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Hotels in Lexington near Rupp Arena

Rupp Arena Introduction

The centerpiece of the Lexington Center, the Rupp Arena in downtown Lexington is home to the Kentucky Wildcat's men's and women's basketball teams. Named after legendary coach Adolph Rupp, it has a capacity of nearly 24,000 people and has hosted thousands of basketball matches, music concerts and wrestling tournaments since it opened in 1976. Located in the heart of downtown, it's a 7-minute walk from the Lexington Opera House, and 8 minutes' stroll from Explorium of Lexington, an interactive science museum for children. There are plenty of coffee shops, restaurants and bars in the area, as well a wealth of hotels.

Hotels near Rupp Arena

Next to the Rupp Arena is The Hyatt Regency Lexington hotel. A modern hotel, it features bright, informal rooms, a bar and grill, and an indoor pool, as well as offering a free airport shuttle, Wi-Fi and on-site parking. For easy access to the arena, the Hilton Lexington hotel is connected via 3-minute stroll through a skywalk. It offers contemporary rooms, a trendy bar and restaurant, and an indoor pool. The 21c Museum Hotel is a 6-minute walk from the Rupp Arena. This stylish boutique hotel offers original art, sophisticated rooms and suites, plus a hip restaurant and lounge.

Where to stay near Rupp Arena

The Rupp Arena is located in Lexington's historic downtown area, where the wealth of the city's hotels are found. Lexington was Kentucky's first big city, and on West and East Main Street, which runs through downtown, you'll find several hotels nestled among historic old buildings, such as the Mary Todd Lincoln House. North and South Broadway also cuts through downtown and features a variety of accommodation including mid-range, boutique and budget hotels. To the east of downtown is the charming and historic Gratz Park district, which houses an elegant inn and is a 10-minute walk from the Rupp Arena.

Things to see near Rupp Arena

Situated next to the arena, Triangle Park features an ice rink in winter and fountains in the summer. To the east of the park and a 7-minute walk from the arena is the Lexington Opera House, a working theater which dates back to the 1800s. An 8-minute stroll from the Rupp Arena is Mary Todd Lincoln House, the 19th-century family home of the wife of President Abraham Lincoln. Now a museum, it's the nation's first shrine to honor a First Lady. Further south on East Main Street you'll find the Kentucky Theatre, an historic cinema which opened in 1922.

How to get to Rupp Arena

In the heart of downtown, the Rupp Arena is easy to reach from all central Lexington areas. Being a compact city Lexington is easy to navigate on foot, by car or bike. Highway 68 runs right through downtown and past the Rupp Arena. Lexington is also well-serviced by Lextran bus service. The closest stops to the Rupp Arena are a minute's walk on West High Street, a 4-minute stroll on South Broadway, or 7 minutes away on West Main Street. The city is also serviced by Blue Grass Airport, a regional airport which is 6 miles from downtown.

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