15 Best Kentucky Hotels and Resorts
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Kentucky is best known for two things: horses and bourbon. The state is home to Churchill Downs (where the Kentucky Derby is run), Keeneland Racetrack, and Kentucky Horse Park. It’s also the home of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail where visitors can literally get a taste of the state’s best bourbon distilleries. Colonel Sanders launched Kentucky Fried Chicken here, and it’s the birthplace of Muhammad Ali and Abraham Lincoln. Bluegrass music fills the air all summer. Those drawn to the allures of Kentucky will be happy to find an eclectic mix of luxurious to one-of-a-kind accommodations that support their stay. These 15 hotels offer some of the best choices.

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» Galt House Hotel

Galt House Hotel
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Galt House Hotel has the distinction of being the only waterfront hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. The legendary hotel overlooks the Ohio River, and boasts over 1,300 rooms and suites. Accommodations are in either the RIVUE Tower, or the SUITE Tower, and range from waterfront suites to deluxe guestrooms. One- and two-bedroom waterfront residences are also available for overnight stays. Room amenities include HDTV, cable, complimentary basic Wi-Fi, desk outlets, and coffeemakers. (Guests can upgrade to paid Wi-Fi.) Hotel amenities include concierge service, Xhale Salon & Spa, seasonal outdoor pool, rooftop fitness center, UPS Store and Business Center, on-site Retail Row boutique shops, and The Haircutters & Shoe Shine barber shop.

140 North Fourth Street, Louisville, KY, Phone: 502-589-5200

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» The Sire Hotel Lexington

The Sire Hotel Lexington
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The Sire Hotel Lexington is an equestrian-themed boutique hotel presented by Hilton’s Tapestry Collection. The 1916 Colonial-Revival era building has undergone an extensive renovation, and all rooms are transformed into contemporary showcases. Guests can expect complimentary Wi-Fi, 55-inch HDTV, body-spray spa shower, mini-fridge, coffeemaker, signature spa products, and luxury bathrobes. Hotel amenities include Distilled – an award-winning on-site restaurant, a fitness center, a business center, outdoor fire pit, and digital check-in option. The hotel, situated in the historic Gratz Park neighborhood, is within walking distance of the Lexington Convention Center, and a short drive from Keeneland Racetrack and Kentucky Horse Park. Gratz Park is one of the city’s most beautiful neighborhoods.

120 West 2nd Street, Lexington, KY, Phone: 859-231-1777

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» Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa

Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa
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Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa is located in the rolling hills of Bluegrass Country, ten minutes from Downtown Lexington, Kentucky. Resort amenities include a championship golf course, a luxury spa, an expansive pool complex, and a fitness center. Guests can also expect an on-site steakhouse, Kentucky bourbon lounge, casual golf course eatery, rooftop poolside café, and Starbucks. Four-star accommodations include over 400 choices in seven styles of guestrooms and suites on seven floors. Travelers will appreciate the proximity to downtown Lexington, Kentucky Horse Park, Keeneland Race Track, and Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Other local attractions include Rupp Arena, Mary Todd Lincoln Home, and Shaker Village.

1800 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY, Phone: 859-231-5100

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» Hyatt Regency Louisville

Hyatt Regency Louisville
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Conveniently connected to the Kentucky International Convention Center and adjacent to Fourth Street Live!, Hyatt Regency Louisville is located in the heart of Downtown Louisville. Recently renovated, 393 guestrooms and suites have Grand Hyatt Beds (signature product), 65-inch TV, work desk, sofa, complimentary Wi-Fi, and mini-fridge. Suites also offer large living areas featuring cityscape and river views, separate bedrooms, and luxurious bathrooms. At Hyatt Regency, guests can expect an impressive heated indoor pool that overlooks outdoor tennis courts, The Spire – a revolving rooftop banquet room, a fitness center, business services, and Sway – the hotel’s signature restaurant featuring Southern fare.

