The decor at the Omni Louisville Hotel screams "Welcome to Louisville."    

“Every single fixture, piece of art, piece of fabric in this room represents the city of Louisville and the Commonwealth of Kentucky,"  said Eamon O'Brien, Director of Sales and Marketing at the Omni Louisville Hotel.

There is a floor lamp made out of a baseball bat, and the carpet looks like bourbon spilling out of a cup.

“This carpet is really a fun piece of a modern interpretation of a bourbon splash,” O’Brien said. “And typically, a hotel mini bar will have those small airplane bottles. [The mini bar in the room has] the full 200 mL bottles in four or five choices of great Kentucky bourbon.”

A model of the Omni Louisville rooms is constructed at the Odd Fellows Building on Muhammad Ali Boulevard. 

There will be 225 luxury apartments available for rent.

“We haven’t set pricing yet, and we haven't had the floor plans finalized yet,” O’Brien said.

Although it’s unclear what the one and two bedroom apartments will look like, there's already a wait list with about 100 people applying to move in. O’Brien says this is another piece of the plan to encourage more downtown living in Louisville.

“The Omni Dallas, the Omni Nashville had similar situations," he said. "The central business district didn't have a lot of residential people living or renting downtown, but those two hotels changed the game a little bit.”

There will be a pool for visitors only and a second pool for residents.  There will be a speakeasy with bowling lanes, restaurants including Bob’s Steak and Chop House, an urban lifestyle market and 70,000 square feet of convention space.

Local stores, like clothing store Established Premium Goods on Muhammad Ali Boulevard, say they hope the hotel brings traffic downtown.

“I know downtown hasn't really been a central location as much as the Highlands has, but with the hotel and everything they've been doing down here, I think that's coming soon,” said Kalen Winburn, sales associate at Established Premium Goods.

According to the Downtown Development Partnership, there are more than $1.2 billion worth of investment projects happening right now in downtown. 

The Omni alone is a $300 million project. It's scheduled to open in time for Kentucky Derby 2018. 

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