LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – It’s one one of the most recognizable buildings in Kentuckiana.
WHAS 11 has learned the Galt House Hotel's board of directors has approved planning stages for a multimillion upgrade.
"We're planning on renovating the entry areas, the public spaces, the restaurants and the guest rooms and suites," Sandy Heydt, Al J. Schneider Company, said.
Heydt is the Chief Marketing Officer with the Al J. Schneider Company that owns the Galt House. She says once construction begins, guests will have zero to little impact on their time at the hotel.
"We have the luxury of having our two tower design so we can work on parts of one tower and move our guests and our events to another tower and nobody has to know anything is going on," Heydt said.
It's becoming a growing trend in downtown Louisville – orange cones, closures and construction.
From Whiskey Row to the new Omni Hotel, Heydt says you can see the progress everywhere you look.
"We're really excited to be a part of the Main Street revitalization because 4th and Main is the core of downtown,” she said.
Heydt also says a new bistro restaurant is coming to lobby of the east side hotel and may expand onto the sidewalk area.
"Next to the Convention Center there are many groups that can be completely self-contained in our building and never have to leave."
The numbers are impressive. Thirteen-hundred rooms, 130,000 square feet of meeting space and 4 restaurants but Heydt says it’s the people of this city and the hotel staff that make up the center of any ideal renovation plan.
"If you don't have the right feeling and you don't have the right guest experience and emotional connection with the guest and customer, then all of the money you've spent on the facility actually isn't going to get you what you want at the end of the day," she said.
Renderings have yet to be released but Heydt says a model hotel room should be ready by end of this year with construction starting in early 2018.