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.
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 $20 each per night
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.
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.
Room has a King Bed with a private bathroom.
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.
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.
4.0 on November 04, 2013
Had a lovely stay here, very clean and accommodating. Great location for local restaurants
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.
2.8 on October 28, 2013
Location is further from downtown than I thought, need a car or cab. The owner did not provide much information or engage socially. Really felt on our own, assumed more hospitality from host.
4.0 on October 25, 2013
Nancy the innkeeper was so pleasant and it was so nice hearing about her life story. Breakfast was delicious .Wish we could have stayed longer but we were passing through.
5 on September 26, 2013
This was our first experience at a Bed and Breakfast, and we really enjoyed it. Nancy was so friendly and helpful. The decor was lovely, the house and room were clean, and the food was delicious.
Churchill Downs/horse-racing, Major expressway, Ohio River/river cruises/gambling, Airport, City, Downtown
Louisville, KY (SDF-Standiford Field) 3 miles
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.
Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Slugger Museum, The Kentucky Center for the Arts, The Ohio River cruises, Churchill Downs, Jim Beam and Maker's Mark Distillerys, Old Louisville -Victorian Homes, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo, 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, Ballet and Opera Company, The Shakespeare Festival, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Water sports
Bed and Breakfast
Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Radio, Videos
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
gardens, outside deck
English, French, German, Spanish
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.
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Special
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!!