Louisville's Brown Hotel is Always Elegant
Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst have filmed scenes there. Queen Elizabeth has stayed there, as have Harry Truman, Elizabeth Taylor, and Muhammad Ali.
And, of course, any Louisvillian worth his or her drawl has enjoyed its famous sandwich, The Hot Brown.
The Brown Hotel, which anchors one end of downtown Fourth Street, is an elegant treat for visitors. Its beautiful ornate lobby, often filled with piano music (albeit an electronic player) can instantly decompress even the most stressed traveler.
The Brown’s grand dame décor hails from the 1920s, and at Derby, women wearing large hats seem appropriate to the surroundings. Yet the flapper-era furnishings co-exist well with the hotel’s WiFi, flat-screen televisions and 300-count Egyptian cotton sheets.
The hotel’s main restaurant, The English Grille, is a mecca for special occasions. It has hosted many a romantic dinner as well as important business connections. The restaurant also offers two kinds of chef’s tables in the kitchen – a traditional visit to a working kitchen, complete with commentary from Chef Laurent Geroli, and a more celebratory (and less commentary) table for larger groups.
While the English Grille hosts anniversaries, the hotel’s Crystal Ballroom hosts the weddings that lead to those anniversaries. The hotel has its own wedding coordinator, and the focus is on high-end elegant weddings -- often start to finish – in the large mirrored ballroom.
While the cuisine at such events is decidedly high end, one can still eat the hotel’s signature dish, the Hot Brown, at its other restaurant, J. Graham Brown’s. Named for the hotel’s founder, this restaurant hosts its share of working lunches.
After consuming a Hot Brown, many office workers in the nearby towers find it useful to walk off some of the tasty –but filling dish.
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