City Center hotels nearing grand opening

Posted at 12:41 PM, Dec 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-19 19:10:58-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — In less than a month, the ribbon will be cut on the final piece of Lexington's City Center.

Project Coordinator Ralph Coldiron has watched the development go from a hole in the ground to a bustling part of Lexington's downtown.

"It's an exciting time for City Center to finally get the hotels up and running," said Coldiron.

In just a few short weeks, both the Marriott and the Residence Inn will be open for business, marking the finish line for Coldiron.

"This is the final part of the puzzle," said Coldiron. "Both the Marriott and the Residence Inn are the last two segments of the City Center project that will be open, and we will be finished."

The 218-room Marriott is 12 stories. It is a plush hotel complete with a presidential suite. It is connected to the 120-room Residence Inn, which is an extended-stay concept.

"So, we've got washers, dryers, everything you need if you're gonna stay longer than just a couple of days," Coldiron said.

On the top will be Infinity, a true sky bar with a retractable roof.

"It feels great," said Coldiron. "You know, the last three years we've been putting this puzzle together one piece at a time."

100 people are already on staff and being trained. Coldiron said they will eventually have around 200 employees, all of whom without, he said, this dream could never be a reality.

"Especially the Greer Companies and Webb Companies, our ownership," said Coldiron. "They've been right behind us and pushed all of us for this to be the best property that we could build for Lexington... for central Kentucky."

Coldiron said they already have reservations on the books.

The official ribbon cutting has been scheduled for Jan. 8 and is open to the public.