The Galt House Hotel Celebrates 148th Kentucky Derby

The Galt House Hotel Celebrates 148th Kentucky Derby

The Galt House Hotel, Louisville’s landmark waterfront hotel is offering an exciting array of programming to celebrate the 148th annual Kentucky Derby, taking place on May 8, 2022.  As the official host hotel of America’s longest-running sports event, The Galt House offers a unique and immersive Kentucky Derby travel experience. From special room packages to exclusive on-property offerings, the recently renovated hotel is the ideal home base for guests and locals alike to experience the classic American event and accompanying festivities. Primely positioned in the central hub of Louisville, the Galt House allows travelers to revel in the best of the city’s liveliness and the unique spirit of the Kentucky Derby.

Guests and visitors of The Galt House will enjoy a series of derby weekend activations from a lively welcome reception to delectable food and beverage specials. Other standout offerings include a wine tasting experience with Jackson Family Wines, highlighting Kendall-Jackson, the Preferred Wine of the Kentucky Derby, plus bourbon tastings with Old Forester Bourbon, Michter’s, New Riff, Heaven Hill, and Mint Julip stations for guests to enjoy the classic derby cocktail.

Derby Fashion with Draper James

The quintessentially Southern fashion brand Draper James will be hosting a pop-up shop on-property over the weekend for guests to take home their very own piece of iconic derby style. From floral spring dresses, sun hats to colorful accessories – Draper James offers contemporary, yet timeless Southern style perfect for derby festivities. The pop up shop will run Derby weekend from Thursday, May 5 - 1pm – 7pm, Friday, May 6 – 8am – 11am, Saturday, May 7 – 8am – 11am and Sunday, May 8 – 10am – 2pm, located on located on the 3rd floor of the West Tower, directly outside of the Conservatory.

Call to the Post Welcome Reception

Held on the third floor of the West Tower, the Call to Post Welcome Reception will offer a spirited kickoff to derby weekend. Guests will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and specialty cocktails with the option to engrave a custom Kentucky Derby Woodford Reserve Bourbon bottle as a keepsake. The hors d’oeuvres and cocktail hour will be complemented by unique derby activities such as bowtie and cigar station, Jockey meet & greet, TwinSpires betting stations, live entertainment and more. The Call to Post Welcome Reception will take place on Thursday, May 5 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and is a complimentary event for hotel guests only. To find out more details please visit

Culinary Offerings and Experiences

Embodying Louisville’s intersection of Bourbon culture and culinary excellence, The Galt House will offer distinct dining and tasting experiences in each of its celebrated bar and restaurant concepts. Bourbon aficionados and foodies can enjoy Swizzle Dinner & Drinks, the retro-style supper club located on the hotel’s 25th floor, offering spectacular views of the city. Swizzle will offer a daily boozy brunch and thoughtfully crafted dinner specials, paired with high-end Bourbons and fine cocktails. For a mid-day bite, Walker’s Exchange will serve up classic comfort delicacies – a nod to Louisville’s earliest days as a culinary destination for breakfast, and dinner.

For unparalleled libations, the Galt House boasts four convivial bar concepts on-site to relish in the weekend celebrations and prime derby viewing. Guests can taste the best of Kentucky bourbons at Jockey Silks, with over one hundred types of Bourbon, or stop at the Veranda lobby bar for cocktails and hand selected wines. The transformed Conservatory will offer all-day libations to enjoy with large screen viewing of the derby, in addition to TwinSpires online betting – backdropped by the Louisville skyline and sweeping views of the Ohio River.

Derby 148 Overnight Package

For those who wish to be immersed in the vibrancy of Derby weekend, The Galt House will be offering special derby room packages, accompanied by acclaimed Southern hospitality. The Galt House will be offering the exclusive ‘Derby 148 Package’ featuring three-night accommodations over the bustling derby weekend. Guests who book the package will be at the heart of the weekend’s festivities – with access to the exclusive Call to the Post Welcome Party upon arrival, plus memorable derby keepsakes and in-room gifts.

With 1,310 sophisticated guest rooms and suites, 130,000 square-feet of function space, and six inventive dining concepts onsite, The Galt House provides the very best of Southern hospitality. It’s ideally located in downtown Louisville, with quick accessibility to the city’s buzziest attractions including Whiskey Row, the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, Muhammad Ali Center, Urban Bourbon Trail, Fourth Street Live and more.

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