Landmark Building Reopens as Embassy Suites in the Heart of Downtown Louisville
New adaptive reuse hotel blends historic building with modern all-suite amenities
Opened in 1907, the Stewart's Dry Goods Company Building is a downtown landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Louisville, Kentucky. With many historic details maintained, including a large clock that once graced the entry way, guests will delight in the preserved touches yet appreciate how it seamlessly blends with a modern décor for an intimate atmosphere. The ceiling boasts all original architecture that has been carefully restored to its beauty. One wall of the hotel features artistic tiles of hand-sanded orchids, paying homage to The Orchid Tea Room, which was once a bustling restaurant on the sixth floor of the popular Louisville department store.
"A lot of research was done to find the right designer that could transform this beautiful historical building into a unique and edgy adaptive reuse hotel that I had envisioned. The hotel features private balconies, an expansive lobby with soaring ceiling heights, a high energy lobby bar, images of the building's historic past, guest room skylights and well preserved 100 year old architecture," said Eric P. Bachelor, owner, Embassy Suites Louisville Downtown. "The hotel will be a catalyst for the emerging growth of the city, which is being nationally recognized, and inspire others to do the same."
"We are so proud to bring back to life the former Stewart's Dry Goods building," says Charlie Olisa, general manager, Embassy Suites Louisville Downtown. "We wanted to preserve the outstanding, original turn-of-the-century commercial architecture and keep the historical details of the building intact while making sure we still offered modern amenities and conveniences Embassy Suites guests love."
Located in the center of the Downtown Business District close to all major employers, the hotel is within walking distance of major entertainment options including 4th Street Live!, the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, and the KFC Yum! Center. The hotel, situated just five miles from Louisville International Airport, will be a destination for tourists looking to sample Kentucky's fine bourbons on Whiskey Row or to tour the town's historic landmarks and museums.
"We're excited to expand our presence in Louisville, Kentucky and transform this historic building into a thriving Embassy Suites hotel," said John Rogers, global head, Embassy Suites Hotels. "Historic properties have wide-ranging appeal for both guests and developers alike and this hotel is a clear demonstration of Embassy Suites' flexible approach to development."
The dining experience features a high energy, fine dining seafood restaurant, Brendon's Catch 23, which is connected to the hotel and features steak and low country options. Catch 23 also offers food at the Lobby Bar and evening room service. In addition, the hotel is within walking distance of over 50 dining and restaurant options.
Meeting space is comprised of nine separate meeting rooms totaling 15,000 sq. ft. with the largest room accommodating up to 350 guests in a business or social setting. A private dining room and three private atriums fit for exclusive receptions are available for up to fifty guests. In addition, four conference suites add to the plentiful space options. The hotel offers Meetings SimplifiedTM by Embassy Suites packages ranging from $65 to $89 per person, which includes a comfortable meeting room, full-service catering, WiFi, and audio visual services.
The hotel features the brand's signature amenities including its free made-to-order breakfast, a two-hour complimentary Evening Reception* with snacks and beverages, two-room suites with a separate living area, private bedroom, WiFi, 40-inch HDTV's, a wet bar fitted with a microwave, a mini-fridge and a coffee maker. Guests have access to the 24-hour Embassy BusinessLinkTM Business Center and fitness center, featuring state of the art equipment overlooking an indoor swimming pool. An open space for yoga, meditation or stretching is also available.
Embassy Suites Louisville Downtown participates in Hilton HHonors®, the only guest rewards program that allows members to earn Points & Miles® for the same stay and redeem points for free nights with no blackout dates at more than 4,300 hotels worldwide. Book by July 31, 2015 to receive double HHonors points.
Embassy Suites Louisville Downtown is located at 501 South Fourth Street, Louisville, KY, 40202. For reservations or more information, visit Embassy Suites Louisville Downtown at www.louisvilledowntown.embassysuites.com or call + 1-502-813-3800.
About Embassy Suites by Hilton
Embassy Suites by Hilton, one of Hilton’s 17 market-leading brands, is dedicated to delivering what matters most to travelers. The full-service, upscale brand offers two-room suites, free made-to-order breakfast and a nightly two-hour reception with complimentary drinks and snacks. Both leisure and business travelers looking for a relaxed, yet sophisticated experience will feel right at home with brand-standard amenities like inviting atriums and complimentary 24-hour business and fitness centers. Embassy Suites by Hilton has 253 hotels with 46 in the pipeline. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard WiFi, and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app. For more information, visit www.embassysuites.com or newsroom.hilton.com/embassysuites, and connect with Embassy Suites by Hilton on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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