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Aleksander House Bed & Breakfast

1213 South First Street , Louisville, KY 40203 USA (Show map)
59 Reviews
$124 - $209
per night

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Aleksander House is a gracious in-town 1882 Victorian Italianate home centrally located in historic "Old Louisville" near shops, restaurants, museums and many attractions. Completely restored, it is listed on the National Registry of Historical Landmarks. Inside are 14 foot ceilings, original hardwood floors, light fixtures, stained glass and fireplaces. The walls of the spacious dining room are lined with French Toile paper and prints of 19th century French impressionists. Sumptuous breakfasts are served along with specially blended coffees, an assortment of fine teas, homemade granolas, muffins and jams. Two sweeping staircase lead to the second and third floor guest rooms each uniquely decorated in eclectic or period furnishings with fine linen and comforters.

Rooms & Rates

Kimberley's Suite

The Kimberly Suite is a two-room suite, fully carpeted and spacious with a Queen bed, double bed and sleep sofa. Two large wing-backed chairs surround the fireplace creating a comfortable sitting area for conversation and watching movies. Amenities include a TV/VCR/DVD player, CABLE, wireless, overhead fan, iron, ironing board, telephone, terry cloth robes, refrigerator and hair-dryer. A coffee-maker is available upon request. The room is large enough to sleep four-six persons with a roll-away and includes the adjoining room (Penina's Room). Extra persons over 4 are $40 each per night

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $209 - $209

Katharine's Room

Katharine's Room is tastefully decorated in Victorian furnishings with antiques, down comforters and oriental rugs. The room contains a Queen 4-poster antique bed and many amenities, such as telephone, TV/VCR/DVD player, CABLE, wireless, overhead fan, alarm clock, terry cloth robes, and private bath, hair-dryers iron and ironing board. A coffee-maker and refrigerator are available.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $130 - $130

Best available room

Available rooms have either Twin, Queen or King beds and private baths. All rooms have TV/VCR/DVD players, CABLE and wireless. In addition, the rooms include fine linens, down comforters, overhead fans, terry cloth robes, iron/ironing boards and refrigerators. Your reservation includes a full breakfast, snacks and beverages daily. Guests may enjoy our lovely parlor, outdoor deck, gardens and a library of 400 VCR or DVD movies. Our gourmet breakfasts may vary from Belgium Waffles and fresh strawberries to Omelets of your choice. We ground our own coffee fresh daily and make our own muffins.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Queen , 1 Double , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $120 - $120

Roxanne's Room

Room has a King Bed with a private bathroom.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $130 - $130

Alek's Room

The walls, in Alek's Room, were painted in Ivory Linen and the trim around all of the doors and the windows was painted a beautiful, shiny greenish blue. We then added a border of flowers, matching the valances and dust ruffle, around the top of the walls. Next a new Matlasse coverlet in a matching shade of pink was added. The pictures were changed, more were added and a lovely mirror was placed over the fireplace. It has a charming country feel now.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $124 - $124

Penina's Room

This room is spacious and comfortable, with overhead fan, individual AC and windows that open for fresh air. It also includes amenities such as: TV/VCR/DVD player, CABLE and wireless; as well as refrigerator, telephone, terry cloth robes and more. Business travelers will welcome the writing desk and internet access. The spaciousness of the room, small library, sofa and chair with ottoman all add to its relaxing and comfortable feeling. It is perfect for a few days stay and can accommodate more than two persons, with a roll-away added.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $128 - $128

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  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.3
  • Value4.1
  • Cleanliness4.4
  • Dining4.3

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Weekend Review

3.0 on September 17, 2014

The owner and employees provided were extremely kind and friendly. However, we paid $150.00 a night and our room was not ready when we arrived at 5pm (had not been cleaned). We also requested twin beds way in advance (this was an option) but this was not ready upon our arrival. Considering the level of service and the downtrodden neighborhood outside the building, I would gladly stay here again but the room rates should be more around $100.00 per night. Big pluses were the food and the friendliness of owner/staff. Felt safe and comfortable.

Peaceful Old Downtown Louisville

3.8 on September 02, 2014

Beautiful home with tall ceilings, doors, and lovely décor. Very peaceful and quiet. Parking can be challenging on the street. Tall staircases in the house. Very friendly and easy going. Great breakfast.


