8 places earn Four Diamond honor

Gas prices are rising. Air transport costs are increasing. For people looking to get away and find the best places to eat or spend the night, costs are rising everywhere.

But Louisville residents looking for a vacation might not need to travel far. Eight hotels and restaurants in the city have just earned the AAA’s Four Diamond designation, a status the organization says it only grants to “refined, elegant establishments with upscale physical attributes, extensive amenities and a high degree of hospitality, service and attention”. to give detail.”

Six Louisville hotels and two restaurants earned the accolade, AAA said in a statement Thursday. These businesses are among more than 1,700 hotels and 600 restaurants in North America that have received the title, representing just 4.2% of Diamond Program locations. The distinction is also not permanent – ​​once earned, the company must pass the same inspections the following year to earn it again.

“These hotels and restaurants meet AAA’s strict standards and consistently pass the test of the most exacting AAA inspectors,” Bevi Powell, senior vice president of AAA East Central, said in the statement.

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The eight Louisville companies have one thing in common: they are all located downtown. A quick trip to the Brown Hotel alone will land you in two of them. Here’s a look at the eight Louisville locations with the Four Diamond distinction.

  • 700 W. Main St.
  • Four Diamond Hotel since 2008
  • The 21c Museum Hotel offers 91 rooms with an art museum inside, as well as Louisville’s Proof on Main Restaurant.
The Embassy Suites in downtown Louisville.
  • 501 S.Fourth St.
  • Four Diamond Hotel since 2015
  • The Embassy Suites Louisville Downtown is a historic Hilton hotel located along Museum Row in Louisville, inside a building that once served guests as Stewart’s Dry Goods.

Hotel Distil, autograph collection

The new Distil and Moxy Louisville Downtown Hotel on Main Street.  April 24, 2019
  • 101 Main Street West.
  • Four Diamond Hotel since 2020
  • A newer hotel in Louisville that opened in late 2019, Hotel Distil also houses a popular taco restaurant on the first floor and steps from the KFC Yum Center.

Louisville Marriott Downtown

Marriott's new Porch Kitchen & Bar offers panoramic views of downtown Louisville's bustling sidewalks and plenty of seating.  02/15/18
  • 280 W.Jefferson St.
  • Four Diamond Hotel since 2005
  • The Louisville Marriott Downtown offers unique access to downtown entertainment options with its walkway to the nearby Kentucky International Convention Center.

Hotel Omni Louisville

The Omni Hotel in downtown Louisville on Tuesday, July 19, 2018.
  • 400 S. 2nd Street
  • Four Diamond Hotel since 2018
  • The Omni Louisville Hotel, which opened in 2018, bills itself as the “new cornerstone of downtown,” with a grocery store, lounge, bowling alley, multiple bars, and other amenities.

The Brown Hotel

The Brown Hotel in downtown Louisville, Kentucky.
  • 335 W. Broadway
  • Four Diamond Hotel since 1993
  • A staple of opulent downtown Louisville, the Brown Hotel opened in 1923 and has since hosted thousands of guests, as well as weddings and other memorable events.

English grills

The English Grill at the Brown Hotel
  • 335 W. Broadway
  • Four Diamond Restaurant since 1994
  • The English Grill is the Brown Hotel’s signature restaurant, where Louisville’s famous “Hot Brown” sandwich was first served in 1926.

Vincenzo’s Restaurant

Vincenzo's restaurant on S. 5th Street offers Italian-style summer dishes.  July 12, 2017
  • 150 S. 5th Street.
  • Four Diamond Hotel since 2007
  • Vincenzo’s is a popular downtown Louisville Italian restaurant that was even noticed in Jack Harlow’s hit “Whats Poppin.”

Contact journalist Thomas Birmingham @[email protected] and follow him on Twitter @cthomasbirm.

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