AC Hotel by Marriott Louisville Downtown

Guide to Gay Friendly Hotels in Louisville, Kentucky (2024 Updated)

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Lesbiangaybisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in the United States have evolved in recent decades. However, LGBT Americans may still face some legal and many social challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents, particularly in states with large conservative populations, such as in the Deep South; in rural areas; and in some Native American tribal nations.

U.S. federal law does not explicitly include protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. In June 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that sexual orientation and gender identity are included under “sex” as a prohibited ground of employment discrimination in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Hodges. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in the U.S. commonwealth of Kentucky have most of the same rights as non-LGBT persons have, but still face some legal challenges not experienced by other people. Same-sex sexual activity is legal in Kentucky.
Louisville has a long history of being a  gay friendly town and in downtown we can find a few gay friendly bars as well as Play Louisville or Tryangles  & Chill Bar Highlands  are the most famous gay bars in Louisville, KT.
Louisville, Kentucky’s largest city, sits on the Ohio River along the Indiana border. Every May, its race course Churchill Downs hosts the Kentucky Derby, a renowned horse race whose long history is explored at the Kentucky Derby Museum. Baseball is celebrated at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, where Major League bats are produced and a giant baseball “slugger” marks the entrance.

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1. AC Hotel by Marriott Louisville Downtown 3*  – Gay Friendly Hotels Louisville KY

AC Hotel by Marriott Louisville Downtown
AC Hotel by Marriott Louisville Downtown

Featuring a fitness center, a shared lounge and a bar, AC Hotel by Marriott Louisville Downtown is located in Louisville and is 2,300 feet from Louisville Slugger Field. Popular points of interest around the property include KFC Yum! Center and Kentucky International Convention Center. The property is 0.9 mi from the city middle.

At the hotel, the rooms are fitted with a desk. With a private bathroom equipped with a shower, rooms at AC Hotel Louisville Downtown also have free WiFi, while some rooms also boast a city view. The units come with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels.

The accommodations offers a buffet or à la carte European-style breakfast.

Set amid shops and restaurants in the hip East Market District, this modern hotel is 1 mile from Louisville Waterfront Park, and 2 miles from the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. Louisville International Airport is 7 miles away.

The stylish rooms come with free Wi-Fi and smart TVs, plus coffee makers and mini fridges. Upgraded rooms feature sofa beds; suites add separate living rooms.

Amenities include a chic tapas and cocktail bar, as well as a gym, co-working space and a convenience store. A continental breakfast buffet is available for an extra charge.

AC Hotels by Marriott reflect the souls of the cities in which they reside. We are located in NuLu (New Louisville) in the East Market District of Downtown. The neighborhood is known for its unique art galleries, specialty stores, antique shops, and a growing restaurant scene.
Our hotel is conveniently located to Churchill Downs and is an ideal location to all our horse lover guests. The AC Hotel Louisville Downtown is also an ideal spot for anyone visiting the Urban Bourbon Trail. Within walking distance to major attractions including KFC Yum! Center and Louisville Slugger Field.

There are at least a dozen amazing restaurants all within walking distance.

The hotel does a great job serving tapas cuisine for breakfast and dinner. The signature Gin and Tonic comes out in a glass big enough for two.

I especially like the staff. The front desk crew greets me by name. The restaurant team will bend over backwards for personal requests.

It’s a great location for checking out restaurants on Bardstown Road or Frankfort Avenue. It’s a $6 Uber ride to downtown.

My favorite Louisville restaurant, the Butchertown Grocery, is a quick ride away.

 Check in was easy and convenient. The room was spacious and very comfortable. I loved the view over East Market Street! The bed was comfy and the TV was great. All the staff we encountered was helpful and friendly. It’s a great location within walking distance to shops & restaurants & bars.
This hotel is awesome. Price was super reasonable. The location is great. There are many things to do within walking distance, like bars, restaurants, coffee shops and boutiques. The area has been recently revitalized and it’s very nice and safe. Hotel is very clean and the staff is friendly and helpful. We will definitely be staying here again when we go to Louisville.
This hotel is right in the heart of NULU where you can walk to restaurants and shops. It’s uber clean and contemporary. We loved the buffet breakfast and enjoyed the open setting of the bar/breakfast/lounge areas.
Gay Friendly Hotels Louisville Kentucky
Gay Friendly Hotels Louisville Kentucky

How much does a room costs at AC Hotel by Marriott Louisville Downtown?

Prices start 189$/night for King Guest Room with Sofa Bed and City View. The Queen Room with Two Queen and City View is  191$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This double room features air conditioning, flat-screen TV and tea/coffee maker.

