What comes to mind when you read the word “Kentucky”? I think of racehorse farms, Mammoth Cave, the Kentucky Derby and KFC.

Nicknamed the “Bluegrass State” because of the bluish-purple buds of bluegrass that fill fields in spring, Kentucky is a state with stunning nature and a soothing atmosphere.

When it comes to accommodation, Kentucky has never been one for the ordinary and is home to many unique properties to rent. From secluded cabins, inns, and treehouses in the countryside to elegant townhouses in the city, there is plenty of variety to choose from.

However, if you really want to feel the essence of Kentucky, I always recommend staying at bed and breakfasts, because of the relaxed and authentic experience they offer. The last thing you want on your vacation is to be stressed, right? B&Bs in Kentucky are usually run by helpful locals who always want to give you the best experience for an affordable price.

So if that sounds great to you, read on, because I’ve created a list of some of the most awesome bed and breakfasts in Kentucky to suit any type of traveller and budget.

Let’s get started then!

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FIRST TIME IN KENTUCKY

Louisville’s Hidden Gem

A home away from home, this quiet home located minutes away from the downtown is your ideal stay if you’re in Kentucky for a quick visit. This bed and breakfast is very easy on your pockets and yet offers great amenities such as free Wi-Fi, HDTV, an indoor fireplace and a patio and front porch where you can have tea or coffee as you watch the sun go down in all its beauty.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS:
  • Jefferson Memorial Forest
  • Jefferson Mall
  • Louisville Zoo

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Staying in a Bed and Breakfast in Kentucky

Downtown, Louisville 1

Kentucky is a state with a unique culture, and unique accommodation to match. Bed and breakfasts in Kentucky usually have spacious rooms, family rooms, a delicious homemade breakfast, and friendly owners that go out of the way to host you and make sure you have a very comfortable stay.

B&Bs can also offer relaxing spas and connect you to a number of outdoor adventures like horseback riding, hiking, and kayaking. B&Bs in the city are always accessible to the main attractions, restaurants and shopping, so you have plenty to do and see on your vacation. 

What to Look for in a Bed and Breakfast

Kentucky has a variety of bed and breakfasts to choose from, suitable for extravagant travelers and those backpacking the USA. You can choose luxury and budget-friendly places, or even find a suite for a large group, there is truly something for everyone.

However, when choosing a B&B, the first thing you want to do is think about your location. Kentucky is a large state with a ton of awesome attractions to see. If you prefer being outdoors, you might want to consider staying at one of the national parks in Kentucky. If it’s a city break you’re after, you’ll find many great B&Bs in Louisville or Lexington.

If you do decide to opt for somewhere more rural, you should consider renting a car, as getting around on public transport is a bit of a hassle. You should also check that your B&B comes with parking, or at least, roadside parking.

You should also consider the WiFi connection if streaming on Netflix or working in your downtime is important to you. Generally, the WiFi connection in Kentucky is good, but it might not always be strong.

One of the greatest things about a bed and breakfast is that breakfast is included in your rate. There may also be lunches and dinners too, but not always. If you’re someone who likes to cook, check that the B&B you’re interested in has a self-catering kitchen because not all owners are happy for you to use their kitchens.

Lastly, you’ll nearly always have a private room, but that does not mean you have a private bathroom. You may need to share a bathroom with other guests, but if that’s a big deal for you, you can always set your search filters to include an ensuite.

The ideal place to start your search is on Airbnb or Booking.com, where you can have a great range of places to choose from that suit your preferences. However, you do need to narrow down a lot of search filters, which can be a bit stressful. To save you time and energy, I’ve listed some great B&B options for you below.

OVERALL BEST BED AND BREAKFAST IN KENTUCKY
Louisvilles Hidden Gem, Kentucky
OVERALL BEST BED AND BREAKFAST IN KENTUCKY

Louisville’s Hidden Gem

  • > $
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Fast high-speed internet
  • > No smoking property
BEST BUDGET BED AND BREAKFAST
Private Room in the Rolling Hills, Kentucky
BEST BUDGET BED AND BREAKFAST

Private Room in the Rolling Hills

  • > $
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Breakfast included
  • > Must have a car to get around
BEST BED AND BREAKFAST FOR A SOLO TRAVELLER / BACKPACKER
Country style Room in an Inn, Kentucky
BEST BED AND BREAKFAST FOR A SOLO TRAVELLER / BACKPACKER

Country-style Room in an Inn

  • > $$
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Private bathroom
  • > Complimentary Breakfast
BEST BED AND BREAKFAST FOR A WEEKEND
Double Room in a Historic Tavern, Kentucky
BEST BED AND BREAKFAST FOR A WEEKEND

