Historic Kentucky hotel wraps renovation

The propertywide transformation has upgraded all of the 1,239 guestrooms. Photo credit: Galt House

In Louisville, Ky., The Galt House—part of Wyndham’s Trademark Collection—has completed an $80 million renovation. Over the course of two years, the propertywide transformation has upgraded all of the 1,239 guestrooms, added five new dining and bar concepts and reimagined meeting space. In total, more than 1.5 million square feet of space were reimagined at The Galt House.

The East Tower recently redesigned 600 guestrooms and suites to include wet bars and refrigerators, custom Bowles mattresses and Kohler bathroom fixtures. The transformed conservatory on the hotel’s third floor has a nine-screen media wall, the longest bar in Louisville (at 43 feet, 3 inches) and an open layout overlooking the Ohio River to accommodate up to 729 guests. The recently renovated Thelma’s serves breakfast, coffee and specialty drinks, sandwiches, salads and more.

Completed in March 2020, the West Tower’s renovation included 639 guestrooms, a refreshed lobby, new and refreshed standalone restaurant concepts (Walker’s Exchange and Jockey Silks Bourbon Bar) and 30,000 square feet of revamped meeting spaces. 

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“The culmination of The Galt House’s historic two-year renovation is a momentous occasion,” said Scott Shoenberger, president and CEO of the Al J. Schneider Co., which owns and operates the hotel. “Every touchpoint has been thoughtfully approached to provide our discerning guests with a more modern look at Southern hospitality. Whether it’s relaxing in one of our plush guestrooms or simply gathering at Swizzle or Walker’s Exchange, our hotel places guests in the heart of Louisville and we’re incredibly excited to invite those from near and far to experience it.”