Omni Hotel showroom. Photos by Steven Anselm.
If you are going to visit Louisville, you should experience the city and everything that makes it unique. At Omni Louisville Hotel, visitors will be able to do just that even before leaving their room.
While construction on the 612-room hotel is scheduled for completion in late spring 2018, their offices and showrooms offer a preview of what’s to come. “We don’t want to just put a hotel down in the middle of the city and ask the community to acquiesce,” explains Director of Sales and Marketing at Omni Hotel & Resorts Eamon O’Brien. “We want the opposite.”
Copper tones with thoughtful touches of soft green and blue pastels make for a warm, inviting space in the one- and two-bed models of the Omni Louisville’s rooms. Subtle touches, like floor lamps with a Louisville Slugger theme and bed throws that feature a truss-like design to reflect that of Louisville’s bridges, create a sense of place. The plush beds are themselves framed by curved nightstands designed to recall the look of Bourbon barrels. The wood motif is continued throughout the rooms for a classic yet contemporary feel.
While hotel room mini-bars are common, opening the distinguished copper handles to the Omni Louisville Hotel’s bar cabinets reveals a selection of Kentucky bourbons. O’Brien elaborates: “We’re putting a lot of effort into being timeless, into the essence of Louisville.” Even the tub and shower have been well considered; their tile was chosen for its resemblance to ice like that used to chill Bourbon.
The artwork is in keeping with local craft too: An image featuring a typewriter honors the days when the Louisville Typewriter Co. was at the site, as well as Kentucky’s literary history. Another shows a man looking through binoculars at a horse race. Back in the showroom office, shelves hold a selection of some of the Kentucky-made goods from which the team draws inspiration.
Artist renditions show an open design in keeping with being a part of its environment for the 30-plus-story hotel’s ground levels. Complementing the rooftop cafe, the plans include a lobby-level restaurant, speakeasy with bowling alley, art gallery and local coffee. “We don’t want to be walled off,” says O’Brien, adding that the space is meant not only for guests but also locals to enjoy. “We want to engage with the community.” VT
STORY BY STEVEN ANSELM.