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Line up for plenty of action in Louisville

The largest city in Kentucky, Louisville has long been a place of historic importance. A shipping center during the heyday of river and rail transportation, its forts were key to the Union Army's operations during the Civil War. Nowadays its importance is even more action-packed: tour the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory for insight into the massive baseball industry here, pay a visit to the Kentucky Derby ground or keep up with the kids as they race for the rides at Kentucky Kingdom. Culture vultures need not fear either, as the center itself owns a healthy portion of theaters showing Broadway hits, impressive New York-style cast-iron architecture, and plenty of establishments selling smooth Kentucky bourbon.

Things to see

Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs, which hosts the Kentucky Derby, is one of the most famous racetracks on the planet. It debuted in 1875 and can hold as many as 120,000 spectators. Even if there's no race taking place when you visit, you can tour the grounds and explore the Kentucky Derby Museum. With vintage racing films, trophies and hats galore, you can ride mechanical horses, play trivia games and even pretend you're a star jockey with a photo in the Winner's Circle.

Louisville Mega Cavern

The privately-owned, 100-acre Louisville Mega Cavern is a quarry that would have served as a bunker for 50,000 people in the event of a Cold War nuclear attack. Today, it's an underground playground featuring six zip-lines, a ropes course, a tram ride and a restaurant.

Muhammad Ali Center

The downtown Muhammad Ali Center is a museum and educational facility that tells the compelling life story of the boxing great and Louisville native through movies, art galleries and various relics. There's great emphasis on charity work and world peace in the vibe here, and don’t forget to check out the amphitheater and sculpted plaza overlooking the Ohio River.

Yearly events

Kentucky Derby Festival

The Kentucky Derby, the first race of the U.S. Triple Crown, takes place each year on the first Saturday of May, but Louisville's residents start celebrating it two weeks ahead of time. The Kentucky Derby Festival kicks off with one of the biggest fireworks shows in North America, and it continues with marathons, steamboat and hot-air-balloon races, sedate wine tastings, and massive parades on Louisville's own version of Broadway.

Kentucky State Fair

If any Louisville tradition can rival the Kentucky Derby Festival in size and scope, it's the 520-acre Kentucky State Fair, which rages for 11 days in August at the Kentucky Exposition Center. This family-friendly event boasts whirling, scream-inducing rides as well as an exhausting line-up of agricultural displays, acrobats, jugglers, trained dogs, balloon artists and the Kentucky State Fair World Championship Horse Show, which is an elite equestrian competition that draws horses and riders from across the globe. Altogether, this fair attracts around 600,000 visitors every year.

Travel information

By road

Getting to Louisville is relatively simple. You can enter the city on one of three interstates: 64, 65 and 71. Greyhound buses and Amtrak trains take passengers in to the station on W Muhammad Ali Boulevard, roughly five blocks south of the river.

By air

Louisville International Airport (SDF) is 10 minutes by car from the city's downtown, or you can easily catch a taxi or public bus. For flying visits, plenty of Louisville hotels are in close proximity to the airport, including the Galt House Hotel, with its must-see revolving restaurant, or the Marriott Louisville Downtown.

Recently Rated Louisville Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Ramada Plaza Louisville Hotel and Conference Center
3.1 / 5
36 reviews
3 stars $59
Sun Suites of Louisville
3.2 / 5
27 reviews
2 stars Choose dates
BEST WESTERN Louisville East
3.7 / 5
62 reviews
3 stars $62
Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Airport
4.4 / 5
33 reviews
3 stars $105
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Louisville East
3.8 / 5
107 reviews
2 stars $54
Baymont Inn & Suites Louisville Airport South
3.4 / 5
28 reviews
2 stars $62
The Brown Hotel Preferred Hotels and Resorts
Louisville Downtown
4.5 / 5
35 reviews
5 stars $159
Red Roof Inn Louisville Expo Airport
3.3 / 5
16 reviews
2 stars $66
Galt House Hotel
Louisville Downtown
4.0 / 5
165 reviews
4 stars $145
Red Roof Inn Louisville East Hurstbourne
3.3 / 5
45 reviews
2 stars $53

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Featured Louisville Hotels

From $79

1 Econo Lodge Downtown

2 stars
3.0 / 5 42 reviews

401 South 2nd St. Map

Good lodging for Louisville travelers on a budget The Econo Lodge Downtown offers business and leisure travelers affordable accommodations in the heart of downtown Louisville. The hotel is... More

King Size Bed
I actually expected less from something named ECONO. Although it was $5 to park each day, they let us park for free for the check-out afternoon while we were about town. Satff was friendly and...
Dec 29, 2014
From $145

