Moxy, shown here, and Hotel Distil are slated to open on Whiskey Row in November. | Photo by Kevin Gibson

The twin hotel project on Whiskey Row, slated to open in November, may only be a shell at the moment, but the development is making progress, with individual hotel rooms mostly constructed, dining and bar spaces carved out and construction workers hard at it on all floors.

White Lodge, an Indiana-based hospitality company, offered media guided tours of Hotel Distil and Moxy this week, while also announcing details on the series of restaurants and bars that will inhabit the hotels.

Hotel Distil, a standalone concept designed in a distilling motif, will have 205 rooms, plus meeting space, an oak-fired steakhouse called Repeal, an open-air bar called Bitters End and other amenities. Moxy, meanwhile, will have 110 rooms that will be much smaller, plus a space called Bar Moxy that also will have a food concept called Zombie Taco.

The project was launched in 2017 by developer Steve Poe.

Hotel Distil will be a more upscale concept, with rooms typically starting around $200 and up. It will feature a variety of room sizes as well as king and queen suites that can be booked together as pairs to create larger suites. Corner rooms will be premium with views of the city. It is part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection Hotels.

Expect grand views of downtown from some areas of the hotels. | Photo by Kevin Gibson

Moxy will be more casual and efficient, targeting millennials. Rooms will average under 200 square feet and come equipped with 42-inch flatscreen TVs, built-in USB ports and free wi-fi.

In addition, saved space will come from replacing closets with peg walls.

Bar Moxy will be a gathering place where guests can mingle and enjoy a snack. The hotel is also under the Marriott umbrella.

The upscale Repeal will offer high-end food, a bar with more than 100 bourbons, a premium private space called the Barrel Room that overlooks the main restaurant, and a more casual adjacent bar called Bitters End, which will be accessible to all via stairs accessible from the street.

White Lodge representative Steve Burke said Repeal would combine classic distilling themes with modern design and stressed it would’t be like a typical hotel bar or restaurant. It will simply be “a bar that happens to live in a hotel.”

Meanwhile, Bar Moxy will feature a permanent food truck concept in Zombie Taco, which will serve tacos, burritos, burrito bowls and more. The bar will be so integral to the hotel that guests will check in there. Room efficiency will be the key for on-the-go guests who don’t want to spend much time in their rooms, choosing instead to be out enjoying the city.

“It’s millennial-driven,” said general manager Justin Weeks. “It will have everything you need and nothing you don’t.”

Both hotels will be situated along Whiskey Row, with Hotel Distil facing Main Street fronted by a historic facade and Moxy at the corner of First Street, extending back to Washington Street. Glass fronts and rears will provide some rooms and areas of the hotels with views of downtown, while some spaces will have views of the riverfront.

Below is a collection of photos from the current construction mixed with renderings of what the hotel and bar spaces will look like when complete.

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Kevin Gibson
Kevin Gibson tackles the 3Rs — retail, restaurants, real estate — plus, economic development. He loves bacon, loathes cucumbers and once interviewed Yoko Ono. Check out his books, “Louisville Beer: Derby City History on Draft” and “100 Things to do in Louisville Before You Die.” He has won numerous awards for his work but doesn’t know where most of them are now. In his spare time, he plays in a band called the Uncommon Houseflies.Email Kevin at [email protected]