The Brown Hotel

335 W Broadway | Louisville, KY 40202-2167  [SEE MAP]Louisville, KY  [SEE ADDRESS]

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According to recent guests, customer service is top notch
Some guests expected better bathroom amenities for the price

During Derby seasons of yore, celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Crawford and Eva Marie Saint would stay at this gorgeous 293-room Louisville landmark. There's something about the ornate lobby and elegant rooms and suites that feel glamorous and Hollywood-like. Accommodations boast beds with pillow-top mattresses, marble bathrooms, flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Some guests mention that bathrooms were a bit lacking though. Recent visitors highlight the customer service, elegant rooms, and the on-site dining as reasons to stay here. Plus, if you're a fan of traditions, you'll have to sample the legendary Hot Brown sandwich served at the hotel's English Grill restaurant.

Louisville, KY
Hotel Class
Property Type
Hotel, 293 rooms
Primary View
City center
Opulent, Historic
Best For
Business travelers, Couples, Groups, Solo travelers


  • 4.0Hotel Class
  • GOODCritic Rating


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Critic Reviews

Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2018



'Spectacular' and 'stately' are the words our guests use to describe the Brown Hotel's fabulous interior, and they rate the hotel highly for its combination of 'classic' style and 'high-caliber' amenities.

AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2019

Lonely Planet


Opera stars, queens and prime ministers have trod the marble floors of this storied downtown hotel, now restored to all its 1920s glamour with ... an impressive lobby bourbon bar under original English Renaissance gilded ceilings.

Travel + Leisure


Built in 1923 at the then-staggering cost of $4 million and just three miles from Churchill Downs, the Brown was a magnet for celebrities from the 1920’s to the 1950’s.

Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2018

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 2306 have reviewed the The Brown Hotel, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2306 reviews 4.5 (based on 2306 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Guest rooms at The Brown Hotel combine old-world charms, such as mahogany beds and elegant wall coverings, with modern amenities. All rooms have pillow-top beds with Egyptian cotton linens and goose-down comforters, plus flat-screen TVs and minifridges.
  • Complimentary USA Today delivery (Monday through Friday)
  • Bathrooms have Spanish Ramora marble floors and luxury bath products
  • Overnight shoe shine available upon request

Standard room size300 square feet

  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

The Brown Hotel is a landmark hotel in Louisville’s theater district. Built in 1923, the Fourth and Broadway property has been a favorite of celebrities for decades and a popular lodging option for Derby attendees. The hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and recently underwent a $12 million renovation. Offering grand architecture, the legendary English Grill and luxurious accommodations, The Brown is ideal for business and leisure travelers.
  • Within walking distance of the Louisville Free Public Library and the Louisville Palace Theater
  • Less than 2 miles from the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, KFC Yum! Center and Muhammad Ali Center
  • Complimentary 24-hour airport shuttle
  • 6 miles north of Louisville International Airport
  • 24-hour valet parking ($27)
  • 24-hour self-parking ($23)
  • Airport shuttle (free)
  • Car service (free)

Within walking distance of:

  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping
  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach


The Brown Hotel has three on-site dining options. There’s the AAA Four Diamond Award-winning English Grill, an elegant fine dining room with dark oak paneling and equestrian paintings. Private dining options and a chef’s table are available at the English Grill. Additionally, there's J. Graham’s Cafe, which first created the "Hot Brown” sandwich — an open-faced turkey sandwich with bacon and Mornay sauce — for hotel guests in the 1920s. The restaurant serves a variety of breakfast and lunch options, along with a Sunday brunch. The property’s Lobby Bar serves the English Grill menu, along with bourbon flights and cocktails.
  • Lobby Bar offers an extensive Kentucky bourbon assortment

Number of restaurants3

Cuisine TypesAmerican

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast


The Brown Hotel is a family-friendly property that offers in-room movies and babysitting services for an additional fee. The hotel's concierge can also provide local points of interest for families to visit.
  • Childrens menus offered
  • Cribs, rollaways and pack and plays available upon request
  • Family necessities, including cups, clothing and medicines available
  • Kids club
  • Cribs
  • High chairs


There is a complimentary fitness center located within The Brown Hotel that offers cardio machines and strength-training equipment. Guests of the hotel also have access to a nearby health club with an indoor pool, for a fee.
    • Weight equipment
    • Cardio equipment
    • Yoga mats
    • Free fitness classes
    • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
    • Bicycles
    • Tennis
    • Guided runs
    • Paddle boats
    • Motor boats


    The Brown Hotel has 17 event venues for business meetings and gatherings. The historic property offers a combination of elegant meeting rooms, boardrooms, suites, lounges and the Crystal Ballroom, which has space for up to 600 people.
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access throughout property
    • Full-service catering and event planning available

    Number of meeting rooms17

    • Business center
    • Meeting rooms
    • Meeting and event planners available


    The Brown Hotel is equipped to host wedding ceremonies and receptions. The property has multiple event venues, including the Crystal Ballroom with crown molding, grand chandeliers and historic details. The hotel offers a variety of specialized services, including traditional Jewish and Indian weddings.
    • On-site wedding coordinator
    • Gourmet culinary team
    • Additional venues available for rehearsal dinners, brunches and bridal showers

    Maximum wedding guest capacity600

    • Hotel hosts weddings
    • Outdoor space for weddings
    • Wedding planners available

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