Hotel Genevieve Offers the Full Louisville Experience

With exuberant interiors nodding to local lore, Bunkhouse Group’s latest boutique outing is a sunny stay steeped in Southern charm.

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Location: Louisville, KY

Designer: ROHE Creative and Bunkhouse

On Offer: Along with making itself at home in Mexico City’s La Condesa neighborhood, Austin’s Bunkhouse group has also arrived in NuLu. “Hotel Genevieve is our largest hotel at 122 rooms,” says executive chairman Amar Lalvani. “It’s our first hotel in Kentucky, our first ground-up construction in the U.S. outside of Texas, and our first collaboration with ROHE Creative, a very talented firm out of Philly.” It’s also the neighborhood’s first boutique hotel. 

The collaboration with Mountain Shore Properties offers a cool blue King Suite facing Market street and a larger, sunny Suite Genevieve. That option, like the hotel itself, is named after the patron saint of Pairs and the limestone enriching the water that makes good Kentucky Bourbon. Sip a glass of the local’s finest on Bunkhouse’s first rooftop bar, with fine views of the Ohio River, while nibbling on street food inspired by the region’s French settlers. Or taste a single-barrel bourbon that will be offered exclusively at the hotel by locals Rabbit Hole Distillery, who have also partnered with Bunkhouse to curate an art walk.

Standout Features: Bunkhouse and ROHE’s interiors focus on bold colors and bespoke details. Refreshingly, ADA options for each floor plan are available. And James Beard–nominated (and Top Chef favorite) Ashleigh Shanti grounds her quartet of culinary amenities throughout the hotel in African American cuisine: Rosette’s, on the ground floor, tempts with thoughtful updates like sweet potato vichyssoise, while Kentucky provisions line the walls of the Mini Marché.

Harder to find, but well worth it, is the late-night speakeasy Lucky Penny, with Shanti’s snacks served alongside cocktails that bring the city’s historic liquor into the future. “Her celebration of African American foodways, including Black Appalachian food,” says Lalvani, “captivated us and will bring a new voice and flavors to Louisville’s already thriving restaurant scene.”

(All photography by Nick Simonite.)

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