2 Galt House Hotel

4 stars
4.0 / 5 165 reviews

140 North 4th Street Map

4-star hotel is an undisputed winner in heart of thoroughbred countryGalt House, the largest waterfront hotel in Kentucky, is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Louisville. The city's... More

Love the location to downtown and the waterfront. It is ideal for events downtown and staying overnight when you do not want to deal with traffic or from out of town. It also has a wonderful...
Feb 9, 2015
From $127

3 Hyatt Regency Louisville

4 stars
3.9 / 5 91 reviews

311 South 4th Street Map

Incl breakfast for up to 2 adts, late check-out

Southern hospitality and urban style in the heart of downtown Louisville Urban flair blends with southern hospitality at the Hyatt Regency Louisville. Business and leisure travelers can choose... More

Hyatt Louisville
Very nice hotel and a great location. The only thing missing was a safe in the room.
Nov 15, 2014
From $159

4 The Brown Hotel Preferred Hotels and Resorts

5 stars
4.5 / 5 35 reviews

335 West Broadway Map

Historic AAA Four-Diamond-rated luxury hotel in downtown LouisvilleThe Brown Hotel has been a Louisville landmark since 1923. This historic AAA Four-Diamond-rated property is listed on the National... More

Very nice throw back
Besides eating famous items like Hot Brown and Derby Pie, our stay was a nice voyage to another time, that we would take again.
Feb 13, 2015
From $199

5 21c Museum Hotel Louisville

4 stars
4.6 / 5 18 reviews

700 W. Main Street Map

Louisville Museum Row hotel with gallery design and high-tech roomsVoted TOP TEN HOTELS IN THE WORLD in Conde Nast Traveler magazine's Reader's Choice Awards, the boutique 21c Museum Hotel is an... More

Always a great stay
Great unique hotel in the heart of Louisville. The restaurant is worth a visit, if not two, chef Levon makes some tremendous dishes. Def. try the spicy chicken salad for lunch/dinner.
Jan 7, 2015
From $149

6 The Seelbach Hilton Louisville

4 stars
4.0 / 5 34 reviews

500 Fourth Street Map

Historic hotel where Gilded-Age luxury combines with contemporary comfort Guests experience Gilded-Age opulence in modern-day surroundings at The Seelbach Hilton. This AAA Four-Diamond-rated... More

The hotel room was very small! Not enough room for my husband and I to be comfortable. My walkin closet is bigger than the room we stayed in at the Seelbach. The hotel lobby was beautiful however...
Nov 16, 2014
From $129

7 Hampton Inn Louisville Downtown

3 stars
4.2 / 5 27 reviews

101 East Jefferson Street Map

Free On The House hot breakfast, Wi-Fi

the city for sports, culture and history...welcome to the Hampton Inn Louisville-Downtown. So much history and activity swirl around our Hampton Inn® hotel in Louisville-Downtown. From the... More

Good stay
Hotel was clean and comfortable to stay. I will stay there again.
Jan 12, 2015
From $159

8 Louisville Marriott Downtown

4 stars
4.6 / 5 19 reviews

280 West Jefferson Map

Rate includes breakfast

The newly renovated Louisville Marriott Downtown, connected via skywalk to the Kentucky International Convention Center, is ideally suited for business conventions, social gatherings and weekend... More

Awesome Place to Party
This hotel was awesome nice employees and very clean. It's in a good location not far from 4th street which is a great place to party!
Jan 6, 2015
From $67

9 Days Inn Louisville Central University & Expo Center

2 stars
2.4 / 5 60 reviews

1620 Arthur St Map

Stay 3, Save 20%

A smart place to stay when visiting the University of LouisvilleThe Days Inn Central is conveniently located off Interstate 65, in the heart of historic old Louisville. This recently renovated... More

NAILE home away from home
Location to Expo Center was exxcellent. Room was very clean. Hotel staff very helpful & friendly. Staff all spoke English. Not a lot of choices close to eat at.
Nov 19, 2014
From $129

10 Residence Inn by Marriott Louisville Downtown

3 stars
3.7 / 5 11 reviews

333 East Market Street Map

The Residence Inn Louisville Downtown hotel located in the heart of downtown is just steps from the Kentucky International Convention Center, 4th Street Live and Louisville Slugger Field. Our... More

Perfect Stay
Me and my husband had an excellent night's stay at the Residence Inn. The Front Desk staff was very helpful and we didn't need anything. The room was clean and stocked well. We will definitely stay...
Jan 2, 2014
From $149

11 SpringHill Suites by Marriott Louisville Downtown

3 stars
3.9 / 5 56 reviews

132 E Jefferson Map

Modern all-suites hotel in the heart of downtown LouisvilleThe SpringHill Suites Louisville Downtown is one of the city's newer hotels. The hotel is close to many downtown attractions, including... More

