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The Galt House Hotel – A Legendary Destination among Hotels in Louisville, KY

Louisville’s Waterfront Hotel® is quite simply the best place to find a unique and authentic experience in our exciting city. Sip some bourbon while taking in spectacular views of the Ohio River. We are just a shot away from Whiskey Row, where you immerse yourself in the history of Kentucky’s native spirit. Explore world-renowned cultural encounters at nearby Museum Row, featuring icons such as Muhammad Ali and Louisville Slugger. Delight your palette with mouthwatering culinary tastings in our top-rated restaurant scene. Galt House Hotel is in the center of it all. 

The Galt House® Hotel is Legendary Louisville®

In the early 1800s, the original Galt House was a residence owned by Dr. W.C. Galt. In 1835, a 60-room hotel was opened as the Galt House Hotel across the street from the residence at the northeast corner of First and Main.

In 1865, the hotel was destroyed by fire; but within weeks, noted architect R. Whitestone began plans for construction a block away from the original site. The new Galt House Hotel opened in 1869 and operated until 1919. It was razed in 1921.

Over half of a century later, in 1972, Galt House Hotel was reestablished by developer Al J. Schneider as part of Louisville's Riverfront Urban Renewal Project. Carpenter by trade, he built the 25 stories high West Tower, which features beautiful handcrafted woodworking, on the banks of the Ohio River. Galt House Hotel continued to expand with the creation of the East Tower in 1984. Galt House Hotel remains Louisville’s only waterfront hotel.

Reserve your stay today at the best hotel in Louisville for leisure and business travel.

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Galt House Hotel was green and eco-friendly before it was cool! It contains one of the largest geothermal heating and air conditioning systems in the world.

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