Where to Stay in Louisville for the 2016 Kentucky Derby®

Posted by Carolynn Wilcox on Thu, Mar 17, 2016

The Kentucky Derby® is steeped in tradition, with a legacy that rivals that of any existing American event and a history that will soon celebrate its sesquicentennial anniversary.  The Derby experience can’t be duplicated outside of the beautiful grounds of Churchill Downs®, but booking the right hotel can alleviate the stress of traveling and allow you to revel in the moment as you enjoy all that Louisville has to offer on Derby weekend!

Browse the hotels below to find the perfect place to rest and recharge during the weekend of the Kentucky Derby!

Seelbach Hilton Louisville

Located 5 miles from Churchill Downs

The Seelbach Hilton Louisville has been Kentucky’s premier luxury hotel since its grand opening in 1905.  As a landmark to a “golden era,” the Seelbach Hilton Louisville hotel appears on the National Register of Historic Places and has attracted many famous figures – from nine U.S. presidents to Al Capone.  

Beautifully-appointed accommodations offer exceptional style and an old-world feel exclusive to this four-diamond hotel.  At the Seelbach Hilton Louisville, you’ll experience refined Southern hospitality and relaxation amidst turn-of-the-century artwork and antiques.  In fact, the grand ambiance inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald to use the Seelbach Hilton Louisville hotel as the backdrop for Tom and Daisy Buchanan’s wedding in The Great Gatsby.


Courtyard by Marriott Louisville East

Located 13.4 miles from Churchill Downs

This Jeffersontown hotel has been masterfully reinvented with unique features that enhance comfort and productivity.  Guests will enjoy newly redesigned rooms with upgraded bedding, custom comforters, and soft pillows that ensure a good night’s rest.  For dining options on-site, visit The Bistro, where guests can get refreshing breakfast choices in the morning and a variety of dinner options in the evening.  


SpringHill Suites Louisville Hurstbourne

Located 14.5 miles from Churchill Downs

Located in the Hurstbourne area of northeast Louisville, this hotel features spacious suites and high-tech amenities.  Guests will delight in suites with pull-out sofas, flat-screen TVs, microwaves, mini-fridges and 25% more space than hotel rooms at other area hotels.  Guests are invited to conveniently fuel up for a busy day with a free hot breakfast buffet served each morning.


Holiday Inn Express South

Located 14 miles from Churchill Downs

Guest rooms are furnished to provide maximum comfort, offering cozy triple-sheeted beds accented with blankets and four lofty pillows.  Amenities include an indoor heated pool and a well-equipped fitness center as well as a complimentary hot breakfast bar each morning.


Hampton Inn Louisville Downtown

Located 5 miles from Churchill Downs

So much history and activity swirl around the Hampton Inn hotel in downtown Louisville.  From the Louisville Slugger factory, an American tradition since 1884, to the Belle of Louisville, perhaps the most famous steamboat plying the water, you can see it all from the Hampton Inn hotel in Louisville-Downtown.  When you’re ready for some rest, hunker down for the night in the comfiest amenity yet: Cloud Nine, the Hampton Bed Experience.


Be a Part of History at the 142nd Kentucky Derby®

Renovations are underway at Churchill Downs and are scheduled to be completed by the 2016 Run for the Roses!  Do the Derby in style – check out our new packages in upgraded premium areas!  These swanky, revamped seating areas bring a touch of Las Vegas to Louisville, which is appropriate given the high-stakes atmosphere of Derby day.

Be the first to experience the new upgrades at Churchill Downs with an Official Ticket Package from Derby Experiences, and add a 3-night stay at one of these convenient, lavish area hotels to complete your Derby weekend!

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