Tempo by Hilton Breaks Ground on First Hotel

MCLEAN, VA—Hilton has started construction of its very first Tempo by Hilton property, Tempo by Hilton Louisville NuLu, in Louisville, KY’s NuLu neighborhood. The six-story, 130-room property is co-owned by First Hospitality and Weyland Ventures.

Breaking ground less than eight weeks from the Tempo by Hilton brand launch, this milestone marks one of the shortest time periods from brand announcement to groundbreaking in Hilton history. The brand has more than 30 confirmed deals for hotels in cities including New York, Maui, Boston and Washington, as well as an additional 40 deals in various stages of development.

“We’ve seen an incredible response from owners who are excited about Tempo by Hilton, and we are working together with them to bring this new offering to market in record time,” said Phil Cordell, SVP and global head of new brand development, Hilton. “The brand delivers a unique blend of elevated-yet-within-reach offerings that have been specifically developed to appeal to the burgeoning class of modern achievers, and we believe that the NuLu neighborhood is exactly the kind of place where Tempo by Hilton will not only fit in, but thrive.”

In line with the brand’s commitment to localized touches in each property, this first Tempo by Hilton groundbreaking saw brand representatives and local dignitaries gather for an event that included nods to the Kentucky Derby, with details such as rose petals that evoked the race also known as the “Run for the Roses.” The ceremonial groundbreaking was symbolized by the staking of a Tempo by Hilton flag into the property site ground.

“We are excited to be the first city in the world to welcome the Tempo by Hilton brand,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “Our city’s economy is booming, with more than $15 billion in investment since 2014, more than 1,200 hotel rooms added in the past 18 months, and an additional 1,100 hotel rooms under construction. The Tempo by Hilton will add to that great economic vitality.”

The new Tempo by Hilton Louisville NuLu will offer guestrooms designed with the brand’s signature Power Up and Power Down collections, as well as flexible meeting space, a state-of-the-art fitness center and a rooftop bar.

“As part of the next generation leading First Hospitality, a longtime Hilton partner, I’m beyond proud that we are breaking ground on the very first hotel of this next-generation brand,” said Sam Schwartz, VP of asset management for First Hospitality. “We couldn’t be more excited for this property to be going up in NuLu, a neighborhood known for its rich arts and culinary scenes.”

The new Tempo by Hilton Louisville NuLu will also provide complimentary coffee and tea via the in-lobby Fuel Bar, as well as a range of additional F&B options including a café-style offering, a limited market and an in-lobby bar.