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The Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY

The Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY


The Brown Hotel in Louisville is an historic, AAA Four Diamond luxury hotel featuring classic English Renaissance architecture. The opulent two-story lobby has a hand-painted, coffered ceiling, Bottocino marble flooring, finely carved mahogany furnishings and Palladian-style windows. The Georgian-Revival style exterior is trimmed in stone and terra cotta. The breathtaking appearance of this historic structure is one of many reasons that the Brown Hotel is revered as the finest hotel in downtown Louisville.


Established in 1923.

Louisville in 1923 was the 34th largest city in the country with a population of 235,000. A year earlier, the announcement was made: J. Graham Brown, millionaire lumberman and capitalist, would build a $4 million, 15-story hotel at the corner of 4th & Broadway, with St. Louis architect Preston J. Bradshaw as its designer. David Lloyd George, former Prime Minister of Great Britain, visited the city just before The Brown opened. Asking to see the flag-bedecked building on a tour of the city, he became the first person to sign the guest register. The hotel quickly became the city's business and social center, bringing a new energy to downtown.

Many well-known patrons of the Brown included the Duke of Windsor, Harry Truman, Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Young, Joan Crawford, Eddie Cantor, Gene Autry, Eva Marie Saint, Eddie Arcaro, and Muhammad Ali.

Today, the Brown remains a cornerstone in downtown Louisville, a tribute to its heritage with a reputation for exemplary and superior service.


Company Info:

Rating: 4.26

Address: 335 W Broadway, Louisville, KY, 40202

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    Comments (137):

    1. Jen M.
    A classic hotel that exudes Kentucky charm.  The ceilings of the lobby are awe-inspiring with their ornamentation.  The rooms are spacious and comfortable.  The beds are great, too.

    14/05/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    2. P C.
    Pleasant hotel. Impeccably furnished with comfortable linens and friendly staff. Nice big bathroom too  One star off for expensive parking and super ol tv, which wasn't very clear (I mean, what is this? the 80's?)

    11/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    3. Barbara H.
    We stayed here over a week while my SO was on business.  The staff is uniformly courteous, friendly, and helpful, even to the extent of taking me via their shuttle to the nearest laundromat.  The room was very comfortable and they have windows that open, a must in my book.  I dislike being sealed up in a hotel.  As previously mentioned, the halls are wide and all common rooms are spacious an inviting.  The bar is a friendly place in the lobby where you can also order from a short menu.  I have only eaten in the bar and the breakfast and lunch restaurants.  The formal dining room looks lovely -- maybe another time.  A perfect place to stay while visiting Louisville (on the bus and trolley lines, too),

    08/06/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    4. Gfiddy F.
    Grand indeed.

    15/07/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    5. Jim G.
    This historic hotel is featured in the recent film, Elizabethtown. The Brown is an anchor at the crossroads of a century of change.

    08/06/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    6. Shelly K.
    Loved the place, found it very charming, quiet and clean.  The room was impeccable.  I have severe allergies and notice when rooms haven't been cleaned properly after previous use.  The sheets, pillows, etc. were all fresh.  

    The food at the lunch restaurant was excellent.  The only quibble is not enough differentiation between the lunch menu and dinner menu.  

    There is a great local bar/restaurant street within walking distance.  Everything we wanted to do was within walking distance or a short drive.

    01/12/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    7. Jason Y.
    I have a few business meetings here a year. It is very large and very nice. The meeting rooms are very accomodating and they have all the rooms to meet your need, weather it's 5-10 people, 50 people+. As a bootcamp trainer, some of the meetings involve hands on stuff that involves workouts with other trainers, so a lot of space is needed and The  Brown has those rooms for you. I have eaten there a couple times, the buffet both times, and I can say I'm not a fan. Which is why they're getting 4 starts instead of 5. They are supposed to have a famous meal there so maybe I will try that next time I am there.

    21/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    8. Paul D.
    Gorgeous hotel, right in the middle of all the action in downtown Louisville.  Lovely lobby, couple of great restaurants (including the only 4 star restaurant in Kentucky - and the birthplace of the hot brown)

    The room rates are reasonable, and it really puts you in an old school, southern mood - imagining what it must have been like at the turn of the century.

    I dont like slick, cookie cutter hotels.  I dont need ipods in the room, or some post modern art in the lobby.  Give me the Brown with all of its character and charm anyday.

    24/07/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    9. Jeff S.
    I get to stay here on business occasionally.  Its a wonderful old hotel, but it has that old hotel feel.  The rooms are quite big, the halls are wide, the beds are great and the windows open.  I like all these things.  The lobby is GEORGOUS - with lots of old antique things - a coffered 40 foot (I'm guessing) ceiling.  They have free cider sometimes in the lobby.

    I don't know what the normal rate for the hotel but I pay 97 government per diem so its an amazing place for me to stay - because the alternatives are not nearly as nice.

    09/03/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    10. Devina S.
    The hotel itself is nice. The staff are so friendly. They even called shortly after we checked in to make sure the room was to our liking. The location is great too. Walking distance to 4th Street Live. The big issue I had was with the room.  From first glance, it looks nice. Quite spacious. Almost looks like a bedroom in a home. However, the room was not clean AT ALL.  My sheets smelled like cologne. That means either it was not washed well, or not changed at all. There were bugs in my friend's bed. In the bathroom, there was a used bar of soap with hair on it that did not belong to either me or my friend. Not very good for a place that should be 4 stars.

    08/06/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    11. Victoria T.
    You could do worse.  You could do better.  The Brown is past it's prime but still well appointed and lovely.

    16/01/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    12. Cari M.
    This is my preferred hotel when I'm working in Louisville.  I can usually get it for around $125 if I bid on priceline.  The work out room isn't that great, but I enjoy running downtown and by the water.  Hotel is always top notch, very clean and comfortable... A classic.  I typically have a glass of wine and dinner in the incredible lobby bar.

    12/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    13. Brady L.
    This is a great landmark/hotel. The rooms are nicely done and classy. One thing that makes this hotel great is the employees. They are so friendly! From check in to check out everyone that you make contact with is super friendly and helpful. The food is out of this world. From the Hot Brown to the burgers you cannot go wrong!

    15/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    14. Dawn H.
    Beautiful hotel, great customer service.  Concierge wasn't very helpful but the rest of the staff, including the parking attendants, were great. The parking situation is a little confusing & could be streamlined.  We didn't eat here but wish we would have.  Good location for many attractions and activities.  We enjoyed it and would definitely stay again.

    10/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    15. Scott P.
    I've been staying here on and off for about ten years now, and I absolutely LOVE this place. First, let me provide a disclaimer that I can't provide any price-point information. My company picks up the tab for my travels, so I honestly don't know how much value-to-room ratio you get, but if a) you can afford it, or b) you're not paying for it, this is THE PLACE to be in downtown Louisville!!! The rooms are great!! The workout room is fully stocked, and the staff is incredibly friendly.
    After a night in their bar, you're hooked. A knowledgeable staff of mixoloninjas will be taking GREAT care of you, and you'll thoroughly enjoy yourself. The lobster ravioli will make your head spin (if the mint juleps aren't already!!!) and the burgers are 100% top-notch. The bartenders are always smiling and bouncing around, and there's honestly not a single reason that I can find to fault this place. The location is primo, you're a few blocks away from the newly (?) renovated Fourth Street Live bar district. I'd exercise a bit of caution about walking around down here by yourself at night- it can be a LITTLE sketchy... but only a little. All-in-all, this is a phenomenal hotel and I absolutely LOVE it!!

    06/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    16. Andrew D.
    Went for lunch and dessert only at J. Graham's Cafe in The Brown Hotel.

    This is where 'The Hot Brown' was invented.  Its the Louisville equivalent of the Waldorf Salad (in fame and not taste.)

    This artery clogging open faced sandwich was delicious. It starts with butter soaked toast points, then its layered in thick cuts of fresh cut turkey, its then drowned in a melted cheese/creame sauce (real cheese) and lastly topped with two slices of bacon & two quarter wedges of tomatoes.  The whole thing is then baked and brought out piping hot.

    De-lish (damn that Rachel Ray for stealing the phrase de-lish, but its the best phrase to describe The Hot Brown).

    My wife stopped half way through her meal so she could have the Derby Pie (think chocolate pecan pie) and she thought it was wonderful.

    Service was great and attentive.

    There was a lunch buffet and salad bar - but neither of us looked at it, so I cannot report to you about its quality or appearance, but I will say that most of the local businessmen and women were getting the buffet over lunch meetings.

    There were a large number of flat panel TVs on the wall that were set to financial stations, and free WIFi was available - further proof to me that this was a great place for business lunches.

    I would go back and have The Hot Brown - but it's also something that you would most likely only eat once a year.

    21/10/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    17. Jay K.
    Beautiful renovated hotel still with all the old world charm and updated amenities. The staff have been very pleasant and accommodating, Parking and bell service was easy and reasonable. Our room was large and very nice. The air conditioning was easily adjustable and quiet. furnishings and bed were top notch. Internet was easy and fast. elevators were quick and door staff was knowledgable and friendly. Bathroom was huge and well stocked and the shower was large, easy to adjust and the water pressure was excellent, even on the 6th floor. The King  Bed was very comfortable with Ample pillow and the closet was humongous. Would definitely stay here again and love the fact that you can walk to many of the excellent restaurants and happenings in the area. The "4th street live" area is a few blocks away and the trolley service is right next to the hotel. Looking forward to the famous  "Hot Brown" for breakfast. Highly recommended!

    18/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    18. Elaine L.
    Very old hotel but surprisingly well maintained. There are two sets of doors from the parking garage that are not automatic and very hard to open with luggage in hand. You'll get slammed by the door if you're not quick enough. The room was frigidly cold like 62F. I raised the temperature on the thermostat to 85F and it was still blasting cold air. I called the front desk and they sent maintenance. The maintenance guy said there isn't much he can do because the building is old and it is on "summer mode". He said the best thing to do is just shut off the air and the room will warm up naturally since the hallway was warmer than my room. LAME!!!

    20/09/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    19. Alden G.
    Here's what I learned recently in Louisville: Local specialty:  a Hot Brown at the Brown Hotel.  Top Two Kentucky Whiskeys: #1. Pappy Van Winkel.  #2 Basil Hayden.  Good stuff!

    09/08/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    20. Ping P.
    What a GORGEOUS old hotel. We were just there in the end of August. We stayed 3 nights.

    my only complaint - the lobby bar made some pretty stingy manhattens! They only filled the glass about 2/3rds full! Also - okay two complaints - there was no fan in the bathroom so a hot shower totally steamed the place up and the door didn't close all the way...

    But other than that  -absolutely would stay there again!

    13/09/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    21. Alex C.
    Swung through Louisville on a road trip, and The Brown Hotel was a requisite stop for the legendary home of  "The Hot Brown" sandwich.

    Well, I'd never heard of a "Hot Brown", except that it was cheesy goodness, and that's probably the best way to describe it. It was incredible and I enjoyed every piping hot bite. The Brown Hotel's 1920s replacement to the post-dance meal of ham and eggs is so much more delicious and exciting.

    The service was fantastic, even getting me a copy of the NCAA bracket, so I could fill it out, only to watch it crumble later.

