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Hotel Indigo stylishly arrives in Venice

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Hotel Indigo stylishly arrives in Venice

The new hotel, designed by the in-house design team at IHG, debuts in the undiscovered Venice neighbourhood of Sant’Elena…

Hotel group InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is has announced the opening of Hotel Indigo® Venice – Sant’Elena, which marks the brand’s debut in Venice, Italy. From palaces to piazzas, gondolas to gelato and canals to carnevale – there is no destination quite so magical as Venice. Filled with beauty and world-famous sights, the city that surrounds the new hotel made up of 55,000 residents attracts more than 30 million annual visitors.

Despite its immense popularity, there are still pockets of the city yet to be discovered, such as the Sant’Elena neighbourhood. Sant’Elena is a global hub for modern art and culture, close to the home of  the Venice International Film Festival and the Murano Glass Factory. The neighbourhood will introduce guests to a side of Venice that few tourists see.

Hotel Indigo® Venice – Sant’Elena is located in the heart of the iconic Italian city, next to the canal Rio Sant’Elena. Formally a 1930’s monastery, the 75 room Hotel Indigo® Venice – Sant’Elena is a peaceful sanctuary reflective of its former heritage that exudes an almost spiritual calm, the perfect place to retreat from the bustle of San Marco square. Composed of two wings joined in the centre by a former chapel, the hotel boasts an interior courtyard and large windows with high ceilings, which is evocative of the local neighbourhood and existing architecture. The hotel also has a private garden, a rarity in Venice, where guests can sit and enjoy a refreshing cocktail and relax after a day of exploring.

Plush guestroom with large bed, velvet headboards

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The interior design brings to life the building’s original features with oriental influences inspired by Venice’s traditions and history, with touches of modern elements contrasting with the classic Venetian style. Plush velvet pillows layered on leather seating and brass lighting scattered throughout the hotel contrast the deep wood panelling on the walls in the lobby and the emerald green marble bar top. Ebru paintings are dotted in the public areas, bringing to life Venice’s history of introducing the marbleized papers into their famed repertory of woodblock prints, copperplate engraving and book leather binding.

“The hotel is the perfect example of how Hotel Indigo draws inspiration from the local neighbourhood, bringing to life the historical importance of the building through design while also providing the ideal getaway from the busyness of Venice,” said Marco Costa, Hotel Manager of Hotel Indigo Venice – Sant’Elena. “Just a 15-minute walk from all the main attractions, including St Mark’s Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge’s Palace in San Marco, the hotel is the ideal choice for those coming to visit our beautiful town.”

Large leafy parks are a rarity in Venice, but a short walk to the north is the Giardini della Biennale, a park commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte when Venice was under French rule at the start of the nineteenth century. The park is a year-round hub for modern art and culture, although it really comes alive during the Venice Biennale, which, as its name suggests, takes place every other year.

Hotel Indigo arrives in Manchester

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The 187-key hotel will be situated in the stylish and ever-changing Manchester neighbourhood of the Northern Quarter… 

Hotel Indigo® Manchester – Victoria Station has arrived, marking the brand’s debut in one of the UK’s largest cities, which was described earlier this year as a hive for hotel design. Famous for its cotton mills and its role in the industrial revolution, Manchester is a vibrant city that is rapidly expanding and regenerating, complementing its historical setting and its quirky contemporary feel.

The new boutique hotel is located at the gateway to the Northern Quarter, which is described as Manchester’s creative heart. It is adjacent to Exchange Square, the city’s shopping district. Known for its bohemian bars and rustic charm, the Northern Quarter has a lively music scene, and includes bustling independent studios and shops. Guests can enjoy the laidback atmosphere come day and night, with a wide range of places to eat and drink.

Hotel Indigo® Manchester – Victoria Station features 187 stylish guestrooms, with design inspired by Manchester’s rich and colourful history. The exterior of the hotel is a beautifully restored Grade II listed building, featuring an eye-catching contemporary tower, providing fantastic views of the city’s unmatched skyline.

