New hotels opening in record numbers around Louisville

Published: Apr. 10, 2018 at 5:39 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 10, 2018 at 6:21 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - If you feel like you are seeing hotels pop up everywhere, you aren't seeing things. They are quickly going up everywhere in several parts of Louisville.

According to the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau, more than 2,000 new rooms that have opened since 2015.

Some hotels that have recently opened in downtown Louisville include the Omni, Aloft, and Embassy Suites on Forth Street.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Tuesday for the new Homewood Suites by Hilton located at 635 W. Market Street. They officially opened March 21st. The new hotel is in the Museum Row district of downtown Louisville.

"There are a lot of new hotels opening and coming in before the convention center opens in August, " Homewood Suites General Manager Jay Nichols said.

People are always looking for rooms around Derby. When the convention center makeover is complete, newfound convention business should keep the hotel revolving doors spinning.

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According the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau, eight hotels have opened in the last 18 months, from downtown, to the airport and to the east end. Adding more than 1300 rooms to the mix.

But, Louisville is still behind other cities when it comes to hotels. Cities like Indianapolis, Columbus, and Nashville are ahead in the hotel race.

"We are getting there with the growth," Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Karen Williams said. "With what's happening from infrastructure, from new bourbon experiences, new hotels, restaurants and expansions. But, we are still not where we should be at this time."

Under construction right now are the AC Marriott Hotel with a European inspired design on East Market in Nulu. The historic facades of the original Whiskey Row Buildings will be the modern luxury Hotel Distil and Moxy which are planned to open in 2019.

Williams said the boutique hotels are growing in popularity.

A total of 13 hotels are under construction in the Louisville and Southern Indiana area which will add an additional 1,462 rooms.

Louisville currently has more than 19,600 hotel rooms, according to the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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