A legendary, grand Louisville hotel
The Seelbach Hilton Hotel, boasts a well-deserved place on the National Register of Historical Places. Dripping in grand ambiance, the legendary downtown Louisville hotel serves as a backdrop for Tom and Daisy Buchanan's wedding in The Great Gatsby. Legend has it that F. Scott Fitzgerald began penning the novel during his carousing nights spent at the Seelbach Bar and the Rathskeller, with the infamous George Remus (whom he met there) serving as the inspiration for Jay Gatsby.
A parade of celebrities and notorious figures ranging from gangsters and movie stars to presidents have added to the hotel's history, giving rise to legends like Al Capone's secret passageways through the steam tunnels. Some even say that ghosts haunt the Seelbach.
The Seelbach wears the patina of age well, especially since a lavish $12 million renovation was completed in 2009. But history is far from forgotten — the grand hotel still conjures up the feeling of the golden era when it was built at the turn of the 20th century. It's easy to imagine a champagne fountain flowing in the sumptuous lobby during the hotel’s 1905 grand opening. Guests will find charming features like an original mail drop as well as breathtaking highlights such as the Rathskeller. This Bavarian style private events space in the lower level showcases a rare example of walls crafted of Rookwood pottery.