Downtown location in theater district, relatively close to
Spacious rooms with tasteful, traditional decor
Fine-dining restaurant on-site with 24-hour room service
Casual restaurant and lobby bar serving Hot Brown sandwiches
Free 24-hour airport shuttle plus free downtown shuttle
Fitness center with cardio and weight-training machines
24-hour business center
19 event rooms, including an elegant ballroom
On-site gift shop with artwork from local artisans
Free Wi-Fi throughout
A substantial walk from downtown attractions on the riverfront
Bathrooms are sub-par for an upscale hotel
The four-pearl Brown Hotel is a historic property with ornately decorated public spaces and a fine-dining
restaurant. Its 293
guest rooms are spacious, comfortable, and tastefully decorated in traditional
furnishings, but bathrooms are just average for an upscale hotel at premium
rates. The free downtown shuttle helps compensate for being farther away than many other downtown hotels from the city’s many riverfront attractions. While competitively priced with other upscale hotels in the area, there are
options worth considering. For a modern hotel near the riverfront and
convention center, the Louisville Downtown Marriott is a good choice with
comparable amenities and rates.
Historic hotel with elegant common areas that hosts lots of area events
Opened in 1923, the Brown continues to be a center of local social
events and a destination hotel for travelers who enjoy historic
accommodations. The long and narrow, two-story lobby features hand-painted, plaster-relief
ceilings, ornate chandeliers, and arched, two-story windows. Beige marble
columns, walls, and floors combine with crimson upholstered chairs and sofas to
create a rich and glamorous glow. Dark-wood antiques, large vases, equestrian-themed
artwork, and a granite-top, carved-wood lobby bar with an impressive Kentucky
bourbon selection entices visitors to linger in the spectacular space. Theatergoers,
weddings and other local social events keep the hotel busy on weekends, as does
the fine-dining English Grill, with its dark wood columns, gild-framed artwork,
stained glass, and coffered ceiling.
Downtown in theater district, about one mile from river,
most attractions walkable
The Brown is located in downtown Louisville’s theater
district, adjacent to the historic Brown Theater and about a half-block,
two-minute walk from the Palace Theater. It’s about a 20-minute walk south of the Ohio
River where many major attractions in the city are located. The Kentucky
International Conference Center is a 12- to 15-minute walk or four-minute drive,
as is the KFC Yum Center sports arena and the Fourth Street Live entertainment
district, known for numerous nightclubs, restaurants, and shopping. The Muhammed Ali
Center and the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory are a bit farther away, about a
six-minute drive or around 20 minutes by bus. The Kentucky Exposition Center
and Fairgrounds, Churchill Downs, and Louisville International Airport are a
10- to 15-minute drive. The hotel offers a free, 24-hour shuttle to the airport.
The University of Louisville campus is approximately about eight minutes away by car.
There are some restaurants within two to three minutes walking from the hotel,
but most downtown restaurants are located closer to the river. A free downtown
shuttle bus operated by the hotel is also available.
Spacious and traditionally decorated rooms, but with just average
Even the smallest rooms here are spacious, clean,
and comfortable. Many rooms offer sitting areas with upholstered sofas,
armchairs, and coffee tables. With some variations in color scheme, decor is tasteful
and traditional but not luxurious, with darker, two-tone striped carpets, two-tone
patterned drapes, patterned wallpaper, and dark-wood furniture. Wall-mounted
flat-screen TVs and work desks with traditional upholstered chairs are standard in all
rooms, as are coffeemakers, free weekday newspapers, and two-line speakerphones with voicemail. Club-Level guests receive access to the club lounge that offers a free continental breakfast, free afternoon snacks, free beverages including alcohol, and a dedicated concierge. Bathrooms are average for an upscale hotel, with marble floors, patterned wallpaper, granite-top vanities, standard white shower/tub combo framed by white tiles, and magnifying mirrors. Suites and Club-Level rooms include robes.
Most rooms offer two doubles or one king, but there are
some queen options. Linens are Egyptian cotton with down comforter and a custom throw. Suites feature separate living area and
bedroom and a wet bar. Local boxing legend Muhammed Ali is honored with a
luxurious suite bearing his name, which has a dining room, a second bathroom, a marble whirlpool tub, custom decorations, and some of his personal memorabilia.
Views are of surrounding streets.
airport and downtown shuttles, fine dining, elegant meeting space, and free Wi-Fi
The Brown has two restaurants and a
lobby bar, J. Graham’s Cafe, where the famous Hot Brown sandwich was first created
in 1926. Breakfast and lunch are served here, though the latter isn't included in room rates. The fine-dining English Grill is open nightly for dinner and men must wear a collared shirt (business casual) to dine there. The Lobby Bar
opens in the afternoon and offers small plates as well as the English Grill menu in
the evening. It also features a wide selection of Kentucky bourbons. Room service is available 24 hours a day.
19 event rooms that can accommodate up to 600 people, including the opulent
Crystal Ballroom that showcases several crystal chandeliers. The business
center is open 24 hours a day, and there's free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Concierge, dry cleaning, and laundry services are
available. There is a fitness center with cardio and weight-training machines.
A safe deposit box is available at the front desk. A large gift shop sells equestrian-
and Kentucky-themed gifts, jewelry, sundries, and artwork from local artisans. Note that other than service animals, no pets are allowed.