VERSAILLES, Ky. (LEX 18) — Normally, every hotel in Lexington would be booked out because of the Kentucky Derby. But with the Derby being postponed until September, hotels are doing what they can to get by.
The Kentucky Castle is normally on a high of excitement and business with Keeneland bringing them to Derby weekend.
"Unfortunately, we've had a large chunk of our employees that we've had to let go because we just do not have the business," Chief Operating Officer Christie Eckerline said.
In March, The Castle shutdown for 10 days, never imagining what was ahead of them.
"Our events business is completely shut down. Our spa is completely shut down. Our restaurant is completely shut down," Eckerline said.
Their hotel is open for any essential workers who still have to travel and need a safe space to stay. In the meantime, they're doing some improvement projects.
"We are going in repainting, refurbishing so that when we are able to open up, it's going to be a lovely room for our guests to enjoy," Eckerline said.