What's New


When you're staying in the Heart of Louisville, you will want to know what's new and what's happening at a super-cool hotel in a super-cool city. Allow us to fill you in.

Galt House Hotel Celebrates Music

Galt House Hotel is the Official Hotel for Abbey Road on the River. 

Abbey Road on the River is a must-do for Beatles fans.  It brings more than 50 bands to the Belvedere, right next to the Galt House Hotel May 22-26, 2014.  The Beach Boys will headline the festival in 2014. For booking information, click here.

Forecastle Festival is July 18-20, 2014. Outkast, Jack White, Beck, and Gary Clark, Jr. are the headliners. Dozens of other bands will take the stage at Waterfront Park. For booking information, click here.

Itchin' to Pick
It’s the Bluegrass jam session that will have you tapping your toes and joining in. The 8th annual “Itchin’ to Pick” brings together musicians and music lovers at Galt House Hotel March 21st and 22nd. This event draws approximately 1,000 fans and musicians alike over the course of the weekend with participants coming from a 150 mile radius of Louisville. Whether you are a music fan or musician, there's plenty to take in at this event.

Pickin’ starts anytime Friday afternoon, continues all day Saturday, and some folks will stay through Sunday afternoon. All pickers and fans are urged to bring their instrument and join in.  The music typically doesn’t stop until the early morning hours. Some folks set up in the lobby and other public areas around the hotel to jam. A $5 donation for the weekend is encouraged.  For more details, visit www.itchintopick.com.


National Geographic Recognizes the Kentucky Bourbon Trail as a Best Spring Trip

Looking for something off the beaten path for a Spring getaway this year? National Geographic says the Kentucky Bourbon Trail is one of the ten Best Spring Trips for 2013. Louisville is the gateway to Bourbon Country and visitors should also check out the Urban Bourbon Trail, as well as Louisville's newest edition to Main Street's Bourbon Row, Down One Bourbon Bar. To read the article, click here


Easter Brunch- April 20, 2014

Easter is bigger and better than ever this year with two Easter Brunches at Galt House Hotel that are sure to please all. Guests may choose from a family-friendly event in the Archibald-Cochran Ballroom that includes the Easter Bunny, face painting, and a petting zoo, or get a whole new spin on Easter Brunch 25 stories up at RIVUE Restaurant and Lounge. 

Easter Brunch in the Archibald Cochran Ballroom includes a fabulous menu with everything from light and fluffy Belgian waffles to golden-glazed ham. Kids will love the Easter Bunny, who is available for photos, so don’t forget your camera. The face painting and Easter-themed petting zoo will have them laughing with delight! This brunch is Sunday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Adults are $35; children ages 12 and under are $15; and children ages three and under are free.  For reservation, please call 502-568-4241. For the menu, click here.

RIVUE Restaurant and Lounge offers an Easter Brunch that goes above and beyond.  This menu features spice rubbed chicken breast with smoked cremini mushrooms and mustard bbq sauce, honey-glazed pork loin, and grilled salmon, carving stations with slow roasted beef strip loin and leg of lamb, omelets prepared-to-order with a tantalizing array of toppings, and a fresh-off-the-iron Belgian waffle station.  Easter Brunch is served Sunday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Adults are $50; children ages 10 and under are $17.50; and children ages three and under are free.  For reservations, please call 502-568-4239 or click here.  Visit RIVUE.com for more information.  For the menu, click here. Younger guests are invited to visit the Easter Bunny, petting zoo and face painting stations in the Archibald Cochran Ballroom.

Mother's Day- May 11, 2014

Galt House Hotel is stepping up its Mother’s Day Brunch and offering two choices to treat mom—RIVUE Restaurant and Lounge or in the Archibald Cochran Ballroom. Guests at either location will be invited to stroll through a botanical garden and they can bring a camera to take a family photo. Mothers will also receive a complimentary gift.

Mother’s Day Brunch at RIVUE Restaurant and Lounge offers an incredible view of the city and river from 25 stories up. Guests will be treated to a family-style dining that includes a leaning tower of waffles, fresh seafood and a bountiful buffet of roasted beef strip loin, herb-roasted chicken breast, an array of sides, as well as a fabulous assortment of desserts. For a complete menu, click here. The RIVUE Mother’s Day Brunch is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 11th. Adults are $50, children ages 4-10 are $19 and children ages 3 and under are free. For reservations, please call 502-568-4239 or click here. Visit RIVUE.com for more information.

Brunch in the Archibald Cochran Ballroom will include made-for-you omelets, Belgian Waffles, hand-carved “Ginger” Baron of Beef, quiches and an assortment of cookies, cakes, tortes and pies. For the complete menu, click here. The Archibald Cochran Mother’s Day Brunch is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 11th. Adults are $35, children ages 4-10 are $16 and children ages 3 and under are free. For reservation, please call 502-568-4241. 