Double Room in a Historic Tavern

  • > $$
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Free Wi-Fi
  • > Oldest Bourbon Bar in the world
BEST TRADITIONAL BED AND BREAKFAST
Private Room at Cedar Creek Lake, Kentucky
BEST TRADITIONAL BED AND BREAKFAST

Private Room at Cedar Creek Lake

  • > $$
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Homemade breakfast
  • > Shared hot tub
BEST BED AND BREAKFAST FOR COUPLES
Cosy Treehouse Suite, Kentucky
BEST BED AND BREAKFAST FOR COUPLES

Cosy Treehouse Suite

  • > $$
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Spacious room
  • > Complimentary breakfast
BEST BED AND BREAKFAST FOR A FAMILY
Guesthouse in Louisville Kentucky
BEST BED AND BREAKFAST FOR A FAMILY

Guesthouse in Louisville

  • > $$
  • > 4 Guests
  • > Laid-back, relaxing vibe
  • > Longer stays allowed

The Top 10 Bed and Breakfasts in Kentucky

Now that you know what to expect from bed and breakfasts in Kentucky, it’s time to take a look at my top picks!

Overall Best B&B in Kentucky – Louisville’s Hidden Gem

Louisvilles Hidden Gem, Kentucky
  • $
  • 2 Guests
  • Fast high-speed internet
  • Located in Louisville

Whether you’re in Kentucky for business or pleasure, this B&B is the perfect all-rounder spot for you! It is just a few minutes’ drive away from the downtown, shopping malls, dining options, bars, and the best things to do in Louisville.

At this bed and breakfast, you will have a relaxing and comfortable stay in your private bedroom. Your room is equipped with all the necessary amenities, such as fast internet, HDTV with several streaming options, and an en suite private bathroom.

Homemade breakfast is served every day and a fully equipped kitchen is also available if you’re in the mood for some cooking yourself. The backyard deck, front porch, and patio are all open to enjoy in your stay. It’s also close to the Jefferson Memorial Forest if you want some more outdoor space.

Best Budget Bed and Breakfast – Private Room in the Rolling Hills

Private Room in the Rolling Hills, Kentucky
  • $
  • 2 Guests
  • Breakfast included
  • Must have a car to get around

Comfy and well-furnished with a quiet setting on an estate, this bed and breakfast is easy on your pockets and yet packs a good number of amenities.

Located in an upscale area outside Historic Midway, the estate overlooks a horse farm and is perfect for walking, cycling, and running. It is just minutes away from Keeneland Racetrack, Bourbon Trail, breweries, and vineyards.

At this B&B, you will have a private room with great amenities like air-conditioning, heating, TV, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a shared indoor fireplace. There is a dedicated workspace with free Wi-Fi. A complimentary breakfast is served every day. On the patio, you can relax as you watch the stunning sunsets. 

Best B&B for a Solo Traveler/Backpacker – Country-Style Room

Country style Room in an Inn, Kentucky
  • $$
  • 2 Guests
  • Private bathroom
  • Complimentary Breakfast

Traveling alone can be expensive and you’re always on the lookout for a great budget-friendly bed and breakfast. My top pick for the best B&B for a solo traveller or backpacker is this inn in Park City.

It is ideally located near some of the top places to visit in the USA, such as the Mammoth Cave National Park and places that offer great outdoor recreation.

This bed and breakfast provides adults-only accommodation with a restaurant and a garden. Start your day with the complimentary American or vegetarian breakfast served every morning and go out to explore activities in and around the site. In your room, you will find a comfy bed, fresh linens, TV, and free Wi-Fi.

Best B&B for a Weekend – Double Room in a Historic Tavern

Double Room in a Historic Tavern, Kentucky
  • $$
  • 2 Guests
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Oldest Bourbon Bar in the world

A bed and breakfast with character, history, and good value should be a steal. So I’ve picked the perfect B&B for you – a quaint historic 18th-century tavern with a restaurant and a bar.

It is said that the tavern has never closed since its opening. The place is near lots of shops and restaurants, and you will be only a short drive away from several historical landmarks and renowned bourbon distilleries.

Enjoy the comfortable private rooms with en-suite bathrooms that are stocked with essentials. Your room has free Wi-Fi and air conditioning. A microwave, fridge, and coffee machine are also provided. Like all traditional bed and breakfasts, a complimentary American breakfast every morning is included in the room price. 

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Best Traditional B&B – Private Room at Cedar Creek Lake

Private Room at Cedar Creek Lake, Kentucky
  • $$
  • 2 Guests
  • Homemade breakfast
  • Shared hot tub

Located on the northwest corner of Cedar Creek Lake in Lincoln Co, this cute and cosy home is as traditional a bed and breakfast as can be. The neighborhood is by a beautiful lake and near to several historical and cultural museums. With an indulgent and friendly host, this place is a gem!

