Whether you pronounce this city “Lewisville,” “Looeyville,” “Looavull,” or “Luhvull” there is one undeniable fact, the city of Louisville, Kentucky is home to some of the best colleges and universities in the United States.
Louisville has all the divisions of the NCAA, as well as having an excellent community college. The University of Louisville is a Division I school, Bellarmine is Division II, Spalding University is Division III, and Jefferson Community and Technical College are in the community college league.
With such a diverse set of schools and many different things to offer, it is not surprising that many students will have the city of Louisville as one of their stops when looking at schools.
However, one aspect that is easy to overlook in the excitement of it all is lodging. Picking the perfect location for you and your family to stay is crucial to maximizing your time. Focusing on location, nearby restaurants, and the overall quality of the hotel are all elements that you should factor in before selecting a hotel.
To make it easier, we have compiled a list of the absolute best hotels in Louisville that are all close to the colleges in the city.
Hotel #1: Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Airport
The Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Airport is the perfect hotel if you are flying into the city because the hotel is connected to the Louisville International Airport (SDF), and it’s right through the corridor. In terms of distance to nearby universities, the Hilton Garden Inn is almost as good as it gets. The hotel is approximately three minutes from the University of Louisville, and an 8-minute drive to Bellarmine University, a 6-minute drive to Spalding University, and is about 5 minutes from Jefferson Community and Technical College.
The Hilton Garden Inn also holds a 4.5/5 on Trip Advisor which is an “excellent” rating. Users on the site name the friendly service, proximity to downtown, and the quality of the rooms. The nightly rate is an average of about $167, but if visiting the University of Louisville, they provide discounted rates at $142/weeknights and $112/weekends.
The hotel provides several amenities that you and your family can take advantage of during your stay. The Hilton Garden Inn has an indoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, and a pantry for all of your snacking needs.
Being that the hotel is close to downtown, there are plenty of restaurants nearby. Cracker Barrel, Arby’s, and a Starbucks are all within walking distance. And if you’re looking for a place that provides a taste of Kentucky as well as plenty of sports memorabilia you should take a stop at the Cardinal Hall of Fame Cafe. The Cafe certainly lives up to its name, serving burgers that deserve their place in a hall of fame as well.
All in all, Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Airport provides top notch service with a location that is unbeatable regardless of which Louisville school you will be paying a visit to.
Hotel #2: Four Points by Sheraton Louisville Airport
Right around the corner from the Hilton is the Four Points by Sheraton Louisville Airport. The Four Points Hotel is pretty much equidistant to the universities. The hotel is about three minutes from the University of Louisville, eight minutes driving time to Bellarmine University, and six minutes driving time to Spalding University. Lastly, it is about five minutes from Jefferson Community and Technical College.
The Four Points Hotel has garnered a 3.5/5 on Tripadvisor receiving a “very good” rating. Many Tripadvisor users on the site name the talk about how spacious the rooms are. The nightly rate is an average of about $118 the University of Louisville provides some discounted rates at $99 for both weeknights and weekends.
The hotel provides several amenities you and your family can utilize during your college tour. The Four Points has an indoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, a bar/restaurant, and laundry to use at your convenience.
The Four Points Hotel is on the same street as The Hilton Garden Inn, so the nearby restaurants are the same. So, there is a Cracker Barrel, Arby’s, and a Starbucks all right around the corner.
The Four Points is the kind of hotel that is perfect for a budget conscious trip with all the amenities of a more expensive hotel but at a fraction of the price.
Hotel #3: Sleep Inn Airport and Expo
Easily the most affordable option on the list is the Sleep Inn Airport and Expo. This hotel is also adjacent to the airport, making it great for those flying in. This hotel has similar distances to all the major colleges in Louisville. It is a 5-minute drive to the University of Louisville, a 6-minute drive to Bellarmine University, a 7-minute drive to Spalding University, and a 6-minute drive to JCTC.
Tripadvisor rates the Sleep Inn Airport and Expo at a 3.5/5, giving it a “very good” score. Reviewers stated that the free contentinetal breakfast and safe, secure area were reasons why they enjoyed their stay with the hotel. The hotel has an average rate of about $84 a night and due to it’s already discounted pay rate the University of Louisville does not have any deals or discounts with the hotel.