RIVUE Restaurant & Lounge Ranks in Top 5 Revolving Restaurant

Louisville's RIVUE Restaurant and Lounge received national attention in February 2013 after ranking in the Top 5 Revolving Restaurants.  Click here to read more about how RIVUE's twin revolving dining rooms give guests magnificent views of the city and river, while guests experience sophistocated decor and contemporary cuisine. 

Louisville's Expanding Bourbon Row

Louisville's Main Street is the new Bourbon Row.  With the Michter's Distillery, the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience and more going in, Main Street is being transformed.  Back in the 1800's and up until Prohibition, some 50 distillers called Louisville's Main Street home. Read more about this resurgence here.

Louisville Named Top U.S. Travel Destination for 2013

Travel site Lonely Planet named Louisville the Top U.S. Travel Destination for 2013 and describes the city as an offbeat cultural mecca. It cites the Bourbon Trail, unique shops and amazing restaurants in districts like NuLu and the Highlands. The publisher says he wanted to people to know more about the city beyond the Kentucky Derby and Louisville Slugger.  Read more.

Christmas at the Galt House Hotel Sparks Holiday Cheer!

Christmas at the Galt House Hotel is November 15, 2014 to January 1, 2015.  The event features new, more interactive larger-than-life luminaries in the KaLightoscope Attraction; the Candy Cane Forest with the Peppermint Express Kiddie Train Ride, 90 animated characters and Mr. Sugar Pine, the talking tree; and the Christmas Village with the Snow Fairy Princess and her Castle, restored figures from the old Stewart's Department Store holiday windows, and kids activities.  The fun spills out on the street with 40 Nights of Lights in downtown Louisville along Fourth Street from the Galt House Hotel to Fourth Street Live! entertainment district.  For more information, visit ChristmasAtTheGaltHouse.com.

Galt House Hotel's Rooftop Garden and Terrace the New Hotspot in Town

Louisville's newest rooftop garden soars to new heights! At 16 stories up, Galt House Hotel's Rooftop Garden and Terrace is the tallest in the city, with spectacular views of the city and river!

Louisville Recognized as a Culinary Hotspot

The River City is gaining more notoriety as a destination for foodies. The Knoxville News Sentinel highlights Louisville in this article.

Louisville Named Most Livable City  by U.S. Conference of Mayors

Louisville's Give A Day Week of Service was cited for its community impact and helped the city win the Most Livable title from the U.S. Conference of Mayors.  Louisville won in the large city category, beating out the likes of San Diego, Boston, St. Louis and Orlando.  Watch a video about the award and how the Give A Day Week of Service here.  To read more about the award, click here.

Louisville Named #1 Most Affordable Vacation City by Livability

The history, modern culture, free attractions and deep discounts give Louisville the top spot on Livability's Top Ten list. Click here to read more.


Louisville Named One of Best Weekend Getaways by US News Travel

From horseracing at Churchill Downs to baseball bats at Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory and the Muhammad Ali Center, to sipping bourbon along the Urban Bourbon Trail, and enjoying the Southern Charm. Check out the article here. 

Galt House Hotel Guests Receive $10 Mega Cavern Zipline Tours

Louisville Mega Cavern is giving Galt House Hotel guests a $10 discount on Zipline Tours.  The Mega Cavern is an underground adventure rich with history.  It's part of 17 miles of corridors beneath the city of Louisville. Mega Zips has five ziplines and three challenge bridges and provides up to two hours of pure adrenaline.  Go to our Partner Page for a promo code.

GQ Names Louisville "Manliest City"

Louisville earns the title "Manliest City" for its Bourbon, Baseball and Bettin' on the Ponies, plus its southern swagger.


2011 Hospitality Technology Visionary Award

Galt House Hotel was recognized with the 2011 Visionary Award for it's more than two-year effort to completely transform the hotel's technology experience for guests and meeting planners alike. The Hospitality Technology (HT) magazine presents a select group of lodging companies with its Visionary Awards. These awards honor hotel companies for their outstanding vision and achievement in delivering technological excellence. Recipient organizations of the 2011 Visionary Award are: Choice Hotels International, Galt House Hotel, Morgans Hotel Group, and Royal Caribbean.


Galt House Hotel is the Official Hotel of the  KFC Yum! Center

The new multi-purpose 22,000 seat KFC Yum! Center, located downtown adjacent to the Galt House Hotel, is home to the University of Louisville Men's and Women's Basketball programs. The arena, opened in 2010, is also host to top concerts and shows, as well as many meetings and conventions.  Galt House Hotel is proud to be the Official Hotel of the KFC Yum! Center.

Check out the events coming to the KFC Yum! Center here!

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