Stay in the heart of Louisville, Kentucky
By Hope S. Philbrick
Wear comfortable shoes.
It’s best if you’re prepared to walk. Galt House Hotel is the largest hotel in the state of Kentucky.
The sheer size of Galt House Hotel is impressive: It’s comprised of two towers boasting 1,290 guest rooms. The facility also offers 124,000 square feet of event space, a 22,000-seat arena, and a 300,000-square foot convention center, 3,200 covered parking spaces, plus a 200,000 square foot outdoor plaza.
I’ve stayed at the only waterfront hotel in Louisville twice: first on an extended stay for a conference and then a year later for an overnight while passing through the city. I’ve lodged in each of its two towers and, whether you get a suite or standard room, there’s plenty of space—enough that you could do cartwheels, if so inclined.
In 1972, developer Al J. Schneider built the 25-story Rivue Tower on Fourth Street as part of Louisville’s Riverfront Urban Renewal Project. The hotel is named in honor of Dr. William C. Galt, credited with being the city’s first ambassador of hospitality. The east tower (known as the Suite Tower) was added in 1985. All 600 suites in that building feature a spacious living/dining area with a wet bar and a refrigerator. Perfect for 21+ nightcaps such as bourbon purchased while touring distilleries throughout Bourbon Country!
In May 2001, Mary Moseley, daughter of Schneider and current president and CEO of the hotel, led a $70 million renovation of the hotel and added the $4 million Conservatory that links the two towers over Fourth Street—it’s a great place to meet colleagues, have a drink (coffee or otherwise) and gaze at the sweeping views of downtown Louisville and the Ohio River. The renovations were completed in 2005.
The Galt House Hotel is clean, comfortable, conveniently located, and puts the customer first.
Galt House Hotel aims to protect the environment by participating in a program designed to save valuable resources such as energy, water and the unnecessary use of detergent. The Suite Tower is powered by geothermal heating and air conditioning.
21 Plus Salute!
Al J’s Bar at the conservatory is exclusively reserved for guests age 21 and older during business hours. The bar does double duty as a fish tank.
Fast Facts about Galt House Hotel…
- The largest upscale urban hotel in a midsize U.S. city and the biggest hotel in the state of Kentucky.
- Seven miles from the Louisville airport; 1 mile from 6 downtown hospitals and 10 minutes from Churchill Downs
- Boasts the only outdoor hotel swimming pool in downtown Louisville
- Can accommodate up to 3,000 guests; Rivue Tower is 25 stories, Suite Tower is 18 stories
- The towers are connected via a 3rd floor walkway Conservatory
- Has 9 restaurants and lounges including a deli that’s open 24-hours/day
- Down One Bourbon Bar & Restaurant is just a short walk down the street
- Boasts 1,290 guest rooms including 650 suites
- Is connected to Louisville’s convention center
- Has 53 meeting rooms
- Is within a day’s drive for over half of the U.S. population
- Has 3,200 covered parking spaces
- Hosts the spectacular holiday extravaganza KaLightoscope
- Free Wi-Fi for all guests in public areas; in-room charges are $6/day for email access and $10/day to stream videos
- Self-parking is $12/day; valet is $18/day
- Shuttle transfer to/from the Louisville airport is $15 one way and $25 round trip per person; cab fare is approximately $18 one way
- Non-smoking hotel
- Only service animals are permitted
- Rooftop fitness center
- Triple Crown Club on two floors offers VIP amenities
- Xhale Salon Spa is on site
- Walking distance to dozens of cultural attractions, sport venues and restaurants
- Coffee makers are available in each guest room; there’s also coffee-to-go in the Suite tower lobby
Apartments are available for long-term leasing: www.louisvillewaterfrontliving.com
-Photos courtesy Galt House Hotel
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