Where to book online – AC Hotel by Marriott Louisville Downtown – Gay Friendly Hotels Louisville Kentucky  – you can find the best hotels deals in Louisville during Kentucky Derby Festival which  is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Louisville KY on or or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


2. The Brown Hotel 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Louisville KY

The Brown Hotel
The Brown Hotel

Built in 1923, the Brown Hotel is located in downtown Louisville’s Theater District. It features a concierge staff, two restaurants, and a free airport shuttle. KFC Yum! Center is less than 1 miles away.

The Brown Gift Shop and Gallery offers sundries, special gifts, and artwork by local artisans. A business center is available for guests to use.

J. Graham’s Café serves casual dishes for breakfast and lunch. The English Grill is open for dinner and provides a fine-dining experience. The Lobby Bar, offering drinks and light dishes, is also open in the evenings. 24-hour room service is available.

Adjacent to the Brown Theatre, this sophisticated hotel with an opulent lobby is a 2-minute walk from the Louisville Palace and 6 miles from Louisville International Airport.

Elegant rooms offer free Wi-Fi, 32-inch flat-screen TVs and goose-down duvets, plus marble floors in the bathrooms. Club rooms include access to a private lounge that serves free continental breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres. Suites add separate living spaces and wet bars; there’s also a suite with a whirlpool tub.

The hotel offers a free 24-hour airport shuttle. Additional amenities include 2 restaurants, a lobby bar, a fitness center.

Located at the corners of Fourth and Broadway in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, The Brown Hotel is one of Louisville’s most treasured landmarks. Built in 1923 at a cost of $4 million by J. Graham Brown, the hotel was a magnet for many prominent guests and celebrities during the 1920s through the 1950s. In 1971, two years after the founder passed away, the Brown closed as a hotel and later reopened as the Board of Education building.

Some people think that Louisville is all about horses and not much else. There is a lot to see and do here. Bourbon and distillery tours for one. Then there is the food scene with highly rated restaurants in the hotel and around downtown. And also some great activities like the Baseball Bat factory and Ali Museum and Churchill Downs.

The hotel has many super employees that gave us great service.

The Brown Hotel is a beautiful and historic hotel in Louisville, KY. It is in very good condition as it has been updated while keeping its old time charm. Everyone was helpful and kind. We had a beautiful room with a panoramic view of the city. We used the valet car service since it was in a downtown area and we had to leave very early in the morning. The price was surprisingly low. Great hotel to spend a night and have dinner too.

The facility is historic and well maintained. The service is outstanding and the food is excellent (try the Hot Brown signature dish ??).

The establishment has acquired a new Director of Operations – Mr. Volker Wellmann- last spring who has consistently been very professional & welcoming, as well as very enthusiastic regarding the Brown and continued innovations.

On our next visit in Spring 2020, we are planning to stay additional time to further enjoy the property and the amazing proximity to Downtown <span class=”_3f5ztoLj”>Louisville attractions.

Located in West Broadway, Louisville, Kentucky, considered as one of the Historic hotels of America the Brown Hotel stands dramatically in the heart of downtown Louisville. It had its fair share of history throughout time as it stood the test of time. You will feel tremendously wounded back in time as you step in the hotel with glass cases full of old rendition of hotel artifacts used during its old times. The lobby is boasting of antique interiors and decor that makes you feel like your in the 80s. Its unique and feels quite eerie too at times since the hallways are full of old prints and paintings or hand sketches that feels right out of a haunted house.

The rooms are well decorated and furnished. You can request for a mini fridge for your stay. No microwaves. The staff are very accommodating with amenity requests. There is a fitness room in the 4th floor.

The hotel staff cautioned us about walking around the area as there are a lot of homeless people trying to approach . There is a really great Mediterranean deli close to the hotel. Room thermostat could be a little weird at times.

This hotel is truly a gem. Do not look for a chain to get rewards points if you have the opportunity to stay in downtown Louisville. Go directly to the Brown. The rooms are huge and all the hotel staff go over and above to ensure each guest’s comfort.

Walking distance to theatres and restaurants. But, you only have to go as far as the second floor to tempt your taste buds with the original Hot Brown. And. Unless you want all your calories in one meal, split the Hot Brown and Derby Pie with a friend or friends.

This is an excellent hotel. One of the outstanding ones in America. As a Canadian, I think of this as an old railway hotel. Well worth the money, well worth the history, and well worth preserving. I am happy to say I am a loyal customer.

Absolutely excellent in every way shape and form. A little bit further away from downtown and some of the other hotels, but it’s an easy walk. I would come back here every single time I stay in Louisville. Special thanks to Russell and the extra helpful staff at the front desk. Absolutely outstanding service.

Gay Friendly Hotels Louisville
Gay Friendly Hotels Louisville

How much does a room costs at The Brown Hotel ?

Prices start 140$/night for Deluxe King Room. The Luxury King Room is  183$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This room features a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a seating area, and a work desk.

