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Louisville Marriott Downtown
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

I've stayed at this hotel twice now for conventions, two nights each time.

The pros:

This hotel is spacious and even though it houses a lot of guests, the elevators are generally fast enough to clear the lobby of even convention sized crowds.

Staff are friendly, there are plenty of them, and we felt well taken care of.

The convention space is large and we felt that even though we were in the city, our teens were safe in the hotel.

The in-house restaurant/sports bar (Champions) is excellent.

The beds, although only double sized, were comfortable, and room amenities above average. The only complaint about the beds was the pillows. One was a small thin feather pillow while the other was a huge 2 foot square lump of solid, dense fill. Neither was really appropriate as a pillow for sleeping and I was glad that I'd brought my own pillow.

The cons:

Internet is not free (although in some circumstances such as a convention your group might be able to negotiate this point).

Parking access is clunky and the booths are not staffed 24 hours a day. When you're staying in the hotel this is not a problem, but keep your room key for your final departure or you may not be able to exit the garage.

The mini-fridge in everybody's rooms tended to freeze anything put inside after about 12 hours. The garage elevators (there are only two) were very slow and created huge queues.

Electrical outlets: To plug in my cpap machine I had to pull up the mattress and reach far behind the bed to get to an outlet which was already in use by the clock radio and bedside lamp. I had to choose between knowing what time it was or being able to see. Even at the desk there were only two outlets. With three teens staying in my room with me, those two outlets looked like the snarl seen in the movie "A Christmas Story".

Tip: if you are using the hotel parking garage and there is a big line for the garage elevators, try talking to one of the bell boys or the front desk for the location of the nearest stairs. If you are fit enough to carry your luggage down a few flights of stairs, you can save some waiting.

Food:

I'll cover the Champions Restaurant in another review, but in short, it is a nice in-hotel restaurant serving excellent food quickly, and for a reasonable price. There is another restaurant in-house, but it was too pricey for our group. There is also a Starbucks in-house.

A short walk away is "Fourth Street Live", a collection of restaurants and shops including Gorton Biersch and Hard Rock, as well as a large food court with all the usual suspects (the food court closes at 6pm).

There is a Papa Johns Pizza located on the opposite corner of the hotel, near enough for a quick takeout pie.

Room Tip: High Floors have a terrific view.
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

We stayed for 2 night while we were in town for the Derby Half Marathon. The hotel is easy to get to off of the highway and valet parking was a breeze. I recommend Marriott mobile check in service, we were parked and in our room within 15 minutes!

We were on the top floor with a view of the city. The room was spacious and the bed was comfy. My only complaint would be the closet which was shallow and tiny and almost felt like an after thought.

We ate at the italian restaurant and also at Champions which are both in the hotel lobby. It was nice to have decent food options without having to leave. The location of the hotel is within walking distance to other great restaurants, 4th street Live, and a CVS. We were also right across the street to the convention center which made for a very convenient trip to pick up our packets for the race.

Overall a great stay with reasonable rates and friendly service. We'd be back.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank katydid1974
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

Stayed here for the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon. Hotel was perfect. Directly across the street from the expo at the Convention Center, lots of restaurants near by and only a few blocks from the start/finish lines. Booked through the marathon website for $135 plus tax. Parking was $22 underneath the hotel. Had a nice riverview on the 16th floor (of 17). Comfortable beds. Would recommend this hotel for anyone looking for a downtown hotel and especially for those in town for the half or full marathons.

Room Tip: Request a riverview or north-facing room.
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Thank jmcityplanner
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Eamon_OBrien, Director of Sales at Louisville Marriott Downtown, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2014

jmcityplanner,
Thank you for your review of our hotel. And congratulations on running the marathon! Being well fed and well rested are two very important things for race day so thank you for allowing us to serve you.

Next time you will have to come and visit Louisville when you don't have a race so you can enjoy all that Bourbon Country has to offer.

Thank you!

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Reviewed 20 April 2014

Stayed here for 2 nights for a convention. Great rates. Very nice location. Within 2 blocks from fourth street Live. Hard Rock Cafe, GB brewery/restaurant. Several others. A little too far to walk to Louisville Slugger museum, Frazier museum. The rooms were very clean.
Loved the toiletries. Small frig in rooms made bringing breakfast food nice. There are two restaurants in the hotel. Did not try either. Nice Starbucks inside also for a quick pastry & coffee. Would stay here again.
Tip: try the Mayan cafe. Derby museum. There is a tourist book in rooms itch coupons for several local attractions & restaurants.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
Thank phislamajama
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

We stayed while in town for a cardinals game and it had great proximity to the yum center and fourth street. Pricing was great too and I think they have surpassed hyatt as our new favorite pall to stay!!!

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank 1979Charlee
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Eamon_OBrien, Director of Sales at Louisville Marriott Downtown, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2014

1979Charlee,
Thank you for your review of our hotel. We truly appreciate your feedback and kind words.

Our hotel is only steps from the Yum! Center and 4th Street as you mentioned. Please come back and see us again soon!

Take care,
Eamon

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