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We've always loved how IHG's Hotel Indigo brand embraces their surrounding neighborhood, often showcasing artwork from local artists, incorporating elements of the area's history into the hotel's design and using locally sourced ingredients in their restaurants and bars. Now, Hotel Indigo is taking all that they know about their neighborhoods and giving it to guests via these cool touch screens.
Called The Neighborhood Guide, the touch screens essentially serve as virtual guidebook for the area. It's fill with the background and history of the specific area, along with tips and recommendations from the staffers at Hotel Indigo, from bellman to bartender to room attendants, on what to do and where to go. The guide also has a photo sharing tool that's linked to Facebook so when you're bragging about where you are on vacation, you can snap a real-time photo of yourself in the Hotel Indigo. #selfietime
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The Hotel Indigo is thataway!
Indigo's parent company, InterContinental Hotel Group, has converted the Holiday Inn Express at 435 Katella Avenue, near the convention center, into The Hotel Indigo Anaheim, a"retro-style" hotel with 104 rooms, a pool, a fitness center and restaurant, The Chambers Bar & Bistro. (The rebranding was made possible by New Century Enterprises, LLC who poured about $5 million into the property.)
As with all Hotel Indigos, the surrounding area and its history play an important in the hotel's identity. But how does this work when the surrounding area is ruled by Mickey? Well, Indigo went way back for inspiration. Apparently, the hotel is located near what used to be a wagon trail that connected several ranches responsible for producing nearly half of America's walnuts in the early 1900s. Seriously. So the Hotel Indigo Anahemi now features mosaic murals with blooming walnut trees. (No nutcrackers in the minibars though.)
Additionally, the hotel's restaurant is an homage to the Chambers Ranch which was home to the families who made their living growing walnuts.
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Things are really looking up for Pittsburgh. The Pirates are in the MLB playoffs for the first time in 21 years and now an Ace Hotel is in the works! (Ok, there is definitely way more happening in Pittsburgh but this is what hotel nerds like us get excited about.)
That's right. Ace Hotels is keeping on with their expansion plans well into 2014 and Pittsburgh is next on the list. In typical Ace fashion, they will open the hotel out of an old YMCA building in the East Liberty nabe. Here's how Next American City journalist Nancy Scola described the location:
[T]the Ace is planned for East Liberty, part of Pittsburgh’s East End, once home to the Carnegies, the Mellons, the Fricks. East Liberty was once, well, hopping, but it was decimated as the result of an urban revitalization push in the 1950s and 1960s that attempted to turn the neighborhood into a little bit of suburbia right there in Pittsburgh. East Liberty is, inarguably, on the upswing once again. And the possibility is that an Ace in the neighborhood’s charming old YMCA building adds considerable weight to that momentum.
While Hotel Indigo has been making great strides internationally--the just-opened Hotel Indigo Hong Kong and its dragon-wrapped exterior recently won an award for best hotel architecture--the brand is still growing here in the U.S., with a third Chicago hotel coming next year and at least another 20 hotels in the pipeline. Yet there are still so many existing Hotel Indigos to explore, like the Hotel Indigo Nashville which just finished an ultra-cool renovations.
Chicago can now brag about being one of the few cities around the world to play host to three Hotel Indigos. These bragging rights can't officially start until the hotel opens after the winter thaw in 2014, though.
The Windy City will welcome the new hipster hotel that will take over the former Atlantic Bank Building along Chicago's most famous street, Michigan Avenue. The 101-year old building will be transformed into a 156-room hotel that, in true Hotel Indigo fashion, pays great attention to design while incorporating pieces of local flair. We would be surprised if being across from Millennium Park doesn't play a major role in design; the 'bean' is too cool not to.
This is no normal $30 million renovation since four additional floors will be added to the building creating a new, happening rooftop bar, and a restaurant managed by celebrity chef David Burke. With the bar on the top, the restaurant will take over the former bank vaults in the basement to provide a private dining experience. Just think of those killer views while enjoying a cocktail!
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We're only two months into 2013 and while we've had our share of disappointments, there's still a bunch of new hotels to start saving your pennies for. So because we can't get enough of that new hotel smell, here are 10 More Hotel Openings To Get Psyched About:
W VERBIER: There are only two W Hotels opening in 2013 and this winter wonderland in Switzerland is one of them. This will be the very first "alpine escape" from W and will feature 123 rooms and suites, each with their own fireplace, balconies and signature W beds. Being cold has never gotten us so hot.
