- 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
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
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
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
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
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
Mother’s Day is on Sunday May 8, 2016, which is also University of Kentucky’s graduation and Derby weekend – so it’s time to make your plans now and set your reservations!
It’s that time of the year to celebrate that special woman in your life that has loved you unconditionally, been cheering you on from day one, supporting you through your trials, and always there for a hug or a pat on the back … your mom. Tell her how much you love her with a special celebration, fine food, or a day out in the Bluegrass. Here are some Mother’s Days celebrations and ideas in the Lexington KY area.
Keeneland is part of Lexington’s Tradition & History
Spring in Lexington, KY means the opening of Keeneland’s 2016 Spring Race Meeting. If you have never been to Keeneland, you may be wondering what makes Keeneland so unique. So, here is a little history. Keeneland was founded in 1936 on 147 acres of farmland just west of Lexington. Keeneland’s purpose is to serve as a “lasting monument to the sport’s heritage and tradition.” Read More
Looking for ideas for Valentine’s Day 2016? Here are some romantic events and specials in Lexington KY that you can enjoy with the special person in your life on Saturday February 13 and Sunday, February 14, 2016.
As the New Year approaches, you may be wondering how to say goodbye to this year and bring in the next one. If you’re celebrating in the Bluegrass region, we have some great ideas that will leave you with memories that will last for many years to come. Here a list of events for December 31, 2015 in Lexington KY:
From mid-November until early in the new year, the Bluegrass calendar comes alive with special exhibits, tours, performances, parties and celebrations for all ages. If you are planning to travel to the Lexington KY area during the holidays, stay centrally located at University Inn Hotel, which is “inn the heart of Lexington”. Call us to set up your travel arrangements at (859) 278-6625 or email us at email@example.com.
Here’s a list of exciting events and shows to celebrate the season: Read More
The days are getting shorter, the nights cooler and there is a chill in the air that has nothing to do with the temperature. This is the time of the year that celebrates all things scary and spooky … ghosts, goblins and zombies. And Halloween is not just for kids anymore, there are lot of fun activities and events for the full-grown Halloweeners as well. Read More
For the first time, the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships will be held at Keeneland Race Track on Oct. 30-31, 2015. Whether you have tickets or not for the Breeder’s Cup at Keeneland, there will be plenty of exciting events throughout the Bluegrass in and around Lexington KY for you to enjoy and make you feel like part of the action. Here is a list of exciting events that will take place from Saturday, October 24, 2015 all through the festival to Saturday, October 31, 2015: Read More
With the dog days of summer coming to an end, we look towards the beautiful Fall Season in Lexington KY! There are many fall activities to enjoy around in the Bluegrass region of Lexington KY. From fall festivals, to apple picking, to hiking and biking . . . Lexington has it all. Read More
It’s that time of year again . . . summer! Lexington is full of fun things to do during the summer months. If you are looking for exciting things to do such as enjoying live music, free movies, art, family fun, then you will find it here in Lexington. Read More
University Inn Hotel is very excited to be hosting the next Beauties and Gents Pageant, entitled, “Summer Bash” for children ages 0 to 18 years old. It will be held on June 28, 2015 from 2:00-6:00pm. This is the second of several preliminaries for our first Kentucky State pageant which will be in September 2015. Read More
2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland in Lexington KY will be held on Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31, 2015.
About the Breeders’ Cup
In Thoroughbred racing, the Breeders‘ Cup World Championships is the culmination of the horse racing season worldwide and the $5 million Breeders‘ Cup Classic is the defining event of the international racing season. The Breeders’ Cup Classic, run at 1 1/4 miles, draws the top international Thoroughbreds year after year. With its $5 million purse, the Classic is the richest race in all of North America. It is open to horses 3-years-old and older and is limited to 14 starters. From its inception in 1984 through 2006, it was a single-day event; starting in 2007, it expanded to two days. The attendance at the Breeders’ Cup ranks fourth or fifth in North America and usually surpasses the attendance of all other stakes races. Read More