Landmark Building Reopens as Embassy Suites in the Heart of Downtown Louisville

New adaptive reuse hotel blends historic building with modern all-suite amenities.

April 08, 2015 // // LOUISVILLE, Ky and McLEAN, Va - Embassy Suites Hotels, the Hilton Worldwide brand of upscale all-suite hotels, announced today the highly anticipated opening of the new 304-suite Embassy Suites Louisville Downtown, an adaptive reuse hotel in the former historic Stewart’s Dry Goods Building. Embassy Suites Louisville Downtown is owned by Eric P. Bachelor and managed by Al J. Schneider Co.

Opened in 1907, the Stewart’s Dry Goods Company Building is a downtown landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Louisville, Kentucky. With many historic details maintained, including a large clock that once graced the entry way, guests will delight in the preserved touches yet appreciate how it seamlessly blends with a modern décor for an intimate atmosphere. The ceiling boasts all original architecture that has been carefully restored to its beauty. One wall of the hotel features artistic tiles of hand-sanded orchids, paying homage to The Orchid Tea Room, which was once a bustling restaurant on the sixth floor of the popular Louisville department store.

“A lot of research was done to find the right designer that could transform this beautiful historical building into a unique and edgy adaptive reuse hotel that I had envisioned. The hotel features private balconies, an expansive lobby with soaring ceiling heights, a high energy lobby bar, images of the building’s historic past, guest room skylights and well preserved 100 year old architecture,” said Eric P. Bachelor, owner, Embassy Suites Louisville Downtown. “The hotel will be a catalyst for the emerging growth of the city, which is being nationally recognized, and inspire others to do the same.”

“We are so proud to bring back to life the former Stewart’s Dry Goods building,” says Charlie Olisa, general manager, Embassy Suites Louisville Downtown. “We wanted to preserve the outstanding, original turn-of-the-century commercial architecture and keep the historical details of the building intact while making sure we still offered modern amenities and conveniences Embassy Suites guests love.”

Located in the center of the Downtown Business District close to all major employers, the hotel is within walking distance of major entertainment options including 4th Street Live!, the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, and the KFC Yum! Center. The hotel, situated just five miles from Louisville International Airport, will be a destination for tourists looking to sample Kentucky’s fine bourbons on Whiskey Row or to tour the town’s historic landmarks and museums.

“We’re excited to expand our presence in Louisville, Kentucky and transform this historic building into a thriving Embassy Suites hotel,” said John Rogers, global head, Embassy Suites Hotels. "Historic properties have wide-ranging appeal for both guests and developers alike and this hotel is a clear demonstration of Embassy Suites' flexible approach to development.”

The dining experience features a high energy, fine dining seafood restaurant, Brendon’s Catch 23, which is connected to the hotel and features steak and low country options. Catch 23 also offers food at the Lobby Bar and evening room service. In addition, the hotel is within walking distance of over 50 dining and restaurant options.

Meeting space is comprised of nine separate meeting rooms totaling 15,000 sq. ft. with the largest room accommodating up to 350 guests in a business or social setting. A private dining room and three private atriums fit for exclusive receptions are available for up to fifty guests. In addition, four conference suites add to the plentiful space options. The hotel offers Meetings Simplified™ by Embassy Suites packages ranging from $65 to $89 per person, which includes a comfortable meeting room, full-service catering, WiFi, and audio visual services.

The hotel features the brand's signature amenities including its free made-to-order breakfast, a two-hour complimentary Evening Reception* with snacks and beverages, two-room suites with a separate living area, private bedroom, WiFi, 40-inch HDTV’s, a wet bar fitted with a microwave, a mini-fridge and a coffee maker. Guests have access to the 24-hour Embassy BusinessLink™ Business Center and fitness center, featuring state of the art equipment overlooking an indoor swimming pool. An open space for yoga, meditation or stretching is also available.

Embassy Suites Louisville Downtown participates in Hilton HHonors®, the only guest rewards program that allows members to earn Points & Miles® for the same stay and redeem points for free nights with no blackout dates at more than 4,300 hotels worldwide. Book by July 31, 2015 to receive double HHonors points.

Embassy Suites Louisville Downtown is located at 501 South Fourth Street, Louisville, KY, 40202. For reservations or more information, visit Embassy Suites Louisville Downtown at or call + 1-502-813-3800.

For more information on Embassy Suites Hotels, please visit For development queries, please visit

About Embassy Suites Hotels

Embassy Suites Hotels, one of Hilton Worldwide’s twelve market-leading brands, is dedicated to delivering what matters most to travelers. The full service, upscale brand offers every guest a two-room suite, free cooked-to-order breakfast and a nightly two-hour reception with complimentary drinks* and snacks. Both leisure and business travelers looking for a relaxed, yet sophisticated, experience will feel right at home with brand-standard amenities like inviting atriums and complimentary 24-hour business and fitness centers. Embassy Suites Hotels has 219 hotels with 40 in the pipeline. For more information, visit, and connect with Embassy Suites at, and

*Service of alcohol subject to state and local laws. Must be of legal drinking age.

About Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 95 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company's portfolio of twelve world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,300 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 715,000 rooms in 94 countries and territories, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio - A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®. Visit for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at,,,, and

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