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The two grande dames of Louisville hotels are the Camberley Brown, Fourth Street and West Broadway (tel. 502/583-1234; www.thebrownhotel.com; $119-$225 double), and the Seelbach Hilton, 500 Fourth St. (tel. 502/585-3200; www.seelbachhilton.com; $239-$284 double). The Seelbach opened in 1905, the Camberley Brown in 1923; both are downtown (within boasting distance of each other). Both also have top-flight formal restaurants: the English Grill at the Camberley Brown, and the Oakroom at the Seelbach Hilton.

Along the Ohio River, the gigantic Galt House, Fourth Street and River Road (tel. 800/626-1814 or 502/589-5200; www.galthouse.com; $165-$210 double), is Louisville's only riverfront, full-service hotel. A few blocks away, the new Louisville Marriott Downtown, is a 616-room high-rise at 280 W. Jefferson St. (tel. 800/533-0127 or 502/627-5045; www.marriott.com; $139-$249 double).

The chic 21c Museum Hotel, 700 W. Main (tel. 877/217-6400 or 502/217-6300; www.21chotel.com), is downtown Louisville's first cutting-edge boutique hotel, featuring a 9,000-square-foot contemporary art gallery and ultramodern furnishings in its 90 rooms. Rates range from $159 to $279 double. Proof on Main is the hotel's upscale restaurant, serving Tuscan-inspired American food, including Kentucky bison and various bourbon-spiked specialty dishes. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; entrees start at $18.

Holiday Inn (tel. 800/HOLIDAY [465-4329]; www.holiday-inn.com) alone has more than a dozen different properties in the Louisville area. A Jameson Inn can be found at 1301 Kentucky Mills Dr. (tel. 502/267-8100).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.