500 Fourth Street, Louisville, KY | Directions 4020238.25113 -85.75747
Neighborhoods: Central Business District
Legends linger on at this grand historic hotel. – The Scene
This beautiful hotel is the sort of place where almost every corner has an illustrious history. Consider the Grand Ballroom, which was the inspiration for Tom and Daisy Buchanan's wedding in "The Great Gatsby." Or the acclaimed The Oakwood restaurant, a former gentleman's billiard hall. Guests today can dine in the alcove, complete with two hidden doors leading to secret passages, where Al Capone liked to play cards.
The hotel opened in 1905, and has undergone a recent multi-million-dollar restoration. With its historic murals, imported marble and imposing columns, the lobby is palatial. The Deluxe Guest Rooms are pretty, although contemporary bedcovers and some of the artwork detracts from the authenticity of the Beaux-Arts Baroque architecture. If you want the flavor of the hotel's original opulence, check into the Seelbach Suite, with stained glass windows, a carved oak fireplace and a Chippendale camelback sofa. The Fitzgerald Suite is lighter in color, but still elegant and Old World in style. The classic but more contemporary look of the Presidential Suite suits visiting executives. Guests in concierge-level rooms enjoy their own business center, private concierge and complimentary continental breakfast and evening hors d'oeuvres.
Horrible experience – I had one of the worst hotel experiences of my life here. They stuck me in a smoking room even though I had reserved a non-smoking room. But, even worse, they forced us to check out early, at 9am. We were staying in the hotel so my fiance could get a good night's sleep and prepare for nearby interviews. Our experience didn't help her prepare. The rooms are pathetically small too.
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