A four-story brick warehouse at 822 South Floyd Street is set to be transformed into a boutique hotel catering to Louisville’s gay community. The Courier-Journal reported recently that businessman George Stinson, owner of Connections bar and partner in the Kentucky Theater Marketplace on Fourth Street, plans to create Vu, a $3 million, 55-room boutique hotel inside the 1860s-era property.
The 18,000 square foot warehouse located just south of College Street in the Smoketown-Jackson Park neighborhood was once a cigar and twist chewing tobacco factory for the Ryan Hampton Tobacco Company. The interior features wide open spaces with large wood-post columns common in many of the city’s old warehouses.
Project plans also call for meeting rooms, a lounge, a small restaurant, a lounge, and a health facility. Stinson has no construction timeline in place, but told the C-J he hoped to get started by the end of the year. Rooms are expected to be priced at $150 to $175 a night.