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Inside Hotel Indigo's Two Newest Hotels in Rome and St. Petersburg

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March 20, 2014 at 10:53 AM | by | ()

Oh happy day! Spring is (almost) in the air -- summer’s waiting in the wings -- and Hotel Indigo is popping up all over Europe, just in time for peak travel season.

With two new openings this month, in Rome and St. Petersburg, one next month in Madrid, and at least three others “coming soon” (Lisbon and two more in the UK), we’ve got a lot of ground to cover. So let’s get started with Hotel Indigo Rome - St. George and Hotel Indigo St. Petersburg - Tchaikovskogo ). We'll follow up on the others as they progress.

1. Hotel Indigo Rome - St. George

We all know that Italy is one of the great centers for all things design – whether it be fashion, furniture, or interior design. The opening of Hotel Indigo Rome – St. George , opening on March 24, demonstrates why we love Italian design and can’t get enough of it.

The hotel occupies a Renaissance building located in the historic center of Rome. You can check out the Vatican and its museums, or the nearby Fountain of the Four Rivers at the Piazza Navona, where, by the way, a rather major scene was filmed in Angels and Demons. The hotel, formerly the St. George Hotel, has been transformed into a sleek boutique that combines the grace and elegance of "days gone by" with the boldness of 21st century design. Think of it as design mixology, Italian style. This hotel’s got incredible style and takes a lighthearted approach to honoring its Italian roots.

The main thread throughout the interiors is the essence of stone, real or imagined. Floors and walls feature marble or travertine, and murals and sculptural design accents memorialize the talents of ancient stone masons and other artisans.

Enough hype, have a look at these digital pictures and judge for yourself.

The reception area has a bit of fun with history, displaying enlarged scrollwork imagery behind the desk, framed artifacts along the front edge, and the hard-to-miss clock.

Memories of intricate Roman tile work and the simplicity of the Roman arch -- only to be topped with modern lighting and wingback chairs of course.

The more time you spend in the Wine Bar, you more details you will see. Guess that's the idea here, more time in the bar.

Without getting inside the head of the designer in charge, we would guess that the modular wall paneling represents stone building blocks?

The restaurant 'I Sofa' gets a little more abstract with its pediment style seating, and leaves the accent colors to the guests.

Well, the Italians do love their cars, including the Fiat, which is still produced today. The one featured in this guest room is from the 1960s.

Hotel Indigo Rome offers 64 rooms with free WiFi and docking station, full restaurant and bar (drinks and dining are served on the rooftop terrace in the summer), boardroom and fitness center.

Reservations starting March 24, rooms rates from € 262

2.Hotel Indigo St. Petersburg - Tchaikovskogo

St. Petersburg, Russia’s second largest and most culturally rich city, just got a whole lot hipper with the opening of Hotel Indigo St. Petersburg – Tchaikovskogo. The hotel is located in the city's historic section, where architecture buffs can feast on beautiful buildings such as the Hermitage Museum and Mariinsky Theater. The design is a soulful mix of urban modern with local historical references--inspired by the famous composer of ballet and opera, Tchaikovsky. The hotel’s museum white walls, cool contemporary furnishings, and deep colors harmonize with highly detailed wall murals of local gardens, architecture, and ornamental metalwork. Sorry, we cannot confirm the Tchaikovsky connection but they are nonetheless great to look at.

So let's have a look inside.

The reception area features simple geometry in the furnishings and accessories, with the main accent being the historic mural behind the desk.

The guest rooms really come together nicely, with the hard-surfaced floors, modern furnishings, and the full height mural behind the bed. Clever detail to recreate ornamental railings as a kind of wainscot.

Seeing the bathroom of a guest room for the first time is often a surprise. This one is a pleasant surprise -- just good clean fun design.

These wall murals are fantastic and for some of us, anything is better than a mirror in a fitness room.

The hotel is now open and offers 119 rooms including two suites, free WiFi, atrium restaurant and bar, three meeting spaces, and a fitness center with indoor pool.

Rooms from RUB 4,000 ($109)

Digital images: Hotel Indigo St. Petersburg

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