    12/04/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    22. William B.
    I've had the good fortune to stay here a couple of times during my trips through Bourbon country. It's a fantastic, old hotel with very well appointed and maintained rooms, great views, friendly service, etc., etc. Of the many places I've stayed in my life, this is easily in the top ten. The whiskey bar in the lobby is about as good as they come. It is situated within walking distance of almost everything you could want to do in Louisville. I can't say enough good things about this hotel.

    11/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    23. Marianne C.
    Stayed there as part of my weekend birthday extravaganza, which lasted more than a weekend.  The rooms are spacious, and the staff was extremely friendly and helpful.  My boyfriend called early because I have an allergy to down, and the hotel boasts "down comforters" "down pillows" "down carpets" "down towels" ...  Ok, I'm exaggerating a bit here.  But he called to ask that the down be removed from the room.  I felt a bit badly when I saw a dumpster full of down comforters; I guess they took my allergy seriously.

    The bar here, btw, has a very cool bartender; I forget her name... but eesh! it feels like an airport hotel bar.  Couldn't the Brown do better?

    03/02/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    24. michael c.
    Swung through the lobby bar for dinner on the advice of a friend..  

    My faith in her judgment was well placed...

    The Brown Hotel is a "Grand Hotel" in the style of the 20s..  The lobby itself was a wonderful place..  full of framed programs and menus from the 20s and 30s and wonderfully appointed.  

    The bar area itself was small and full of men drinking whisky.  there were about 10 tables available for seating in various areas of the lobby and table service was available.

    The Whisky selection as one might expect is very good this being a premier hotel in Louisville and the service was best described as southern casual (i.e. friendly and fairly easygoing).

    My meal here consisted of the legendary "Hot Brown" openfaced sandwich which was supposedly invented by a cook at the hotel as a hangover remedy/preventative.  The "Hot Brown" itself was much lighter than expected although filling and very delicious..  

    There is a piano bar in the lobby however this was not in use in my visits during weekedays...

    02/06/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    25. Timothy F.
    A Louisville Classic!  This hotel is the place to stay while visiting Louisville.  it is "old school" and very well done.  Rooms are spacious and staff is polite and gracious.

    The main restaurant-The English Grill-may be one of the best in the city.  I've had some remarkably good meals here including Bison!

    My favorite thing is to have a drink in the second floor lobby.  Overstuffed chairs and sofas, a pianist and a wide selection of Bourbon whiskey.  This is the South at its' finest.

    Breakfast in the morning at J. Grahams reminds me of when I was a little boy in the big city.  Traditional and on the money.  Just swell!

    17/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    26. Molly M.
    Wow.  Even among great historic hotels like the Peabody in Memphis, The Brown Hotel is a real standout.  It's beautiful, the food is delicious, the staff is friendly and helpful.  There is no question why this hotel has earned so many diamonds and stars.  Dollar for dollar this has got to be the best hotel value I have ever experienced.

    15/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    27. Carolynne M.
    The Brown Hotel is ridiculous luxury located in downtown Louisville.  From the valet guys, to the interior, to the maids wearing the traditional uniform of black dresses and white aprons, everything is spectacular. We had a room on the ninth floor, which was beautiful, with a huge, lovely bath.  The bed was incredibly comfortable, I haven't slept like that in years.  Even after a late Saturday night, and getting only 6 1/2 hours of sleep, I still woke up completely refreshed.

    The only issue was attempting to get room service in the morning.  Both mornings I requested it, and both mornings there was nothing.  According to the front desk, they never got the information.  But to apologize, they did bring us a pot of coffee up and did not charge us for it, which I thought was a nice gesture.  

    All in all, the Brown is the nicest hotel we have stayed at in Louisville, and perhaps the nicest one all around for us.  We would absolutely not hesitate to stay again. Oh and if the place is haunted, I never saw any evidence of it.

    04/04/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    28. Michael C.
    Great location and the staff is wonderful! Great classic Hotel!

    03/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    29. Seema A.
    My home away from Home.

    I love the brown. It has that old Charleston feel to it...southern, polite, warm, yet rich. At first, it may seem stuffy with the antique furniture and the once upon a bank ambiance. But the hotel is amazing. I'd be surprised if people didn't have a good experience.

    They put these pillow top down comforters on top of the mattress that make you feel like you are sleeping on clouds. The rooms are clean- even after derby weekend. They enforce no smoking, so the nasty bugger smell can't seep through the a/c vents (I hate that)!  They have the best staff, always willing to look out.

    This is my number one choice anytime I am in Louisville, and I am there often for work.

    Go Brown, or go home.

    14/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    30. Regena L.
    The feeling in this hotel is great! Reading the history and walking around is a feeling that just can not be beat. The hotel has pictures from ground breaking to the finished product. It is amazing that in 1923 they were thinking that forward and preserved history the way they did.

    07/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    31. Camille G.
    The service was the most impressive thing about the hotel - everyone was so genuine and friendly and offered a great resource to the area attractions. They made me kind of wish I could just hang out with some of them for the weekend!

    The room was beautiful and the hotel has a fun history! But, warning: At 6am on a Saturday morning, we could hear our neighbors listening to a morning news show and hear their laughter - not like they were being obnoxious, just that the walls are very thin and the hotel old. We stayed through the next week and found it very quiet likely because there was no one next door after that.

    The English Grill has very good food and a relaxed atmosphere. The waiter was extremely friendly and hospitable, joking with us throughout dinner and providing a thorough and fun guide to the menu. We also ate in the regular hotel restaurant for breakfast and it was about as you'd expect - luxurious service and $18 all for a cup of Yoplait and a frozen bagel. That drives me nuts about all nice hotels, though.

    The lobby was gorgeous and felt like being at a friend's house. Sit anywhere and enjoy a drink and a bowl of nuts and just chat and relax - the hotel is set up so that no one is dragging suitcases past you at close range.

    13/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    32. John K.
    I came here as a tourist to see the beautiful lobby and have a mint julep.  

    There is no adequate way to describe how jarringly good this drink was.  It was the best cocktail I have ever had in my life.  Period.  It was otherworldly.  It was mind-rending.  It was transformative.  (It was a lot of bourbon and sugar and mint!!!)  It cost $12.  Expensive, yes, but I would have paid twice that, and I am not rich.  Also, two of these and you're more than good.  Three and it's probably nappy-time.  

    The hotel itself was beautiful, as promised.  The service was cordial and professional, but slow and not always attentive.  (Maybe this is a Southern thing?  Or maybe they were just busy.  I feel like if you sit at the bar you get good, attentive service, and if you sit in the back on the cushions they kind of forget about you.)

    Anyhow, my point is, I came here and drank the best drink in the world.  The end.

    28/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    33. Jack B.
    A true classic, in the best sense. A beautiful edifice, regally clean rooms, and a professional, courteous staff that accomodated special requests without a hitch.  Equally important, the location is far enough from 4th Street Live wherein one will not be disturbed by any associated noise.

    25/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    34. Kristi g.
    The sandwich, I don't think I new to say more. These folks know their bourbon and even humored me with a mint julep!

    02/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    35. Rani K.
    Delightful and unimpressive all in one.

    Delightful: finally getting the king bed I booked in a quiet room, the size of the second room (which was roomy, beautiful, and had natural light in bathroom), the grand size of the bathroom in all rooms, the creative decor of the rooms, the lush lobby and the incredibly impressive day reception.

    Unimpressive: snotty evening receptionist, queen room (even though I booked a king), first room next to loud fright elevator (which was in use until well past 11pm), second room too noisy because we heard every word our neighbors said, the sizes of the first and third room (standard hotel, maybe smaller, definitely not 4-star spacious) room service selection from 1-6am: a sandwich, a ceaser salad or a burger. Mlech.

    (A word of gratitude to day receptionist Katie H. and her manager Christine: after mentioning how unhappy we were, you insisted on finding us a better room, calling my cell when it was ready and nary a bad word said or a nasty look; you also gave us access to a private lounge with complimentary refreshments as a way to make up for the trouble. Now THAT is good customer service.  Very well done - your evening colleagues could take a lesson or two from you both.)

    Overall:  I liked the charm but was expecting outstanding service. With the exception of Katie and Christine, we really did not have that experience.  Inconsistencies were abounding: literally and figuratively a night and day reception desk, this room is huge while that room is a shoebox by comparison, etc.  To consider a second visit, we will need to conclude that the very good day reception here and spacious bathrooms outweigh every other frustrating experience with this hotel.  Jury is still out.

    15/04/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    36. Ingrid C.
    I got put up here while I was doing interviews.

    It's definitely grandiose and has convenient paid lot parking.

    So grandiose that I had trouble finding the tiny (but beautiful) front desk.

    The room was classically-decorated, with a beautiful (if not a little aged) throw and horse tapestries. The bathroom's size and gorgeousness blew me away.

    This place made me feel fancy. And, lo, I got the job following the interviews.

    28/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    37. Anya M.
    I had a wonderful experience here. I went here on business so I am not sure the details of the pricing and what type of rooms we got but I have to say it was one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in. On our floor we had complimentary breakfast every morning...and happy hour every evening after work. The room was amazing, the bed felt like a cloud. The bathroom was a nice size. All the needed amenities were available. The downstairs lobby was gorgeous. Everyone was so friendly, especially when I lost my room key and needed a replacement. Room service was wonderful. It was very clean, charming, relaxing, free Wifi in the room. I can't think of one negative thing except that I would imagine that the cost to stay there is probably pretty high, but everything was paid for so I don't know for sure. I would recommend anyone staying in Louisville to definitely check out The Brown.

    My only regret is never trying a "Hot Brown". Didn't have "Yelp" back then to let me know. Although we did get great restaurant and bourbon recommendations from the staff  ;)

    09/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    38. David M.
    Loved the Brown Hotel ... Beautiful, great service all around, awesome location.

    It was extremely elegant and impressive. Everyone was friendly and made us feel like we were distinguished guests from an earlier time.

    The highlights include:

    The fantastic shuttle driver who gave us great advice and was very timely. He was just nice guy. Wish he could have hung us with us all night. Sorry I don't remember his name.

    The bartender in the lobby bar. I think her name was Rebecca. She was friendly and did a great job explaining bourbon to us. Comparing the wheated Maker's Mark to the more rye based Knob Creek was especially fun ... Even for my mother.

    The Hot Brown. The hotel made this dish famous for late night diners in the mid 1900's, who had the munchies after a night of drinking. It includes toast topped with turkey, bacon, tomatoes, parmesan, and morney(sp) sauce and then baked and served hot. Sounds really rich, but really wasn't all that heavy and quite good.

    The lobby was beautiful and the rooms were very comfortable. The only complaint would be that the satellite cable TV was out most our stay because of storms.

    20/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    39. Nick C.
    This was the last stop on a jam packed bourbon drinking, horse betting, Kentucky basketball watching, St. Patty's day boozing trip, and couldn't have been a more fitting one at that.  It was early on Sunday (No booze before 1pm) so we had to settle for a Hot Brown and Coffee.  The Hot Brown was pretty much a disastrous mess of awesomeness topped with bacon... A perfect way to soak up the bourbon and green beer.

