4 Best Historic Hotels In Lexington, Kentucky - Updated 2024

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In the heart of Fayette County is the charming city of Lexington. With a well-earned reputation for breeding the best horses in the country, this city is often referred to as the “horse capital of the world.” However, Lexington is also one of the most historically rich places you can visit, making it a great stop for history buffs. Some of its popular landmarks include the Mary Todd Lincoln House and the Aviation Museum of Kentucky. It’s not all about history though, as visitors also often pass by Keeneland Racecourse to see horses in full action. Despite having more than 450 horse farms in the area, Lexington is a bustling metropolis in its own right, making it a popular tourist spot. If you want to make the most of your stay in the city, then check out the best historic hotels in Lexington, Kentucky.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) properties with historic significance, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on May 29, 2024.

1. The Sire Hotel Lexington, Tapestry Collection by Hilton (from USD 196)

This boutique hotel features charming rooms that provide a memorable experience for its guests, and it has been doing so for over 100 years. Situated in the Gratz Park neighborhood of the city’s historic district, this colonial-revival building used to be known as Lexington Clinic during the early 20th century.

Hotel facilities include an exercise room, a restaurant, and free Wi-Fi. Guests will also enjoy the firepit outside to use at their pleasure. It is only a 10-minute stroll from several noteworthy attractions, such as the ​​Hunt-Morgan House, Explorium, and the Mary Todd Lincoln House.

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The Sire Hotel Lexington, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible Visual Aid: Braille

Address: 120 West Second Street
1.77 km (1.1 mi) from Breakout Games - Lexington

Parking Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Garden Non-smoking rooms Business centre Laundry

2. The Campbell House Lexington, Curio Collection by Hilton (from USD 245)

Built in 1951, this hotel has recently been renovated, and its prime location near the city center makes it an appealing choice for travelers. Located just 4 mi (6.4 km) from Keeneland Racecourse and once a horse farm, The Campbell House Lexington boasts equestrian-themed rooms that reflect its history.

Apart from the facade and the interior design, the hotel also refreshed its restaurant menu, offering the best regional dishes. Guests may also visit and enjoy a nightcap at one of the various bourbon distilleries nearby. Lexington Bluegrass Airport is only 5 mi (8 km) away.

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The Campbell House Lexington, Curio Collection by Hilton

Wheelchair accessible

Address: 1375 South Broadway
4.08 km (2.6 mi) from Breakout Games - Lexington

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Golf course (within 3 km)

3. 21c Museum Hotel Lexington (from USD 235)

This hotel used to house Fayette National Bank in 1870. When it ceased operations, it was transformed into a boutique hotel that reopened in 2012. Today, 21c Museum Hotel Lexington features an eclectic mix of different design elements, such as Baroque and French Renaissance. It also functions as an art museum.

With high ceilings, oversized windows, and custom-designed modern furnishings, this hotel is an experience in itself. It also features a restaurant with the finest in southern dining and historical offerings. Blue Grass Airport is only a 15-minute drive away. The Mary Todd Lincoln House and the Henry Clay Estate are a short walk from the property.

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21c Museum Hotel Lexington

Wifi Available

Address: 167 West Main Street
1.87 km (1.2 mi) from Breakout Games - Lexington

Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms

Other historic accommodations

4. Lyndon House Bed & Breakfast (from USD 230)

If you’re looking for charming accommodations in Lexington, Lyndon House Bed & Breakfast might pique your interest. Built in 1883, the property features high ceilings and Victorian decor, combining historic elements with a modern twist. It is also within walking distance of Lexington Opera House and Lexington Convention Center. Keeneland Racecourse is 6.8 mi (11 km) away.

The property offers individually styled rooms with beds and a sitting area. The homemade breakfast adds a personal touch as well. For relaxation, guests can lounge next to the fireplace or in the bright sunroom overlooking the terrace and garden.

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Lyndon House Bed & Breakfast

Wifi Available

Address: 507 North Broadway
2.09 km (1.3 mi) from Breakout Games - Lexington

Parking Pets allowed Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Laundry Breakfast in the room Free parking

Discover Lexington

The “horse capital of the world” may offer travelers a niched experience, but it does so in great fashion. If you love all things equine and fancy yourself a history buff, then consider staying in one of the best historic hotels in Lexington, Kentucky.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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