, and indoor pool
There are three dining options, starting with an
Italian-themed restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. An
on-site Starbucks offers breakfast items, and the sports bar serves lunch and
dinner. Room service is available 24 hours. There's extensive meeting space for rent and a 24-hour business
center with three computer stations and printers. Wi-Fi
is free in public spaces. There is an indoor pool, whirlpool and
sauna, and a 24-hour fitness center with cardio and weight-training
machines plus free weights. A lobby gift shop sells various snacks, beverages, and sundries, and there are coin-operated laundry facilities on-site. Dry cleaning and concierge
services are also available. On-site parking, including valet, is available but it’s rather expensive.
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