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Columbine Bed & Breakfast

1707 South Third Street , Louisville, KY 40208 USA (Show map)
8 Reviews
$119 - $165
per night

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When in Louisville, don't miss the chance to stay in a grand mansion on Third Street, the centerpiece of Old Louisville - one of America's largest preservation districts. If you come during the Kentucky Derby, you can join our many guests who chose to walk. We are the closest b&b to Churchill Downs. The Columbine Bed and Breakfast is a wonderful place to stay and is convenient to all major attractions. We are only 1.5 blocks north of the University of Louisville. If you go out our front door, turn left and walk five minutes, you can stand in front of masterpieces by Rembrandt, Monet, and Chagall at the Speed Art Museum. Or, you may simply want to stay "home" at the Columbine Bed & Breakfast which has over 6,300 sq.ft with gorgeous original inlaid wood floors, Honduran mahogany pocket doors, marble fireplaces, stained glass windows, two large porches, central heat/air, and all private baths. Come for a visit and bring home a great memory.



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Dining5

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Fantastic stay at this B&B

5 on February 17, 2014

We had never stayed in a B&B nor been to Lousiville, but decided to do both this last Valentine's weekend. So glad we found the Columbine! It is a magnificent Revival House, beautifully appointed rooms, comfy beds, warm and charming! Our hosts were fabulous and very knowledgeable about places ot go and things to do. The location of the Inn is on a lovely Boulevard neatly located between Louisville on one side and the University of Louisville on the other! Everything was so close! There was ample parking in front or back. Rick made going and coming so easy from our room. They were both so hospitable. We would love to relax there again some day soon!

Friendly innkeepers and cozy room made this stay a great experience!

4.8 on April 16, 2012

This was our first time staying at a B&B, and after staying at the Columbine I'm very glad we discovered this charming inn. Even though we had to postpone our check-in time at the last minute, Rich was very flexible and was happy to welcome us when we were finally able to arrive. The breakfast was served hot and fresh every morning and was absolutely delicious! We stayed in the Verde room, and truly enjoyed the warm cozy decor. Coming in and out through the back entrance, we would stop and breathe in the wonderful aromas of the garden. We felt safe parking our car in the private lot directly behind the inn. The location was perfect for us, because we were close enough to explore downtown Louisville at our leisure, but could come home to a peaceful and quiet neighborhood. Our private bathroom with claw foot tub was kept tidy and spotless throughout our stay. I appreciated the innkeepers' attention to detail when it came to comfort. They really thought of everything, we even had our own noise machine on the nightstand to use if we wanted to "drown out" noise or fall asleep to rainforest sounds. Overall, I am impressed with the Columbine and highly recommend it to those wanting a romantic and peaceful getaway in Louisville. We definitely want to come back!

Beautiful home, a.k.a. MANSION!

5 on March 04, 2012

My husband and I were going to be in Louisville for business, and decided to make it special by staying at a B&B. We had never stayed at Columbine before. I found it on line and we took a shot in the dark. We were NOT disappointed! This historic mansion was beautiful. It is in a great neighborhood. The hosts were friendly and helpful. This was truly a cut above the rest! We will be back. J and K

Fun & Edifying

5 on February 01, 2012

To stay in a Greek Revival mansion was a treat in itself. The hosts were so witty & gracious, giving freely of their time to answer questions & to suggest new places. Breakfasts were a great send-off each day.

Great place to stay in Louisville!

4.8 on June 29, 2011

Lovely and clean rooms in an old Louisville mansion. The owner cooks amazing breakfast! It's not cheap, but totally worth your money. Highly recommended.

great place to stay!

4.6 on March 21, 2011

Had a great visit to visit Louisville while stayiing in this beautiful B&B. And they helped out by giving us contacts at U of Louisville to boot! Comfortable rooms, friendly owners and tastey breakfasts made our stay a very pleasant one!

Cozy weekend getaway

4.8 on February 27, 2011

What a fabulous weekend we had at The Columbine! The food was superb and the service excellent - will definitely be making a trip back in the summertime. Thank you for such a fantastic getaway from the monotony of daily life!

A comfy room and more!

4.2 on January 12, 2009

The B&B was wonderful! Beautifully furnished and wonderfully decorated for the holidays. The innkeeper was helpful, funny, and a joy to talk with!

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Location Type

historic district, university campus area, residential neighborhood, Airport, City, Downtown


Louisville, KY (SDF-Standiford Field) 3 miles

Directions to property:

65 North/South runs directly through downtown Louisville. Take 65 to downtown and take exit 135 Saint Catherine Street. Follow to Third Street and take left. Follow Third Street for approximately 8 blocks until the intersection of Lee Street and Third Street. After this interection we are the second house on the left. Park on Third Street or private parking lot behind the inn (entered either from Lee or Bloom Streets).

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, Churchill Downs, Kentucky Derby, University of Louisville, Speed Art Museum, Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Computer, Conference Rooms, Fax Machine, Library, Wedding Facilities , terry bathrobes

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, VCR, Videos, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Downhill Skiing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, horse racing, steamboat cruises, baseball minor league, baseball museum, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 3:00PM-6:00PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only No smoking in the building, only in designated areas.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Cancellations: Our cancellation policy states that guests may cancel up to 72 hours prior to their reservation date otherwise the guest is responsible for a charge for the accommodations.



Rich May & Bob Goldstein

Languages spoken

English, Italian

Resident Pets

Dogs , Dogs live in owner's quarters.

About the innkeepers

Music, travel, theater, literature, and art.

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  • Time Served: 7:30AM-9:30AM and 8AM-10AM
  • Serving Location: Screened porch, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Carmelized Apple French Toast
Mouth-watering breakfast treat. Fruits vary depending on the season. Served hot with fresh whipped cream.


1707 South Third Street , Louisville, KY 40208 USA (Show map)

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