Essential Louisville: 4 Bed and Breakfasts for the Best Derby Experience


With the Kentucky Derby around the corner, the choice of where to stay in Louisville for the Kentucky staple is simple with the top four bed and breakfasts in Louisville. 

Dupont Mansion Bed and Breakfast

Spend the weekend at the Dupont Mansion Bed and Breakfast and enjoy the elegance and grandeur of a piece of Louisville history.  With suites named after Thomas Edison, J.P. Morgan and Andrew Carnegie, guests of the Dupont Mansion can’t help but to plan their second stay from the beginning.  The grand parlor is the perfect, picturesque place for pictures before Derby. 

Location: 1317 S 4th Street

1853 Inn at Woodhaven

While this restored Gothic Revival Mansion sits in St. Matthews, the drive to Churchill Downs is worth the stay.  The inviting Derby room features 20-foot ceilings, exposed brick walls and imaginative styles.  This restored mansion, which is listed on the historic register, also features its signature dish of caramel French toast, along with low-fat, vegetarian and organic, local food options. 

Location: 401 South Hubbards Lane

Aleksander Bed and Breakfast

This 1882 Victorian house has been transformed into an eco-friendly bed and breakfast in the heart of Old Louisville, minutes from Churchill Downs.  With prints of 19th century French impressionists lining the walls of the Aleksander Bed and Breakfast, guests will enjoy every minute in this European style bed and breakfast.  On the morning of the Kentucky Derby, guests will descend down one of the two grand staircases to the garden deck.

Location: 1213 South First Street

Columbine Bed and Breakfast

Through the stained glass window standing behind the grand staircase, guests are welcomed to the picturesque, stunning traditional Columbine bed and breakfast.  Only minutes away from Churchill Downs, guests enjoy fresh colors decorating the inviting rooms and rose marble fireplaces. 

Location: 1707 S 3rd Street

For more information on the Bed and Breakfasts in Louisville, visit the Louisville Bed and Breakfast Association.

Photos Courtesy Columbine Bed and Breakfast, Aleksander Bed and Breakfast, 1853 Inn at Woodhaven, and Dupont Mansion Bed and Breakfast

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