Holiday Inn Express to open at 8th, Market

Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express at Eighth and Market that will open soon. March 30, 2016(Photo: By Michael Clevenger, The Courier-Journal)Buy Photo

An eight-story Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express & Suites with 145 rooms that cost nearly $20 million is opening on the southwest corner of Eighth and Market streets in downtown Louisville, a short distance from the Interstate 64-Ninth Street interchange. Mayor Greg Fischer is to preside at a grand opening celebration of the hotel at 5 p.m. Monday, April 4. The hotel will take its first reservations the following evening.

Louisville Glassworks Lofts II, headed by architect and developer Bill Weyland, sold the land across from the Glassworks project to a group that includes Dunn Hospitality Group of Evansville, Ind., for $850,000, according to Jefferson property valuation records.

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Dunn built and will operate the hotel. Plans for a hotel near Glassworks date to 2009, when Weyland released a plan for several blocks near Seventh and Liberty streets. The hotel site is on the south side of Market, just east of the ZirMed tower and parking garage, another Weyland group venture. Jacob Pendleton, Dunn Hospitality’s vice president of development, said in a letter to the metro planning agency that the hotel has 87,000 square feet of space. The rooms will include 28 suites.

The hotel’s exterior will be illuminated in the Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express chain’s brand of blue lighting, and that the hotel will have large storefront-style windows and will have LED lighting. Amenities include ample meeting space, a complimentary breakfast for guests and a fitness center. Room rates have not been disclosed, but there are four other Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express properties in and near Louisville.

Those rooms typically cost about $120 a night. Dunn Hospitality has developed and operates at least six other hotels five in Evansville and one in Columbus, Ind.

Reporter Sheldon S. Shafer can be reached at (502) 582-7089, or via email at sshafer@courier-journal.com.

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<b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Inn Express To Open At 8th, MarketBuy Photo

Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express at Eighth and Market that will open soon. March 30, 2016 (Photo: By Michael Clevenger, The Courier-Journal)

<b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Inn Express To Open At 8th, MarketBuy Photo

Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express at Eighth and Market that will open soon. March 30, 2016 (Photo: By Michael Clevenger, The Courier-Journal)

<b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Inn Express To Open At 8th, MarketBuy Photo

Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express at Eighth and Market that will open soon.

March 30, 2016 (Photo: By Michael Clevenger, The Courier-Journal)

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