The Seelbach Hilton Louisville

500 Fourth Avenue | Louisville, KY 40202-2504  [SEE MAP]Louisville, KY  [SEE ADDRESS]
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Overview

Recent guests reported comfortable beds and friendly staff members
Because of the property's age, guest rooms are small

Bibliophiles might remember that Louisville's Seelbach hotel is where Tom and Daisy Buchanan tied the knot in "The Great Gatsby." And those of you more grounded in reality might like to know that this famous hotel has hosted the likes of presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, and gangsters Lucky Luciano and Al Capone. Trivia aside, this stately site fares well with River City lodgers. They particularly delight in the rooms' high ceilings and dark wood furniture. Some guests were disappointed that you have to pay for in-room internet access, though. As far as on-site amenities go, the Seelbach Hilton has a fitness center, meeting space and a few bars and restaurants. Keep in mind that this is one of the most popular hotels come Derby time (it's a short 4 miles from Churchill Downs) so if you're interested in booking, begin your vacation planning at least three months in advance of the big race. Hilton Honors members can earn or redeem point perks by staying here.

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Location
Louisville, KY
Hotel Class
4.0-star
Property Type
Hotel, 321 rooms
Primary View
City center
Style
Traditional, Opulent, Historic
Best For
Business travelers, Couples, Groups, Families

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  • 4.0Hotel Class

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Critic Reviews

Fodor's

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Seven U.S. presidents and such notables as gangster Al Capone, the Duchess of York, and author F. Scott Fitzgerald (who set a scene in The Great Gatsby here) have stayed at this historic hotel, which celebrated its 100 anniversary in 2005.

AAA

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Historic ambiance steeped in southern hospitality plus comfortable on-site amenities bring our guests back to the stunning Seelbach Hilton Louisville.

Forbes

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The Seelbach wears the patina of age well, especially since a lavish $12 million renovation was completed in 2009. But history is far from forgotten — the grand hotel still conjures up the feeling of the golden era when it was built at the turn of the 20th century.

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 2045 have reviewed the The Seelbach Hilton Louisville, giving it a rating of 4, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2045 reviews 4.0 (based on 2045 reviews)

Guest Rooms

The Seelbach Hilton Louisville’s rooms are furnished with decor reminiscent of the property's past, including crown molding, marble bathrooms and antique reproduction furniture, such as Stiffel lamps, four-poster beds and mahogany armoires. All guest rooms have Hilton Serenity beds, 37-inch flat-screen TVs and work desks with ergonomic desk chairs.
  • Wi-Fi Internet access is $9.95 per day; complimentary for Hilton Honors members
  • Coffee makers and alarm clocks with docking stations provided

Standard room size250 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Built in 1905 by two Bavarian brothers, Otto and Louis Seelbach, The Seelbach Hilton Louisville exudes elegance and Old World charm. Guest rooms feature high ceilings and crown molding with modern amenities, and the hotel’s lobby and public spaces have grand woodworking, marble from around the world and a Bavarian-style Rathskeller featuring Rookwood Pottery. The historical property has welcomed seven U.S. presidents and a host of celebrities, and is centrally located in downtown Louisville.
  • Complimentary airport transportation
  • Within walking distance of Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Louisville's Riverwalk and KFC Yum! Center
  • 4 miles north of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum
  • 6 miles north of Louisville International Airport
  • 24-hour valet parking ($27)
  • 24-hour self-parking ($23)
  • Airport shuttle (free)
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

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

Dining

The Seelbach Hilton Louisville has multiple on-site dining options. The AAA Five Diamond Award-winning Oakroom offers seasonal menus prepared with local ingredients in a fine dining setting. There’s also Gatsby’s on Fourth, which is a casual dining option for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Additionally, there’s a full-service Starbucks on the property.
  • Extensive bourbon selection available at The Old Seelbach Bar
  • In-room dining available

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

Kids

The hotel offers several family-friendly amenities, including babysitting services and in-room on-demand games. There are children's menus and high chairs available at the hotel's restaurants, as well.
  • Cribs and rollaways available upon request
  • Advance reservations required for babysitting services
  • Kids Club
  • Free Kids Club
  • Fee for Kids Club
  • Cribs
  • High Chairs

Fitness

The Seelbach Hilton Louisville’s recently renovated Seelbach Fitness Center features Precor equipment, including treadmills, stair masters and stationary bicycles. The facility also offers universal weights.
  • Open 24 hours
  • Complimentary towels provided
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)

Business

The Seelbach Hilton Louisville has 32,000 square feet of meeting space available for business events. There are meeting rooms and boardrooms for smaller events, multiple ballrooms and the 4,200-square-foot Bavarian-style Rathskeller — the property’s largest venue.
  • Full-service catering available
  • Venues equipped with high-speed Internet and audiovisual technology
  • Meeting packages available

Number of meeting rooms9

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

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