LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It's been years in the making but the Omni Louisville Hotel is just hours from opening to the public.
The luxury facility will open to the public on Tuesday at 3 p.m., following a grand opening ceremony Tuesday morning.
Crews and staff at the hotel were busy on Monday cleaning floors and power washing. Everything is expected to be complete by Tuesday along Second and West Liberty streets.
Scott Stuckey, general manager for Omni Louisville Hotel, said 700 people were working around the clock just this past week, and the hotel hired all employees two weeks ago who have been tied up in training.
Stuckey said he wants the Omni to be a true Louisville experience. Visitors don't have to spend the night there, as it aims to be something the locals can enjoy as well.
Below are some facts about the 30-story hotel, according to the Omni website:
+ 612 finely appointed guest rooms and suites
+ 225 luxury apartments
+ Approximately 70,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, with access to an additional 300,000 square-feet of meeting and exhibit space at the Kentucky International Convention Center
+ Lobby art gallery
+ Dining options include a three-meal-a-day restaurant, lobby lounge, rooftop pool bar and grill, as well as an iconic Bob's Steak & Chop House as the hotel's fine-dining establishment
+ Speakeasy with bowling alley
+ Dynamic 20,000 square-foot modern urban lifestyle market connected to the hotel lobby
+ On-site signature Mokara spa, fitness center and rooftop pool deck
Todd Warren, co-owner of MPI Printing just down the street from the Omni, said he's excited about his new neighbor, which has already become a new customer.
'We've been here since 1978," Warren said. "We've grown up in this neighborhood."
Warren said he thinks the Omni will thrive, and help others near it thrive as well.
"It's going to do more for local businesses around them and it's just it's going to grow," he said. "I think it's going to be a great thing for downtown."
It's also going to be great for traffic, which has been restricted around the hotel during construction. Warren said that with progress, there is always some pain.
"With street closures, that is something we have had to deal with for multiple years, whether it's convention center or Omni or Marriott," he said. "It's short-term pain for long-term gain for sure."
Two-hundred guests will be staying at the Omni on Tuesday night. The well-heeled can also live there in one of the more than 200 luxury apartments, about 20 of which are already leased.
If you were thinking about getting a room for the Derby, Stuckey said the hotel is already sold out.