Located in Lexington, the so-called “Horse Capital of the World,” the University of Kentucky is a massive institution with a student body 30,000 strong. To serve this prodigious number of knowledge-seekers, the university offers 93 undergraduate programs. Students should have no trouble finding research material: there are 15 libraries on campus. Also on-site is the Commonwealth Stadium, home to the school’s Wildcats football team.
Ranked as one of the 17 “cleanest cities” by Forbes, Lexington is bordered by pastureland and greenbelts that help to preserve its horse industry. Looking to spend some time in this “Athens of the West?” We’ve selected three of the area’s best hotels for your consideration. All three are affordable and have been rated highly by past guests.
From $86/ night
A bestseller in the Lexington area, this Holiday Inn is within walking distance of the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Despite its closeness to a generally noisy healthcare center, visitors suggest this hotel offers quiet comfort. Each clean, spacious room has a modern, casual vibe, with cable TV installed. If you’re looking to swim or exercise, both an indoor pool and fitness center are available. Feeling lazier? There’s a hot tub for that. In the morning, you can enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast.
From $110/ night
If you’re planning on an afternoon of wild cheers and enthusiasm at the football stadium, this hotel is a good choice, as Commonwealth Stadium is less than a mile away. If swimming is more your thing, the property has a year-round outdoor pool, complete with fountains. A fitness center is also on-site. Whatever activity you might pursue, breakfast is included and should provide ample fuel for the day ahead. Otherwise, there’s free wifi across the property and cable TV in each room. Your room should be more than suitable for lounging; past guests praise the hotel’s cleanliness.
From $91/ night
About a mile and a half from the University of Kentucky, this hip property has apartment-style suites and studios with a youthful, laid-back vibe. A kitchenette with a dishwasher, microwave and fridge make these suites ideal for extended-stay customers. Don’t feel like cooking? That’s fine, too, since breakfast is free. The decor is bright and energizing, perfect for inspiring a good sweat in the fitness center, which is well-equipped for a diversity of workouts. At this pet-friendly locale, both people and animals are welcome (provided the latter weighs 30 pounds or less).