The Brown Hotel, Louisville
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Historical Traveller Reviews of The Brown Hotel
Nicely renovated downtown hotel, close to two Louisville attractionsfrom LostButMakinGoodTime
The hotel is a classic old hotel, with a beautifully restored lobby area. The rooms were large enough for a portable bed, and nicely appointed. We stayed in a club level room, which included complimentary beer/wine and snacks in the evening, and continental breakfast in the morning. All of this was taken care of by a concierge. It was a nice way to spend the last night on the road and, since it was the weekend, the room was decently priced.
There is one drawback to the hotel that you either have to accept or go elsewhere. Probably because of its age, and the humidity of the summer, the hotel does have a slight musty smell. It is more noticeable in the lobby area, less in the rooms - turning up the air conditioning seemed to solve the problem.
The hotel is convenient by car to the Louisville Slugger Museum, and the Louisville Bats minor league baseball field, both of which we went to, and found quite enjoyable. There is a parking lot adjacent to the hotel with an enclosed walkway that takes you directly into the lobby.
We enjoyed the experience of staying at the Brown. We felt like we got more of a feel for the city, while being very close to two of its primary attractions.
A PRINCESS NIGHT TO REMEMBERfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Great food, great experience, comfy bedsfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The only negatives include the sound in larger meeting rooms. Some on our teams didn't use microphones and it was hard to hear, but that is really our problem. We also had to crank the A/C to keep the rooms cool.
The local restaurants were really bad, but the hotel has a great location to get to downtown attractions. The baseball museum was a hit...cheap gift ideas.
Overall, it is sure nice to have a nice meeting place. We stay at 5 star hotel chains for most of our meetings and this hotel ran circles around those. The chain hotels could learn from this one.
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not very accommodatingfrom MAGNUS
I make reservations for attorneys who may have to cancel at the last minute.
Their strict cancel policy is not very forgiving.
Many corporate hotels are aware that business does change and will give a credit to use towards a future trip.
We're sending our business to the Seelbach they are more friendly and will allow for changes to a future stay.
A premier family experiencefrom Opinion8ted
This place is awfulfrom RHJF
Wanted to stay another night!from key001
The free hotel shuttle was prompt and the driver was friendly and full of information. The building was absolutely beautiful - antiques, rich carpets, tapestries, marble. The lobby staff was the pinnacle of southern hospitality, even at a relatively late hour. I had a series of flight delays and after hearing this they upgraded me to the club floor even though I had paid a reduced group rate. I had also forgotten toothpaste and they had it at my room almost immediately (it almost beat me up there).
The room was spacious (including writing desk alcove and ample closet space) and quite luxurious - I slept like a baby with the pillow top. There was also your standard TV, reading chair, armoire, etc. although I didn't use these. I did use the free wireless internet. I had a wireless card, but I noticed the hotel would provide you with one free of charge if you didn't have one which many hotels charge for. The candies throughout the room and spring water were also a nice touches. I ordered room service and they delivered my (really, really good) "father's pasta" in less than 15 minutes even though it was technically past the dinner delivery time.
I've stayed in several "cookie-cutter" five-stars and pricey boutique hotels over the years and The Brown Hotel succeeded where these failed. It was both clean and modern while retaining a cozy, unique feel. The only downside was the scratchy towel set (and the so-so view). But who cares when everything else is great!
Enjoyed our stayfrom Alex_Halsey
I can't speak to the value b/c I did not pay, and we had a group rate, but it was a beautifully restored hotel in a location that was close to the action but far enough away that it was quiet.
The only minuses were minor. The towels were a bit rough for what I expect and this kind of hotel, and we had to request what I consider a standard quantity (two bath towels per person). Toiletries were Caswell-Massey, which is a nice touch, but were heavily scented with almond, which I don't like. Also, a light bulb burnt out and I took it out, left it on the table, and told the front desk, but it never got changed. Of course, I should have just called, but we didn't seem to need it anyway.
I really enjoyed the Brown, and Louisville, and I would stay here again.
An Educated Choicefrom mkedan
Having booked with an internet travel site, this other hotel was loathe to allow me to cancel my 2nd night, but I decided to bite the bullet and see if the Brown could accomodate me a night early. I wound up having a pleasant (if a bit gossip-filled) conversation about all the celebrities this hotel has moved over from the other hotel. My favorite was Meat Loaf, which seemed ironic as what could go better with ketchup?
And so I checked in early, getting a room on the ever-popular club floor. I don't know if there was much difference in the rooms, though I did partake of the free cookies. The Brown was of course where the Hot Brown sandwich was first concocted. Along with the rolled oyster, the Modjeska candy, and Derby Pie (trademarked!), it was one of the Louisville menu oddities I was able to sample around town. In between hotel runs, the building housed the local Board of Ed.
I suppose the location would not be considered tops downtown, but I thought the river lost much of its charm by being cut off from downtown by a freeway. A trolley stop was nearby, and when I rented a car on the weekend, I found free parking without too much trouble.
The whole thing was a relief. Perhaps it is a good idea to always stay someplace crappy before spending a lot of money at a hotel. You'll appreciate it more.
Top Local Tips for Louisville
Lots To Do in Downtown Louisville 1. Louisville Slugger Museum 2. Muhammed Ali Center 3. Historic Downtown Area 4. Fourth Street Live for a cornucopia of things 5. Ohio River area being developed 6. Churchill Downs and Museum is four miles South
Glassworks is very cool Go blow some glass. With a little planning you can make an appointment at Glassworks and get to engage in an interactive glass blowing demo- and take home the results! We made beautiful glass ornaments for our tree. In a similar vein, Actors playhouse offers many selections for a budget. The Pub is very friendly, just make sure you have your ID after 6 to get through the downtown area. MUST EAT AT TOAST ON MARKET! It's an amazing breakfast. It's heavy, but delicious.
Louisville is a great dining city. Voted by Bon Appetit as one of the "foodiest small town cities in the country," I can certainly see why. The Engilsh Grill in the hotel is outstanding. Their casual restaurant also offers an amazing anti pasta lunch bar. I don't normally like buffets but this one was fresh, creative and offered a variety of international favorites. The hotel is also centrally located so it was easy to walk to other cafes, bars and museums.
Other names for The Brown Hotel
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- Address: 355 West Broadway - Louisville - Kentucky - 40202 - United States
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