The hotel at 1921 Bishop Lane off of Newburg Road used to be a Best Western and then the Louisville Airport East Hotel, but now it's a Holiday Inn Express.

The newly renovated hotel is bringing change to the Bashford Manor neighborhood.

“It was a complete gut and overhaul for this property,” Holiday Inn Express General Manager Shannon Murphy said.

The lobby, guest rooms, workout facility, meeting rooms and pool are completely remodeled. 

Guests at the new Holiday Inn Express say the $5 million investment was worth it.

“The more investments that are made positively, I think you'll have a different clientele wanting to stay, and hopefully, that can make a positive difference,” Metro Councilman Pat Mulvihill (D) said.

Mulvihill says he'd like to see other hotels near Newburg Road and the Watterson Expressway turn over a new leaf too.

“Know your guest, get an ID, have a camera when folks come in,” said Mulvihill, who added that improving hotel facilities helps decrease crime.

Around the corner, The Economy Inn on Bardstown Road hopes joining the Budgetel Inn franchise in November will give it a new start. It struggled with crime for years with many calls of prostitution and drug use. Management has added 24-hour security and is working closely with LMPD.   

Mulvihill says the Public Nuisance Ordinance Metro Council passed last year seems to be working. It holds hotel and motel owners accountable for repeat police visits and arrests on their property.

“At this point, there has been no hotel that has fallen under it," he said. "It's something I think the council should revisit to make sure it's strong enough and making sure people follow the law.”

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