Galt House Hotel Joins Wyndham’s Trademark Collection as Largest Hotel in Portfolio
Investing $80 Million to Renovate Hotel by 2020
The Galt House, Louisville largest hotel is joining the Trademark Collection by Wyndham as an independently owned soft-branded property. The flagship hotel, which will begin a $80 million renovation this June, becomes Wyndham Hotel Group’s largest single addition in North America to date with 1,310 rooms. The Trademark Collection by Wyndham has a growing portfolio of nearly 70 global hotels.
“The Galt House has long been a historic icon, not only because it’s the largest hotel in the city but has built a prominent reputation as Louisville’s only riverfront hotel,” said Karen Williams, President & CEO of the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau. “This significant renovation and new partnership with Trademark Hotel Collection, within the Wyndham Hotel family, only strengthens our city’s hotel package and is perfectly timed to add to Louisville’s renaissance with the re-opening of the Kentucky International Convention Center. The Galt House hotel’s investment in this signature property compliments the other unprecedented development in tourism infrastructure from bourbon attractions to an exploding culinary scene and positions us well for increased visitation in the years to come.”
With its hotel roots dating back to 1835, today’s two-towered Galt House Hotel, Trademark Collection by Wyndham features seven restaurants and lounges including RIVUE Restaurant & Lounge, the world’s only rotating rooftop bar perched 25 stories high and Jockey Silks Bourbon Bar, featuring more than 150 Kentucky bourbons and assorted whiskeys. The hotel also boasts 53 meeting rooms spanning 130,000 square feet of function space.
Upcoming renovations, including new a logo look, will refashion the hotel’s blended Midwestern spirit and Southern charm hospitality, keeping it competitive in the convention and meeting markets as well as endearing its legacy to today’s modern guest. The Galt House Hotel selected local companies K. Norman Berry Associates Architects and Swope Design to create the look and feel of the new public spaces and guest rooms. Louisville’s PLC Construction Management and Kelley Construction were contracted to bring those designs to life. Together with New Albany’s Restonic, the Galt House Hotel created a branded mattress, exclusive to their 1300+ rooms. Many of the materials –including wallcoverings and flooring- were sourced locally.
Major overhauls include reimagining guestrooms and public spaces with fresh design, furnishing and finishes inspired by the food, bourbon, horses and colors of Kentucky, like spring-green, saddle-brown, aged-barn red, thoroughbred-blue and jockey-silk orange. The hotel will also introduce fresh culinary concepts to all dining concepts including three new restaurants.
Launched last year, Trademark is a collection of upper-midscale-and-above hotels with fiercely independent spirit and individuality. It’s the first soft brand geared to independent hoteliers with landmark three- and four-star hotels designed for everyday travelers seeking unique accommodations.