What makes Sleep Inn different from many other hotels in the area is the fact that the hotel is pet-friendly. This makes the hotel an ideal stay for families that need accommodations for their pets. Yes, this means that this hotel is pet-friendly. Some other amenities offered by the Sleep Inn are free breakfast and an outdoor pool. This hotel offers less than most other hotels in the area. However, the discounted price make up for these omissions.
The Sleep Inn has an array of fast food places nearby. Some of the closest options are a Subway, McDonald’s, and a Taco Bell. But if you’re looking for a retro style restaurant with innovative food, then New Wave Burritos is a can’t miss establishment for you. Their “Basher” burrito is a favorite among locals.
The Sleep Inn offers a sense of value that can’t be beaten. At just 84 dollars a night it’s price is lower than the majority of other Louisville hotels. Their pet-friendly policy is also another factor that helps give them an edge on other hotels in the region.
Hotel #4: Courtyard Louisville Airport
This hotel is a bit further out than the previously mentioned establishments, but the Courtyard Louisville Airport is still one that can’t be missed. This hotel is located in a more centralized location downtown, near Churchill Downs (home of the Kentucky Derby) and the Louisville Slugger Museum. This makes it an ideal location for families with kids that will need to be occupied while you are touring colleges. While the Courtyard Louisville Airport is further away than the other options on the list, the location is still excellent. It is a 7-minute drive to the University of Louisville, 10 -minutes to both Bellarmine University and Spalding University, and then about 8 -minutes to JCTC.
Tripadvisor users have given this hotel a 4.5/5 for “excellent” quality. Reviews state that the service provided by the Courtyard is ‘unparalleled’ with a very attentive staff willing to help and be as accommodating as possible. The Courtyard Airport offers a relatively standard set of amenities, with an indoor pool and fitness center. One thing that the Courtyard offers that hasn’t been found on any other hotel list is an indoor hot tub. This would be an excellent place for you, or your parents to unwind after a long day of being on your feet. The Courtyard hotel charges $135 a night for its services and unfortunately no longer offers the University of Louisville tour discount.
Restaurants around this hotel are of a nice variety. There is a Kentucky Fried Chicken, Starbucks, and if you’re looking for a place a family friendly sit down restaurant, there is a Blue Horse Restaurant just 5 – minutes away. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this is a great place to refuel after your day.
The Courtyard Louisville Airport is an excellent option if you’re looking for a family friendly location that will satisfy everyone. This is an excellent fit for families looking to split time between college campus tours and local tourism. Lots of family-oriented attractions and amenities make this a can’t miss staying for larger groups.
Hotel 5: Embassy Suites by Hilton Downtown Louisville
Ranked #16, this hotel has been given a certificate of excellence from Tripadvisor, Embassy Suites by Hilton Downtown Louisville is in the top tier when it comes to hotels in the Louisville area. A classy downtown establishment makes this perfect for you and your parents to go out and explore Downtown Louisville and Fourth Street Live. Staying at the Embassy Suites means you’re sacrificing proximity for comfort. Embassy Suites is located about 10 – minutes from the University of Louisville, 13 – minutes from Bellarmine University, and 6-7 minutes to Spalding and Bellarmine Universities.
Tripadvisor has incredible reviews for this hotel, giving it a 4.5/5 review and the previously mentioned certificate of excellence. Tripadvisor users say the ample parking, downtown life, and breakfast/evening receptions are reasons they’d return to the hotel. The Embassy offers several amenities such as a bar, a lounge area, an indoor pool, and high-speed wifi.
Being so close to Fourth Street, the liveliest part of Louisville means that there are plenty of great restaurants around. Places such as Smashburger, Zoup!, and Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse. A local favorite located just 10 minutes away is The Seafood Lady. Featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dive’s this restaurant renowned for it’s affordable and incredible seafood.
This high-class hotel is great for parents who may want to take a break and enjoy the nightlife Louisville has to offer while visiting. The closeness to downtown gives you plenty to do while exploring the city that could be your future home.
So regardless of where you decide to stay while visiting Louisville, you are bound to discover the incredible schools, food, and sights the city has to offer. Staying in one of these hotels will make your Louisville visit one for the books.
Posted on July 14, 2019 in Exclusive
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