Kent Desormeaux, riding #20 Big Brown, crosses the finish line to win the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 3, 2008 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky

Kent Desormeaux, riding #20 Big Brown, crosses the finish line to win the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 3, 2008 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky Derby package for horse lovers

As the Triple Crown run comes to close, the Louisville Marriott Downtown is already planning for next year’s Kentucky Derby. The hotel is booking horse racing packages for the 139th Run for the Roses.

Hats and horses are in fashion at the Kentucky Derby

Hats and horses are in fashion at the Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby/Oaks VIP with morning horse racing programs

The VIP Package at the Four Diamond hotel starts at $1499 a night. The 2013 Kentucky Derby/Oaks package includes:

  • Deluxe Concierge level lodging at the four-diamond Louisville Marriott Downtown, arriving Thursday May 2 and departing Sunday May 6, 2013 (3 night minimum length of stay is required for this special event weekend)
  • Thursday Evening Lobby Welcome Reception with beverage service, action stations and live entertainment.
  • Upgraded Nightly turndown service with morning racing programs.
  • Complimentary flowers and lobby beverages on Oaks Day (Friday) and Derby Day.
  • Access to the concierge lounge offering continental breakfast, evening hors d’oeuvres and snacks, complimentary non alcoholic beverages and honor bar.

To book this package, guests must be sure that promotional code ER5 appears in the Corporate/Promotional code box when making online reservations, or ask for promotional code SPE.

The Louisville Marriott Downtown regularly hosts celebrities, sports stars, news personalities and racing insiders during Derby week making it an exciting downtown hub during Louisville’s premier event.

Kentucky Derby favorite time of year for horse racing fans

Horses round the first turn during Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs

Horses round the first turn during Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs

“Derby is our favorite time of year and we’re already looking forward to and planning for next year, “ said Michael Howerton, VP and General Manager of the Louisville Marriott Downtown. “We’re excited to offer both Derby regulars and those experiencing their first run for the roses an exceptional stay and serve as their host while enjoying all Louisville has to offer.”

Insider Tip

At BLU in the Marriott try the Chocolate Mint Julep, their signature drink.

Louisville Marriott Downtown on social media

To keep up on all things Marriott-related, follow them on Twitter @MarriottLouisvilleDT and follow Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown on Twitter, too.

If You Go:

Louisville Marriott Downtown (800) 228-9290

280 W. Jefferson St, Louisville, KY 40202

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Photos courtesy of Louisville Marriott Downtown