The Elwood Hotel & Suites

LOCATION: Lexington, Kentucky

SIZE: 51,120 SQ FT

FEATURES: 65-rooms, restaurant and bar, fitness gym, self check-in, all-new front porch and outdoor gathering space, large-scale exterior mural, FF&E design and procurement

CLIENT: Private Owners

TYPE: Renovation

AWARDS: IIDA Louisville/Lexington, Honor Award, 2023

SUMMARY: The Elwood Hotel & Suites is a vibrant, warm, and charming welcome to the Bluegrass State. Named for the Woman’s Horse, the first woman-owned horse to win the Kentucky Derby, the Elwood possesses the true spirit of a Kentucky woman--warm, genuine, upbeat, gracious, and eternally ready to throw an amazing soirée. The original entrance to the hotel was relocated to be more visible and welcoming, and is surrounded by a full porch equipped with rocking chairs reminiscent of night watching the sunset over the fields on a Kentucky summer night. Indoors, the Fiddletree restaurant features a hand-painted, large-scale botanical mural and an abstracted sunset captured in the tile behind the bar. Flooring was reclaimed from Kentucky barns and brings a warmth and unreplicable genuine charm to the public spaces. The bluegrass seeps into the restrooms via floral ceilings and gingko leaf wall sconces. In the guest rooms, abundant and invigorating natural light streams through the large windows and nurtures the plants in every suite, which combined create a serene and relaxing atmosphere for guests. Guest rooms include further nods to the Kentucky through gingko leaf motifs on the custom armoires and a room divider modeled on a horse stable door. Tweed-patterned carpet in the guest rooms conjures the spirit a debonair equestrian, dressed in his best.