4.2 on July 13, 2014

Great city. Very nice B & B.

Classic Elegance from a bygone era

4.2 on June 19, 2014

Wonderful historic home. Our room has lots of space and lots of extras. The wall mounted makeup mirror, extra seating area, and in room fridge were nice additions. The breakfasts were superb. Biggest drawback was no private parking. Street only parking was first come first serve

Innkeeper Response
There are four parking places, available to guests, in the back of our inn. Please ask if you prefer to park there. Most people prefer to park in front as it's closer to the front door. So sorry for the inconvenience.

Death in family

5 on May 25, 2014

Neither Inn keeper nor I had planning time. I needed space for family members arriving at different times from different places, seven adults and a three year old. But we were accommodated and experienced outstanding service.

Great Experience

5 on May 23, 2014

My family and I stayed at Aleksander House Bed and Breakfast. The owner was always eager to interact with all us including my baby cousin. She did a great job remembering all of our names. The food was always delicious and magnificently presented on every plate which a lot of times we did not want to ruin. The rooms were very well kept and very clean. There was plenty of blankets, sheets, and pillows. My family and I felt very at home while we stayed there and that was due to the amazing service we received. The next time we go to Kentucky we will definitely be staying there. I highly recommend staying at this bed and breakfast if you truly want a great experience and a warm home feeling.

Awkward southern hospitality

2.6 on May 07, 2014

This pretty little historic house is maintained fairly well in a neighborhood that may be rehabilitating over time. Pernina's room was comfortable and spacious, however it shares a hallway bathroom with the Kimberly's room, which is a large room with a den for a small full sized bed, and a sitting area with a sofa (not a sofa bed). While booking these two rooms, I was told that 4 to 6 people could comfortably stay in these two rooms. This was somewhat misleading unless one expects to sleep on a sofa without sheets and a cot which doesn't lie flat. Our stay was during the Derby weekend when the room prices were inflated 14X's for a minimum of three nights, so my expectations were at least comparable to many of the BnB's, ryads, and guest houses that I've stayed in around the world. While the very nice cocktail party allowed us to form friendships with the other guests, and the gift of an excellent bourbon were so appreciated, I would caution otherwise for guests looking for an exceptional Derby weekend with southern charm. There were several awkward encounters with the arrangements that didn't need to happen at the BnB that soured this otherwise exciting weekend.

Innkeeper Response
Clearly, this guest was not happy with her stay at my bed and breakfast and I apologize for that. If you check on my page, you will see where it says, the Kimberly Suite accommodates 4 for the Kentucky Derby. However, months after she received a confirmation for her party of 4 persons, she informed me she was bringing a 5th person and had no intention of paying the extra-person charge. I eventually acquiesced rather than create bad feelings. So now there were 5 in her party. There is a roll-away in the room, not a cot, on which many of my past guests have slept. No one ever complained. And it lies perfectly flat. There are plenty of sheets, blankets, a comforter, and extra towels. They are in the trunks at the foot of each bed or on the shelves in the two closets. The bed in Kimberly’s room is not a small full size bed, as she stated, it’s a standard full size bed. She also stated that we raised our rates 14 times. If that were true her rate would have been $39,900 for 3 days instead of $2850 for a large, two room suite. If you divide that by the 5 guests(none were couples), that was only $570 ($114 each per ngt.)for a 3 day stay during the Kentucky Derby, a full breakfast every day, a catered cocktail party with lots of food (everyone in her group except her raved about it) , a Champagne breakfast, and housekeeping. I seriously doubt that she could do better than that. She only spoke to me once in 3 days to tell me the time she planned to leave. She never spoke to my staff. If she’d told us she couldn’t find the blankets, etc, we would have been happy to assist. I am truly sorry she was so angry and disappointed, but fortunately for me my other 5 guests wrote glowing remarks in my guest book and tipped my staff nearly $100.00. That should speak for something.

