Downtown Louisville, KY

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Louisville showing signage and street scenes as well as a small group of people

The cultural heart of the city beats with baseball, boxing and music, with sporting fields, live bands and a center for Muhammad Ali, the city’s most famous son. 

Boxing and baseball are what downtown Louisville is all about. One of the city’s most famous sons is Muhammad Ali, a Louisville native. Tour a museum dedicated to the boxing star, visit art galleries and boutiques and catch a game of baseball at the Louisville Slugger Field, all in a 1-square mile (2.6-square kilometer) area.

Start your visit with a walk along West Main Street, one of Louisville’s first roads. During the early 1900s it was known as “Whiskey Row” for the number of distilleries that operated along its length. Today, its nickname is “Museum Row” after the collection of museums located within a few blocks of each other. They cover art, science, history, baseball and boxing.

Explore the Muhammad Ali Center, an interactive museum that traces the boxer’s life and focuses on his humanitarian ideals. Tour the factory and see how the Official Baseball Bat of Major League Baseball is made at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. View works of art and catch a dance, music or comedy show at the Kentucky Center. This major arts hub houses permanent exhibitions of local and internationally renowned artists and has three theaters.

There are more live performances over at 4th Street Live!, an entertainment, retail and dining complex. This is downtown Louisville’s party district. Some of the bars and clubs host live bands and there are free open-air concerts on the outdoor stage.

Explore downtown’s 85-acre (34-hectare) Waterfront Park on the banks of the Ohio River. Cruise the river on the Belle of Louisville, a paddlewheel-driven steamboat that was built in 1914.

Downtown Louisville is an easy district to get around on foot. The streets are laid out in a grid pattern and the main attractions are well signposted. The Louisville Downtown Management District (LDMD) Ambassadors, clad in bright yellow shirts provide visitors with maps and directions. They also offer vehicle assistance to drivers, such as repairing flat tires and dealing with dead batteries. The downtown area has more than two dozen information kiosks dotted around the streets.


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Holiday Inn Louisville Downtown, An Ihg Hotel
Holiday Inn Louisville Downtown, An Ihg Hotel
3 out of 5
101 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd, Louisville, KY
The price is $94 per night from Oct 14 to Oct 14
Located in West Main Historic District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Jewish Hospital, Fourth Street Live!, and KFC Yum Center. Kentucky International ...
4/5Very Good! (6 reviews)
"The room was very clean and comfortable."

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

Holiday Inn Louisville Downtown, An Ihg Hotel
Galt House Hotel Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Galt House Hotel Trademark Collection by Wyndham
4 out of 5
140 North Fourth Street, Louisville, KY
The price is $158 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
Located in West Main Historic District, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Actors Theatre of Louisville and Kentucky International Convention Center. ...
4/5Very Good! (2,326 reviews)
"Staff, hotel, restaurant, view and price all great!"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Galt House Hotel Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Omni Louisville Hotel
Omni Louisville Hotel
4.5 out of 5
400 S. 2nd Street, Louisville, KY
The price is $169 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Located in West Main Historic District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Fourth Street Live! and Kentucky International Convention Center. KFC ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,053 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel and accommodations!!"

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2021

Omni Louisville Hotel
Hyatt Regency Louisville
Hyatt Regency Louisville
4 out of 5
320 West Jefferson Street, Louisville, KY
The price is $151 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
Located in West Main Historic District, this hotel is steps from Kentucky International Convention Center and Fourth Street Live!. KFC Yum Center and Louisville ...
4.3/5Excellent! (933 reviews)
"The fridge did not work. No microwave, big stain on the carpet that looks like no one ever tried to clean it."

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

Hyatt Regency Louisville
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Louisville Downtown, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Louisville Downtown, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
800 W Market St, Louisville, KY
The price is $131 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in West Main Historic District, this hotel is steps from Louisville Slugger Museum and Frazier International History Museum. Evan Williams Bourbon Experience ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (878 reviews)
"The staff was friendly and helpful. The breakfast left much to be desired. Not much on selection and variety. No pancakes, equipment not working. Same with toaster it appears. Free breakfast should be a perk, but it was sad excuse. Lady and man working that area were great, food not so much."

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Louisville Downtown, an IHG Hotel
Louisville Marriott Downtown
Louisville Marriott Downtown
4 out of 5
280 West Jefferson Street, Louisville, KY
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $169 per night from Oct 7 to Oct 7
Located in West Main Historic District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kentucky International Convention Center and Muhammad Ali Center. Fourth Street ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (827 reviews)
"The young woman at check-in had heavy accent which I obviously misunderstood because we paid for parking at the gate as well as on our check out bill (which we noticed only after leaving)!"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

Louisville Marriott Downtown
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