COVINGTON, Ky. (March 21, 2016) — Hotel Covington is beginning to take shape as developers prepare for its opening this summer.
A bit off the beaten path of Covington’s city center at 638 Madison Ave., Hotel Covington is a collaboration between Aparium Hotel Group and the Salyers Group.
The project brings new life to an historic Northern Kentucky property.
The expansion of the Aparium Hotel Group portfolio with Hotel Covington is consistent with its vision of creating and managing locally-inspired independent hotels.
A collaboration of the Salyers Group, led by President Guy van Rooyen and Kentucky-based Hub + Weber Architects and Plume Interiors + Light, the $22 million-dollar renovation and restoration of the 1910 Coppin’s Department Store is nearing completion.
John Roberts Coppin, a horse race enthusiast, cashed in after a lucky day at the track and went on to construct the department store in celebration of his greatest passion – fashion. The former department store became the largest retailer in the region. Coppin and his wife – regular visitors to New York’s fashion scene – showcased the hottest and most sought after industry trends.
In honor of Coppin’s success in the mid-1900s, Aparium Hotel Group will manage this historically significant landmarks and revive the once prominent destination.
“Given its history and meaning to the Covington community, our entire team feels honored to revitalize this building and do right by the site and those living in its surrounding area,” says The Salyers Group President Guy van Rooyen. “We carefully considered each detail within the hotel to instill a historic, but modern-day feeling that will evoke curiosity and nostalgia within our guests,” he adds.
Jack Olshan a hospitality veteran has been named General Manager of the stylish, fashion-inspired hotel, the first of its kind in the community.
Van Rooyen said Hotel Covington will be a destination designed to appeal to locals, as well as out-of-town visitors
“It’s a feeling of welcoming – to feel like you’re being embraced by friends,” van Rooyen said.
Deeply rooted in Covington’s history and culture, the property’s reinvention pays tribute to the building’s past through its intricate design, locally sourced food and beverage offerings, and distinctive in-room amenities.
“Just as it was with the creation of our other properties, our goal with Hotel Covington is to create something special that pays homage to the community,” Aparium Hotel Group COO Kevin Robinson says. “With the restoration of this property, we are once again shining a light and sharing the storied history of an incredible building, which will become a thriving destination for which locals can be proud and enjoy as a new social spot.”
At the groundbreaking for Hotel Covington last year, Mayor Sherry Carran said the project demonstrates confidence in the city’s effort to revitalize its urban core.
“In my heart, I always knew this project was going to happen because of the people involved,” Carran said. “This is proof that those who are creative, determined and have the knowledge and the will can make good things happen. I’m just glad they picked Covington.”
A snapshot of Hotel Covington:
Hotel Covington features 114 guestrooms, outfitted in five styles and arrangements. Each room offers a vintage retail-inspired, free-standing clothing rack, a polished wooden desk, and mini-fridge stocked with locally sourced snacks and beverages. The larger suites are outfitted with additional lounge seating and a sofa.
Hotel Covington offers 4,700 square feet of meeting and event space comprised of a ballroom, boardroom, and private dining room. The lobby is an inviting space where both locals and travelers can lounge while sipping on locally roasted coffees or craft cocktails and noshing on bites from the hotel’s dining outlets. Walnut tables are positioned throughout the space to provide a shared, functional work space.
Architecture and Design
The hotel’s architecture and design, created by Hub + Weber and Plume Interiors + Light, instills a sense of timeless comfort, complimented by masculine architecture. The design inspiration stems from that of traditional department store blueprints, with the interior taking center stage. Towering ceilings and concrete columns, which offer a peek into the property’s past, are complemented by period-specific materials.
Coppin’s restaurant, featuring a menu of favorites from both Northern and Southern culinary classics. Northern fare influences include whole fish, game, steak, and salads; while the South is represented in comfort classics such as fried chicken, country ham and biscuits, and black-eyed peas.
Reflecting its geographic location in Northern Kentucky, Coppin’s is approachable, intimate, and comfortable, with a strong sense of style and sophistication. The culinary team is dedicated to the sustainable sourcing of meat, fish, and produce from both regional and local farmers, providing seasonal variations throughout the menu. The 4,000 square-foot restaurant includes a 17-seat bar, featuring a lineup of local craft beer, as well as a broad selection of wine and a craft cocktail program.
Located just off the main lobby spaces, the 6,000 square foot outdoor patio area is outfitted with the fully glassed “jewel box” dining atrium, with floor-to-ceiling windows. Adjacent to the check-in desk is the 40-seat open lobby lounge, donned with relaxing furniture and window bench seats.
Hotel Covington is a hotel managed by Aparium Hotel Group, which continues to expand into new markets, with two additional properties scheduled to open in 2016 in Minneapolis and Detroit, Michigan.
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