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Hotel Indigo is a Modern Oasis in Asheville

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  Site Where: 151 Haywood St [map], Asheville, NC, United States, 28801
May 7, 2010 at 10:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

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A modern boutique hotel in Asheville? Such a thing didn't exist until the Hotel Indigo (part of the ICH group) opened its doors last fall. On my recent trip to what I learned is considered the "San Francisco of the east" my partner and I stayed there to check things out.

While the property is located smack against the interstate, which initially turned me off, that all changed once we walked inside. The lobby is modern, sleek, and inviting, during the day, with a large reception desk. Check-in was a breeze after they realized we weren't with the woman who walked in before us.

We had booked a corner king view room, and were expecting a little bit more than what we got. While the room was huge and we loved the wood flooring and wallpaper art that welcomed us, we questioned the mucky orange curtains in the corner. I mean, build a hotel and charge more to face the Blue Ridge mountains, but block the view by not having wrap-around windows with the curtains to either side?! This was a major design flaw, those curtains in the photo above cover wall, not window.

Other than that, everything else was brilliant. The bed was really comfortable, with the sheets pulled tight. Once you were in, you weren't moving anywhere. There was a generously sized desk in the room, and a chair and ottoman on top of a colorful rug. The bathroom had Aveda products and a huge walk-in shower.

We walked by the gym, which was in a converted guestroom on the second floor. We had a drink at the hotel bar the first night and the bartender told us they were trying to make the hotel bar a "scene." While there was no one else there while we were, we enjoyed the $5 martinis on Monday. But here's another fail, in that the bar faces the street where cars exit the interstate. Last thing I want to do is have a cocktail, outside, while trucks drive by.

There are rental apartments on the top of the hotel and I'm surprised they didn't take half of the top floor and make that the bar. The hotel is one of the tallest buildings in downtown Asheville and has amazing views of the Blue Ridge mountains. If they'd put the bar up top, they'd be able to charge a premium for drinks and would be packed every night.

I'm glad this place opened up. Even though it's part of a larger chain, they are definitely doing something right for the North Carolina.

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