Charming Victorian B & B

5 on April 26, 2014

My husband and I have been coming to Louisville for years to visit our daughter and grandkids. We typically stay with friends but it wasn't possible this time. We don't like big hotels and wanted to stay somewhere in the Old Louisville area. We found Aleksander House by accident and after staying there for 5 nights, we're hooked. what a charming and inviting home! It's comfortable the minute you walk in with it's beautiful and original staircase and woodwork throughout the main floor. Our reservation was last minute so we had to split our stay in two rooms; "Katharines Room" on the top floor, with a private bath was gorgeous and then, "Peninna's Room", cozy and bright with an alcove for the bed and a comfortable sitting area. To top off this stay, we had breakfasts that quite frankly, shocked us...Grand Marnier French toast, Zinfandel poached pears, scrambled eggs with herbs and cheese...I mean, who does that??? Gourmet all the way!! After this stay, we've decided that the Aleksander House is our go to when in Louisville. don't miss it!!

Historic Louisville B&B

4.0 on November 04, 2013

Had a lovely stay here, very clean and accommodating. Great location for local restaurants

Nothing to write home about

2.6 on November 03, 2013

The B&B provided average quality accommodations in a semi-convenient location. The facility was clean, though in need of repair. We stayed in Katherine's Room, which we found was average in quality but lacked a private bathroom, despite this being listed in the description of the room. The nearest bathroom was outside the room in the main, third floor hallway. The two breakfasts we had at the B&B were both disappointing. The first day included eggs, microwaved bacon, toast, and muffins. The second day included pancakes that were drenched in syrup. Neither meal left us inspired. The location was also disappointing. All restaurants were only accessible within driving distance. The neighborhood was adequate (considering it's Historical Louisville designation, we expected more). All in all, this was a fair experience but nothing to write home about.

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Location Type

Churchill Downs/horse-racing, Ohio River/river cruises/gambling, Major expressway, Airport, City, Downtown


Louisville, KY (SDF-Standiford Field) 3 miles

Directions to property:

Take I-65 north. Exit St. Catherine's. Turn left onto First St. Go 1 block and 4 houses on the left: 1213 South First St.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, The Kentucky Center for the Arts, Jim Beam and Maker's Mark Distillerys, Churchill Downs, The Ohio River cruises, Old Louisville -Victorian Homes, Slugger Museum, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Radio, Videos , outside deck, gardens

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, In-room internet, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Library, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Billiards, Boating, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Bluegrass, Blues, Jazz Fest, Louisville Orchestra, Kentucky Derby, St. James Art Fair, The Shakespeare Festival, Ballet and Opera Company, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3-8 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Limited Limited-outside only on deck
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Any age, but must be well-behaved
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes with some restrictions/call for details

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: For Derby,Ryder Cup,major tradeshows, St. James art show, PGA and Breeders Cup
  • Deposit Amount Required: Your credit card will hold your reservation. A deposit may be required for some special events. *PLEASE NOTE: Special rates will be in place for major events, such as Ryder Cup and Derby.
  • Cancellations: In the event of cancellation, please notify us within 72 hours (longer for major events) to avoid charges of one night's stay or 50% if staying two or more nights.



Nancy Hinchliff

Languages spoken

English, French, German, Spanish

About the innkeepers

Nancy retired in 1995 after teaching highschool music, art & English in Chicago for 24 years and Secondary Highschool Teaching Methods and Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Illinois for 6 years. Upon retiring, she bought a home in Louisville and moved there permanently. Eight months later, after converting the house into a bed and breakfast, she began a new career as an innkeeper.

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full gourmet

  • Time Served: 7:30 am - 10:00 am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Special

Signature Dish

Gran Marnier French Toast
Thick slices of French bread are soaked in a delicious custard of eggs, orange zest and Gran Marnier, refrigerated over night, then baked to perfection in buttery pans and served with Orange Butter, Maple Syrup and Kentucky Country Ham. Yum!!



Special Package

Girlfriend's Getaway Package

GIRLFRIEND'S GETAWAY (in the privacy of your rooms) -2 days accommodations -Suite/private bath -Great videos/TV/VCR -Comfort food (Pizza) -Wine/Sodas -Terry cloth robes -Bedtime Cookies and Milk Cost: 4-6 persons, without massages:$425-460 ........With Massage:$40-80 extra pp

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1213 South First Street , Louisville, KY 40203 USA (Show map)

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