We found Aleksander House online as a pet-friendly option in a historically interesting section of Louisville.
The rates were reasonable and the pet fee fair. My Mom, my small dog and I were en route home from an extended road trip, and our stay at the Aleksander House was the final night of our trip. Coming from North Carolina and a long day on the road it was late, after 8pm, by the time we arrived. The inn keeper, Nancy, an 81 year old former Chicago school teacher, was there to greet us and show us to our room, suggest nearby restaurants, and show us the common areas and the library of DVDs.
The website represents the B&B accurately, but the Old Louisville neighborhood it’s located in is slightly sketchier than we thought it would be after reading up on the area. “Up and coming” is how some have described it here. Garbage in the gutters, fast cars down (one way) 1st Street, sirens and lots of local characters smoking cigarettes and milling about the streets. A lil' seedy and worn, but it’s a “real” place, not sanitized for mass consumption.
I was enchanted by the historic neighborhood’s handsome brawny brick architecture and shady tree-lined streets. There were a few abandoned homes boarded up, but most were obviously well tended to, maintained, renovated or in the process of being restored. While walking around enjoying the beautiful homes the next morning I did chat with a few local weirdos, including one guy who asked me if I had any matches, and made amusing (and slightly profane) comments about my dog. The local denizens of the area seemed to be harmless and charming.
We enjoyed a comfortable night’s sleep in a room with twin beds. The clean and spacious room was appointed with a large walk-in closet, mini-fridge, nice bathroom stocked with soaps, shampoos and lotions. In one corner was a large wicker entertainment cabinet with TV and DVD player. The room had its own (window unit) air conditioner. We slept soundly. In the morning my Mom enjoyed a cup of coffee on the back porch, overlooking the nicely manicured back yard.
Morning breakfast was a Belgian waffle, which was fine, nothing amazing. (I must add that I am not generally a waffle fan.) The kitchen assistant, John, was very attentive and gracious as he served our breakfast and checked back on us from time to time. The home itself is quite lovely, stocked with interesting furniture and antiques. A bit of an eccentric evening overall, but one we’ll remember fondly. The next morning when we were checking out I noticed a sign on the lawn for a realty company. The Aleksander House is up for sale.
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