The Real Cost of Attending the Kentucky Derby

By Ben Steverman - 2013-05-02T19:33:55Z

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A week before race day, rooms at budget hotels near Churchill Downs were priced at more than $500 per night, four or five times their usual rate. The classiest accommodations are far more expensive. A three-night stay at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville costs $3,375 to $4,575. The packages include a reception with live entertainment at the 1,290-room hotel, which is five miles from the track.