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Hotel Indigo Brooklyn is Finally, Officially, Open

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  Site Where: 229 Duffield Street [map], Brooklyn, NY, United States, 11201
September 23, 2013 at 10:23 AM | by | ()

Hotel Indigo Brooklyn may have opened for business a year ago, but only after a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a Chinese lion dance last week, was the hotel considered officially open.

The delay in ribbon cutting was put down to the wishes of owners The Lam Group to have extended family attend the opening ceremony, which ended up being during the late September Chinese Moon Festival.

The rooms we looked at are a lot more colorful than those we saw when we last stopped in, back in August 2012. The grey bed spreads have been livened up with red blankets and pillows; each of the 128 guest rooms feature an oversize photo mural and the suites have funky black-and-white sofas.

As we mentioned before, the hotel is handily close to the Barclay's Center but the neighborhood has an interesting history of its own. In the early 20th century, the area was home to theaters, opera houses, and concert halls, and Gypsy Rose Lee's famous February House, a boarding house for writers, poets and entertainers, was located about a mile west of where Hotel Indigo is now. The hotel pays homage to this cultural history with murals featuring theater curtains and seats, chandeliers and books, and a stage spotlight in the hotel lobby. A unique piece of art curated by the Brooklyn Arts Council is displayed in the elevator lobby of each floor.

Referencing the fact that two more Lam Group properties are directly across the street from the Hotel Indigo Brooklyn (the Sheraton Brooklyn and Aloft Brooklyn) one of the party hosts cheekily suggested that Duffield Street should be renamed Lam Street. He may have had a point.

Meanwhile, we checked in on the next (and third) Hotel Indigo property to go up in New York. The hotel, at 180 Orchard Street on the Lower East Side, is scheduled to open at the end of next year and will ultimately rise 23 stories and offer 295 rooms. It looks to be coming along quickly and has us curious about those metal grill features on the second floor.

Weeknight rates start at $229 for a queen; up to $429 for a two bedroom suite.

[All photos: HotelChatter]

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Thanks...  Just booked for side trip to visit son.. looking forward to visit