Hotel Covington set to open for guests

Hotel Covington set to open for guests (WKRC)

COVINGTON, Ky. (WKRC) - 100 years ago, it was a department store, 10 years ago it was Covington's city hall, but next week the corner of Seventh and Madison will be reborn again as the Hotel Covington.

Construction of the boutique hotel project was wrapping up. It was a $21million investment in the heart of Covington. The city was enjoying a lot of new growth and the hotel seemed to be sparking even more. The once-busy sales floor of the 1930's that was a gutted shell last fall was turned into an airy, half block long restaurant, bar and lobby to the new Hotel Covington. Some fine tuning work was still going on but the place was ready for guests.

Jack Olshan, Hotel Covington general manager, said, "We've got people booked for Tuesday night. We have a great first week. I'm tickled to death with it. We'll have about 50% of the rooms up and running. We're putting the final touches on a few final floors."

114 guest rooms, 13 of them suites, fill the top 6 floors. Street level is an open, light-filled space with 18-foot ceilings. Coppin's restaurant, one of a few homages to the old department store, is a 110 seat restaurant with glass enclosed area they call the “jewel box.” It’s an outdoor seating area will open later in the fall 2016.

“We've got an amazing fireplace in there so even if it's a little chilly, we'll still be able to be out there serving cocktails and serving dinner,” said Olshan.

There's a full bar with lounge seating along a wall of windows on Seventh Street, a coffee bar, and a small, curated shop that sells locally-distilled liquor and locally-made gifts. By design, the Hotel Covington is across Seventh Street from the Madison Event Center, the developer's business that hosts hundreds of weddings each year. An arranged marriage but the hotel is attracting even more to the party. Across Madison, the owners of Rhinehaus and Nation in Cincinnati were developing the Hannaford, a bar named for the famous architect.

Proprietor for The Hannaford, Andrew Salzbrun, said, "It was the reason we ended up here. It's something that we're excited to be a part of in terms of a partnership with the hotel to be able to offer an enhanced experience to the guests when they stay at the hotel that they have a solid offering across the street."

All of it is taking place within a block of Braxton Brewery, a recently-revived Covington Chili, and the proposed Duveneck Square apartments. A lot going on; new life in the heart of an old northern Kentucky city.

About half the rooms in the hotel Covington will be ready for guests next week. They hope to have the remaining rooms ready in the next several weeks.

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