The hospitality industry in Louisville, KY, is about to get a major facelift thanks to a new downtown hotel courtesy of Omni Hotels & Resorts, plans for which were unveiled last week by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.
Located a block from the Kentucky International Convention Center, the new hotel will be part of Louisville's massive Center City project: a $259 million mixed-use development that will constitute the third tallest skyscraper in Louisville. It will include 600 luxury suites, two ballrooms, two full-service restaurants, a rooftop swimming pool, a rooftop café and bar, a spa and fitness center, an extensive gallery space for local artists, and 70,000 square feet of meeting space.
"The investment is transformational for downtown and another sign of the momentum in our city. We are thrilled to partner with the great team at Omni Hotels & Resorts, a nationally recognized luxury hotel brand," Fischer said in a statement. "Outside of the Ohio River Bridges Project, this will be the largest single investment occurring in Louisville."
Although a construction timeline was not announced, the hotel is expected to boost Louisville's appeal for groups when it finally opens.
"The Omni is a game-changer for Louisville's hospitality industry increasing our convention business potential in a competitive marketplace," said Karen Williams, president and CEO of the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Louisville currently hosts 12.7 million visitors each year. A hotel project of this scope will help support and strengthen further tourism growth."
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