The boutique hotel scene in the Chinese city of Tianjin has been officially been reshaped with the addition of a Hotel Indigo. Bringing the brands design and stellar service we've been going on about for some time, the new property, which opens Saturday, is a bit special in that it is steeped in history.
Located in the former German Concession, a pre-World War I settlement, Indigo has transformed the former German Consulate land into a hotel with 96 guestrooms spread across nine villas all designed in three distinctive styles: Old Cinema, Haihe Maritime Riverfront, and European Luxury.
All rooms offer the extensive range of amenities we've come to love at Indigo, including high-tech entertainment systems, free WiFi, and spa-style bathrooms. What makes you remember you're in China is the local artwork.
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UPDATE 8.15.12: Sike. The Hotel Indigo Brooklyn actually opened as initially promised on August 1st, even though when we wrote this story the hotel's website was saying October 4. Nevertheless, you can check out our in-person visit of the new spot right here.
Well, it's still going to be an Indigo but the opening date has been moved to October 4. The hotel's website is up and running and we found rates for $224 a night for a queen-sized bed. That rate also includes a 37" HDTV, free WiFi and even a microwave and refrigerator. A king room was going for $254 a night while a king suite was $324.
We couldn't see any square footage measurements and we're not sure we can trust those room photos. The first one looks like it is up to Hotel Indigo standards with that hardwood floor. But the second one is a shot of the rooms at Aloft Brooklyn. What the what? See for yourself below.
There's never any shortage of gossip in the hotel world and we do our best to keep up with all of it. Here's the latest odds and ends we've heard recently, all concerning NYC-area hotels. Got your own to add? Send it our way!
· Hotel Indigo Takes Over Hotel 718: It looks like the Hotel 718 in Brooklyn will never open as an independent hotel. According to the Brownstoner, the property has been sold to the Lam Group, which plans on installing the Hotel Indigo brand. Admittedly, this is one of our fave brands out there thanks to hardwood floors, spa-style showers, in-room haikus and of course, free WiFi. But still sad to see an indie not make it, especially in BK of all places. The Hotel Indigo Brooklyn (we're just guessing on that name) is expected to open on August 1.
· Will The Essex House Become the Marriott House?: A tipster wrote in last week to tell us the Essex House on Central Park, currently a Jumeirah Hotel but which has been up for sale since March, will become a Marriott. We're not sure if Marriott themselves will be fronting the asking price of $300-400 million (we doubt it) but this does have us wondering if the hotel will become part of their Autograph Collection or could it become--dare we say--an Edition? Either way, we'll be curious to see how the rebranding goes down. UPDATE 8.17.12 USA Today reports it will become a JW Marriott.
We could have spent hours playing with the Interactive Media Board at the newest Atlanta-area Hotel Indigo. We could make weird faces and take goofy pictures of ourselves standing in the hotel’s lobby. A few taps on the touchscreen gave us restaurant locations and attraction info, and stuff to do in College Park.
Set to open on July 12th, this five-story 142-room property, the third Hotel Indigo in Georgia, is owned and managed by College Park Hotels LLC under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group.
Construction for the Indigo actually began back in 2008, but the project stalled when the economy tanked. But in a sign of (somewhat) changing times, now the hotel's opening date is just two months after the opening of the airport's new billion dollar international terminal. Isn’t that convenient?
We all know how expensive London hotels can be but if you're in town this weekend, there's something you can do at a London hotel entirely for free--and it's not related to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee either.
The Hotel Indigo Tower Hill is putting on an interactive theater production throughout the hotel. The Hit, a "Madmen"-esque production tells the story of a historic heist filled with greed and deception which is perfect considering the hotel's location in the Financial District. Scenes of the production will take place throughout the hotel. The show is running from May 25-May and tickets are open to the public and gloriously free.
We're expecting it will be a lot like the W London's Punchdrunk experience from last year, only maybe less kinky. Wanna make a night out of it? Sorry, rooms are sold out this weekend and next. But we found rooms on June 8 for just £99 a night.
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They will pave this parking lot and put up a W paradise.
Four years after plans for a W Hotel to open in Philadelphia were scrapped, we've got news that W will once again give the City of Brotherly Love a try.
The folks at Uwishunu.com tipped us off to this article from Naked Philly which reported that a W Hotel will open at 1441 Chestnut Street in January 2015. Indeed, the W Philly is already listed on the W Hotels Destination page.
Previously, the W was to open in 2009 at 12th and Arch Streets. Instead, it will be home to a Home2Suites which broke ground last week.