Galt House Named Official Derby Hotel

Louisville, Ky., hotel signs three year pact.

The Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Ky., has signed a three-year sponsorship agreement with Churchill Downs to be named the official host hotel of the track, the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), and the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), it was announced in an Oct. 30 release.

"Much like Churchill Downs, Galt House Hotel is a Louisville institution with great tradition," said Churchill Downs president Kevin Flanery. "Thanks to major events like the Kentucky Derby and the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Churchill Downs and the Galt House have been closely linked for years. Today, however, we are extremely delighted to formally introduce this legendary landmark and longtime friend to our family of corporate partners."

The Galt House, which sits on the banks of the Kentucky River, features 1,291 guest rooms and 124,000 square feet of meeting space.

"Great things happen when two Louisville icons come together," said R. Joseph Mittel, corporate general manager of the hotel. "We are honored to serve as the official host hotel of Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks."