- Jesse Hunt, Front Desk Manager
- Camille Stallings, Elizabeth Fallas, Hunter Carter, Kayla Moeller, Madison Feldman, Meghan Taylor, Mosi Clark-Cobbs, Peri Hicks & Rachel Schwarz, the Front Desk Staff
- Shane Woods, Maintenance
- Marie Young, Accounting
- Amanda S. Slone, Head Housekeeper
- Elizabeth Bentley, Erika Sandoval, Genoveva Vera, Jennifer L Valadez-Perez, Noemi Garcia & Norma Gomez, the Housekeeping Staff
The Announcement: University Inn Hotel has been open since 1997, and for over 20 years has provided a comfortable, quality, and affordable hotel in the Downtown Lexington area. In late 2016, the hotel owners James C. Rose and Jimmy Nash accepted a purchase offer of their property at 1229 South Limestone at Waller Avenue by the University of Kentucky. Although they are very happy with the successful sale of their hotel and excited to start a new chapter in their lives, they are also reminiscent of all the good memories of running and maintaining the hotel, as well as sad to say goodbye to their loyal customers, hard-working employees and supportive partners in the Lexington KY community.
The Owners’ Plans: Both Cam and Jimmy had a long career in commercial and residential construction prior to owning University Inn Hotel, and were both actively involved in the construction of the hotel. Their office has overlooked the lobby for 20 years, where most days you could find Jimmy and Cam working hard to ensure their guests have the best possible experience during their stay, as well as continually looking for new ways to serve the needs and wants of their customers. They are both avid golfers, dedicated fathers & grandfathers and long-time friends and partners.
Jimmy is looking forward to retiring, playing lots of golf, traveling and spending time with his family. Cam is looking forward to traveling and playing more golf and spending his winter months in Florida, as well as enjoying time with family and friends. Owning and running a hotel is a 24 hours, seven days a week role since the hotel never closes and customers are being cared and attended to around the clock, so they are both looking forward to a lot more quiet time.
The History of the Hotel: The property at the corner of South Limestone and Waller Avenue was purchased in 1997 by James C. Rose and Jimmy Nash. The existing structure, which was a motel at one time, could not be salvaged so was demolished and the first hotel building was built and opened in 1998, and the second building (the one closest to South Limestone) was built and opened in 2002. In 2012, a new conference room and full equipped fitness center were constructed and added. The property has been well maintained ever since, undergoing a renovation every two to four years. Renovations continued right into early 2016, with reconstruction, redecorating and refurnishing all the first floor hotel rooms.
Thank you – We could not have done it without all of you!
Thank you to our customers! We want to take time to support our thousands and thousands of customers over the years, many who returned again and again and left many positive reviews on Hotels.com, TripAdvisor, Google, Facebook, Yelp, Hotelplanner.com, Expedia, hotel comment cards, and more.
Thank you to our Staff! And a big thank you to our staff who worked tirelessly to provide our guests the best stay possible, doing so with a smile on their face, includes
Thank you to our Partners! We also thank so many of business partners over the years that supported us and helped promote our hotel online including 4Imprint Inc, Aire-Master, American Hotel, American Signs and Graphics, Auto Owners Insurance Co., Barner Millers Inc, Bioshere, Bluegrass Hospitality Association, Bridgfield Casualty Insurance, Brock McVey Co, Burl Hutchinson Consulting, Cincy Media, Cox Interiors, Dalmatian Fire Inc, David Royse, DC Elevator Co, Dreamwalker Social Marketing, Ecolab, Enderle Besten Dieruf PLLC, FESCO, Gregory A. Fields, Gregory Cooper, Guarantee Pest Control, Guest Supply, HD Supply Facilities Maintenance, Hospitality Designs, Infintech, Klausing Group, Lexyl Travel Technologies, Lola Miller Services Inc, Mike Cox, Vince Mongiardo of Techs in Lex, Pam Byron, Parks Landscape Inc, Plumbers Supply Co, Royal Cup Coffee, Sabre Hospitality Solutions, Startup Production, Stout Printing, Sysco, The Feldman Group, The Patty Tipton Company, and Traditional Bank.
Thank you to our Community Partners! And we thank our local community partners who supported us and referred us through the years including VisitLex (Lexington Visitors Center), Kentucky Tourism, Commerce Lexington, University of Kentucky, Baptist Health, UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital and Medical Center, Saint Joseph Hospital, Lexmark, American Campus Communities, Bluegrass Sports Commission, KY Basketball Academy, and the City of Lexington.