    19/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    40. David S.
    One of my all time favorite hotels.  Clean, classy, historic, amazingly comfortable beds, excellent staff, and close to 4th Street Live for many night life options.  Wonderful Kentucky Hot Brown from J. Granam's Cafe.  Spectacular fresh crushed mint julep at the lobby bar.  Pricy, but you most definitely get your money's worth.  I recommend splurging for a suite if you are visiting on a special occasion.

    05/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    41. Steve O.
    The Hot Brown. Period. End of sentence. It's not good for you but it's oh so good. I was in Louisville on business and everyone said you'll love the Hot Brown, go try it. They were right. Big chunks of freshly roasted turkey, thick and well-cured bacon, gravy, toast, and.... WOW. Just wow. The waitstaff was great. I was in a bit of a rush, explained that, and they got me in and out relatively quickly. Next time I'm in Louisville, I'm back here.

    25/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    42. Cathy Z.
    I can't say enough good things about this place.  The Brown Hotel recently hosted our family reunion and we were more than pleased.  The rooms were spacious, beautiful and reasonably priced, the dining was out-of-this-world good, the historic lobby and public areas were stunning and the service was amazing.  Every staff member we encountered was pleasant, professional and exceedingly helpful.  There is no other choice in Louisville for a family or business event.

    14/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    43. Paulina C.
    I was enjoying a bachelorette party on Bardstown Road. Don't worry, I was invited.  I was all set to get a ride back to my friend's house but going to karaoke was the last nail in my sobriety coffin.  Some of the girls in the party offered to let me crash with them in their hotel room.  It was a beautiful suite with comfy beds.  I've never really been comfortable in the rooms with two double beds.  Four adults mouth-breathing and night-farting in the same room is josie grossie.  To make matters worse, I lost a contact lens on the marble floor.   I'm blind as a bat so I had to leave the other one in to be able to negotiate my way around the lavish furnishings.  I finally got to sleep next to my lumberjack friend when the fire alarm went off.   I had to drunkenly stumble down 11 flights of stairs with one hand over my eye like Quasimodo with an eye patch.  With my good eye, I could see the judgmental looks other hotel guests were giving me.  I got lost on the way back to the room because I got separated from my party.  Not all who wonder are lost, but I came to from a blackout in a trash can with a bloody lip in the housekeeping closet.  I didn't have a room key of my own, and my phone was in the room so I went down to the lobby to get the room number.  With one eye covered and a bloody lip, the front desk attendant didn't understand that I was merely locked out of my room.  She thought I had been attacked.  The smeared raccoon eyeliner and disheveled ponytail didn't help my case.  She was all set to call an ambulance when one of my friends showed up at the lobby to rescue me.

    03/08/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    44. John N.
    The Brown Hotel is a Louisville landmark, iconic of a genteel, mannered South that persists defiantly in an era of smart phones, reality shows and grocery store self-checkout lanes.  Like all such iconic landmark hotels, in the South or anywhere else, this means the rooms can be on the small side, and the bathroom fixtures and power-socket options are also from a previous era.  That said, the Brown is definitely where you want to stay when visiting Louisville.  The two-story lobby exudes an opulence that you don't see in modern construction:  Painted terra cotta ceilings, dark leather and solid mahogany everything trim an expansive seating area designed to invite guests to linger and mingle with strangers.  A mezzanine area offers more of the same, and a vantage point for checking out new arrivals.  Grand pianos dot the common areas like touch-screen kiosks do in modern hotels.  They just don't build them like this anymore.    

    Two important note for Northerners:  (1) People in the south dress up, even on weekends, and even in the afternoon.  Though by no means necessary, putting on a coat and tie before heading for drinks at the bar in the lobby goes a long way. (2) The best Hot Brown (wiki it if you don't know) in town can be found here, where it was invented.  Do not leave Louisville without having one.

    18/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    45. Melissa L.
    Stopped at the Brown Hotel bar on the Urban Bourbon tour. Ordered a mint julep and the Hot Brown signature dish. The Hot Brown was amazing and well worth the $17 price. Will stop gain the next time we are in Louisville. Highly recommended.

    25/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    46. Laura L.
    Wow.  No wonder this hotel is 4 1/2 stars.  The biggest standout in my brain is the service.  It is un-bull-leave-a-bull!!  From the front desk person that checked us in to the bar staff.  Hands down the best service I have experienced at a hotel.  Everyone was so friendly and more than happy to assist in any way.  I paused to try to remember where my car was parked and was asked by a staff member if I needed anything.  Loved it.

    The building itself deserves five stars.  Though the neighborhood around it is getting a little shabby the Brown is kept up beautifully.  In fact, though we arrived around 11pm to check-in and had an early/long day ahead of us we fully indulged in a self guided tour of the hotel.  I love old hotels for their short ceilings and doors and ornate carvings everywhere.  There were little plaques noting historic bits such as silver tea service, china, etc.  Love love love it all.

    The rooms themselves were smaller due to the age of the building but were cozy and well kept.  The bathroom vanity itself deserves mention.  A marble topped washstand that was de-gorgeous.  

    On our way out of town we swung by to get The Hot Brown and some Lobster Macaroni and Cheese to go.  Mr. Man said he would dry to Louisville just to get that sandwich.  

    If life happens to take us South again we will definitely stay at the Brown again.

    26/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    47. Darryl R.
    It was a bad start. The complimentary airport shuttle was supposed to come in 30 min. It blew by without stopping and when I called, I was told it would take another 30 min. After cabbing it to the hotel, I told the manager at the front desk. He was apologetic and took the price of the cab off my room and sent a bottle of wine to my room - an excellent customer service response to a mis-step. The room in this historic hotel was large, comfortable, and overall exceptional. As a CPAP user, I wish there was a plug near the bed (e.g. on the lamp) so I didn't have to unplug the clock to use my CPAP, but that was the only flaw in the room. Free wifi was a plus. Overall, an excellent historic hotel. Club lounge for breakfast was ok but not many healthy choices. Overall, I would recommend.

    26/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    48. Andy M.
    Walking into the Brown hotel is like walking into a Museum. This elegant Hotel opened in 1923 and it looks like it hasn't changed much over the years.
    The Brown has a wonderful lounge that is both elegant and welcoming. There is a glass display that is filled with Sterling Silver Martini shakers and Coffee Urns that were used the first year the hotel opened. The Lounge offers a wide selection of Bourbon that I really took advantage of. The seating area is vast and Luxurious.
    The rooms are Huge. The Bathroom is bigger than most of the Hotel Rooms I have visited. The Bed was large and comfortable. I slept like a baby in the King Sized Bed.
    The bottom line on the Brown hotel is this: If you are going to Louisville and you want to treat yourself to a Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous (if only for one night), head on down to the Brown hotel. It's well worth the price.

    06/04/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    49. Myra J.
    If i could give a zero, i would. this is the worst hotel stay i've ever had in life!! I'm highly allergic to down. I asked that it be removed from my room. I woke up sick 2 days in a row because they claim they went to the wrong room. I walked in while they were working on my room---the right room after getting it wrong---and the mattress was COVERED in feathers. Had I not had Benadryl, I would have had to go to the hospital for a shot. And they are not concerned. Don't bother with this place. There are other pretty hotels nearby and this place doesn't value customers beyond the superficial.

    Can't wait to check out and forget this place!!!

    19/03/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    50. R J.
    Great location, lots to to do right there!!!

    30/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    51. Melissa B.
    My boyfriend and I stayed at the Brown Hotel during our first visit to Louisville.  The lobby of the hotel is gorgeous and the building is beautiful and historic, which is what attracted me to the hotel.  The rooms and bathrooms were also very nice and comfortable.  The hotel offers valet parking for $24 a night and a reduced rate of $20 a night to self-park in their garage.  I am from Chicago, so this is was VERY reasonable parking, which I appreciated.  

    I also liked that the hotel was only a few blocks from Fourth Street Live.  You can't hear the noise from that area at the hotel which is good, but the close proximity to all those restaurants and night life is definitely a nice feature.

    We also had upgraded to the "club" level which granted us access to the lounge.  This was really nice because they offered breakfast in the morning and hor d'ourves, beer, wine, and soda before dinner for free.  That was a nice little feature and made the visit feel more special.

    16/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    52. Josh Q.
    Well I have stayed in worse hotels.  The room was alright but was in serious need of a makeover.  Old wooden furniture that was chipped with age (in the bad way).  The old tv cabinet that was obviously for a tube television but had a tiny flatscreen that would fit in the opening width wise, an oddly huge closet for how small the room was.  Everything that everyone says about how nice the lobby and the rest of the hotel are is spot on.
    The worst part for us was when the alarm the previous guests had set to go off at midnight went off it took them a half an hour after we called to take care of it.  Then as soon as that was finally tended to I went out in the hallway to beg the party girls to quiet down only to discover that they were inside a room four doors down.

    14/06/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    53. Deb R.
    We only stayed one night - It is a nice hotel, very beautiful in the lobby and with a good historic feel.  The lobby is one flight up from street level.  There is an elevator, which tends to get crowded and slow at rush times.

    Staff very helpful and mostly welcoming.  We had a room with no view but it was quiet, which we appreciated.  Décor in the room nice and the room was comfy for the most part.  The big drawback was the AC vent, which blew cold air right on the bed.  No way to divert that and it was too bad.  Bathrooms could use a bit of freshening up to bring them to the standard of the rest of the hotel.

    We had dinner in the hotel restaurant - again, the waitstaff was fine.  We opted for the local specialty of the "Hot Brown" - which was delicious.  Nice place to stay.

    27/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    54. Kippy P.
    Old school southern charm best describes The Brown Hotel.
    Amazing service, staff, atmosphere and food.
    Sweet Potato fries were to die for.  My only suggestion is Red Bull at the bar :)

    15/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    55. Vincent V.
    This is a truly magical place! From the art on the wall to the way you are greeted when you pull up. I have stayed here on several occasions and always been throughly pleased. While the price is a little high for people on a budget there is no ground to compare it to many of the cheap hotels around Louisville. The rooms are comfortable with beds that make you feel like a king. Staff is friendly and will go out of their way to assist you. Food at both restaurants is suburb and gives you a true taste for Kentucky cooking. The architecture in the lobby goes great with a drink in hand. If you have an opportunity to stay here I encourage you to take advantage of it!

    29/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    56. Paige M.
    Home to the legendary Kentucky Hot Brown, The Brown Hotel is a historic Louisville landmark and eatery. Erected in 1923, the hotel has withstood the Great Depression and the 1937 flood where the first floor was filled with water. The 16- story hotel encompasses an entire block and includes a restaurant where you can indulge in the delicious Hot Brown.

    My friends and I came here just for that. We each ordered a Kentucky Hot Brown: an open-faced sandwich served on toast with turkey breast, Mornay sauce, tomatoes and bacon. The meal arrived in a bubbling skillet, "browned" to perfection. Aside from "Mmmmm!" sounds, we all ate in silence.

    If you're in Louisville, you need to stop at The Brown Hotel to try this sandwich in its original home!

    Price per person: $13.00

    22/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    57. Kate P.
    This review is about the lobby bar/restaurant. Originally, my coworker and I were thinking of going to the English Grill for dinner, but then we saw the brown hotel lobby bar/restaurant and liked how it had similarly great food for reasonable prices in a classy, but still casual atmosphere. I got lobster mac and cheese and was extremely happy to have big chunks of lobster in it. My coworker got the smoked salmon, which looked like some sort of salmon pate with bread. She enjoyed it, but it was not my cup of tea. We had a great dinner and would definitely recommend it!