This was a nice place for a quick family getaway. Room was modern and clean. Bigger than an average hotel room, and the location was convenient to the riverfront strip of restaurants and theaters.
Nov 25, 2014
From $129

12 Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Louisville Downtown

3 stars
4.0 / 5 31 reviews

100 E Jefferson Map

Heart-of-Louisville hotel with hip decor, free breakfast and free Wi-Fi Located in the heart of downtown Louisville, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Louisville Downtown offers bold-color... More

Stay in Louisville
Great location for visiting sites and touring Louisville. Although older hotel,great staff,excellent breakfast selections and very safe area. Was pleased with stay and would love to visit again.
Sep 14, 2014
From $139

13 Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Downtown

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

350 West Chestnut Street Map

Enjoy warm Louisville hospitality at Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Downtown. Ideally located in the heart of Downtown Louisville, Kentucky, this welcoming hotel is just a short walk from The KFC... More

From $88

14 Quality Inn & Suites University/Airport

2 stars
3.4 / 5 27 reviews

311 E Gaulbert Ave Map

Kentucky Fair and Expo Center 1 mile. Airport 1.5 miles. Business rooms with dual phone lines and luxurious suites available. Free deluxe breakfast with two hot items, including scrambled eggs,... More

Louisville, KY
I stay here a lot because normally its a good value. This time not so much. The price was much higher, the pillows should have been thrown away 10 years ago and the juice was watered down. I will...
Oct 6, 2014
From $58

15 Ramada Louisville North

3 stars
3.0 / 5 148 reviews

1041 Zorn Avenue Map

Stay 2, Save 15%

Affordable, recently renovated hotel two miles from downtown Louisville The Ramada Downtown North Louisville Kentucky is just minutes from Kentucky International Convention Center, Louisville... More

college visit
Stayed one night on a trip to tour the University of Louisville. Comfortable and quiet, great value for the money. Breakfast was fine. Enjoyed making waffles. Only negative, lack of blankets for...
Feb 4, 2015
From $149

16 Courtyard by Marriott Louisville Downtown

3 stars
3.8 / 5 14 reviews

100 South Second Street Map

Rate includes breakfast

The newly renovated Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Louisville is located in the heart of the city. At the corner of 2nd and Main, we are directly across the street from the KFC Yum! Center, home to... More

A good choice
Had a nice stay, room was everything you need in this level of hotel. Staff very friendly, helpful and accommodating. Location is prime for downtown Louisville.
Oct 27, 2014
From $59

17 Ramada Limited Louisville/Near Expo Center

3 stars
3.5 / 5 38 reviews

2912 Crittenden Dr Map

Stay 2, Save 15%

Affordable hotel located near Louisville Airport and downtown Ramada Limited & Suites is conveniently located near Louisville International Airport, the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center, and... More

Met our needs
It was a rest stop for us on a 12 hour plus drive. So we spent less than a day in the room. It was clean and quiet. I found an empty shampoo bottle on the ledge of the shower? TV channels were a...
Dec 4, 2014
From $99

18 La Quinta Inn and Suites Louisville Airport & Expo

3 stars
4.1 / 5 17 reviews

4125 Preston Hwy. Map

The La Quinta Inn & Suites Louisville Airport & Expo was recently named a 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award winner! Samsung Flat-panel TVs with 30 channels of HD programming.... More

It was just what we needed
We were very pleased with the our room, the staff was OUTSTANDING and the location was good, as it was easy to get to major highways. The price was great. I would recommend this to hotel to others.
Dec 7, 2014
From $65

19 BEST WESTERN Airport East/Expo Center

3 stars
3.5 / 5 99 reviews

1921 Bishop Ln Map

Save 10% on your stay

Experience the convenience and comfort, at your home away from home here at the BEST WESTERN Airport East/Expo Center! Situated only three miles from the Louisville International Airport, you will... More

Great stay for air travellers
I like this hotel because they offer a free hotel shuttle and parking while travelling. The rooms are very clean and the lobby is very pretty. I have stayed at this property several times and will...
Feb 4, 2015
From $109

20 Four Points by Sheraton Louisville Airport

3 stars
4.4 / 5 7 reviews

2850 Crittenden Drive Map

Save 10% on your stay

Derby City Delights. Whether youre here for business, pleasure, or both, the Four Points by Sheraton Louisville Airport offers a perfect location for exploring the city. Our free airport shuttle... More

mini vacation
I went yo visit friends and decided to stay in a hotel for my own comfort and it was a great choice, the room was very clean and the bed was wonderful. The customer service was great too. I had a...
Sep 15, 2014