The Whiskey-est Place to Stay on Bourbon Row

Vintage Drams and Nightly Toasts in a Former Louisville Distillery

By Hadley Tomicki ·

You flirted with Airbnb.

And briefly contemplated a hotel.

But ultimately, anything short of staying in an actual historic distillery while visiting Kentucky's Bourbon Row failed to move you.

Well, now’s the time and the time is now.

At Hotel Distil, a 205-room boutique housed in the former headquarters and barrel house of J.T.S. Browns and Sons, now open on Louisville’s Bourbon Row.

This place is obviously all about whiskey. It keeps its fervor in check, but you’ll see plenty of copper fixtures, honey-colored woods and actual staves incorporated into the interiors. At which point, you'll promptly require a drink.

So it makes sense to book the Connoisseur Suite, where a whiskey cart will manifest for you to pick a dram from. And to follow up on that mysterious "prescription" you received upon check-in inviting you to a nightly toast celebrating Repeal Day. And it'll be imperative to explore the wood-fired steakhouse, Repeal, which has over 100 bourbons, before going for a nightcap to Bitter’s End, the rooftop bar with cocktails. They also have bourbon.

Of course, if you’re really not messing around, you can book the $75,000 package that includes perks like a limo ride, distillery tour, picnic and twelve bottles of rare bourbon to sample then take home, each from a different decade stretching back to 1900.

When they still made it like they used to.

Hadley Tomicki

Hadley Tomicki lives in Los Angeles. He is probably going nowhere on the 10 Freeway this very second.

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