    19/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    58. L W.
    A must stay in Louisville!  It is a Gorgeous part of history, is conveniently located, and has a friendly and helpful staff. The rooms are beautiful and very clean. The bathrooms are spacious.

    13/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    59. Carol M.
    Lovely lobby, hospitable lobby bar, beautifully renovated room on club level and  great breakfast buffet.

    28/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    60. Allison T.
    It was pretty late by the time we rolled into Louisville but we were starving and a friend had suggested stopping by this hotel, home of the original "Hot Brown".

    I loved the southern charm in the decor, service, and even the other guests sitting around drinking and chatting in the lobby.  The restaurant was closed for the evening but they served food in the lobby bar.

    The Hot Brown hit the spot!  Texas toast, roast turkey, bacon, and romano cheese makes the list as one of my top comfort food cravings.  When in Louisville, you must try this iconic dish!

    19/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    61. David K.
    A late review but it must be done..on the way to our table, we passed by the buffet line which looked delicious, but when I realized their special was turkey and bacon covered in a creamy Mornay sauce (how do they make this?!?), the decision of what to order became easy, and we weren't disappointed.  My friend put it best..."It's delicious, but seems to be inspired by late night drunks looking for a late night 4th meal." - Google 'history of the hot brown' - what a savant!

    25/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    62. Brian M.
    What an awesome hotel! I typically don't like "old world" hotels (i'm more of a sleek-and-modern kind of guy), but this place is awesome.

    The service is amazing... from the hotel shuttle to check-in, everyone was beyond friendly and helpful as they could be. My room (although it was a bit of a hike, and registration is on the second -- not ground -- floor) is really well-appointed. It's nothing huge, but it's got a so-comfy king-sized bed, some A/C that kicks ass and free wifi that actually works!

    The bathrooms are *huge* -- half again as big as the room! Shower is awesome with great temps and pressure. And although the view isn't spectacular, there are windows not only in the bedroom, but also huge windows in the bathroom, flooding the room with light.

    I didn't try the hot brown, so I can't testify to that, but the hotel stay has been excellent. I'll be back!

    31/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    63. J K.
    Absolutely great stay at The Brown. Originally, there was a mix up with the room, but the staff was on their game and got us into the right room within 20 minutes. Despite being across from the elevators (a spot I try to avoid at all costs), our room was exceptionally quiet and pleasant.

    01/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    64. Tim B.
    Gorgeous place... got a great deal on Hotwired... (or we would not have been there...) My son and I stayed in a huge room that was nicely furnished... The lobby bar was one of our favorite places to eat on our roadtrip. The Hot Brown is not to be missed-- also, if you like an Old Fashioned make sure to order one there. I sat in the lobby bar and had two of them and enjoyed reading while listening to the jazz playing in the background. They make a nice OF, by the way..Lots of crushed ice and bourbon. (they accidentally gave me Makers for my first one, but their well is Jim Beam... Not too shabby) ...
    The staff was young and very helpful. This place is a classic Hotel. Will stay there when I am in Louisville again.

    02/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    65. Sherri K.
    I love this hotel. It's classic old school charming.
    The bar is cool, and they have this MOST delicious sandwich named after the hotel that is decadent and too good. Only try it once, it has that many calories and is rich beyond belief...but try it once.
    The bartenders are cool. The staff is of the utmost professionalism.
    It is in a prime downtown location, walking distance to pretty much everything.
    A great venue for an event as well.
    Top class.
    Two thumbs up.

    ps I have heard the stories about being haunted. I have never experienced that. It's just an old building.

    19/12/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    66. Lochin S.
    The service is impeccable.  From bell, to front desk to the awesome bar in lobby.  
    ok, the bar in lobby is so cool.  loved the high ceilings and the "old school" feeling in there.  The rooms are surprisingly large, and had no issues with water, drainage, or AC. The beds are comfy and overall good quality.
    I would def stay here again.

    04/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    67. Kathleen W.
    Booked on Hotwire.

    Almost glad that the Galt House - where we normally stay was booked b/c this will be my new go to hotel in Louisville.

    Service was excellent and decor was very old world with the plush overstuffed coaches and grand piano in the corner.  

    My room was nice and the bed very comfortable.  Free wifi, lots of cable TV and located within walking distance of many restaurants and bars.  The walls to the hallway are a tad thin - so I could never tell if someone was trying to break into my room or open the door across the hall.

    $20 per night for parking / $24 if it's valet.  Park on the 2nd floor and take the walkway straight into the lobby.  Checkout a breeze.

    09/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    68. Jessica B.
    I stayed at this hotel for a conference on the property. The building itself is amazing with its tall ceilings, marble floors, particular details, and extravagant lighting.

    The staff is polite and accommodating. I was there two days and every interaction I had was positive.

    The room is unusually spacious and unique. There is nothing plain about the place!
    The leather chair in my room was so comfortable and the beds were equally as nice.

    The food is unbelievable. I can't describe how unique the food was. I had a chicken, asparagus, and mashed potatoes entree that was unbelievable. The food is also presented well. The people that prepare or at least lead the kitchen are culinary experts.

    Overall, if I'm ever in Louisville, there is only one place I'll stay.

    14/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    69. John W.
    If you are in Louisville you must visit the Brown Hotel and have a hot brown. Turkey. Cream sauce, bacon on toast.  I can't describe how good it is. First made in 1923 and still a number 1 seller today says it all. As a special bonus, the service is old world perfection. You haven't been to Kentucky if you haven't had a hot brown at the Brown.

    09/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    70. Gabi M.
    So I didn't try the famous Hot Brown sandwich... but I hear it's great and I'll have to return to try it next visit.  I also didn't experience any "haunted" at this hotel but I didn't look for it either; I was preoccupied with a busy and fun first visit to Louisville!

    After staying two nights at this charming historic hotel, I can tell you that I'm a fan!  There is a free shuttle that they provide to and from the airport, which is a nice touch... and justifies the slightly elevated price point in my eyes!

    All of the staff I came into contact with (from the bell men, shuttle drivers, front desk, and maid) were extremely friendly, and my room was spacious and comfortable.  They provided me a refrigerator upon request, and I actually made it to the fitness room on one of the mornings for a quick workout.  I lucked out and was given access to the thirteenth floor lounge where they provided complimentary continental breakfast and refreshments... loved that!

    The ice machine was broken on my floor during my visit which wasn't a huge deal, but worth mentioning.  The bathroom wasn't spic and span clean either but everything mentioned above makes up for that.  The Brown provided a comfortable place to hang my hat (since my luggage was delayed in arriving) and I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again next visit to Louisville.

    19/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    71. Tim T.
    Came here for a business dinner in the English Grill.  Our experience may be different as it was Derby weekend.

    Food was delicious, service was impeccable.  Prices were ridiculous, did I mention work paid?  Markup on drinks were 100% over our dinner the next night at Morton's.

    If you want a fancy dinner with a level of old world snootiness, this is your place.

    10/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    72. Morgan H.
    It's the historic Brown Hotel and it's amazing! Nothing more to say. Go if you haven't been, no matter where you're from. It's astonishing. Beautiful.

    26/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    73. Allison O.
    This place was awesome! We had a fantastic bartender and server, and I had an awesome and rare bourbon on the bartender's recommendation (the Old Forester Birthday edition...yum!). Definitely a place to go back to.

    17/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    74. Bartleby F.
    Lovely, just lovely.

    Having spent a lot of time in New Orleans, I tend to be skeptical of the boutique/historic hotel scene.  They can be run-down and a little gurvy with limited amenities and very small rooms.  That is not case with the Brown.  

    The decor is gorgeous and well-maintained.  You feel like you're walking back to the 1930's, it's just that beautiful.  The rooms are clean and have plenty of space.  The bed was uber comfortable.

    As part of your room fee you get free valet parking and a free continental breakfast that was pretty luxe.  Everyone was super nice and it's walking distance to most of the best restaurants and bars in Louisville.  I would definitely stay here again!

    16/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    75. Amelia B.
    The Brown is quintessential Louisville in the 1920's, with the decor and service to match. Step in the lobby, and feel the history. Walk into your room, decorated in horses, and appreciate the feeling of yesteryear. The flatscreen hanging on the wall feels out of place.

    I had the luxury of staying on the Club Level, which gives you access to a private lounge with a full breakfast and cocktails during the evening. While this concept is so uppity and exclusive it makes me cringe, I can tell you that I greatly appreciated it. Granted, I may have gotten strange looks from the standard 50-something business men that all filled the breakfast room, but totally worth it.

    The rooms are nice-sized, clean, and comfortable. Bathrooms are quite large. Beds were a tad hard for me, but I'm a bit picky there.

    They do have a fitness room with 2 treadmills and 3 ellipticals. Nothing fancy, but gets the job done if you need it.

    The true highlight is definitely the lobby. Have a drink and relax awhile. Oh, and try a Hot Brown.

    23/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    76. Joe M.
    I had lunch in the Brown and had to walk around. It was so nice, so much history. I would be great if the walls could talk at this place. I did not stay, but did look around the place. I might stay her on another trip. You have to stop in if your in Louisville.

    14/09/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    77. R H.
    Wonderful historic hotel.  Rooms are beautiful and good size for an old hotel.  We upgraded our reservation and stayed on the club level.  Enjoyed a late lunch in the lobby bar--bourbon and a steaming hot Hot Brown.

    08/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    78. James M.
    When in Louisville the Brown is the place to stay. Elegant and efficient.  Always just right.

    28/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    79. Carolyn E.
    I took a chance with Hotwire and lucked out by scoring this hotel!  The things that were outstanding were the service from all of the front end staff as well as the amazing immacuately detailed lobby.  If you stay here, definitely take some time and check it out.  Our room was clean, spacious and adorned with adequate outlets.  (and excellent soap, shampoo and conditioner)

    25/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    80. Quinton M.
    Top notch! Me and my wife enjoyed our recent stay here. We are Louisville natives and stayed here on our honeymoon before we flew out to Miami. From the moment we were dropped off we were pampered.

    We arrived on a Saturday and were dropped off by our driver. The bellhop was friendly and fast. From there we climbed up stairs into the lobby. The lobby has and old world charm with lots of old school details. Our room was great. Huge king size bed with awesome bedding. The views were amazing. I usually love the more modern hotels but fell in love with the brown. Felt like we stepped back in time.

    On complaint I have was we had a room facing broadway and it was very noisy at night. Also the down mattress pad was too hot for us. I would highly recommend this for anyone looking to get the full Louisville experience. This is for sure a Louisville gem. Don't forget to get a hot brown too!

    06/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    81. Jayson J.
    If you are a frequent traveller you typically have a chain you stay loyal to so as to collect perks for a free vacation somewhere exotic.  I subscribe to the notion 95% of the time.  The Brown hotel is a must stay for my when I visit Louisville.  It is old, ornate and full of history.  The lobby is a stunner...I could just sit there and drink a bourbon all afternoon (that may interfere with business though).  As many reviews note they are purported to be the creators of the Hot Brown sandwich.  This decadent open faced sandwich is something you need to enjoy at least once.  I would have photographed it, but my wife already scorned me earlier this year for taking a photo of a Horseshoe sandwich in Springfield IL...something about Lipitor not being as cool as I make it sound.
    The bar makes a mean mint julip and the bourbon selection is top notch, as to be expected.  The area around the hotel has some nice dining options and night life, so if looking to entertain clients young or old you can find something for everyone.
    Rooms are a good size and the service is above and beyond what you get at most boutique / historic North American hotels.

