Hotel Distil has officially opened its doors on the historic Whiskey Row. Part of Autograph Collection Hotels, the 205-room boutique hotel celebrates the past, present and future of Louisville's bourbon heritage.
Hotel Distil incorporates an original 1860s era façade, which was saved following a fire in 2015, and was the original location and barrel house for J.T.S. Brown and Sons - whose name remains prominent above one of the entrances.
From the moment guests walk in the door, the homage to bourbon culture is subtle, but clear, as many of the design cues are taken from bourbon barrels and the distilling process, including wood tones, staves, black metal accents and copper fixtures.
Other cues are taken from Louisville's glass blowing community, including pre-Prohibition style globe light fixtures and blown glass flask art pieces.
Fine comforts and gracious service extend to Hotel Distil’s stylish guest rooms, which offer scenic views of the historic Whiskey Row on Main Street. The hotel is comprised of 11 two-room Connoisseur Suites, in addition to 194 rooms with a king bed or two queen beds.
One of the unique experiences guests can participate in is a celebration of the repeal of Prohibition. Hotel Distil guests will be offered an invitation – via a 'prescription card' at check-in – to join in the hotel's lobby for a nightly toast at 7:33 p.m., which is 19:33 Universal Time, the year Prohibition was repealed, where they will be treated to a celebratory whiskey cocktail and a tribute to the repeal of Prohibition.
The property is also home to Whiskey Row's only oak-fired steakhouse, Repeal. The 72-seat restaurant features a large skylight and structure, allowing guests to look up and experience the historic façade.
Adjacent to Repeal is the staircase entrance to Bitters End, Whiskey Row's open-air rooftop bar, complete with a retractable glass roof.