Why it’s worth traveling for

 A historic home transformed into a trendy waterfront hotel in the heart of Louisville

Hotel Highlights: To explore the history and charm of Louisville, Kentucky, check into The Galt House Hotel, the only waterfront hotel in the city. Standing proudly on the banks of the Ohio River, and the official hotel of the Kentucky Derby, Galt House was once the early 1800’s residence of Dr. W. C. Galt. Now a hip, super chic 25 story hotel occupying two towers, the property has all of the five luxuries you’d expect; spa, pool, fitness club, designer boutiques, a swanky retro style supper club, cocktail and bourbon bars, and dreamy views of the Louisville skyline and Big Four Bridge.

Eat + Drink: The culinary and cocktail bar lineup pays homage to southern and mid-west food and lifestyle. Swizzle is a retro-style supper club come diner serving up damn fine cocktails, prime steaks, fresh seafood, and some of the best river and city views in Louisville. Walker’s Exchange, the hotel’s legendary eatery which is the go-to for breakfast, lunch, and dinner is the place to indulge in American classics with a southern twist. And there’s no excuse not to taste the local liquor, the Galt House is home to Jockey Silks Bourbon Bar and Down One Bourbon Bar.

Curated Experience: The hotel’s prime location means you are close to Louisville’s must-see sites like the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Muhammad Ali Center, and Slugger Museum. And of course, no trip to Louisville is complete without a trip to Churchill Downs, the iconic horse racing track and host of the Kentucky Derby. You can also immerse yourself in the city’s racing history with the Barns and Backside tour at Kentucky Derby Museum.