Known historically as the “Gateway to the South,” Louisville is the largest city in Kentucky. While it may be famous for its annual Kentucky Derby, it offers visitors much more than the big race. The city boasts a vibrant arts and music scene and prides itself on a variety of attractions including parks, galleries, museums, and sporting attractions.

Whether you are visiting Louisville for fun or for work, here is a selection of great Louisville hotels to call home for the duration of your stay.

21c Museum Hotel Louisville

21c Museum Hotel is anything but a regular hotel. Located in the heart of Museum Row and in close proximity to many downtown Louisville attractions, this 91-room boutique hotel is also a contemporary art museum, award-winning restaurant, and cultural civic centre. Rooms at the 21c Museum Hotel start at $200 and are often sold out well in advance, especially in the summer.

Louisville skyline. Photo by Jillian West via

Louisville skyline. Photo by Jillian West via

Hyatt Regency Louisville

The Hyatt Regency is a great accommodation choice in downtown Louisville. This beautifully renovated property offers 393 spacious guest rooms with beautiful city and river views, an on-site Sway Restaurant and Bar, and all the essential facilities like internet access, business services, as well as a large space for meetings and events. Hyatt’s excellent location allows visitors to enjoy a variety of activities, tourist sights, shopping, and dining establishments right at their doorstep. Rooms at the Hyatt Regency start at $140/night.

Breckinridge Inn

Located less than 10 minutes from the airport and downtown Louisville, the Breckinridge Inn is filled with history and Southern charm. The hotel offers 123 spacious rooms, each one equipped with a coffee maker, an iron/ironing board, a hair dryer, and complimentary wireless internet.

There is an outdoor and indoor pool on site, along with a whirlpool, fitness room, and tennis court. The hotel is also a popular venue for meetings, wedding receptions, and other events.

Kentucky Derby. Photo by Michelle Christine via

Kentucky Derby. Photo by Michelle Christine via

Cottonwood Suites Louisville Fair & Expo Center

The team at the Cottonwood Suites Louisville prides itself in customer service and they aim to please every guest. Rooms at the Cottonwood start at just $85/night and offer free Wi-Fi, room service, and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. The hotel offers a complimentary continental breakfast and a free shuttle to the airport. There is also an indoor pool and a 24-hour fitness centre on site. Not 100% sure about your plans? Make a reservation in advance of your stay and enjoy the flexibility of free cancellation.

Red Roof Inn Louisville Expo Airport

Red Roof Inn is not the most luxurious accommodation option in town, but it sure is one of the cheapest. For a price as low as $65/night, you’ll score yourself a smoke-free room featuring new, comfy Rest Suite beds by Serta, plush high-end bedding, and a large flat-screen TV. There are no restaurants, bars, or other entertainment options on site, but you’ll find a few basic eateries within two miles of the hotel. Red Roof is a great accommodation choice for those looking to stay in Louisville on a budget

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