Where to book online– The Brown Hotel – Gay Friendly Hotels Louisville Kentucky  – you can find the best hotels deals in Louisville during Kentucky Derby Festival which  is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Louisville KY on or or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


3. The Seelbach Hilton Louisville 4* – LGBT Friendly Hotels Louisville Kentucky

The Seelbach Hilton Louisville
The Seelbach Hilton Louisville

Set in Louisville, 2,650 feet from Kentucky International Convention Center, The Seelbach Hilton Louisville offers accommodations with a restaurant, private parking, a fitness center and a bar. This 5-star hotel offers an ATM and a concierge service. The accommodations features a 24-hour front desk and room service for guests.

All guest rooms in the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV.

A buffet breakfast is available every morning at The Seelbach Hilton Louisville.

This grand 1905 property with an opulent lobby is a 6-minute walk from Kentucky International Convention Center and 3.5 miles from Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby.

All upscale rooms and suites offer marble bathrooms and custom-designed beds, plus desks, 37-inch flat-screen TVs and WiFi. Executive rooms provide access to the Executive Lounge free breakfast and evening appetizers.

Dining options include a renowned restaurant serving seasonal cuisine and a 1920s-inspired eatery and bar.

Historic Downtown Hotel with Old World Charm and modern amenities – Home of The Oakroom, Kentucky’s only 5 Diamond restaurant.

Sends you straight back into era of old world class and elegance every bit was like being in the gays by yourself!! The staff is extremely helpful and very kind! My boyfriend and I stayed here for our anniversary and from the time we checked in to the time we checked out we felt like we were the only ones there!

While our room was smallish (by modern, hotel standards) it had most amenities we could want–except a bar fridge.. The linens and bed were comfortable, and we were provided with ample, plush towels. It is located in the center of the city, so your view will probably be a roof or street. The hotel has a magnificent lobby with beautiful stairway and chandeliers. In the lobby you will find a very nice restaurant and The Old Seelbach Bar–once frequented by Al Capone.

Across the street is the Fourth Street Live entertainment district with many bars, restaurants and shops. Everything you will want to do in Louisville (Frazier Museum, Angel’s Envy, Old Forester, Mitchin’s, Evan Williams, and many others).

ncredible Historical Hotel. So much history and charm with an appropriate amount of modern upgrades. Take the time to see the Rathskeller, Oak Room, and all the mosaics in lobby. We stayed friday – Sunday. It is convenient to 4th street live, the palace theatre, and tons of dining options. The staff was polite and helpful.

Our only (minimal) complaints : Hot Water did not last long in shower, and did not even come on the last day after waiting quite a while. The shower curtain needed a good cleaning as well. And the cost of valet for hotel guests was (in our opinion) steep.

Overall we were happy. And not the type to get frustrated over the small stuff. We loved this historical Beautiful building with tons of stories, close to everything, and a nice change from your typical big downtown hotels.

The hotel is in a perfect location to walk anywhere downtown, parking was easy and the front desk are very welcoming and helpful. The inside of the lobby is beautiful and historical looking. The bar in the lobby is also very large and welcoming. The beds in the hotel room are very comfortable however I felt that the room needed some work.

This hotel did not disappoint. Very clean (I usually travel with Lysol wipes, but didn’t need them). Almost every employee seemed to WANT to go above and beyond, from the front desk staff, the cleaning crew, and especially the valet service. They were courteous and professional; delivered cars in a timely manner; had a good system for waiting luggage; and were more than kind to us.

The building itself is old with amazing history. Sometimes there is a mustiness in the hallways, as happens with old buildings without windows to open. But the rooms seemed fresh, and as I said above, very clean.

hen you first enter the hotel, it is like being transported back in time. It is no wonder F. Scott Fitzgerald was inspired by this hotel when writing The Great Gatsby.

The staff is very friendly and accommodating. I stayed at the hotel during Derby week and wanted to get a tour of Angels Envy, but could not get in on my own. The front desk staff worked their magic and I was able to go for a tasting and tour.

The rooms are simple yet comfortable.

There are many places to walk to near the hotel.

The Old Seelbach Bar has good drinks and large portioned, tasty meals. I specifically enjoyed the Spinach Cobb and the Lavender cocktail.

Gay Friendly Hotels Louisville
Gay Friendly Hotels Louisville

How much does a room costs at The Seelbach Hilton Louisville ?

Prices start 147$/night for Queen Room. The Deluxe King Room is  156$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This room offers a flat-screen cable TV, seating area and work desk. Complimentary toiletries are provided.

Where to book online – The Seelbach Hilton Louisville – Gay Friendly Hotels Louisville Kentucky  – you can find the best hotels deals in Louisville during Kentucky Derby Festival which  is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Louisville KY on or or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.