    27/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    82. Sean G.
    This is a "must stop" destination whenever I'm in Louisville. Without question, they have one of my favorite lobbies to relax and refresh. The service has always been superior...whether as a guest of the hotel, or simply enjoying one (or more) of the bourbons offered on this stop along the Urban Bourbon Trail. Three other members of my family that have stayed here would offer the same review. Keep up the great work.

    04/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    83. Donn L.
    Famous for the original Hot Brown, every one in Kentucky makes it.. Just not as well .. It's worth the trip.. Their take on a Cobb salad is different and very good

    14/01/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    84. Allison D.
    We didn't stay at the Brown Hotel.  We only stopped in briefly for a hot brown.  

    We felt kind of scuzzy after driving 12 hours and definitely would not have fit in at their fancy restaurant.  Luckily the lobby bar served the same food and at a cheaper price.  The food was good, but overpriced and the cocktail that I had was watered down and didn't seem to have a drop of alcohol in it, but I got to scratch another regional food off my list and the hotel was beautiful (at least the parts we saw).  My boyfriend said that it reminded him of The Shining.  I give it four stars only because I think we were delirious and that hot brown was definitely worth the hype.

    21/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    85. Alyse H.
    If you travel to Louisville, you must stay at the Brown.  There is no other way to go.  During the cold months, they have hot chocolate and apple cider in the lobby to warm you up.  I look forward to their hot apple cider every winter!  The hotel is very old, but it is updated with clean, rich furnishings.  The beds are incredibly comfortable.  If you're hungry, march yourself down to the bar and order a Hot Brown or a burger.  I don't know what it is, but their burger is to die for.  The selection of bourbon is outstanding as well.

    17/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    86. Jessica D.
    This is my favorite place to stay downtown. It's like taking a step back in preserved time. The staff was incredible and the place is always immaculate.

    28/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    87. Russell G.
    How can you come to Louisville and not get a Hot Brown from the Brown Hotel?!

    You may want to skip a meal or 3 before ordering this mass of deliciousness as it contains your daily suggested calories in a single meal. Don't believe me? Google it. I won't list the entire list of ingredients but let's just say that 14 oz of turkey, 2 oz of whole butter and 16oz of heavy cream are just the beginning!

    Looking back at the list of ingredients, I think it contains more than a day's worth of calories. And since we were on a fat kid binge, why not top off such a great meal with a slice of derby pie?!

    This place is not to be missed and whatever you order, make sure to get at least one hot brown to share at your table. It is a Louisville icon and worth every once of heavy cream it contains! My mouth waters just thinking about it.

    24/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    88. Tara L.
    I may have developed a delicate drawl, just by staying here for one night. Amazing!

    It's hard not to feel transformed for a moment while surrounded by the historic, elegant and grand decor. And even though "Southern Belle" in me really didn't appear, as I sat in the regal lobby full of antique furniture and leather sofas, I kind of felt like I should have a Mint Julep in my hand.

    The rooms were nice, albeit a little old-fashioned and it kind of annoyed me that the TV has to be awkwardly pulled out and angled towards the bed. The bathroom is simple and the closet space is huge (although not sure who would need that much space unless they planned an extended visit.)

    I even had a chance to visit the restaurant and try the infamous, Hot Brown sandwich!

    Overall, I had a pretty good experience here although I'm not sure that I would recommend it for anyone looking for a hip, fun place to stay.

    However, for the historic value alone I think it's worth the stay!

    14/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    89. Tanya S.
    Staying at this hotel was a wonderful experience.  I stayed for two nights as part of a wedding party.  The decor in this place is awesome.  I was expecting it to be tacky and weird, but it looks amazing.  It is certainly over the top but it definitely works!  It is expensive considering it's in downtown Louisville but I was able to book at a lower rate due to being military ($107/night).  My room was awesome.  The best part was the view.  I was on the 8th floor and my bathroom had an entire wall that was just windows.  I could see downtown Louisville while taking a pee!  Amazing.  The bed was very comfortable and the room was immaculate.  

    The one thing that kinda but a damper on the charm was the ugly tub.  It was your average tub you can find at a cheap motel, but whatever.  Also, the pillow top on the bed is incredibly hot.  I woke up in the middle of the night sweating my ass off even though the temperature in the room was quite cool.  One thing that was slightly annoying was the fact that there are no signs pointing to the parking lot.  I had to drive around for a while to find it.  But it's just next to the hotel.  As soon as you pass the valet drop off, take an immediate right.  Parking is $20 a day FYI.  But it's safe and it has a bridge that connects it to the hotel lobby.  

    I had a wonderful stay and would definitely recommend it.  I would stay again if I can find a low rate again!

    14/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    90. Cindy P.
    We were guest at a wedding reception Saturday. The dinner was in the Crystal Ballroom. It is a beautiful room. The food was good and the service was great. Make sure and go see the gingerbread house the pastry chef made on display in the lobby!

    07/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    91. Victoria M.
    This hotel was the perfect place for a mini getaway for my husband and I. We had a little trouble finding parking and wish the parking garage was marked a little better. The valet was incredibly nice and pointed us in the right direction. The check in process was great. The staff were very nice and helpful. We stayed in a queen room and it was perfect for us. The bathroom was huge and comfortable. The bath and shower were large and clean. The room was spacious and well appointed. We did not order room service but I'm sure it would have been easy to do. We will be staying here again.

    23/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    92. Matthew L.
    I love historic hotels -- especially those with southern charm, and this definitely fit the bill.  Stayed here on government rate, and at check-in, they asked to see my government ID.  Local government IDs accepted -- just an FYI.  If you plan to stay here on government rate, you will have to call or email regarding the rate.

    Parking here is kind of pricey - it's either $16 or $20, depending on if you want in & out privileges.  For me, I was only going to stay in Louisville overnight with no ins and outs, so I paid $16 for overnight parking versus $20 (in and out privileges).  

    The hotel is conveniently located in downtown Louisville with lots of restaurants and night life in the nearby vicinity.  Because the hotel is located in a downtown area, a late night walk can feel a bit sketch.  However, nothing happened during my walk around downtown -- even at 10-11pm.

    My room was quite roomy, well appointed, and historic feeling -- just the way I liked it.  The only issue I had was that the window in my room was slightly ajar and I couldn't close it.  It was kind of late by the time I figured out why there was a draft in my room, so I didn't bother calling maintenance to fixing the issue.  So as a recommendation to anyone coming to stay here, check your window and make sure it's closed (or you can close it!).

    Other great perks about this place is free internet and very friendly staff.   Oh... I also really love the architecture of the hotel lobby.  When you step inside, you feel like you've stepped back in time -- back to the early 1900's -- a feeling that you don't get with many modern hotels these days.  Just hanging out in the lobby really makes you appreciate the beauty of the art & architecture from yesteryear.

    27/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    93. Dylan E.
    I feel like this place needs to be reviewed from 2 different perspectives. The building side of things and the actual operation as a hotel side of it.

    I'll start with the building, which is immaculate. The lobby is fantastic, the intricate detail in all of the architecture is gorgeous, and if you have a chance to take a peek into the ballroom you will be thoroughly impressed. It really is a magnificent building, and they did a great job of keeping it on top of its game for being 90 years old. The outside isn't much to look at, but it is in a great location that is easily walkable to a lot of places. It even has an attached parking garage that is complimentary parking if you stay at the hotel, or it has an hourly rate if you just wanted to park somewhere off the street. Inside the building you will find many accommodations beyond hotel rooms, including an old fashioned bar in the lobby, a restaurant, and plenty of space to sit or walk around and marvel at what's around you. I think this would be an awesome place to have an event.

    Now, onto the hotel side of things. The staff at the front was extremely nice and very professional. They got us all checked in very quickly and made sure we had everything we need. Then, it was off to the rooms. This is where things went south. As nice as the old architecture and charm is that this building has to offer in its lobby, ballroom, and restaurant; it is lost on the hotel rooms. The rooms themselves just don't have the old charm, and really don't offer a lot more than just a standard upper-scale hotel anywhere, new or old. It actually feels a little old fashioned without the uniqueness that sometimes that can provide. Where it really lags behind is the feeling that the walls are made of paper. You can hear every single word of an averaged noise level conversation coming both from the hallway and from the rooms next to you. It was really awkward to be able to hear other people talking that clearly from their own rooms. The amenities in the room were all nice, the rooms were very clean, and the beds were comfortable, although the giant piece of furniture used to hide the TV was kind of odd and required you to pull out the TV and turn it if you wanted to see it. Again, the majority of the actual room itself was pretty much average for what I would expect based on the price of this place anywhere else.

    Due to a deal that was running at the time which included 2 free breakfast buffets if you purchased with a Visa card, we had the opportunity to hit that in the morning. I would have been very disappointed if I had purchased what we got for the full price. It was much better food than any free continental breakfast you will find, but it was your standard fruit, breakfast meats, eggs, breads, biscuits and gravy (that was empty when we were there), potatoes, and so on. Not even remotely close to the $16 price tag that was on it. I feel like we missed out by not getting the famous hot brown here, but it just wasn't in the cards during this visit.

    In conclusions, I was awed by the building, but disappointed by the room. The service we got from all the employees we met was top notch. The location is great, but I think I will still probably look at other hotels around the area if I decide to come back and visit 4th St. again. The amount it costs you if you just need a place to stay and are not planning on taking in the whole Brown experience with their public spaces and dining options just feels like it can be better spent elsewhere. Based on my experience, I'm probably at more of a 3.5 stars, but I'm giving it 3 because I'm just not impressed enough for the 4th. If I was having an event here and wanted to wow some people or was spending a bunch of time in the hotel, I think I'd probably be much more generous with the rating.

    12/03/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    94. Jessica M.
    I stayed here for 1 night in July, 2014.
    The valet and front desk staff were very personable and friendly.
    My room and bathroom were clean and the bed was comfortable.  Housekeeping staff were also attentive.
    The hotel is gorgeous and in a great location.

    23/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    95. Erin M.
    This hotel is absolutely gorgeous! The front desk staff was professional and very efficient. The elevators were amazingly quick! It was often a comment made by others while in the elevator with them. Rooms were clean and decorated nicely. Bathrooms were large as well! Beautiful decorations throughout the hotel. I am more than eager to return.

    03/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    96. Kelsey B.
    Best hotel in Louisville!

    My family and I stay here every year for Thanksgiving and it's a great experience, year in, and year out.

    I've never met a staff member here who wasn't over the top friendly, polite, and helpful. Truly a high caliber of service- they make you feel like you're their most important guest, every time you visit!

    The lobby is breath taking. Historic, and beautiful. Ornate, and cozy at the same time. Enjoy drinks on the sofas with friends, or maybe some derby pie, and you can listen to the piano play. We do a cocktail hour down here with friends the night before thanksgiving every year, and it feels like you're in another world- so much fun, and so relaxing. The drinks are a bit pricey, but well worth it. When it's cold, they make a great Irish coffee, and we love their lemon drops. The little dishes of bar snacks are also super tasty.