320 South 4th Street, Louisville, KY, Phone: 502-581-1234

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» Louisville Marriott East

Louisville Marriott East
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Louisville Marriott East is a four-diamond hotel located in Louisville’s East End. The hotel with 252 guestrooms has a bourbon-themed aesthetic, and is part of both the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and the Urban Bourbon Trail. Luxurious rooms have upscale amenities that include 42-inch flat-screen TVs with premium movie channels, high-speed Internet, free Wi-Fi, iPod docks, refrigerators, free bottled water, in-room safes, pillowtop mattresses, and THANN bath products. Guests can choose one of three paid options for breakfast – buffet breakfast, full American breakfast, or continental breakfast. Charr’d Bourbon Kitchen and Lounge is the hotel’s signature restaurant serving Kentucky fare and 200 bourbon varieties. Other hotel amenities include a fitness center, pool, and meeting space.

190 Embassy Square Boulevard, Louisville, KY, Phone: 502-491-1184

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» Maple Hill Manor

Maple Hill Manor
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Maple Hill Manor is an Antebellum-style B&B situated on an expansive, historic llama and alpaca farm in Bourbon Country. This award-winning B&B features seven rooms, all with graceful antique furnishings, and a fireplace, Jacuzzi for two, or both. Manor rooms offer beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. Other room amenities include Blissful Beds with luxurious linens, flat screen TV, spa robes, smartphone docking stations, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Nightly rates include a gourmet country breakfast, 24-hour beverages, and a homemade dessert. Alpaca fiber teddy bears adorn each room, and guests may purchase theirs as a keepsake, along with a number of other alpaca products available in the Farm Store. Guests will adore the plethora of outdoor retreat-inspired amenities.

2941 Perryville Road, Springfield, KY, Phone: 859-336-3075

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» Marriott Louisville Downtown

Marriott Louisville Downtown
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This four diamond convention hotel is connected to the Kentucky International Convention Center in downtown Louisville. The hotel is within walking distance to many of Louisville’s exuberant downtown attractions like Whiskey Row, Waterfront Park, and the Louisville Slugger Museum and Field. Spacious rooms and suites have many modern amenities like 42-inch flat-screen TVs, 24-hour room service, refrigerators, plush beds with luxurious linens, paid Wi-Fi, and ergonomic work stations. Hotel amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi in common areas, a fitness center, an indoor pool, skywalk access to the Convention Center, and paid parking. Porch Kitchen and Bar is the on-site restaurant, and there is a Starbucks on the property too.

280 West Jefferson Street, Louisville, KY, Phone: 502-627-5045

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» Eagle Hill Manor B&B

Eagle Hill Manor B&B
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Eagle Hill Manor B&B is an 1899 Victorian “Painted Lady” (Victorian homes painted three or more colors) located in downtown Bloomfield, Kentucky. The restored inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and features hardwood floors, natural woodwork, original indoor shutters, a small back porch, an expansive front porch, and two gazebos. There are four bedrooms in the Manor – three with four-poster beds – that feature room amenities like private baths, claw foot tubs, down-stuffed sofas, fireplaces, TVs, and antique furnishings. An additional two bedrooms are available in a cottage next door. Stays include freshly baked cookies with a beverage at check-in, and a full country breakfast.

118 Springfield Road, Bloomfield, KY, Phone: 502-252-7111

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» The Brown Hotel

The Brown Hotel
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The Brown Hotel is an opulent Georgian-Revival hotel that sits at 4th and Broadway in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. Named to the National Register of Historic Places, the elegant four-diamond hotel has earned accolades from numerous travel magazines. The 293 luxurious suites, Club rooms, and rooms feature mahogany bed frames, pillow-top beds, signature hand-woven throws, executive desks, and beautiful artwork and accessories. All accommodations also have flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, refrigerators, coffee/tea service, and complimentary newspapers. Hotel amenities include complimentary airport shuttle service, a rooftop garden setting with epic cityscape views, the glamorous Lobby Bar, sophisticated fine dining at English Grill, and light fare at chic J. Graham’s Café.

