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U.S. News & World Report ranks the 9 best hotels in Kentucky based on an analysis of industry awards, hotel star ratings and user ratings. Hotels that scored in the top 10 percent of the Best Hotels in the USA earned a Gold badge.

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    21c Museum Hotel Louisville
    Louisville, KY
    #1 in Best Hotels in Kentucky
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1339 reviewsTripAdvisor (1339)
    Free WiFi

    You'll be tempted to take home one of those red plastic penguins found in the lobby of this West Main Street hotel. Resist the urge, though: 21c does offer up poster art that you can pack in your suitcase upon checkout. Plus, there are plenty of other avant-garde 21st century art pieces to peruse in the lobby, meeting spaces and rooms. But aesthetics aren't the only things recent guests appreciate about this boutique hotel. They also highlight the exemplary hospitality staff (led by swift room service) and the first-rate Proof on Main restaurant. Visitors should order the signature bison burger, washed down with one of Louisville's finest bourbons to get a taste of Kentucky's flavor.

    Louisville, KY
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1339 reviewsTripAdvisor (1339)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Brown Hotel
    Louisville, KY
    #2 in Best Hotels in Kentucky
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2043 reviewsTripAdvisor (2043)
    Free WiFi

    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
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2043 reviewsTripAdvisor (2043)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    21c Museum Hotel Lexington
    Lexington, KY
    #3 in Best Hotels in Kentucky
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 416 reviewsTripAdvisor (416)

    Art enthusiasts will love staying at the 21c Museum Hotel Lexington, which sits in the historic Fayette National Bank Building in Lexington, Kentucky. More than just a hotel, this property features a variety of art exhibits in its on-site museum. Original artwork is also displayed alongside custom contemporary furnishings in all of the accommodations, which recent travelers said were spacious and well-appointed (albeit pricey and noisy). Some, however, cited inconsistent housekeeping and poor customer service. Standard room amenities include free Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TVs, Nespresso coffee makers and Malin + Goetz bath amenities. In Lockbox, the on-site restaurant, visitors can admire a multimedia installation while savoring locally inspired dishes made with seasonal ingredients. Additional activities and facilities like weekly yoga classes, a business center and a 24-hour gym are available as well. The hotel's superb location also means it's conveniently situated near a variety of amenities, ranging from microbreweries to horse farms.

    Lexington, KY
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 416 reviewsTripAdvisor (416)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
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    Hotel Covington Cincinnati Riverfront
    Covington, KY
    #4 in Best Hotels in Kentucky
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 231 reviewsTripAdvisor (231)
    Free WiFi

    The Hotel Covington Cincinnati Riverfront, which opened its doors in September 2016, occupies the iconic 1910 Coppin's Department Store building. The Covington, Kentucky, property nods to its roots with the Coppin's Restaurant & Bar and preserved design touches featured throughout the hotel, such as the high ceilings and oversized display windows. Recent guests appreciated the chic interiors, especially in their rooms, which reviewers described as "beautiful." Accommodations are outfitted in rich jewel tones, with velvet tufted headboards and amenities like free Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TVs and minifridges stocked with local products. The emphasis on locally sourced ingredients is also on display in the restaurant menus and at the on-site Artisan Coffee Bar, which uses Carabello Coffee from nearby Newport, Kentucky. And when the weather allows, guests can enjoy the outdoors at The Patio at Coppin's, which offers lawn games, evening movie screenings and a fireplace. Other on-site amenities include a 24-hour fitness center, a late night grab-and-go eatery and business facilities. In addition to the eye-catching interiors and delicious restaurant menus, visitors were also pleased with the courteous and attentive staff. You’ll find this hotel across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati.