We could not have done it without all of you, and in the process have made so many good friends. Thank you again for your support of our locally owned and operated hotel.
We are open for business until June 29th: We are accepting reservations until June 28, 2017! We are open, taking reservations for our hotels rooms and conference room right until the 29th of June. There will be no discontinuation of our exceptional service, our fresh and delicious continental breakfast, our ample amenities or our affordable rates as we serve our guests through the day we close our doors. Our hotel is running normally and as smoothly as ever, even though we are feeling a bit sentimental as these last few weeks approach. Come and experience all the comforts of home and then some … at University Inn Hotel in May and June 2017. And thank you for your support!
It’s Spring in Kentucky! The trees are blooming, the hills are greener than green, flowers are popping up everywhere and so are an endless amount of events you won’t want to miss. There’s something for everyone this time of year. Whether you are a horse enthusiast, music lover, art aficionado, fitness buff or looking for a fun event to take the kiddos to, Lexington Kentucky is the place to be. To make things easy we’ve compiled a list of pretty much any and every event coming
up this season. Check out the many fun options below! Read More
It’s that time of the year again when horse racing enthusiasts, breeders, owners and jockeys … all visit Lexington KY for Keeneland’s Spring Meeting. Many just come out each year for the socializing, the wagering, the food, drink and the fashion or just to watch the best selection of quality Thoroughbreds run the race. Keeneland Race Course welcomes visitors year round, but what better time to visit than during a live race meet! Plan ahead and time your visit to coincide with the thundering hooves. As one loyal visitor from Cincinnati OH stated, Read More
The History of Valentine’s Day
Despite the love and romance surrounding the holiday of Valentine’s Day, ironically it has a rather dark and mysterious origin.
“The ancient Romans may also be responsible for the name of our modern day of love. Emperor Claudius II executed two men — both named Valentine — on Feb. 14 of different years in the 3rd century A.D. Their martyrdom was honored by the Catholic Church with the celebration of St. Valentine’s Day. From Feb. 13 to 15, the Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia. The men sacrificed a goat and a dog, then whipped women with the hides of the animals they had just slain. The brutal fete included a matchmaking lottery, in which young men drew the names of women from a jar. The couple would then be, um, coupled up for the duration of the festival — or longer, if the match was right.” – NPR.org
In January, many organizations, companies and consultants start planning their yearly schedule but finding a quiet, professional space is usually the biggest challenge to holding their events, meetings or workshops. Our conference room at University Inn Hotel was built in 2014, with a professional decor, fully equipped with audio and visual equipment (with a 50″ monitor and HDMI hookup) and is furnished with tables and chairs that can be arranged for several layouts. We have ample parking, accessible restrooms for men and women just across the hall, as well as a spacious lobby just outside the room to serve food, drinks and mingle before and after the event. Read More
The Origin of New Years Day … and Eve
New Year’s Day is observed on January 1, the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar. In pre-Christian Rome under the Julian calendar, the day was dedicated to Janus, god of gateways and beginnings, for whom January is also named. Although New Year’s Day is about resolutions, fresh starts and hangover remedies, it all begins on New Year’s Eve (also known as Old Year’s Day or Saint Sylvester’s Day in many countries). The earliest recorded festivities in honor of a new year’s arrival date back some 4,000 years to ancient Babylon. Read More
Are you looking for the perfect gift for the holidays? Do you want to choose a unique gift that is not only memorable but quality made, Kentucky branded, and supports the local economy? The Bluegrass region boasts many locally made products with the Kentucky Proud label, as well as arts & crafts, jewelry, food & drink, and apparel that is developed and created with craftsmanship, care and Kentucky hands and imaginations. Whether those on your gift-giving list are from Kentucky or not, locally made products are a great way to show your Kentucky pride as well as a great way to support your local community. Shop local, eat local and share local with your family and friends.
