Plane Spotting Louisville

Crowne Plaza Hotel (was the Executive West Hotel)
 Latest update November 2017
Location: ** A 5 minute drive from the terminal building
Spotting: **

Ask for a high level room facing the airport. The hotel is located in between the 2 parallel runways on short final. Unfortunately the reflective coating on the windows distorts the aircraft slightly making it difficult to read off inbounds and outbounds. The hotel offers limited views of the western side of the airport terminal and of around a quarter of the UPS terminal stands.

The taxiway views to UPS are restricted so in most cases you need to see the aircraft as it lands or departs on the two runways. The evening UPS arrival rush tends to land towards the hotel on runways 35L and 35R. Traffic landing on the Right can be easily seen as it rolls out towards the hotel. There are buildings obscuring the views of landers on 35L meaning that you see traffic on short finals and then for around 2 seconds whilst vacating the runway.

In hours of darkness there is enough ambient light to identify the aircraft type and see the tail logo, however flight tracking is needed to tie up the airframe.

The departure rush is usually reversed, traffic departing away from the hotel on 17L and 17R. Traffic on the left is easily seen as it taxis down and lines up. On the right you literally get 2 seconds as it lines up before disappearing behind buildings.

Monday to Friday nights should produce a haul of around 100 UPS aircraft so the hotel regards those who are chasing the UPS fleet.

 

Room 690 has one large Queen bed and has confirmed views shown on the photos below.

Photos: ** Forget photos from the room. From the car park arriving shots should be possible on one of the runways although better spots exist on the perimeter about a 5 minute drive away.
Value: ** Quite a plush hotel but rooms can be had for around £60 a night
Book:   This hotel can be booked through  Booking.com or Hotels.com
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Below : Views of the UPS ramp from room 690 of The Crowne Plaza

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Below : The Crowne Plaza gives views of the ANG ramp as well as runway 17L

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Howard Johnson
 
Location: ** A 5 minute drive from the terminal building. Next door to The Crowne Plaza above
Spotting: **

Ask for a high level room facing the airport. The hotel is located in between the 2 parallel runways on short final.

At night time the UPS activity can be seen on both runways, but SBS/ACARS is needed to identify the aircraft.  During the day inbounds/outbounds are visible from the hotel car park and should be read off easily.

Photos: ** Forget photos from the room. From the car park arriving shots should be possible on one of the runways although better spots exist on the perimeter about a 5 minute drive away.
Value: ** Around £60 a night
Book:   This hotel can be booked through AGODA or Hotels.com  
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Hilton Garden Inn
 
Location: * Is located on around a 1.5 mile final and is in between the Runway 17L and 17R approaches
Spotting: **

Request a top floor room at the airport end overlooking the airport. Any odd number room between 825 and 835 should give views of the 17L approach. During the UPS hub around 50% of traffic will land on this runway. Anything landing on the other runway 17R can be seen from the window at the end of the corridor the higher numbered odd numbers are nearer to this window so you need 835 or 833 ideally)

Due to the location you only get traffic landing, or departing over the hotel, so if landing over, you will not see them depart again. 

Photos: * None Reported
Value: * Expensive at around £110 per night
Book:   This hotel can be booked through  Booking.com or Hotels.com  
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