    Covington, KY
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 231 reviewsTripAdvisor (231)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Louisville Marriott East
    Louisville, KY
    #5 in Best Hotels in Kentucky
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 532 reviewsTripAdvisor (532)

    The official hotel of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, the Louisville Marriott East sits 12 miles away from downtown Louisville, Kentucky. This Marriott property's rooms offer bourbon-inspired color palettes, flat-screen TVs, pillow-top mattresses and THANN bathroom amenities. In the hotel's signature restaurant, Charr'd Bourbon Kitchen and Lounge, more than 200 varieties of bourbon and dishes made with locally sourced ingredients are on the menu. A coffee shop with Starbucks beverages and pastries is available as well. For visitors looking to work off their hot browns and derby pies, there is a fitness center with free weights, treadmills, elliptical bikes and weight machines. Guests can also make use of the indoor pool and whirlpool. Plus, lodgers with Marriott Rewards or Starwood Preferred Guest program memberships can earn or use points while staying here. Previous travelers praised the Louisville Marriott East's prime location, delicious cuisine and comfortable accommodations; however, some cited its limited elevators as a common source of frustration.

    Louisville, KY
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 532 reviewsTripAdvisor (532)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
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    Marriott Louisville Downtown
    Louisville, KY
    #6 in Best Hotels in Kentucky
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 952 reviewsTripAdvisor (952)

    This downtown hotel is a no-fuss Marriott, but visitors praise it for acing the basics. Clean rooms, a friendly and accommodating staff and a convenient downtown location on West Jefferson Street near the Kentucky International Convention Center are the main perks. You could also attend a meeting inside the hotel, as this Marriott boasts 38,000 square feet of meeting facilities and breakout rooms. If you're looking for a bit of exercise, break a sweat in the fitness center or swim some laps in the indoor pool. Another plus: From here you can walk to sites like the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and the Frazier History Museum. Keep in mind, this hotel is currently undergoing renovations, and recent guests said that the construction can be loud. If you're a Marriott Rewards Member, you can accrue or redeem points by choosing to stay here.

    Louisville, KY
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 952 reviewsTripAdvisor (952)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
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    The Seelbach Hilton Louisville
    Louisville, KY
    #7 in Best Hotels in Kentucky
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1800 reviewsTripAdvisor (1800)

    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.

    Louisville, KY
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1800 reviewsTripAdvisor (1800)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
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    Hyatt Regency Louisville
    Louisville, KY
    #8 in Best Hotels in Kentucky
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1502 reviewsTripAdvisor (1502)
    Free WiFi

    This Louisville Hyatt comes highly recommended by recent visitors. Guests raved about nearly every aspect of their hotel experience; guests found rooms to be spacious and comfortable, the staff attentive and friendly, the restaurant excellent and the location unbeatable. This Hyatt Regency places guests in the middle of the sights and sounds of downtown Louisville, putting top attractions, such as the Muhammad Ali Center, Fourth Street Live! and Louisville Slugger Field, within walking distance. Those in town for work will also appreciate being right across the street from the Kentucky International Convention Center. On-site, lodgers will find amenities to suit both business and leisure travelers, including an express check-in service, an e-concierge, a 24-hour business center, a 24-hour fitness center, an indoor pool and an outdoor tennis court. Rooms offer up creature comforts, including 65-inch flat-screen TVs, complimentary in-room Wi-Fi access and signature Hyatt Grand Beds. While travelers were pleased with the hotel's perks, some guests did complain of noise. A few reviewers cited thin walls while others attributed the noise to occupants merely enjoying the hotel's lively location. Because this outpost is within the Hyatt family, rewards program members can earn or use points for choosing to stay here.

    Louisville, KY
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1502 reviewsTripAdvisor (1502)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa
    Lexington, KY
    #9 in Best Hotels in Kentucky
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 790 reviewsTripAdvisor (790)
    Free Parking

    The Griffin Gate Marriott's 409 rooms and suites sit among the rolling country hills just north of Lexington, Kentucky. This Marriott outpost is a haven for business travelers, avid golfers and general visitors to the Lexington area. Guests traveling for work appreciate the 28,000 square feet of meeting space and 26 conference rooms, while golfers enjoy the 18-hole Rees Jones-designed course on-site. And all types of travelers welcome the clean, spacious digs, all of which are equipped with coffee makers, LCD TVs and wireless internet access (for $8.95 a day). Recent guests suggest springing for a concierge level room, which offers access to an exclusive lounge as well as complimentary continental breakfasts, snacks and evening hors d'oeuvres. Light bites and drinks can also be found at the 19th Hole and Top Deck, while you can grab a full meal like a New York strip steak and garlic mashed potatoes or a bone-in bourbon filet and sautéed mushrooms at JW's Steakhouse. Looking for a little R&R? Snag a spot at the indoor or outdoor pool, or book a body scrub or massage at the spa. Finally, Marriott Rewards members will be happy to learn that they can both earn and use points at this property.

