When is the best time to go?
Louisville's climate is humid and subtropical. As such winters are relatively mild, with average lows of 27F (-3C) and average highs of 43F (6C) in January – the city's coldest month. Summers are quite humid, with average highs of 90F (33C) and lows of 70F (21C) in the peak of summer – July. As such, the shoulder seasons of spring (March – May) and autumn (late September – early December) are the optimal times to visit Louisville. The temperatures will be pleasant and the humidity relatively low, optimal conditions for exploring historic downtown by foot or a lazy Sunday stroll along the Ohio River.
Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in Louisville, KY:
Louisville by Star Rating
Below are 3 charts demonstrating mean nightly cost trends by star rating class in Louisville, KY. You can use these illustrations to calculate the best time to book a room in Louisville for upcoming travels.
Luxury Hotel Options in Louisville
4 Star Average Prices: $158.60
Louisville is a first-class city (one of two in Kentucky) that can cater to those who lead the most lavish of lifestyles. This is especially true amongst the city's accommodation offerings. Those travelers who demand only the very best (as well as those who've saved up for a bit of a splurge) will be absolutely satisfied with options such as 21c Museum Hotel Louisville – a luxurious boutique hotel and contemporary art museum, with an award-winning restaurant on site; Aloft Louisville Downtown – an über-modern hotel in historic Whiskey Row; and, for those who prefer high-end international chains with great rewards programs, the Louisville Marriott East.
Cheaper/Low Budget Options
3 Star Average Prices: $108.18
Fortunately, for those visitors of more modest means, Louisville offers up a range of budget friendly options. The Breckinridge Inn, located just east of downtown, offers budget travelers well-appointed rooms, with a swimming pool and hot tub, as well as an onsite dining club and dining options. Overall, this hotel provides a lot of bang for your buck. Other options include national/international chains such as Microtel, Comfort Inn and Best Western, all of which have locations in or near downtown Louisville. Unfortunately, for the backpackers among us, no hostels have setup shop in the city. However, this could soon change as demand for such an option in becoming increasingly visible.