Fifteen Best Affordable City Hotels.
Says T+L: Built in 1923, The Brown, in downtown Louisville just three miles from the Kentucky Derby’s Churchill Downs, was a magnet for celebrities through the 1950s. This year, all 293 guest rooms will undergo a renovation. Doubles from $129.
I also happen to know that if you are very lucky, you can get a room at the Brown for considerably less than $129 on Hotwire-- if you're willing to roll those dice. The Brown's lobby bar is one of my favorite bars in the city. (And is the place where Roommate & I tossed back a couple of bourbons with Lucinda Williams and her band... good times.)
May is Hometown Tourism month here in Louisville. The Brown would be a great home base for a little downtown exploration and dining!