I spent four nights at the Seelbach recently.
I already knew the place was old, so I expected the small rooms, although the relatively low ceilings in the hallways surprised me. I have stayed at historical hotels before like the Palace in San Francisco, and they had high ceilings and more updated facilities. The Seelbach had really old looking showers.
The bed was comfortable, and the furnishings in the room were fine. The elevators were tiny. The gym was about as expected for a Hilton gym in a hotel of this size. It made me think of the Hilton in Salt Lake City.
They offer 24 hour room service, but I did not try it. I did go to eat at the Seelbach bar one night. It was pretty empty, and my server seemed surprised that I wanted to eat in addition to drink. I don't think food is the emphasis in this hotel, except maybe at the Oak Room. The Seelbach Bar has a similar menu to Gatsby's, and it wasn't great.
My beef with the place was the housekeeping. As I mentioned, I was there for four nights. I tipped the same amount every day to the staff, and every day, the housekeeper did less and less. By my last day, not only did she not fully replenish the coffee supplies, she did not fold the towels in the bathroom (I don't mind them not being replaced, but I do expect them to be something other than left hanging on the shower bar. If the Seelbach wants to proclaim itself a 5 star hotel, it should provide 5 star service, and leaving hand towels rumpled on the counter is not something I'd expect at a motel, let alone a Hilton.
Location is good if you need to be in downtown Louisville.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic Downtown Hotel with Old World Charm and modern amenities - Home of The Oakroom, Kentucky's only 5 Diamond restaurant. ... more less
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