Omni Louisville designed by Waldrop + Nichols is a skyline defining project playing a significant role in showcasing the city of Louisville as a destination city.
Designed to showcase, highlight and represent the iconic landmarks and lifestyle of Louisville, Kentucky, the Omni Louisville Hotel transformed the downtown skyline and created a foundation for economic development, urban growth and community involvement. The culture and community became the platform for design, allowing the interior architectural design to be bold and dramatic while inviting. Layers of stark contrast and colour seamlessly interweave throughout the property to provide visual interest and unexpected details; the blending of grit and polish.
To create a sense of place, the design translated characteristics of the property’s location to create a truly unique and authentic Louisville-inspired destination. Snapshots from the trusses of the Big Four Bridge, historic facades along Main Street, brick archways from the Morrisey Parking Garage, and the play of water from the Ohio Falls all seamlessly collaborate, creating a new approach and style of refined urban industrialism.
The hotel features 612 guestrooms, 225 luxury apartments, 6 dining destinations, a Mokara spa, and 70,000 square feet of meeting space. Additional amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness centre, a rooftop pool overlooking downtown, a secret speakeasy complete with a hidden entrance, bowling lanes, and a full-service lifestyle market with numerous culinary venues, a boutique floral outlet, and curated bookstore. The hotel offers multiple gathering destinations including a library with double-sided copper-clad fireplace, an exclusive collection of retail shopping outlets, a hand selected bourbon tasting retail experience, and a lobby art gallery featuring over thirty local artist works, all commissioned specifically for this hotel.
As the heart of the hotel, the lobby is the initial impact moment for locals and guests to feel an immediate connection to the history and future of the city, through the translation of iconic landmarks and architecture, and celebrated by the diverse representation of original commissioned artwork in a permanent exhibition space. The cross section of modern vibrancy from the art’s creative community mixed with the rich heritage of Louisville creates a space completely authentic, robust and alive.