    If you stay here, you HAVE to get the famous sandwich...the hot brown! If you want to be totally lazy, and totally happy- do what we do, and order it from room service in your pajamas for breakfast. They'll bring up a whole table, drinks, coffee, creamer, sugar, milk- the works. The hot browns are huge, and they'll pre-split them for you if you'd like to share. I can't even being to describe the actual sandwich, because I wouldn't do it justice. Just know that it's a cheesy, bacony, turkey dream.

    The shop downstairs has awesome finds- wonderful for gifts, and treats for yourself. Everything from jewelry to perfume, to cooking supplies and books. If it's open, you can wander into the art gallery up front.

    Great location if you want to check out the downtown area! But nothing in Louisville is too far of a drive anyways. Definitely stay here!

    05/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    97. Nicole W.
    The lobby is awe-inspiring. I think I'll need a neck massage due to my perpetual staring at the ceiling. Truly, this hotel is beautiful.

    I only stayed one night, but The Brown earned high marks from me. The rooms themselves aren't too much to write home about. Yes, the beds are comfortable. You'll find the typical amenities like a flat screen TV, desk, free WiFi (not the most consistent signal) and decent sized bathroom. Frankly, if it were just based on the room, I'd dole out just three stars. But there's more...

    The staff at this hotel are nothing short of fantastic. They are friendly and helpful without being intrusive. They remember your name even if you've only been there a few hours. That, my friends, is impressive. Special high five to the bellmen and Nicole in the lobby bar.

    The neighborhood is pretty cool and many of the surrounding areas are being rehabbed and developed. I'd stay at The Brown again and certainly make my way back to the lobby bar for another cocktail.

    04/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    98. Magic S.
    I stayed here for Kentucky Derby 2014. The Brown Hotel is beautifully preserved, with attractive historical decor and architecture, modern bathrooms, perfectly comfy beds and linens, and wonderfully professional and friendly service.

    I'm usually cautious of old hotels because sometimes they rest on their laurels and end up being creepy, creaky and spooky. This is NOT the case of The Brown Hotel. It is the best combination of modern and traditional.

    07/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    99. Mancow M.
    Hands down it's THE HOT BROWN!
    Add in a Woodford Reserve bourbon and now you are living babycakes ! Add to that the 90 year old surroundings and a polite polished staff and you've got something you can ONLY do in Louisville Kentucky in this one sweet spot. A city to behold beauties too! What's in the water because ... WOW!

    27/10/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    100. Adam L.
    I frequently stay at The Brown for work. I have a few things I genuinely like and others I don't particularly care for.


    When you first walk you're greeted by a very polite staff and walk above to one of the nicest lobbies I have stood in. The honeycomb-style ceiling is the main feature because it is so detailed and in pristine condition. The same can be said for the old timey decor and registration desk. It's a beautiful place to get married.

    The food and drinks are excellent. The birthplace of the Hot Brown. Can't go wrong.

    It's a great location. Blocks away from Fourth Street Live.


    Not the most ideal for extended stays unless you're a ghost. There are rumors of unexplained happenings in the hotel. Adds to the hotels fun and intrigue for some.

    The old timey feel follows you throughout the hotel. The halls are creepily decorated with side tables stacked with books and one chair. Retro restraint would be greatly appreciated in the common areas.

    The same can be said for the rooms. It a crap shoot if you'll have a great room or a eerie room. My last room was very nice. All the bathrooms are nicely updated. However, the rooms haven't been as nice due to the layout and decor. I think I'm more accustomed to a more modern ambiance.


    I like the hotel. Incredible for a boutique stay or big wedding. The food is excellent. I would like to feel more comfortable in my rented room. I would walk from another hotel to enjoy their bar and restaurant.

    30/04/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    101. Emily S.
    I stayed at The Brown Hotel on a recent work trip to Louisville. The historic hotel (built in the 1920's) is long on charm. The art deco  style has been well preserved throughout the hotel and 1920's jazz is played softly in the hotel lobby. The staff were extremely friendly. My room was very spacious and very nicely appointed with portraits of horses and equestrians (the hotel is located near the Kentucky Derby afterall). The only thing I wasn't completely enamored with was the bathroom, the shower drain was clogged and the water pressure was very low. But kudos for the free WiFi throughout the entire hotel! The location was also good, only 3 blocks from the downtown Louisville nightlife. Overall, The Brown is a fabulous historic hotel in a great location for exploring Louisville.

    20/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    102. Jj C.
    What can i say about the "hot brown". Sounds kinda awkward, but its actually an open faced turkey sandwich with a mornay cheese sauce, roasted tomato, and bacon. I think a part of me died when i took my first bite, because i swear i saw heaven. Food was really delicious and the service was quick and polite. Definitely would go back to kentucky to eat here again

    28/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    103. Laci G.
    Can't get enough of those Hot Browns!  Very flavorful and rich, but not overly-filling in the way that makes you feel regret after eating.

    I had a couple Hot Browns from the lobby bar while I was staying at the Brown Hotel for the weekend.  I'll really miss them as they don't serve them in my part of the country.

    The only thing that could improve is the cocktails (mine was so sweet it was almost undrinkable) and the service was a bit slow for how few people were there.

    04/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    104. Neil D.
    Hotel may be okay, but their people are unaccountable for their actions ( like not leaving enough light in a very dark hallway leading to the bathrooms.  My elderly father didn't see 4 or 5 steps that lead down to the bathrooms and fell, landed on his head.  He had to be rushed to the hospital and when we asked The Brown Hotel what they were going to do about this, we were told that my father should have been more careful - although they admitted it was "a little hard to see." ... They don't accept responsibility and I have nothing good to say about the arrogant people who work there.

    13/02/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    105. Alexis Y.
    A very nice place to visit because of the history and the great food. I would definitely go back. The Ali Smash is a great drink & I really enjoyed the truffle fries. We ate in the lobby bar and that was great to people watch and have a casual lunch. The Hot Brown is incredible and not overly heavy with the sauce which I thought it would be.

    27/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    106. Jonathan E.
    we had a fair experience here.

    -1 for starters, their website never sent a confirmation email after having made the reservation

    +1 for professional, courteous, and on-the-ball staff.  the level of service we received throughout our stay was far above average.  not just front desk, but also valet staff, cleaning crew, etc.

    +1 for a beautiful lobby.  clearly, the hotel is using the lobby as its focal point.

    -1 for dated decor, even in the lobby.  the furniture could use some steam-cleaning.  various improvements could be made that would make a big difference.

    -1 for a smaller-than-expected king room.

    +1 for a larger-than-expected bathroom, by area.  however, the space wasn't all usable.

    -1 for a TV remote that didn't work.

    +1 for drapes that actually keep the room dark.

    +0 for average quality linens.  not what we were expecting from a hotel like this.

    -1 for being stingy with towels.  2 sets of towels, with no extras whatsoever.

    -1 for no refrigerator in the room.

    -1 for completely average workout room.  a couple treadmills, a couple ellipticals, and one stationary machine.  pretty small.

    +1 for great drinks at the lobby bar.  specifically, my wife loved the mint julep.  my bourbon flight was pretty good.

    -1 for not a great part of town.

    tip:  avoid parking in the hotel garage.  there is a $3/day lot caddy-corner from the brown, and a $2/day lot southwest of the hotel off of 5th street.

    for what we paid, i had higher expectations.  recommended for the historical experience, but other than that, you can find better elsewhere.

    14/07/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    107. Zachary H.
    First time ever being here.  Service was a bit slow and more than just in the nice place slow meal kind of way.  Probably backed up a bit because they had only one bartender.  

    I of course got the Hot Brown.  It was very good, but I've had one or two others that I prefer a bit more.  Mostly the sauce was a bit lacking in flavour.  The bacon and turkey were both higher quality than most places, however.

    26/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    108. Brandy V.
    Stayed here this past weekend for 2 nights. Lovely hotel, nicely decorated and very clean. Unfortunately, our room was right by the elevator (1025) and it was so loud with people waiting for the elevator that I barely slept either night. I should have requested another room, but didn't. This room is also directly above the valet stand, which can get loud. Request a room not by the elevator and you should have a better experience! If we were in town again, we would definitely consider this hotel.

    22/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    109. M D.
    Not bad at all. Good location. Great decor. Room was spacious and very clean. Could use some modernization like more updated gym equipment, better plumbing and tv.
    The best part of my stay was the housekeeping...they get 5 out of 5 for me but overall the hotel is 4 stars. I'd definitely come back.

    11/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    110. Keena M.
    I heard about this place when I was googling about Louisville. I heard about how beautiful the inside was with all of its history. Those reviews were all right.

    This place is amazing inside, the attention to detail, the ceilings, the wood carving, the history, it was all so beautiful. We didn't stay here, but it was definitely worth walking to and checking out the inside.

    My boyfriend and I sat down at the Lobby bar and had a few Bourbon drinks and the bartender Forrest was so nice and extremely informative. He helped us plan what Bourbon Distilleries we were going to go to the next day. He also gave us some good insights on things we have to do while in town.

    20/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    111. Mad I.
    Came for the hot brown, got maimed by the womens bathroom toilet paper holder!
    This 'sandwich" is really a hot bubbly yum fest. Watch out, you will tip the scales afterwards.  Its heavy cream, butter and flour which tastes divine.  Then, some yummie texas toast and real turkey breast topped with bacon.  We ordered one and they split it for us, how nice!  We each had our our little griddle plate. Then I used the rest room and BAM!  Ouch! That toilet paper dispenser is a killer...seriously, thought my arm was broken, beware ladies!
    $16 for the sammie and not price tag high enough for the way my elbow spazes when the weather changes now....lol

    07/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    112. Orlandocommandos S.
    Beautiful room! We would stay here again if we and the chance. Check in was a little hectic, valet guys were friendly nice guys and you gotta grab that hot brown!

    02/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    113. Renee S.
    Service was great. Plumbing is definitely OLD.  Shower was a bit dark because of the shower curtain, but none of these factors would deter us from returning. I only mention this for the more discerning customers.

    The room was gigantic with a couch. We went with  2 other couples, and the large room size lended itself to socialization with our other friends.  

    The gift shop in the basement is nice and includes a large selection of Bourbon Barrell Foods, and other large-brand bourbon products (candy, sauces, etc).  

    We ate at the more expensive restaurant in the hotel and it was excellent.  I got the Hot Brown, because it's legendary.  It was good, but I recommend getting a salad and sharing the Hot Brown with someone else.  It was heavy and high in fat, and you really can't eat all of it.   Our friends got a Hot Brown at other restaurants in town, and it did not compare to the one at The Brown Hotel.  This is definitely the best looking/tasting one we saw and found. :)

    08/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    114. Neil M.
    The most important aspects of a stay at any hotel is bed comfort, cleanliness, quiet.

    The beds are made with a flat sheet on the bottom, so before you even get in bed, turning down the top un-makes the bed. Sleep in it for an hour and it looks someone dumped a pile of laundry on a mattress. The bedding is of low quality, polyester feel.

