Louisville has plenty of great places to stay the night like the ultra-cool first 21C Hotel or the Galt House with its southern elegance, but if you’re looking for the best bed & breakfast in Louisville, you need to jump across the river to Jeffersonville, Indiana and the Market Street Inn.
With a steady stream of activities like the Kentucky Derby, the Street Nationals, and University of Louisville sports, Louisville is constantly abuzz these days, but all that buzz can take it out of you. I found this out after spending a night out on the Ohio River for the Great Steamboat Race. (More on that here.)
It had been a great night out- lots of complimentary bourbon and plenty to see and do, but by the time the sun went down, I was exhausted. After wandering around down by the river, taking in the beautiful Louisville skyline, I walked the short block walk back to my room at the Market Street Inn.
The Market Street Inn is just as charming as you hope it would be… The decor fits perfectly, and as you can see, the rooms are just as well-done as the common spaces.
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With several breakfast options along with a slew of different juices, and, of course, fresh coffee, you probably won’t find a better breakfast on either side of the river. I chose the eggs in a hole, and it did not disappoint.
So, yes, the house is beautiful, the rooms comfortable and charming, and the food delicious, but that’s not enough to make a bed & breakfast truly a great stay. For that, you need a good story told by some friendly innkeepers. For that, owners Steve and Carol Stenbro did not disappoint.
Steve, a retired toolmaker from Ford, told me the story of the Market Street Inn and the remarkable work they’d put into the house to make it the gem it is today…
The house, dating back to 1881, has seen many uses and its fair share of tragedy befall it. In 1906 it became the “Old Ladies Home,” a place of support and refuge for women left widowed by the Civil War. The house would once again show comfort to many as the Haven House Homeless Shelter for over a decade until two fires in 1996 left the home severely damaged. It would sit vacant and in disrepair for 6 years until the Stenbros would bravely buy the house at auction with the bold plan to restore, renovate, and open the home as a bed & breakfast.
In 2005, over 3 years since the Stenbros bought the house with their crazy dream, the Market Street Inn welcomed its first guests. The fact the couple was able to love this home back into anything in just 3 1/2 years is downright amazing. I thought about asking for a couple of the pictures Steve showed me during breakfast, but, to be honest, you deserve to have Steve tell you the story and show you the pictures in person. The transformation of this historic home just adds to its allure.
The Stenbros hard work has paid off as now the Market Street Inn in quaint little Jeffersonville is consistently ranked #1 for the area and has even caught the eye of a United States president- In 2006 the Market Street Inn hosted President George W. Bush.
If you’re planning a trip to Louisville or just looking for a little weekend getaway to southern Indiana, put the Market Street Inn on your shortlist for accommodations.
More about the Market Street Inn:
- Entire home is 10,000 + square feet
- More than twenty-five rooms including 8 1/2 Bathrooms
- Seven guest bedrooms including three spacious Suites
- All guest rooms have private baths.
- Eleven fireplaces.
- Innkeeper’s apartment
- Antique & gift shop
- Commercial kitchen
- Two Dining Rooms
- Large 3rd floor Rooftop Party Deck
- Relaxing Front porch
- 50 amp hookup for RV’s and Motor Coaches is available