The Galt House Hotel, Trademark Collection by Wyndham

The Galt House Hotel, Trademark Collection by Wyndham

The glamorous Galt

As Louisville, Kentucky's only waterfront hotel, the legendary Galt House Hotel provides convenient access to entertainment venues, museums, theaters, and distilleries. The 1,310 guestrooms, suites, and residences are reflective of Louisville's energy, excitement, and contemporary spirit.

Originally opened in 1835, the Galt House Hotel was built on the site where Dr. W.C. Galt once lived. Dr. Galt was a well-known physician and botanist back in the day.

As history has recorded, on January 11, 1865, the Galt House Hotel began burning and was “entirely in ruins” by 3:30am. Two lives were lost, and the cause of the fire remains a mystery.

Designed by architect Henry Whitestone, the second Galt House Hotel was built in 1869 just a block away from the original hotel and cost a mere $1.5 million. However, in the early 20th century, many businesses were moving away from the riverfront which decreased traffic to the area; thus hotel revenue dwindled causing the second Galt House Hotel to close its doors in 1919.

Thankfully, local developer Al J. Schneider envisioned a thriving business district near the waterfront which included an expansive convention hotel. The third Galt House Hotel opened in 1972 with only a single tower of guestrooms. Then, in 1984, due to increasing demand, a second tower was opened and consisted mostly of suite rooms which would provide guests the additional comfort they were seeking.

Vision comes to life

After three decades of operation, it was time for the Galt House Hotel towers to undergo a major renovation. Starting in 2018, Bryan Ashley worked hand-in-hand with Swope Design Group to bring to life the retro vibe the ownership company was searching for. Their vision of "Legendary Louisville" came to life through the use of various textures and materials. A moodiness was created in the lobby, bars, and restaurants; while guestrooms were designed with lighter and brighter colors creating a classic, clean environment. The abundance of upholstered seating throughout the property showcases bold, rich fabrics with button tufting and trim nail details. The spacious bathrooms feature vanities that craftily blend quartz tops with metal bases and are accented with beautiful art and classic mirrors.

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Welcome to Louisville

Located along the Ohio River, Louisville is the largest city in Kentucky. This historical metropolis is home to boxer Muhammed Ali, the Kentucky Derby, Yum Brands!, the University of Louisville, Evan Williams bourbon, and Louisville Slugger baseball bats. Considered both a midwestern and southern city, Louisville is known for its sensible mindset and southern hospitality.

Voted as “One of the top 10 tastiest towns” by Southern Living, the local chefs are putting their own spin on traditional southern dishes. Several local favorites like Benedictine cucumber spread, Burgoo stew, Derby pie, and the Hot Brown sandwich can be found at restaurants throughout Louisville.

Debuting the first Kentucky Derby in 1875, the legendary Churchill Downs racetrack is home to the longest running sports event in the United States. Known as the “Run for the Roses”, the Derby features 3-year old thoroughbred horses racing a distance of 1.25 miles. The quickest running in history was in 1973 when Secretariat became the fastest Derby winner of all time. This record still stands today.

Alive with the arts

Founded in 1952 as a civic ballet company, Louisville Ballet is recognized as one of the most highly-regarded regional ballet companies in the United States. Known for its commitment to its classical ballet core, Louisville Ballet exemplifies the belief that ballet is a living, breathing, art form.

The Speed Art Museum, located in Louisville, is the largest and oldest museum of art in the city featuring modern architecture, interactive exhibits, and numerous opportunities for visitors to create their own art experience. A popular late-night event, After Hours at the Speed, is currently providing a free virtual event every third Friday of the month. From music and art, to cinema screenings and aerialists, the performances will inspire you right from
your couch.

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