Updated: Omni Louisville ahead of schedule, to open earlier than expected

Standing on one of the top floors of the Omni Louisville, Omni Hotels and Resorts officials announced Friday morning that the hotel and luxury apartment development would open a month sooner than planned.

The new timeline places the Omni Louisville’s open date on March 6. The original opening timeline was April 2018 prior to the Kentucky Derby.

Mayor Greg Fischer and Omni officials were among those gathered at the Omni construction site this morning to mark the topping off the development, which has reached its final height of 30 floors.

“Not a day goes by without people stopping on the street corners,” said Dan Piotrowski, area managing director for Omni Hotels & Resorts, who started off the ceremony. “It’s easy to be starstruck by this landmark property.”

The hotel has racked up more than 82,000 reserved room nights through 2023.

“The number will continue to grow,” said Omni Louisville general manager Scott Stuckey.

Those room nights don’t include nights lost as a result of two conventions pulling out of Louisville, a result of a California travel ban.

Once it’s all said and done, the hotel and residences will cost more than $300 million to complete, according to previous reports. It will include 612 hotel rooms, 225 luxury apartments, 70,000 square feet of meeting and event space and a 20,000-square-foot urban grocery and market, a bowling alley/speakeasy, a spa, and two pools with bars.

It will feature numerous touches that play on Louisville’s history and culture, including artwork from local artists, drawer handles with the year Louisville was established, a lobby entrance that is reminiscent of a bourbon barrel and carpet inspired by bourbon.

“Creating a strong brand will, I assure you, drive visitation to Louisville,” said Stacey Yates, vice president of marketing and communications for the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Omni “has been great partners in telling Louisville’s story, and we can’t wait to welcome international visitors to our city through your doors.”

The hotel is expected to be a popular hotel for conventioneers. Tourism officials have previously stated that the Omni Louisville — in tandem with the Kentucky International Convention Center renovations — will allow the city to attract even larger conventions than those held in Louisville in the past.

“It’s a sign Louisville tourism economy is strong and growing,” Yates said Friday morning.

The Omni Louisville will create 320 full-time jobs in addition to the 765 construction jobs.

In return for job creation and anticipated economic impact, the city has awarded $139 million worth of incentives to the Omni Hotels and Resorts’ holding company, and the parking authority is paying for a new $17 million parking garage. The company also will receive $90.5 million in tax rebates from the state.