    The room is clean, 550$ gets you that. The lobby and street level area ( lobby is on the second floor) not so clean. Classic, beautiful public areas, but dirty carpet, worn furniture, big messes of wires very visible. Full trash cans downstairs, loose handles on main entry doors.

    Staff is noisy in the halls. Engineering can be heard doing maintenance. Doors are allowed to slam shut by housekeeping (a supervisor with a clipboard)

    29/10/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    115. Duane D.
    With the caveat that I did not stay here, I did spend a bunch of time here for a conference.

    This is a nice historic hotel and the staff are very friendly.  The venue was very good for a conference.  I would have stayed here, but the rooms were full when I booked.

    Definitely and interesting place.

    09/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    116. Bobo N.
    Great place! Love everything about this hotel it's such a charmer! I've stayed here 3 times and every time was spectacular! Can't wait to go back!

    14/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    117. Mirko P.
    Old style hotel. Maybe, doesn't have all the features the new build have,  but what's matter have, people who care. Excellent customer care.
    One small gesture, I was reading in the lobby when employee approached me and asked: "Would you like a glass of water". That doesn't happen often.

    09/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    118. Dean D.
    This is an update to a previous review...spent several nights at the Brown in December and have to say the service staff was outstanding and my room(s) were extremely comfortable and of course the food, whether at the bar or room service was just excellent.  If you've got to be stuck somewhere over Christmas...the Browns not a bad place to be.

    06/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    119. Beth W.
    Drove down to try the Hot Brown
    For Valentines Day with my sweetie. He made reservations for our special occasion. We decided to split a hot brown and their special of the day which was supposed to be a pulled pork sandwich with Cajun onion rings.
    The hot brown was so delicious, smooth and creamy sauce that smothered the crustless lightly toasted bread with a generous cut of tender juicy turkey. We wished we didn't have to share the portion. It was perfect.

    14/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    120. Scott K.
    I had seen the Brown on TV and since I was in Louisville I decided to drop by and try the famous "Hot Brown" sandwich. It did not disappoint!  This sandwich is probably one of the top 10-20 things I have ever eaten in my life and that's no exaggeration.

    Eating in the lobby bar at The Brown made it even better. What an amazing place!  The decor is immaculately preserved right out of the 1920s and the hotel is stunningly beautiful.

    The waitress was a lot of fun, the staff was extremely friendly, and having a whiskey list with 50+ choices really sets this place apart. Free valet parking for diners helps too!

    06/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    121. Angelus K.
    An art nouveau treasure.  If you enjoy beautiful spaces, you would enjoy eating here.  

    I haven't stayed at the hotel overnight, but I have eaten at the bar several times.  Sure, you're going to be sitting with a lot of middle aged dudes in polo shirts and golf hats, but you can imagine that once upon a time there were young hipsters wearing white pants and navy blazers dancing the night away.   When those guys (and their flapper gals) got tired, they needed a late-night snack.  And what the Brown Hotel came up with for them was the hot brown sandwich.   A calorie bomb consisting for two slices of bread, turkey, bechamel sauce, parmesan cheese, and topped with two strips of bacon since before bacon was cool, the hot brown will really hit the spot.  Basically if you come to Louisville and haven't had a hot brown, you've wasted your trip!  

    The drinks are way expensive, but you may as well get something with bourbon since you're in Kentucky.   Oh, and since the hot brown isn't sufficiently calorie-rich, you'd better finish with a slice of derby pie....mmmm.....  

    Last tip, for some reason, the hot brown is a few bucks cheaper if you get it in the bar as opposed to in the restaurant.

    13/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    122. Chelsea C.
    This hotel is seriously beautiful and a really great experience.  They have preserved the 1920's feel of the hotel in a great way.  The rooms are definitely more traditionally decorated and the bathrooms are on the small side, but it wasn't an issue for us.  We upgraded to the deluxe room so we had a nice large sitting area and walk in closet as well which was nice.

    The staff were great and super accommodating.  We had just gotten a new car, and asked the valet to try to park it away from other cars if he could- and he actually put cones around our car for us!  

    It's within walking distance of some great restaurants and conveniently located in general.  Will definitely be adding this to the top of the list of places to stay in Louisville!

    19/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    123. Brittany S.
    That conditioner...oh, that complimentary, abnormally good conditioner. If your mane is part lion like my own, you probably understand that hotel conditioners (most often "conditioning shampoo") are weak to put it gently. So, first off, I want to applaud the Brown Hotel for sporting some killer conditioner yo! (Snaps, smiles, high fives all around)

    Other reasons I fancied my experience:
    -friendly and helpful staff
    -spacious rooms that make me think "Kentucky" and "old money" all rolled into one
    -historical charm that oozes throughout the architecture and interior design of the building
    -fantastic walkability- my morning walk led me to fourth street in around ten minutes
    -lastly, the fact that this is the original source of Kentucky's famous hot brown sandwich- how great is that, right?

    -I'm holding the fifth star (mainly half a star) because they could really use a vent in the bathrooms (steamy!) and the gal working the gift shop was less than friendly on the friendly spectrum

    19/12/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    124. Heather P.
    On a mission to find the most elegant Kentucky experiences, I booked this hotel on a last minute basis. I then started to research and attempt to figure out what's within walking distance of the hotel. I really need to master that trait because as I pulled up to the hotel my first statement was "I didn't know that Bluegrass Brewing Company was within eye shot of The Brown".
    I called to inquire about parking and was a bit misled but here is the truth: it's $18 per for overnight/self park and you can not come and go, or $24 valet come and go parking. I planned to opt for the valet parking, not because of the come and go feature, but because my goal is always to tote my bag as less as possible.
    Both valet attendants were awesome, and both were very friendly.
    After walking in the door, I found it a bit odd that the check in was on the second floor. At check in I noticed people dining directly across from the check in section... odd.
    Finally the room-1049. Clean but a the decor was bit different than I would prefer, but lets face it, if a rating is based on that I would stay at home in my own interior decorative skills. Built in 1923, It's historic, I get that.
    I have stayed in several hotels in the area and I think that this is the closest to Fourth Street Live. Or maybe I'm getting older and the walk was more sober and seemed to be less of a distance than the hotels prior. Either way, that claim comes with that disclaimer and may not be 100% accurate.
    The bed was small and not very comfortable.
    The bathroom, which was a lot larger than an average hotel bathroom, had marble flooring, granite counter top. The water pressure was awesome!
    The gift shop has the soap, shampoo and conditioner for sale if you're interested. Or if you're looking for a KY souvenir, they have a sections of Derby and Makers Mark as well as random other gifts.
    All in all, I prefer The Galt house for a very comparative and similar hotel, with a better view and more comfortable beds. I'm not sure how GH has less stars though.
    The sad thing is that I didn't try The Brown at the Brown, so I will be back.

    29/06/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    125. Cici L.
    when you've been at luxury hotel's in Vegas... its kinda spoils you.....

    But I am a fan of THE brown Hotel... rooms are some what simple.. but ... the luxury part of this hotel is the hotel itself the fact that its been here since the 1920's...the gorgeous ornate ceilings and marble floors are lovely... you do feel like ur in a 19 century movie... there has been a handful of movies filmed here ...  
    the structure is beautiful... your room its self is ok.... we were in the club deluxe king...unless of course you get into the suites....
    I love the uber soft egyptian cotton sheets and down comforter... it was so nice to melt into.... the robes are ok they aren't as soft and comfy and certainly not worth $75. The beds are comfy and good quality... Finally a hotel where we can sleep and not complain about crappy beds...

    The service is good here
    House keeping does a thorough job of cleaning your room,  i was in a hurry one morning and had all my makeup, hair products just everywhere in the bathroom and they neatly placed by things on a towel so they can still clean the vanity... love it... it was a relief coming back to our room so tidy.....

    also parking here is $20 a day for guest.. but ur in the perfect location here and they have a 24hr shuttle to and from the airport so u hardly need a car...
    They do have free valet for guest that are visiting the cafe, lobby bar, or their restaurant.

    WE love love the hotel lobby bar.... desserts are great... my motherinlaw had the striptease dessert, its one of those fire show desserts, its worth trying.We had the derby pie, if you like pecan pies you'll love the derby pie.  both desserts were served with berries, goods berries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries.. we love it so much we had to order two more bowls of just the berries.

    One night i had the mint julep mixed drink, its delicious... with a couple wedges of lemon, i like my drinks less sweet, so the lemon was perfect...

    29/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    126. D. M.
    Be sure to stop in at the Brown Hotel, second floor lobby bar when you're in Louisville. Try an Old Fashioned and the crispy pork belly sliders. Let the knowledgeable bar tender select the bourbon for the drink but "slap the hands" of anyone who tries to sample your sliders... the jam served on the side is outstanding! Just an enjoyable time.

    05/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    127. Dave M.
    My wife and I visited for a night to celebrate our 5 year anniversary. Let me split the review into two parts: the hotel and the room.

    The hotel atmosphere was incredible. You may recognize parts of the interior from the movie Elizabethtown, and it was chosen for the movie because it's stunning. My wife kept mentioning how the decor, music, and overall ambiance really helped to create an incredible experience with an old time feel. The bar had a long list of bourbons and offer various hotel packages that take advantage of their wide assortment of Kentucky themed cocktails. Both the English Grill and J. Grahams cafe were, overall, very pleasant.

    We stayed in a luxury king and the room was very spacious. Besides the space, the room was very average. There weren't any special amenities that made the space pop or the experience stand out. Overall, it was clean and slightly above average.

    I'd definitely recommend the hotel anyone looking for a special nights away in downtown Louisville.

    14/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    128. Kim N.
    LOVED our stay here. Wonderful service from everyone. Our room was beautiful, clean, and the bed was very comfortable. Yes, the hotel is old and it is an historic landmark. So everything isn't absolutely perfectly, but it has been well-cared-for and looks beautiful.

    We had "second dinner" late one evening at their lobby bar. We split their Hot Brown and I immediately regretted offering to split this with my husband. It was amazing - so good that we went back the next evening to order it again before we went out to dinner! Oh my - just delicious!!! If you are in Louisville, even if you don't stay here, you NEED to come here to order this dish!

    Valets were very friendly and helpful suggesting places we should see around town. In fact, service anywhere in this hotel was fantastic. They have complimentary beverages in the lobby at least in the afternoon and evening. However, when we checked out in the morning, there was nothing there. We had been hoping for coffee and went down to their cafe where a very nice server prepared coffee in to-go cups for us.

    This was a great experience - we would love to stay here again!

    03/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    129. Patrick W.
    Overall: 5 stars.  The hotel did a great job in embracing it's history from the 1920's.  They had up-to-date touches but didn't lose the historic charm.  The service was top notch.  The room was a little cramped, but it was acceptable.

    Lobby & Lounge Area: 5 stars.  The hotel is from the 1920's, but was still up-to-date.  The decor and ceiling in the lobby were magnificent.  The main floor lounge bar was very nice and they had a great selection of local bourbons.  The elevator was a bit slow, but it's understandable with the age.

    The Room: The room was relatively small, but they fit in a desk, queen size bed and side table.  All the usual furnishings were there, but just not much open space.  The bed itself was very comfortable.  The real wood furniture and paintings were a nice touch over the typical fake stuff in mid-range hotels.

