Romantic Hotels in Louisville

by Christine Switzer

Hugging the southeastern bank of the Ohio River, Louisville spreads out along the western border of Kentucky and offers visitors a distinctive blend of regional history and culture. Whether you seek a weekend getaway or a week-long vacation, you can find romantic hotels and lodging options in and around downtown Louisville.

The Brown Hotel

Soak in romantic Old World luxury at the four-diamond, historic Brown Hotel, dating from the 1920s and conveniently situated in downtown Louisville. Guest rooms charm with antique reproductions and plush bedding, and the Club Lounge offers corners for canoodling over hors d’oeuvres. After exploring the nearby Kentucky Derby Museum and the Louisville Slugger Museum, relish the popular brown sandwich at the English Grille.

The Seelbach Hilton

Embrace turn-of-the-century elegance at The Seelbach Hilton, a National Register of Historic Places property and the inspiration for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s acclaimed novel “The Great Gatsby.” Located in downtown Louisville, the hotel delights with stunning city views and luxurious four-poster beds. Check out Louisville’s vibrant nightlife at nearby bars and restaurants, a short walking distance from the hotel, and then cozy up for live jazz in the Old Seelbach Bar.

The Galt House

Savor expansive river views at the Galt House Hotel and Suites, which overlooks the Ohio River and the Kentucky-Indiana state line. Choose the Romance on the River Package, and enjoy a romantic pampering and perks that includes a cruise on the Belle of Louisville steamboat or a play at Actors Theatre. After a day of sightseeing, unwind with a stroll along the Riverwalk, which wraps by the hotel, and then linger over dinner for two at RIVUE, the hotel’s rooftop restaurant.

21c Museum Hotel

Revel in ultramodern accommodations at the chic boutique 21c Museum Hotel, situated in the midst of downtown Louisville. Rejuvenate with a couple’s treatment at the on-site spa, sauna and steam room, and then wander through the hotel’s 9,000-square-foot contemporary art gallery before heading out for sightseeing amid neighboring art galleries and attractions. Wrap the day with Italian-cum-Southern cuisine at the hotel’s restaurant Proof on Main.

The Samuel Culbertson Mansion

Step back in time at the romantic Samuel Culbertson Mansion in the Old Louisville National Historic District. Dating from the late 1800s, the mansion boasts Georgian Revival-style architecture and ornamentation, as well as period antique furnishings and décor. Explore nearby attractions, such as Churchhill Downs and the Kentucky Derby, and then enjoy dinner at a nearby restaurant, such as the Third Avenue Café, before cozying up in your four-poster bed.


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About the Author

Christine Switzer has been a freelance writer since 2007. She contributes to travel and regional periodicals such as "Georgetown View" and "Burlington the Beautiful" and she enjoys writing on travel, lifestyle and the workplace. Switzer holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and a Master of Arts in English and has taught university courses in communication, public speaking and journalism.