If you’re doing some last minute Christmas shopping, University Inn Hotel has put together a list of some great Kentucky-based products, foods and drink. Read More
Whether you’re visiting Lexington KY for the holidays or you’re a long-time Lexingtonian, the holidays in the Bluegrass is the most wonderful time of the year. There are many events and shows that put you in the Christmas spirit, some are local traditions and some are presented for just a limited time. We’ll try to provide a comprehensive list of Holiday events, but if you know of more, please comment below with your additions to our list. Read More
Who doesn’t love celebrating the holidays with friends and family? This is that wonderful time of year (Thanksgiving and Christmas) that family and friends may be coming to the Bluegrass to spend time with your family. You want to show them a good time, as well as have time to prepare and serve your holiday feast. You want to create precious memories while also not feeling stressed and overwhelmed, and you also don’t want to make them feel uncomfortable or out of place. All of the above can be accomplished with a little planning and good communication with your guests. Here’s a few tips to plan for the best time of the year with your guests. Read More
According to the United States Department of Transportation’s holiday travel statistics, travel to a destination 50 miles or more away increases by 54% over Thanksgiving weekend and only by 23% during Christmas and New Year’s. This is the time we start to make our holiday travel plans, where we’re going to go, who we’re going to see and how we’re going to get there. But if we spent a little time planning ahead, we can find some easy ways to reduce travel-related stress. This is important especially during the holiday season so you can make the most of your time spent with family and friends. If you get to your destination exhausted, tired or frustrated by the journey, can you really enjoy the celebration? Read More
With the beginning of October comes the transition into fall. We put away the sandals and shorts and dust off our favorite boots, grab our coziest sweaters and cuddle up with anything and everything pumpkin flavored. But October is also a busy month in Lexington KY with fun and scary Halloween events running throughout the month, which are always a crowd-pleaser for kids and families, alike, but really Lexingtonians of all ages loving dressing up and eating too much candy. And for our resident and visiting equestrians, Keeneland’s Fall Meet in October is a Bluegrass tradition that delights all ages. Read More
Tailgating has become a cornerstone of American culture, with more than 27 million people taking part in tailgating events each year. It’s that time of the year again in the Bluegrass, with UK Football season in full swing and the UK Basketball’s season opening in just less than a month away. Although the temperatures this year have not provided the best climate for tailgating outside, the cooler weather is just days away and it will truly feel like Fall soon. So how can you prepare for a fun, tasty and spirited tailgate party? Read More
As the weather begins to cool, it’s a great time to sit back, enjoy time with friends and sip fine wine in the beautiful Bluegrass. We are known for our Bourbon and Basketball fervor, but did you know the Lexington KY area boasts some of the country’s finest wineries? During your visit, please take time to tour our local charming wineries and vineyards. Read More
“Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally-owned business, rather than a nationally-owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers, and farms — continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.” – Sustainable Connections
As they say, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day“. Why? Breakfast provides the body and brain with fuel after an overnight fast – that’s where its name originates, breaking the fast! Without breakfast you are effectively running on empty, like trying to start the car with no gasoline! Read More
Lexington KY is without a doubt the Horse Capitol of the World, surrounded by 400 horse farms and home to the the Kentucky Horse Park, that attracts a million visitors per year with horse related shows and events, as well as the Keeneland Race Course, which is ranked #1 for thoroughbred racetracks in North America. But there is so much more than horses in our beautiful historic city including the Bourbon Trail, the Lexington Brew Trail, the KY Donut Trail, hundreds of high rated independent, locally owned restaurants, cafes, book stores, theatres, art galleries and more. Not to mention the abundance of live music, music festivals and free concerts! Read More
We are excited to announce that the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championship, a USTA Pro Circuit Event, hosted by the Lexington Challenger, will be coming to Lexington KY from July 25 through the 31st. This is a huge event for our community as well as the competitors as it is a $100,000 professional USTA tennis tournament with equal prize money for both men and women participants. They are one of only three tournaments in the world that holds this distinction. Read More
There are thousands each year traveling to Lexington KY for medical reasons whether it’s for surgery, cancer treatment, medical procedure, or just a second opinion from one of the many renown and award winning hospitals or medical clinics. Lexington boasts some of the nations’ best hospitals, as well as it being within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the population of the United States. Lexington is strategically located at the intersection of interstates 64 and 75 in Fayette County, Kentucky. Although most medical visitors are from all over the Commonwealth of Kentucky, we also have visitors from out of state, and even other countries.
Lexington KY has a choice of nationally recognized hospitals and clinics, each with its own specialties and rich history. Read More
The Bluegrass region of Kentucky is known as the birthplace of bourbon, in fact Kentucky produces 95% of the world’s bourbon supply, according to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association. More than 5.3 million barrels of bourbon are maturing in Kentucky, outnumbering the state’s population. But there is a new Kentucky produced craft that has risen in popularity, recognition and sales in the recent years – Kentucky craft brews. Read More