    Lexington, KY
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 790 reviewsTripAdvisor (790)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
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    Marriott Cincinnati RiverCenter
    Covington, KY
    3.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 788 reviewsTripAdvisor (788)

    OK, this hotel isn't actually in Cincinnati but across the Ohio River in Covington, Kentucky, (about 98 miles northeast of Louisville). The Marriott's Ohio riverfront location, close to the big city, does seem to be one of its key selling points. That's particularly true if you're interested in catching a Bengals football game at Paul Brown Stadium (about 1 mile away) or a Reds baseball game at the Great American Ballpark (also just 1 mile away). Some guests complain of slow room service and a somewhat confusing journey from the lobby to the hotel rooms. Speaking of rooms, all feature beds with pillow-top mattresses, coffee makers, marble bathrooms and in-room Internet access (for a fee). If you want to make the most out of staying at the Cincinnati Marriott at RiverCenter, you should book a room facing the water and not the city streets. Additional on-site amenities guests can take advantage of include a fitness center, an indoor pool and a handful of restaurants and lounges. Earn or indulge in complimentary perks if you're a Marriott Rewards member.

    Covington, KY
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 788 reviewsTripAdvisor (788)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
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    Omni Louisville Hotel
    Louisville, KY
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS

    According to recent guests, a stay at the Omni Louisville Hotel is a slam dunk. Everything from the top-notch service to the cool amenities to the variety of food options wowed past visitors. For meals, you'll find Bob's Steak & Chop House (which specializes in Midwestern beef), Pin + Proof (a speak-easy with bowling lanes and light bites), the poolside Water Company and the grab-and-go Falls City Market. The hotel also houses a rooftop pool, a spa and a fitness center. Should you want to work out in the privacy of your room, you can obtain a fitness kit from the front desk. All accommodations come equipped with 49-inch flat-screen TVs, coffee makers and Wi-Fi access (which costs extra for non-Omni Select Guest members). Previous guests appreciated this Omni outpost's incredible amenities, as well as its warm and friendly staff, who always remained attentive and helpful, even on busy days. You can find the Omni Louisville Hotel in the heart of downtown Louisville, Kentucky, less than a mile away from a variety of restaurants and museums, including the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.

    Louisville, KY
    4.5-star Hotel Class
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    Cumberland Inn & Museum
    Williamsburg, KY
    3.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 297 reviewsTripAdvisor (297)
    Free WiFi
    Cumberland Inn & Museum is a 4 star hotel. It has a 4.5 overall guest rating based on 297 reviews.
    Williamsburg, KY
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 297 reviewsTripAdvisor (297)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Lexington
    Lexington, KY
    3.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1089 reviewsTripAdvisor (1089)
    Free WiFi
    DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Lexington is a 4 star hotel located at 2601 Richmond Rd in Lexington. It has a 4.5 overall guest rating based on 1089 reviews.
    Lexington, KY
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1089 reviewsTripAdvisor (1089)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Embassy Suites Lexington
    Lexington, KY
    3.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1200 reviewsTripAdvisor (1200)
    Free WiFi
    Embassy Suites Lexington is a 4 star hotel located at 1801 Newtown Pike in Lexington. It has a 4.5 overall guest rating based on 1200 reviews.
    Lexington, KY
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1200 reviewsTripAdvisor (1200)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Embassy Suites Louisville
    Louisville, KY
    3.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1280 reviewsTripAdvisor (1280)
    Free WiFi
    Embassy Suites Louisville is a 4 star hotel. It has a 4.5 overall guest rating based on 1280 reviews.
    Louisville, KY
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1280 reviewsTripAdvisor (1280)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi