Your home away from home while in Louisville for the 2013 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships powered by Exergy is the Galt House Hotel, the city's only waterfront hotel.
The Galt House Hotel has everything that a cyclocross fan and family needs to have a great time in Louisville, from provisions for bike washing in the garage to the Jockey Silks Bourbon Bar to complimentary Wi-Fi in all public areas. It is ocated less than four miles from the Eva Bandman Park, the Louisville 2013 venue. From the hotel, you can walk, trolley hop, bike or catch a two minute cab ride to main attractions, fabulous restaurants, museums and live entertainment.
Book your hotel room now on louisville2013.com – and don't forget to also purchase your tickets!
The hotel was proud to celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2012. Louisville visionary and developer Al J. Schneider built the 25-story RIVUE Tower in 1972 as part of Louisville's Riverfront Urban Renewal Project on Fourth Street and named it in honor of the city's first ambassador of hospitality and hotelier, Dr. William C. Galt.
The history of the original Galt House Hotel dates back to 1834 when Dr. Galt opened his home to paying guests who were visiting Louisville. The need was such that in 1835 Dr. Galt built a 60-room hotel on the opposite corner from his residence located on the corner of Second and Main Streets. Noted guests that have stayed at the Galt House Hotel include Jefferson Davis, Charles Dickens, Abraham Lincoln, and Ulysses S. Grant. The original Galt House Hotel burned in 1865, and four years later, a larger Galt House was established on the corner of First and Main Streets. Known as being the center of Louisville's social community during this time, the hotel subsequently fell on hard times in the next 50 years and was closed in 1919 due to financial difficulties. In 1921, the building was demolished. It wasn't until almost half a century later that Mr. Schneider reestablished the Galt House Hotel on the corner of Fourth and Main. The East Tower followed in 1985.
Schneider's daughter, Mary Moseley continued her father's legacy. As President and CEO, Moseley has led a $70 million renovation of Galt House Hotel. Both towers received extensive renovations, and a $4 million dollar Conservatory connecting the towers over Fourth Street was added. Other improvements include skywalks built connecting the hotel to the Kentucky International Convention Center and the KFC Yum! Center.
The Galt House Hotel is one of the largest hotels in the Southeast, with 1,290 guest rooms and suites, 128,000square-feet of convention space, and more than 50 meeting rooms. The hotel features the rooftop Club 360° Fitness Center with sweeping views of the skyline and waterfront, and the three-story Conservatory that connects the hotel's two towers. In all, the Galt House features seven full-service restaurants and lounges.
photo courtesy The Galt House Hotel