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Hotel Indigo is heading back to where it all began.
Ten years ago, the very first Hotel Indigo opened in Atlanta. Today, the hyper-local, on-trend design hotel has 55 hotels in 11 countries. But it can't get enough of A-town. The city's third Indigo, Hotel Indigo Downtown Atlanta, will open in the fall of 2015 at 230 Peachtree St. NE.
The hotel will takeover eight floors of a building first developed 50 years ago by architect John C. Portman. In a full circle move, his real estate development firm, Portman Holdings, now owns the building. And it looks like Hotel Indigo will capitalize on all the changes in the area:
“Downtown Atlanta is experiencing a surge in growth and development, and we look forward to connecting guests to the newly revitalized neighborhood,” said Mary Winslow, director, Americas Brand Management, Hotel Indigo. “The hotel will be located in the center of downtown and very close to the new Atlanta Streetcar line, making it easy to step out and explore. We are very pleased to be part of a new project in our hometown, and we’re excited about helping guests discover something new about the neighborhood every time they visit.”
Recently the Cavendish launched "green meetings" for guests using the conference and meeting facilities, and this means that they're providing 1 (US$1.50) as a carbon offset for every delegate guest. And, they're quick to point out, the hotel is donating this money from its own pockets, rather than adding it on to the bills (although really, in the end it all comes from the same place, right?).
This is all a warm and fuzzy thing to do, but we're not at all sure why it's only meeting delegates who get to enjoy that warm and fuzzy feeling. We're hoping that the Cavendish will start carbon offsetting for all hotel guests, including holidaymakers and tourists. But, of course, without increasing their very reasonable rates.
For those who frequent Disneyland, the Hilton Anaheim recently got some room renovations. The hotel is located about a mile from the park and judging from some reviews on TripAdvisor, the Hilton was desperately in need of renovations. As one reviewer wrote:
I was shocked by the shabbiness of the room that I was assigned. The prior reviews are valid - this hotel is like something out of the 70's - beige wicker - pale pink florals.
Beige wicker, yikes! We actually got our hands on a pic of a room before renovations. While we didn't spy any pink florals, there was some suspicious beige furniture.
Thankfully, the Hilton will be getting a more modern look. This is a shot of one of the renovated rooms. The hotel has nearly 2,000 rooms (it's also located next to a conference center) and about 240 of the rooms have been renovated. The rest of the rooms will be done floor by floor with all rooms expected to be finished by August 2008.
If you book here and want to stay in a renovated room, call the hotel and ask for one. (We don't trust computers to handle these sort of requests). There will be a $30 premium for a renovated room. But at least you won't have to look at beige wicker.