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Kentucky Derby
Louisville, KY . May 5-8, 2022
Melissa Budd-Wilkowski

I highly recommend Bucket List Events! Thank you for showing our group a fantastic time! Every activity was well organized and so much fun!

Melissa Budd-Wilkowski
Melissa Budd-Wilkowski

I highly recommend Bucket List Events! Thank you for showing our group a fantastic time! Every activity was well organized and so much fun!

Melissa Budd-Wilkowski

Kentucky Derby Hotel Highlights

Finding a hotel room in Louisville during Derby can be a headache.  Don’t worry, because every standard package we offer includes three nights of accommodations.  We’ve established a relationship with one of the closest hotels to the track and we have made these rooms available to Bucket List travelers. The Louisville Crowne Plaza Hotel is located minutes from the airport and Churchill Downs and is equipped with all of the modern facilities you could need during your stay in Louisville. We also offer an alternative with lodging based in Lexington, an hour east of Louisville and in the heart of horse country.  The Origin Hotel combines modern hotel amenities and features with refined Southern hospitality.  Whichever hotel package you choose, you’re guaranteed to have a Derby Experience you’ll never forget!   Join us!


Discover the meaning of modern southern hospitality and exceptional value at Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Expo Center. You will enjoy spacious, modern rooms and attentive service. Located across the street from the Louisville International Airport and only minutes from Churchill Downs and downtown Louisville, this hotel makes an ideal location for offering quick convenience and accessibility from almost anywhere in the city.  For breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you will enjoy the on-site All-American style restaurant, Blue Horse. Bourbon enthusiasts will also appreciate the on-site Blue Horse bar, which is part of the Official Urban Bourbon Trail.

Spacious Rooms
You will enjoy spacious modern rooms for extra comfort and convenience during your stay.  Free WIFI is also included for all guests throughout the property.  When it’s time to unwind, you’ll enjoy your nights at Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The Blue Horse Restaurant and Bar
The Blue Horse Restaurant and Bar features a fully stocked Bluegrass bourbon bar, an all-day menu of distinctive Kentucky cuisine, and an extensive Breakfast Buffet.  This definitely a popular hang out after spending the day at Churchill Downs.

Indoor/Outdoor Pool and Fitness Center 
Whether you enjoy swimming laps, relaxing poolside, or sun tanning out on our pool deck, you’ll love this indoor/outdoor pool.  The spacious fitness center offers state-of-the-art equipment and is open 24/7 to all guests.

Hotel Shuttle Service
There is no need to rent a car when you stay at this hotel.  This hotel offers free shuttle service to/from Louisville International Airport.  The hotel will also shuttle you anywhere you want within a 3 mile radius of the hotel.

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Combining modern hotel amenities and features with refined Southern hospitality, Origin Lexington introduces time-honored Kentucky traditions to our guests.  Designed for explorers, by explorers, the Origin Collection brings hotels as unique in personality as they are in place to cities across the country. Serving as a portal into each local scene, Origin allows guests to venture out, connect with one another, and truly experience the local community.  The Origin is located 80 miles from Churchill Down and guests will travel in luxury round-trip transportation departing from The Origin Hotel in Lexington to Churchill Downs in Louisville.

Modern Southern Style Guest Rooms
Inspired by the Bluegrass state, Origin Lexington offers locally-infused guest rooms featuring luxury linens, locally inspired decor, and polished furnishings, guests are guaranteed to experience a one-of-a-kind Lexington experience.

33 Staves Restaurant and Bar
Serving a seasonally crafted menu with handpicked ingredients from local farmers, 33 Staves brings Kentucky-inspired fare to Origin Lexington.  33 Staves pays tribute to Kentucky roots while bringing true southern hospitality to guests.

Stay Fit and Healthy 
Equipped with state-of-the-art fitness equipment, the gym is designed for a complete workout.  All guests can also request a yoga kit, including a yoga mat, yoga strap, fitness towel, and yoga instructional card.

Stay in the heart of Horse Country
As the Horse Capital of the World, Lexington is home to countless four-legged celebrities. Make plans to visit one of the area horse farms or Kenneland, a Thoroughbred racing facility and National Historic Landmark.

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Very grateful to the Bucket List Events team for helping us craft a wonderful itinerary for the 2021 Kentucky Derby. Despite the ever-changing status of the event given the pandemic, Ben and the team ensured a wonderful and memorable weekend for our group. Looking forward to partnering again on a future event!

Graham Hearns, 2021 Client

A big shout out to Bucket List Events. Thank you for guiding us through the ticketing process and securing us fantastic seats [at Churchill Downs]. We also appreciated all of the wonderful suggestions of things to do while in the area. You definitely went above and beyond. We had an amazing weekend!"

Carolyn Vegas, 2021 Client