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Galt House Hotel

The Galt House Hotel is a 1300-room hotel located in Kentucky. It was originally built in 1837 and remains Louisville's only hotel on the coast of Ohio River. There have been several famous people through history who stayed at the Galt House, including Ulysses S. Grant, Charles Dickens, Jefferson Davis, and even Abraham Lincoln.


The hotel has recently undergone a $60 million renovation, with special focus to the West and East Towers. A $4 million, three story conservatory has also been added, featuring a greenhouse, aviary, gathering area, cocktail lounge, and a café. The conservatory is enclosed in an impressive glass and steel frame, offering a view of the Ohio River and downtown Louisville. Additionally, the hotel has built a new pedestrian bridge to connect Galt House with the Louisville skybridge system.


The Galt Hotel has 650 suites and 1290 guest rooms. Guests will be able to choose from five different room styles: Extended Stay Apartments, Deluxe Guest Rooms, Two Bedroom Waterfront Suite, Waterfront Balcony, and Executive Suites. Smoking is not allowed in this hotel and only service animals can be brought inside. As with many hotels, free WiFi is available in public areas, but a nominal fee is required for using internet in the guest rooms.

XHale Salon Spa

Xhale is a full service salon that caters to both men and women. They provide excellent customer service and are designed to help guests to relax in both mind and body. Even if you only have 30 minutes before your next meeting, it is highly recommended that you stop by Xhale. If it is Valentine's Day, Xhale offers a couple's massage special.

Fitness Center

Club 360 Fitness Center overlooks the spectacular waterfront, giving your mind a distraction while on a treadmill or exercise bike. Each machine also has an LCD TV with an array of channels. For strength training, several levels of free weights are provided. Hotels guests will need to pay a daily $5 charge to use the gym, but getting a week membership will cost only $12.

Triple Crown Club

The Triple Crown Club consists of two levels of private lounges for guests to relax and enjoy exclusive VIP service. You can only get into the Triple Crown Suites with a special key-card, providing maximum exclusivity.

Gallop to Glory

This exhibit is similar to the "Walk of Fame" in Hollywood, except that it honors the great winners of the Kentucky Derby. All the jockeys who won the Derby had their signatures and handprints preserved in the main entrance of the Suite Tower. Ever year a new handprint/signature is added. The oldest signature dates all the way back to 1936.


The Galt offers no shortage of dining options. Whether you want to experience fine dining on the waterfront or kick back in a pub, this hotel will have the perfect place for you. Here are the seven main restaurants that the hotel has to offer.

Waterside Café: This is a poolside getaway that is open for both lunch and dinner. It is located in the RIVUE Tower on the 3rd floor and is also available to the public.

Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse: This classy restaurant specializes in sushi, seafood, and of course steak. It has a traditional New-York style design and an engaging atmosphere. Usually you can find live entertainment there as well.

Thelma's: This is a 24-hour deli located in the newly constructed conservatory. Choose between an array of speciality drinks, salads, and deli sandwiches. It is definitely a good choice for business professionals who are pulling an all-nighter.

Jockey Silks Bourbon Bar: You may have already heard of this bar since it was rated one of the world's best bourbon bars by Whiskey Magazine. It has a cozy and relaxed atmosphere, offering 150 types of Kentucky Bourbons. It is the ideal spot to unwind after a long day.

AI J's: Also located in the conservatory, AI J's is the best places to sit down for a casual drink. Grab some beverages or a bit of food with a sweeping viewing of the waterfront and downtown area.

Café Magnolia: For casual dining, you can't beat Café Magnolia. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and offers mouth-watering food choices.

RIVUE Restaurant & Lounge: This is the Galt's most famous restaurant and one of the most well-known restaurants in Louisville. It has everything a fine diner could hope for, including great taste, excellent food styling, and a fantastic atmosphere. Organic products grown right in Kentucky are offered throughout the year.


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Airport transportation (surcharge)
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)
  • ATM/banking
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Business center
  • Concierge services
  • Conference space
  • Conference space size (feet) - 124000
  • Conference space size (meters) - 11520
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Elevator/lift
  • Full-service spa
  • Gift shops or newsstand
  • Hair salon
  • Health club
  • Luggage storage
  • Meeting rooms
  • Number of bars/lounges - 2
  • Number of buildings/towers - 2
  • Number of coffee shops/cafes - 2
  • Number of floors - 18
  • Number of meeting rooms - 53
  • Number of restaurants - 2
  • Outdoor pool
  • Outdoor seasonal pool
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Self parking (surcharge)
  • Shopping on site
  • Smoke-free property
  • Snack bar/deli
  • Spa services on site
  • Spa treatment room(s)
  • Steam room
  • Total number of rooms - 1290
  • Valet parking (surcharge)
  • Wedding services
  • WiFi (surcharge)
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hotel rooms

  • Deluxe Room, Non Smoking

    1 king bed or 2 double beds. 400 square feet. Located in 25-story Rivue Tower. 37-inch LCD HD television with free HBO and ESPN. Wireless high speed Internet access is available for an additional fee. Marble-accented bathroom.

  • Suite, Non Smoking

    1 king bed or 2 double beds, plus sofa bed in separate living room. 720 square feet. Located in 18-story Suite Tower. Two 32-inch LCD HD televisions with free HBO and ESPN. Compact refrigerator. Wireless high speed Internet access is available for an additional fee. Marble-accented bathroom. May have partial river view.

  • Suite, 1 Bedroom Waterfront BalconySuite, 1 Bedroom Waterfront Balcony

    2 queen beds Relax - In-room massage availableEntertainment - WiFi, flat-screen TV with premium channelsFood & Drink - Coffee/tea makerBathroom - Shower/tub combination, free toiletries, and a hair dryerNon-Smoking

area attractions

The preferred airport for Galt House Hotel is Louisville, KY (SDF-Louisville Intl.) - 8 km / 5 mi.

Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property's location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance.

Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 km and mile.

check-in and payment

Check-in time starts at:3 PM
Check-out time is:11 AM
Minimum check-in age is:21
Pets:Pets not allowed
Credit cards:American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Galt House Hotel recreation

The hotel's Club 360 health club, on the top floor of the East Tower, offers exercise machines with plasma screens and DVD players, circuit-training equipment, free weights, a smoothie bar, women's and men's locker rooms with steam rooms, and sweeping views of the city and river (surcharge). Complimentary Pilates and body-sculpting classes are held Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Massage is available for an additional surcharge.

Located on the third level of the West Tower, a medium-sized outdoor pool with sundeck features great views of the Ohio River and the Kennedy Bridge. Pool depth is 3 to 4.5 feet, and a lifeguard is on duty.

Waterfront Park, three blocks away, offers scenic walking trails, open green space, playgrounds, and fountains for cooling off on hot summer days.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.

hotel policy

Know Before You Go

Children 17 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding. The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.


The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out. Fee for in-room wireless Internet: USD 5.95 (for 24 hours, rates may vary) Self parking fee: USD 15 per day (in/out privileges) Valet parking fee: USD 25 per day (in/out privileges) Rollaway bed fee: USD 20 per stayFacilities fee: USD 5 per person, per day and includes use of: - Fitness facilities The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.