LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Embassy Suites by Hilton Louisville Downtown sits across from the Seelbach Hotel in the heart of Louisville. The chain’s parent company, AJS Hotels, announced Tuesday, the coronavirus is forcing it to temporarily close.
“Out of an abundance of caution, AJS Hotels has chosen to temporarily suspend operations of Embassy Suites by Hilton Louisville Downtown as of April 8, said President and CEO, Scott Shoenberger.
Shoenberger announced the company is taking several steps to help employees.
Employees are being reassigned to other jobs within Louisville, including office building cleaning and food and beverage carry out operations. AJS Hotels says it is providing hours to more than 100 employees.
Hourly employees are being offered access to a complimentary food pantry which is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm.
The company will pay for health insurance for all furloughed employees. It is offering telemedicine access to all employees as well.
Shoenberger added, “This decision was not made lightly and is reflective of the current environment and not the result of illness or confirmed cases at the hotel. Our employees are the heart of our business, and we are working closely with those who are impacted to support them during this difficult time.”
The chain says it will continue to monitor the situation and it looks forward to once again welcoming guests May 18, 2020.
Louisville’s Omni Hotel closed March 27.