The amazing homemade breakfast every morning will start your day with a smile. You can also ask for a personalized breakfast and the host will be all too willing to fulfill your request.

The room guarantees a comfortable stay with all the amenities, such as air-conditioning, TV, and free Wi-Fi. A washer and dryer are also provided. You can relax on the shared patio, or even head over to the lake for boating, fishing, or kayaking. 

Best Bed and Breakfast For Couples – Cosy Treehouse Suite

Cosy Treehouse Suite, Kentucky
  • $$
  • 2 Guests
  • Spacious room
  • Complimentary breakfast

Enjoy a romantic getaway with your partner…nestled in the treetops. Sounds amazing, right? This lovely B&B is a lofty treehouse suite in a quiet and secluded location in Calvert City, Kentucky. The setting is perfect for a super relaxing stay.

Your room features a draped canopy bed, sunny windows, and an elegant bath with a double Jacuzzi. The bed and breakfast are not short on great amenities – it offers a TV, air conditioning and heating, a dedicated workspace, and free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is made and served every morning by the host. 

Best Bed and Breakfast For a Family – Guesthouse in Louisville

Guesthouse in Louisville Kentucky
  • $$$
  • 4 Guests
  • Laid-back, relaxing vibe
  • Longer stays allowed

Family vacations are fun especially when you find incredibly B&Bs that offer a historical suite for the whole family. My top pick for families is the gorgeous Culbertson Mansion guesthouse in Louisville, Kentucky, which is one of my favourite Airbnbs in Kentucky.

You’ll be staying in ‘The General Lawton Suite’ which honors General Henry W. Lawton, a hero of the Civil, Indian and Spanish American Wars. It is said that Lawton visited the Culbertson Mansion in November 1898.

With its perfect location in the historic heart of the city, this B&B makes sure you have a comfortable stay. You are only steps away from great dining, shopping, and entertainment options, as well as the largest collection of Victorian homes in Kentucky.

Let yourself and your family lay back and relax at this charming bed and breakfast. Enjoy great amenities, such as free Wi-Fi, a private living area, and a fully-equipped kitchen. Breakfast is provided.

Best B&B for a Group of Friends – Townhouse in Louisville

Townhouse in Louisville Kentucky
  • $$
  • Up to 9 Guests
  • Breakfast included
  • Entire townhouse

In Kentucky with a group of friends? Worry not! This gorgeous 1840s Townhouse in Louisville, Kentucky is a bed and breakfast with many amenities. Located in just 15 minutes from downtown, the place is close to many great restaurants, bars and shops.

This cosy and historic townhouse has enough space for you and all for you and your friends. It has ample and comfy sleeping spaces and five acres of property to explore, including a huge in-ground pool. It also has great amenities like bathrooms with a bathtub and toiletries.

Like all B&Bs, breakfast is served every morning. Free Wi-Fi is available and the place has plenty of parking spaces too!

Best B&B with an Epic Location – Deluxe Room in Countryside

Deluxe Room in a Countryside House, Kentucky
  • $$
  • 2 Guests
  • Uniquely styled room
  • On-site recreation room

Spend some quality time away from town in the rolling countryside with picturesque horse farms. This bed and breakfast is the perfect place to stay if you’re looking for a serene getaway. Despite being miles out of town, the location is pretty safe, and there are lots of outdoor activities to keep you entertained.

So kick off your shoes and relax in your deluxe private room at this B&B. There is an en-suite bathroom and you have a choice between a balcony and a fireplace with your room.

A cosy bed, TV and Wi-Fi are part of the deal and you can enjoy a great complimentary American breakfast every morning. The B&B also has an outdoor pool and a hot tub. 

Amazing Luxury Bed and Breakfast – Bluegrass River Suite

Bluegrass River Suite, Kentucky
  • $$$
  • Up to 11 Guests
  • Suite suitable for families or business groups
  • City skyline view

Treat yourself and your family to a luxurious stay at this elegant suite in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. Close to places like the KY Center, museums, and restaurants with great food, this B&B has the perfect location for any family or business getaway.

The Bluegrass River suite has three bedrooms and two full baths. The cozy living room and kitchen combo are great for enjoying time together. There are many amenities, like a coffee/tea bar, reading nooks, TV, and even arrangements for children. As with any bed and breakfast, free Wi-Fi and a complimentary breakfast are included in your stay.

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Final Thoughts on Kentucky

Staying at a bed and breakfast in Kentucky is a great way to experience what the state has to offer in its unique places with its friendly hospitality.

It takes a lot of time and energy on searching for and choosing the right B&B to fit your budget and preferences, so I hope that my list provided you with a good place to start, if not help you find the perfect B&B! Do you have a favorite from my list? Let me know in the comments.

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