The Seelbach Hilton in Louisville, Kentucky  

The Seelbach Hotel has earned the distinction of being included in the National Register of Historic Places and is considered the premiere hotel of Kentucky. It also has a reputation of being the humble abode of the famous Lady in Blue.

Website: www.seelbachhilton.com/index.php
The Seelbach Hilton
500 South 4th Street
Louisville, Kentucky, 40202

Contact Phone : (502) 585-3200
Email : theoakroom@interstatehotels.com

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The Seelbach Hilton Hotel in Louisville had its grand opening in 1905. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has served a lot of historical figures throughout its existence. The hotel was founded by Bavarian-born immigrant brothers, Otto and Louis Seelbach. They wanted a hotel which would embody the grandeur of European hotels. The Seelbach Hilton Hotel has French Renaissance design and the hotel was rapidly regarded as being among the finest hotels in the country. In 1925, Louis Seelbach died and the hotel was sold to Abraham M. Liebling in the following year for more than $2 million. In 1929, the hotel was again sold to Eppley Hotel Company. Briefly, it was also under the ownership of Sheraton Hotels and Resorts and was renamed to Sheraton-Seelbach Hotel. Today, the hotel is now owned and operated by Hilton Hotels & Resorts. Arguably the most famous resident of the hotel, the Lady in Blue is one of the reasons why a lot of people flock to the hotel. There are various stories attached to the ghost but almost all of them agree that she is the ghost of one of the hotel’s guest, Patricia Wilson. It was in 1936 when Ms. Wilson moved to Louisville from Oklahoma. She had recently separated from her husband of four years. In an effort to work things out with her husband, they both agreed to meet in Seelbach. However, her husband never showed up. He was killed in a tragic car accident on his way to meet his wife. She was devastated by the loss and after a short time she was found at the bottom of the service elevator shaft. People cannot agree if she jumped to her death or if she died by accident. In 1987, several people have reported seeing Miss Patricia Wilson in the hotel. Some claimed seeing her on the 8th floor of the hotel while others claimed seeing her on the hotel’s mezzanine. However, all guests agree than the woman they saw wore a blue dress and had long black hair. Aside from the Lady in Blue, the hotel is also the home of various other ghosts. A staff of the Otto Café reported seeing an old woman in ragged clothes standing behind the mirror. The employee turned to talk to the woman but she has already disappeared. In 2004, a couple who was on their honeymoon booked a room in the 8th floor of the hotel. They awoke to find a man standing by the window and looking out. The room was also strangely cold. Immediately after they turned on the light, the man disappeared. Other guests have reported smelling a faint scent of perfume and hearing disembodied footsteps.


The Seelback Hilton does not have special tours our haunted event packages. If you are interested in learning more about the haunted guests or ghosts that reside at the hotel please call or visit their website to make a reservation. What better way to get in touch with them than to spend a few nights in the same room... - Driving Directions to The Seelbach Hotel From the Louisville International Airport Take Interstate 65 north to the Muhammad Ali Boulevard Exit. Travel five blocks and turn left on Fourth Street. The hotel is on your right. From Interstate 65 Northbound Take the Muhammad Ali Boulevard Exit (Exit 136c) and travel five blocks to Fourth Street. Turn left on Fourth Street. The hotel is on your right. From Interstate 65 Southbound Take the Jefferson Street Exit (Exit 136c) and travel one block to First Street. Turn left on First Street, go two blocks, and then turn right on Muhammad Ali Boulevard. Drive four blocks on Muhammad Ali and then turn left on Fourth Street. The hotel will be on your right. From Interstate 64 Westbound Take the Third Street Exit (Exit 5b) and travel six blocks on Third Street to Muhammad Ali Boulevard. Turn right on Muhammad Ali, go one block, and then turn left on Fourth Street. The hotel will be on your right. From Interstate 64 Eastbound Take the Ninth Street Exit (Exit 4) and travel four blocks to Liberty Street. Turn left on Liberty, continue on for six blocks, and then turn right on Third Street. Drive one block and then turn right on Muhammad Ali Boulevard. Go one more block and then turn left on Fourth Street. The hotel will be on your right.

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