    Service: 5 stars.  Everyone was eager to help.

    Price: 4 stars.  The wedding block rate was $139 plus taxes and $20/night for self park.  This is higher than another wedding at the Hyatt ($110).  Free Wi-Fi was great.  

    Wedding: 5 stars.  We attended a wedding in the Crystal Ballroom.  It was beautiful and I liked how they had lounging areas with couches off from the main ballroom.

    12/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    130. Tricia F.
    We were in town for a family wedding and truly enjoyed joining our son and DIL for breakfast at The Brown Hotel Cafe. When you walk into The Brown it's easy to see why this historic hotel is a Louisville landmark. The ornate hand-painted plaster relief ceilings are beautiful!! The marble floors and mahogany furnishings give the lobby a warm welcome feel and truly does make a statement. The combination of old and new will make you fall in love with this hotel!  

    The Brioche French Toast was so delicious ~ thick brioche bread perfectly fried and served with fresh berries and warm maple syrup ~ YUM!

    At the end of the day we enjoyed relaxing at The Brown Hotel Lobby Bar for dessert and coffee. The cappuccino was a little strong, but the Chocolate Striptease dessert (milk chocolate mousse, espresso steam cake and salted caramel) was incredible! At the same time we ordered the Derby Pie ~ similar to pecan pie ~ with fresh berries. The berries were so good that we ordered an additional two bowls! The guys ordered, and split, The Hot Brown (roasted turkey breast and toast points covered with mornay sauce, pecorino romano cheese, baked golden brown and finished with bacon and tomatoes). The Hot Brown is a pretty good size dish so can easily be split. It's been a Louisville tradition since 1926 and definitely a dish worth trying!

    Our son and DIL stayed at The Brown and invited us up to their room. The rooms are spacious and beautiful ~ the bathroom alone was huge! The beds were covered with a soft Egyptian cotton linen with an Egyptian white down comforter and screamed "come lay on me and snuggle!"

    The Brown has free valet parking for patrons enjoying dinner at this beautiful hotel. From the valet guys to the wait staff, everyone was friendly and helpful. Although the rooms are very pricey, the restaurant prices are moderate.

    22/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    131. Catherine K.
    We reserved  the "Four Diamond" package for my 40th birthday. While not cheap at $375, it included a large king room on a club floor, access to the club lounge (free wine/beer/apps in the evening and continental breakfast in the a.m.), valet parking ($24 value) and a $100 dining credit in the English Grill. Oh, and a nice assortment of various Kentucky-related goodies, like some bbq sauces, shot glasses, a mug, a bedazzled horseshow, bourbon balls, and several other things. See, honey, it was a great value!

    Service was impeccable, starting at the front desk. (I had shamelessly mentioned it was my birthday. I'm no fool.) Even when we checked out the next day, I was wished a happy birthday. The hotel itself is gorgeous and seemed to attract and older crowd (most of the people on the club lounge seemed to be at least in their 60s). But, when we went to dinner, the lobby bar had a very mixed crowd, including many people in very casual dress, eating dinner.

    If you're looking for someplace hip, the Brown isn't for you. If you're looking for a place that has curtains that reminds you (and I'm showing my age here) the Carol Burnett "Gone with the Wind" sketch, make your reservation now!

    14/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    132. Lo R.
    Not impressed.

    4 star hotel? That's silly

    I stayed here because of a week long seminar that was booked thru the seminar. Checking it out online gave me a relief to see that it was a 4-star hotel. But staying here for more than 1 night, I beg to differ.

    Now I don't want to take away from the staff, they are incredibly friendly and willing to help. Very professional. So I appreciate that part of my stay.
    But the hotel it self is bunk. Really old and to be a 4-star hotel u would think they would at least have water in your rooms. Nope. No water. In fact you have to go to the vending machine if you want water. And hope your vending machine takes dollars, by my 3rd attempt I just ended up getting 10$ in quarters because the damn machines wouldn't take my money. Lol.

    The rooms are very out dated. But they do keep nice sheets and towels. Cool.

    Wifi is fast.

    We did get a visit from the security, which was a load of poo. We literally just got off the elevator and the dude was talking about how he was getting complaints about noise. ???.........fucker it wasn't us. !

    O well. All in all the stay was pleasant. Just wasn't impressed at all on the claim that it was a 4-star hotel. If you want to stay at a 4-star, go a couple blocks and stay at the 21 C hotel/museum. Now that my friends is a real 4-star. From service, to rooms (that have water) , to the whole experience.


    26/03/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    133. Denise D.
    The lobby bar is a nice place to visit--it's absolutely gorgeous and feels like visiting history--but is it worth the money? . . . that is the question.

    We tried the Hot Brown, minus the bacon, the unfortunately named signature dish of the Hotel (turkey and a rich sauce over bread and finished with slices of bacon), and the open-faced steak sandwich. They brought the Hot Brown out with bacon, and when we said we'd ordered it without bacon, they brought out a new one suspiciously quickly. The first few bites were very tasty, but the richness of it made me feel a little ill after a few minutes. As for the steak sandwich, it was really, really good. It was served with a sunny-side up egg (which I liked because it reminded me of brunch, which was what we were hoping to get at their downstairs restaurant but we arrived too late, quarter to 2:00 when they close at two, hrmph). I also very much enjoyed the chimichurri sauce served with the steak. When I think "Kentucky," I don't think "chimichurri" --and that's okay; it was a delightful surprise.

    The food arrived before the coffee we'd ordered as soon as we got our server's attention (he was slammed), so they did not charge us for it, which was nice.

    Overall, it's a lovely space, but I'm not convinced I would return.

    18/03/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    134. Billy H.
    A group of friends & I decided to travel to Louisville for New Years Eve. A friend was able to get 3 rooms on Priceline for around $100 a piece, including taxes & fees. To my understanding, the normal prices for these rooms are a lot higher. I think $100 bucks a room is a steal in downtown Louisville.

    We arrived around 6pm on New Years Eve. They are currently doing some type of construction on the street that has a the garage entrance & its a little hard to find. Once inside the garage we noticed that overnight parking is a step 20 dollars. I don't know why, but paying for parking when you stay at a place REALLY annoys me. If the room was $120 & the parking was free, it wouldn't bother me. Something about having to pay for parking when you pay for a room just annoys me. Anyway, off my soap box.

    We parked on the 4th floor. We had to take the elevator in the parking garage to the 2nd floor to get to the skybridge that connects the hotel with the parking garage. The door to get into the hotel had a key card lock on it, meaning you had to have a key card for the hotel to get in. We were lucky enough to be entering with a person who had a keycard. We checked in to get our key, a little hiccup because the front desk clerk gave us a key for a room that another person in our group had already checked in. We went down to the front desk and we were able to sort it out.

    Our room was on the 5th floor, we had two queen beds & a bathroom. The view was of a roof of the building. I didn't expect much for being on the 5th floor, & we weren't planning on looking out the window all day. The bathroom was quite large for a regular hotel bathroom, a lot of floor space. The bathroom had one sink in it, not two. The closet was large as well. I think how our room was laid out had to do with the large bathroom & closet.

    Each of the beds have the knitted blanket with he horse on it, a signature of the hotel. The elevator in the hotel is very old. I think that it might be from when the hotel opened. It's a little slow & rickety.

    We had a great time out, we got back to the hotel at 4:30am. The only room service available was a club sandwich or a chicken caesar salad. I got into the shower & found that the controls were a little confusing. I don't know if it was because I was a little intoxicated, but the gauge of the shower looked like from a 1955 Cadillac. I got into bed & I was surprised with how comfortable the bed was, it wasn't super soft, but it didn't feel like a stack of books either.

    We woke up in the morning & my boyfriend was feeling worse for wear, so we got packed up & left before we could try the "Hot Brown" sandwich, which is a nationally known sandwich that originated at the hotel. Our friends tried it & said it was amazing. Next time we are in we will have to stop by & try it.

    06/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    135. Kris C.
    Okay so I just returned from Louisville and while I was there the wife and I tried the famous Hot Brown sandwich. I may have given a 4th star under different circumstances. Well I must say the flavor profile was delicious as you can imagine. The only problem I had was the excessive and I mean excessive amount of pure oil in the dish. This oil is a by product of bacon, cheese and over buttered toast points. Way to much residual oil on the plate. I actually watched another patron ask for paper napkins to dab off the collection of grease on her plate. I wish I would have had the courage to ask for paper napkins in a linen napkin type lobby bar. There is little texture profile in this dish, I expected a crunch of the toast points but was met with soggy over buttered crouton like toast.  I was disappointed by the service, it was lacking indeed. We arrived at the lobby literally 3 minutes before opening and were told they were opening shortly. well after it turned 3 o'clock I again asked if they were open, I was given a slightly snarky answer and proceeded to sit with my wife. It was quite awhile before the single bartender (Forest) took our order, The place was filling up fast and no help was given to Forest, the only guy making drinks, taking food orders, delivering food, filling water glasses basically doing the work of 3 to 4 staff members by himself. All the while a well dressed young manager type walked around asking how we were doing. Ultimately this fella  needed to help Forest with the grunt work and  after A while he finally had no choice but to do work. I understand southern charm and a slow relaxed approach to a meal but this was excessive. I am very happy I had the experience of the famous Brown Hotel and its classic dish but if this were any other place I may not have been so kind with my review. You cant rest on tradition and reputation alone you must always remember the customer experience is number one!

    I have to include this bit of information to my review. My wife and I went to J. Graham's Café earlier in the day around 9 or 10 am in search of a  bloody Mary. I must say this experience was absolutely FANTASTIC. The bartender, manager and other staff members were GREAT! The Friday morning (4-24-2015) manager and his staff should teach the others a lesson in hospitality, thank you guys! I returned later in the day with the expectation of the same treatment, this didn't work out so good. All in all it was a really fun time experiencing a piece of Kentucky history in a fabulous city.

    26/04/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    136. Heather T.
    My fiance and I were here for a little weekend getaway - from check in to check out, the hotel was a fantastic experience.

    The location was perfect - far enough away from the madness of Fourth Street and the bars on Main/Market, but close enough to walk there (or take a $5 Uber). The hotel offers free shuttle service to and from the airport, which is fantastic! It was maybe a 10-12 minute ride there.

    The rooms were spacious and clean. The bathroom was bit and well lit. my only small complaint was that we had one shampoo and two lotions (no conditioner) - I dont know if thats normal or if ours was just a mistake - but I accidentally lotioned my hair the first night (that'll teach me to only read two of the three bottles)

    We also had a small bite in the cafe downstairs - we split a hot brown and some fries... while tasty, it was extremely pricey ($18 for one piece of bread, a few slices of turkey, two slices of bacon, and cheese sauce?!?). When we split it, it was the perfect amount of food for us to hold us over for dinner a few hours later.

    Overall - the staff were friendly, the food was tasty, and the rooms were comfy... a great stay!

    12/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    137. Emily M.
    We spent a wonderful Derby Day at the Brown Hotel. We didn't have tickets to the Derby so wanted to find a fab place to watch it on the TV. The Brown delivered. The food & wine was excellent, the staff were so friendly and helpful and the venue is stunning. We could not have done better!

    If you are looking for a beautiful place to relax, eat and feel very welcome, the Brown Hotel is the place for you.

    10/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0