The Seelbach Hilton Hotel dates back 111 years. | Courtesy of Bisig Impact Group

The sale of the 111-year-old Seelbach Hilton Hotel is now final, according to an announcement from the new owner.

Columbus-based investment firm Rockbridge announced late Thursday that it bought the historic hotel, located at 500 S. Fourth St., for an undisclosed price. Louisville-based Musselman Hotels Management will manage the property.

“We look forward to working with our local partner and the City to explore potential opportunities for the Seelbach,” Rockbridge CEO Jim Merkel said in the release.

The Seelbach previously was owned by Maryland-based Thayer Lodging.

A public relations representative for the company said Rockbridge would release further information in the future but had no other details to divulge at this time.

The deed was not immediately available on the Jefferson County Clerk’s website, and the office had already closed for the day, so the purchase price is currently unknown.

Insider broke the news that the hotel was for sale in 2016 and reported in October that Rockbridge would likely be the Seelbach’s buyer. Rockbridge owns more than 50 hotels across the United States, including two in Lexington.

The 321-room Seelbach is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and boosts several restaurants and bars as well as more than 32,000-square-feet of meeting space. It has played a prominent role in pop culture history, including as a popular hangout for gangster Al Capone and a feature in “The Great Gatsby.”

Today, the hotel is popular among visiting celebrity and politicians. It also regularly hosts weddings and other events.

Louisville native Caitlin Bowling has covered the local restaurant and retail scene since 2014. After graduating from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Caitlin got her start at a newspaper in the mountains of North Carolina where she won multiple state awards for her reporting. Since returning to Louisville, she’s written for Business First and Insider Louisville, winning awards for health and business reporting and becoming a go-to source for business news. In addition to restaurants and retail business, Caitlin covers real estate, economic development and tourism. Email Caitlin at [email protected]


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