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Aleksander House Bed & Breakfast

1213 South First Street , Louisville, KY 40203 USA (Show map)
63 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.



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

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What a wonderful stay!!!

5 on November 23, 2014

Everything was a blast. From the time we arrived until the early morning departure the staff met all our needs. Very pleasant environment and wonderful conversations that made us feel at home. We would surely go back again and recommend to others to stay. Thanks...

Grilfriend's weekend

4.6 on November 16, 2014

Very beautiful old Victorian home near to all Louisville attractions and minutes from downtown. We very much enjoyed our one night there.

Lovely House

4.0 on November 01, 2014

The house is in the old section of Louisville. It is furnished with antiques and has a very cozy feel. The web site is not clear about the bath facilities in each room. This caused us some trouble because we thought we had a private bath when it was actually in the hall. There is only street parking which was easy to find. Also, the house is currently for sale. This is a good alternative to the downtown hotels. Just be sure that you know what you are booking.

Innkeeper Response
These were great guests. I'm sorry they misunderstood a couple of our policies. I appreciate they took the time to let us know. We certainly wlll try harder in the future. Response to: "...we thought we had a private bath when it was actually in the hall." (We interpret private as meaning no-one else is using it, not that it is en suite. Some of our baths are en suite, some are just outside the rooms. They were sharing a suite with another couple.It is comprised of two separate rooms with a door in-between. We didn't want the bath to be only in one room or the other, so the two rooms in the suite share a bath just outside the room.) Response to "There is only street parking" ( My assistant checked them in. She may not have told them there are 4 parking places in the rear of the house)

Great downtown location

4.4 on October 22, 2014

Nancy was a ball of fire and we enjoyed hearing about her many adventures in the B&B business. This B&B is in the best part of Louisville; lots of sidewalks and good for cycling.

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.

Innkeeper Response
We truly apologize to this guest if her experience was not what she expected; however, I would like to clarify a few things. The room rate is $130. Room/bed and sales tax are added to that, which bring the total up somewhat. The room was actually ready at the designated time, but the guests arrived an hour earlier than expected, so the bed wasn't made. We were very busy and down to the line. As far as twin beds are concerned, the person who made the reservation said they didn't mind either way, since the bed is a very wide California king, as they were long time girl friends, There was absolutely no mention that they were unhappy with anything. We were totally taken by surprise by the review.

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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

Nightly Rate: $128 - $128

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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:

From Downtown Louisville: Take I-65 South exit St. Catherine (west) turn left on First Street. From the Airport: Take I-65 North exit St. Catherine (west) turn left on First Street.

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: Outside only Limited-outside only on deck
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Any age, but must be well-behaved
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes with some restrictions/call for details
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: For Derby,Ryder Cup,major tradeshows, St. James art show, PGA and Breeders Cup
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • 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!!



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

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