The 1857 Hotel recently announced its debut in Paducah, Kentucky, a UNESCO Creative City.
Housed in a renovated red-brick antebellum building, the location originally served as a gentlemen's haberdashery and an adjoining turn-of-the-century tractor repair shop. The circa-1857 building now comprises 10 contemporary-style guestrooms while the tractor shops serves as a bar and event space.
The hotel offers convenient access to several of the town's attractions, including the Carson Center for Performing Arts, the National Quilt Museum and Paducah Wall to Wall floodwall murals. In addition, nearby culinary offerings include Freight House restaurant, Tribeca Mexican Cuisine, JP's Bar & Grill, Dry Ground Brewing Company, Kitchens Café at Paducah School of Art & Design, Paducah Beer Werks, Cup of Pipers Tea & Coffee, and Silent Brigade Distillery.
Paducah is also home to a number of art galleries, such as Make and Ephemera. Both galleries invite visitors to participate in hands-on experiences. There is also The Yeiser Art Center and River Discovery Center, where guests can learn more about the city's culture and development, as well as a number of other antique and fashion shops.
Paul Gourieux, a Paducah restaurateur, developed and owns the hotel with his partner Jorge Martinez, who served as general contractor. The two purchased the building in late 2014 and decided to take a contemporary approach to the design of the hotel while still allowing much of the original architecture to remain.
An open floor-plan throughout the hotel provides a “loft-like aesthetic", with showers and soaking tubs open to the rooms, high ceilings and tall windows, and exposed brick. Gourieux also personally chose several individual pieces and furnishings, resulting in the 10 “no-two-alike” guest rooms.
Average room rates start at $105 for a Queen Suite and $165 for a Double Queen Suite.