The DuPont Mansion is located in Old Louisville, just minutes from Churchill Downs and across the street from Central Park (initially known as Dupont Square). The family name is the same of those famous chemical magnates in Delaware and in fact it was two brothers from this clan who constructed this beautiful Italianate Renaissance building in 1879. However, the family only stayed here more or less for 25 years when the property changed hands. It remained as a private estate until the end of the 20th-Century, when the mansion was completely refurbished into a B&B. Today it has modern essentials such as climate-control temperature and Internet access, yet it stays true to its Victorian roots with touches like chandeliers and authentic furnishings from the late 19th century.
This B&B bills itself as "A Statement in Casual Elegance" and, having been built in 1884, it is a great example of Victorian architecture with its period furnishings and hand craftsmanship. All the rooms here have a work desk, wireless internet access, cable TV and the romance of a fireplace. And with Central Park just across the street, guests can enjoy a game of tennis or just people watch. Some of the guest rooms have a Jacuzzi and the carriage house has a kitchen. Another nice touch is the B&B's social hour, it's held in the parlor every evening.
The eye-catching 21c Museum Hotel is a delight to visit and even stay in Louisville, Kentucky. From the moment you step into this hotel, visitors often have the impression of touring a fine art museum with fabulous contemporary artwork displayed all along. The rooms are artfully decorated, which is as expected, and make for a comfortable and relaxing experience. Born out of creativity and turn-of-the-century warehouses, this was the brainchild of the Deborah Berke Partners firm and is a popular space to tour or stay in the city.
Legacy Hotel & Conferences is located in the posh suburb of Crescent Hill, right on the campus of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In fact, the hotel only accommodates those doing business with the seminary in any capacity and guests must sign a code of conduct in advance. When all the requisites are met, the accommodations are clean, spacious and they provide all modern amenities like Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV and executive work desks. For fitness and recreation, guests are allowed the use of the seminary's pool, racquetball and basketball courts as well as the gym.
Experience the Gilded Age at the Brown Hotel, a historic hotel of America that was built in 1923. The striking lobby, with its architectural details and beautiful hand-painted ceiling is simply magnificent and the elegantly furnished rooms offer modern amenities with a touch of Old Kentucky elegance. The hotel's signature restaurant, English Grill, has won numerous awards and is a highly rated dining option in the city. J. Graham's Cafe is a casual dining option that serves breakfast and bistro-style meals while the property as a whole offers perfect surroundings for personal as well as business events.
The Seelbach is a vestige of Grand Ol' Louisville. With marble details throughout, vaulted ceilings and guest rooms that feature four-post beds, "Old-World Grandeur" is an understatement. It's also consistently rated as one of the best historic hotels in Louisville. It has to be since this is the place where foreign dignitaries as well as the President stays. Most notably however, the hotel staff as well as some guests have said that there is a mysterious "Lady in Blue" that haunts the floors. Legend has it that one Patricia Wilson was to meet her husband at the hotel, however he was killed in an accident and she allegedly threw herself from a stairwell. A bit morbid, but it doesn't stop ghost-hunters as well as exigent guests from staying in this French Renaissance inspired hotel. It's also conveniently located next to plenty of attractions like Fourth Street Live, Maker's Mark Bourbon House & Lounge and the Louisville Palace Theatre.
This gorgeous 1896 "mahogany king" was restored in 1994 to include central heat and air for guests' comfort. Despite these changes, the home preserves all of its Victorian charm. Six different rooms are fully furnished to welcome guests with old-fashioned comfort, and a large screened porch provides a relaxing environment for pleasant Kentucky days and nights. In addition to the exquisite accommodations, a family warmth and genuine hospitality keeps guests coming back to The Columbine.
The Kintner House Hotel exhibits the best of what a bed and breakfast should be. This historic house is replete with beautiful decor, antique furnishings and charming design. Italian-style architecture and period furnished rooms are other features. This house remained a hotel until 1920, and was used as an office space until December 1986 when it was time for its restoration. It opened as a bed and breakfast inn in 1987, and ever since it is operated in the same traditional manner established by the Kintner family. Kintner House Hotel has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.