LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A huge project that's changing the Louisville skyline is beginning to take shape. The Omni Louisville Hotel's foundation has been poured and now WAVE Country is getting the first look at the unique rooms.
Even though the new Omni Louisville is under construction, the hotel has built model rooms in its office space, the Odd Fellows building next door to the construction site at 400 South 2nd Street downtown.
Two rooms are fully furnished to showcase what the actual rooms will look like. A portion of the more than 600 rooms will have a king-size bed and walk-in shower, while others will have two queen-size beds and a bath and shower.
The designs for each room are influenced directly from the architecture, industry, culture and hospitality of the city, including some touches based on the color of bourbon.
The color scheme, deep amber and ice hues, reference bourbon and water. The carpet color was created by scanning 17 different bottles of bourbon, to create the perfect amber and cream tones to mimic splashes of the wildly popular spirit.
The nightstands and valet chest are made from dark wood, curved lines and metal strapping details which are influenced by Kentucky's oak bourbon barrels. Customer drawer pulls on the nightstands and valet chest are hand-engraved with "18," a reference to the year the Omni Louisville is expected open, followed by "Louisville 1778," the year the city was founded.
The floor lamp shape in each room is influenced by the Louisville Slugger baseball bat.
Each bed linen motif is inspired by the steel trusses of the Ohio River bridges, which are only a few blocks from the hotel site.
Each room is equipped with a bar cabinet with copper accents, a nod to traditional copper stills for distilling bourbon. Inside the cabinets, the hotel has provided five different bourbons, glassware and a Keurig coffee machine.
All of the bathrooms have an arched mirror inspired by the historic arches in Louisville's iconic buildings, including the iron building facades of Whiskey Row.
Decorated art can be found in each room, to reflect the city's history, specifically buildings and businesses near the property. The double Queen guest room bath includes a framed canvas depicting a vintage typewriter influenced by the Louisville Typewrite Company, which once stood on the Omni site.
The foundation of the hotel has been poured and two stories will be built each month until all 30 stories are complete.
The hotel is on track for a 2018 opening. It will be the tallest hotel in the city, as well as the third tallest building overall along Louisville's skyline.