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    Derby time hotel rooms, especially those inside the city limits (much less downtown) are nearly as scarce as a winning trifecta ticket at Churchill.  But in 2009 they're out there and Louisville hotels are looking to guarantee sold out occupancy by booking extra events and features to ensure that their busiest time of the year stays that way.

    The Hotel Downtown Louisville (formerly the Holiday Inn Downtown) is bringing out Derby legend and Louisville favorite Pat Day to attract guests and give them value for booking their rooms at the hotel.

     “Our Manager’s Reception, over the years, has grown to be our guest’s favorite part of our Derby package,” said Wade Michael, General Manager of the hotel, “And we are excited to be adding Mr. Day’s talent and professional touch to this event.”  

    Day’s appearance at the Manager’s Reception is the showcase feature of a three-day package (Thursday April 30th - Saturday May 2nd) that the hotel has on sale now.  The Friday night reception offers music, complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. 

    In addition, the hotel package features limited sidewalk seating for the Kentucky Derby Festival Parade on Thursday evening, which passes in front of the hotel; a special Kentucky Derby memento; free parking; and complimentary airport transportation.  The package cost for the three nights is $1,376.67, which includes all taxes. Due to the uniqueness and anticipated demand for this package, a non-refundable prepayment is required at the time of booking.


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