By Amy Eckert
Crystal chandeliers, gilt coffered ceilings and two-story marble columns have greeted guests to downtown Louisville’s Brown Hotel for nearly a century. Since its doors opened in 1923, the Brown Hotel has attracted presidents, Hollywood celebrities and sports heroes.
After a day at the Kentucky Derby or a performance at the historic Brown Theatre, visitors head to the hotel’s oak-paneled English Grill, now a AAA Four Diamond restaurant, for bourbon cocktails and a Louisville staple: the Hot Brown. The classic open-faced turkey sandwich topped with bacon and Mornay sauce was invented at the Brown Hotel in 1926.
If history put the Brown Hotel on the map, it was contemporary amenities, 24-hour room service and an attentive staff that won the hotel its modern-day AAA Four Diamond rating. The 293 guestrooms are furnished with mahogany beds dressed with feather duvets and hand-woven throws. Richly-upholstered furniture, impressive artwork and hand-polished marble bathroom floors add luxury to the rooms’ decor. Additionally, knowledgeable concierges, complimentary transportation to stops on the Urban Bourbon Trail, theatres and other downtown attractions assure that guests are never without anything they need.
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(Traveler Fall 2020)