Bunkhouse Hotels recently introduced Hotel Genevieve—the brand’s largest property to date—in Louisville‘s emerging East Market District. Named for the patron saint of Paris, the hotel was crafted by the Bunkhouse team in collaboration with Philadelphia-based Rohe Creative with distinctive, contemporary architecture and accented by thoughtful details that allude to the city’s unique histories.
“We found so much history to pull inspiration from and conversely, we had this building that was very different than what we were used to. It was a new build in an urban core, so in lieu of having breathtaking beach views or lush gardens, we wanted to heavily lean into decoration,” says Bunkhouse senior vice president of design and development Tenaya Hills. “As we got acquainted with Louisville, we found that so much of the design was wonderful but skewed masculine. We wanted to provide a contrast and reference the French inspiration of the city, of Genevieve herself, and of the incredible lineage of female craftsmanship in the South.”
A vibrant lobby with a vibrant palette evocative of a sunny Parisian café welcomes guests to Hotel Genevieve. The salon-style atmosphere is punctuated by lush greenery in homage to Louisville’s many gardens, while woven elements—from custom corridor carpeting to guestroom artwork—nods to Kentucky’s quilting traditions. A mix of vintage and modern furniture is installed against the colorful backdrop of the interior to further offset the urban vernacular.
Among the inviting restaurant and bar options is all-day concept Rosettes, which accommodate 89 seats across the 1,200-square-foot lobby brasserie, and the moody Lucky Penny speakeasy that seats an intimate 34 guests across 815 square feet. A rooftop lounge crowns the hotel with an indoor-outdoor layout attached to 3,550 square feet of event space and a 24-person private dining room.
Five configurations span the hotel’s 122 guestrooms and suites, ranging from 77 252-square-foot King Louie guestrooms to four 582-square-foot Suite Genevieve guestrooms. Shades of blue, terracotta, and warm yellow adorn each of the accommodations along with custom curvaceous consoles outfitted in a high-gloss ivory lacquer to reflect the saturated hues and amplify luminescence. Bathrooms are equally as luxe, complete with vanities comprising a bespoke mix of marble dust that conjures femininity.