Venue and Hotel - Galt House Hotel

Conference Hotel & Venue

The 2019 Southeast Regional IDeA Conference will be held at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. This venue overlooks the Ohio River and is located near many downtown activities and restaurants.

A block of rooms with a special rate have been reserved for the SE IDeA Conference.  Rooms can be reserved with the conference rate by using the hotel code included in the email sent after registering for the conference.

Hotel Registration deadline: October 4, 2019

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Services & Amenities at the Galt House:

  • Restaurants in the Hotel:
    RIVUE Restaurant & Lounge® - Voted one of Louisville's best restaurants, this rooftop restaurant features spectacular views of downtown & the waterfront with twin revolving floors. For reservations go to or call (502) 568-4239.
  • Café MagnoliaSM  - Dine casually and enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner.
  • Thelma's DeliSM - A 24-hour deli with  deli sandwiches, salads, pizzas, specialty drinks and more.
  • Al J's at the ConservatorySM  - Located in the Conservatory and was voted best place to "sit and drink." Grab a bite or beverage at the 30-foot aquarium bar, offering sweeping views of downtown and the waterfront.
  • Jockey Silks Bourbon BarSM - Named one of Whisky Magazine's "Best Bourbon Bars in the World." Jockey Silks Bourban Bar is a stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail.

Other Galt House Amenities

A brief history of the Galt House

  • In the early 1800s, the original Galt House was a residence owned by Dr. W.C. Galt. In 1835, a 60-room hotel was opened as the Galt House Hotel across the street from the residence at the northeast corner of First and Main.
  • In 1865, the hotel was destroyed by fire; but within weeks, noted architect R. Whitestone began plans for construction a block away from the original site. The new Galt House Hotel opened in 1869 and operated until 1919. It was razed in 1921.
  • Over half of a century later, in 1972, Galt House Hotel was reestablished by developer Al J. Schneider as part of Louisville's Riverfront Urban Renewal Project. Carpenter by trade, he built the 25 stories high RIVUE Tower, which features beautiful handcrafted woodworking, on the banks of the Ohio River. Galt House Hotel continued to expand with the creation of the SUITE Tower in 1984. Galt House Hotel remains Louisville’s only waterfront hotel.
  • Galt House Hotel was green and eco-friendly before it was cool! It contains one of the largest geothermal heating and air conditioning systems in the world.