335 West Broadway, Louisville, KY, Phone: 502-209-7346

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» 21c Museum Hotel Lexington

21c Museum Hotel Lexington
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Recognized among the Top 5 Best New Hotels in 2016, 21c Museum Hotel Lexington is a boutique hotel with 88 rooms. It is also a contemporary art museum boasting exhibit space of over 7,000 square feet. Museum galleries are open to the public daily, and are free too. The hotel’s other amenities include a museum shop, Lockbox restaurant, a fitness center, a business center, complimentary Wi-Fi, and pet-friendly rooms. Contemporary guestrooms and suites have high ceilings, large windows, upscale furnishings, flat-screen TVs, Nespresso coffee machines, luxurious beds, signature bath products by Malin + Goetz, and, of course, original artwork. Suites and guestrooms come in eight varieties.

167 West Main Street, Lexington, KY, Phone: 859-899-6800

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» 21c Museum Hotel Louisville

21c Museum Hotel Louisville
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21c Museum Hotel is Louisville’s first museum hotel. This award-winning boutique hotel has 91 rooms and is among the South’s top hotels. Ten styles of accommodations include modern guestrooms, suites, and a rooftop apartment. They feature 42” TVs, Nespresso coffee machines, complimentary Wi-Fi, luxury bath products by Malin + Goetz, and original artwork. Proof on Main is the hotel’s signature restaurant, serving locally inspired fare and the best Kentucky Bourbons. Hotel amenities include the hotel’s contemporary art museum with curated exhibitions, an on-site spa, fitness center, business center, complimentary Wi-Fi, and pet-friendly rooms. The museum, which is open to the public, is free.

700 West Main Street, Louisville, KY, Phone: 502-217-6300

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» The Campbell House Lexington

The Campbell House Lexington
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Nestled in Kentucky’s rolling country hills, The Campbell House is a boutique hotel that is part of Hilton’s Curio Collection. The elegant hotel received a multimillion-dollar renovation that provides guests with equestrian décor, Southern hospitality, and modern amenities. Guestrooms feature 37-inch flat-screen TVs, pillow-top beds, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Suites add seating areas, oversized bathrooms, and walk-in showers. The hotel’s many luxury amenities include a fitness center, golf course, business center, gift shop, salon, flexible event and meeting space, and more. Kilbern’s is the hotel’s signature restaurant featuring Southern fare. Bogart’s is the hotel lounge specializing in Kentucky bourbons.

1375 South Broadway, Lexington, KY, Phone: 859-255-4281

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» The Seelbach Hilton Louisville

The Seelbach Hilton Louisville
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The Seelbach Hilton is an opulent hotel that oozes historical secrets. It’s said to be the backdrop for a scene from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. It’s home to a one-of-a-kind Rathskeller built from Rockwood Pottery, the only one in the world. And, the hotel’s legendary Oakroom, was once the professed home to Al Capone with his famous secret tunnels. Beyond it’s fascinating history, guests will appreciate the 18th-century décor, antique reproductions, complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and in-room games and movies. Hotel amenities include a business center and fitness center. The Old Seelbach Bar (on the Urban Bourbon Trail) is the hotel bourbon bar, and Gatsby’s on Fourth is the hotel’s signature restaurant open all day, every day.

500 South 4th Street, Louisville, KY, Phone: 502-585-3200

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» Deer Creek Lodge

Deer Creek Lodge
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Deer Creek Lodge actually has three rustic lodges on property – Wingshooting Lodge, Whitetail Lodge, and Lakeside Lodge. Wingshooting Lodge is 10,000 square feet with eight bedrooms and six bathrooms. This hunting lodge is equipped with modern technologies and conveniences, and features a great room, open bar, billiards and other game tables, large outdoor deck with spectacular views, stone fireplace, gourmet cuisine, and a gun room. Whitetail Lodge is smaller with four bedrooms; a great room featuring a large stone fireplace, antique wet bar, satellite TV, epic views, and gourmet cuisine. The luxury Lakeside Lodge sits along Deer Creek Lake. It has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, gourmet kitchen, pool table, outdoor deck, boat dock, and stocked wet bar. There is also a hunting pro shop on site with shooting gear, clothing, gun rentals, and fishing gear.

8160 KY-132, Sebree, KY, Phone: 270-835-2424

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15 Best Hotels in Kentucky