“We are truly proud to launch Hotel Indigo Manchester – Victoria Station. The hotel is situated in a prime location for those visiting Manchester and who wish to see and appreciate the city’s artistic side,” said James McDevitt, General Manager of the hotel. “Working with local designers, the interiors reflect the creative personality of the area, whilst reinforcing this first-class hotel we have created.”

“Raw materials feature throughout the hotel, such as bare brick walls in the reception.”

The hotel’s three room designs combine Manchester’s industrial past with modern luxury and style. Raw materials feature throughout the hotel, such as bare brick walls in the reception, complemented by iron pulleys and rope connecting to lights which have bespoke weaved baskets as shades.

“Inspired by the neighbourhood around each property so just as no places are alike, no two Hotel Indigo properties are the same.”

The guestrooms pay homage to Manchester’s cotton mill heritage by using rich, raw cotton on the bed, contrasting with green velvet, which gives the rooms an added sense of luxury. Drawing from Manchester’s literary and printing past, features also include lamps with books as stands and artwork in the form of metal lettering on the walls along with china pattern motifs which reference Manchester’s love of tea.

Guestroom

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The hotel features a restaurant and bar, Mamucium, headed by award-winning Mancunian chef Andrew Green. Named after the Roman fort that was the birthplace of modern Manchester, the 120-seat restaurant will serve a menu of classic, locally sourced food, topped off with a Northern spin. The venue’s centrepiece will be a stunning, silestone and brass bar area. There is also a cosy café, M Café, sheltered within the restored building.

Inspired by the neighbourhood around each property so just as no places are alike, no two Hotel Indigo properties are the same. Each Hotel Indigo property features thoughtful design touches and vibrant restaurants and bars connected to the spirit of the local neighbourhood. There are currently 27 Hotel Indigo properties in Europe with another 17 due to open in the next three to five years.

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Stepping in before checking in

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As technology continues to evolve hotel design, Hotel Designs go behind the lens to investigate how tech is helping hotels also evolve their visual marketing…

Surprises, when it comes to the overall hotel look, feel and experience, are not often well received among modern travellers when checking in to a design hotel. A hotel, thats photographs online do not reflect the reality, are setting their guests – and their business for that matter – up for a loss. Instead, modern guests strive for a seamless experience led by the clever design of the building and its interiors. Reflect this in the marketing, and you are on to a winner, will allow your guests to check in to a familiar home.

Cue the launch of ACT Studios, a photography specialist based in the UK that provides hotels with innovative, interactive photography that allows the user to ‘step in’ to the photo to view the hotel from the perspective of a guest checking in.

The ‘Step In’ offering is a clever blend of beautifully taken photography and digital walk-through technology. It’s a simple, powerful enhancement to any existing hospitality focused business website. In delivering ‘Step In’ photography, the company blends professionally taken and edited photography with innovative Matterport walk-throughs, which allows hospitality properties to entice visitors visually in the design of the property. It then allows users to smoothly step directly into every property image scene in your gallery to explore each detail, delight and deeply engage. We will bring all rooms and facilities to life beautifully and elegantly.

Act Studio will support Hotel Designs on its hotel reviews in the future. “Considering how visual our industry is, we are delighted to work with the forward-thinking tech experts at Act Studio in order to bring our readers an interactive experience when reading out in-depth hotel reviews,” said editor of Hotel Designs Hamish Kilburn. “Technology, especially in photography, is evolving at such a rapid pace and it’s important for us as well as hotels to react to the trends.”

The company, which started operating in the luxury holiday property market, is already working with leading hotel brands such as IHG Hotel Indigo, Goodwood Hotel and Classic British Hotels as well as other brands.

Act Studio, now looking to expand its portfolios of hotels it works with, has local photographers covering England and Wales and prides itself on reacting latest tech trends in order to reflect the best possible results.

Image credit: Hotel Indigo York/ACT Studios

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Top 5 stories of the week: Russian-doll hotels, culture clashes and openings in the City of Design

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Hotel Designs editor Hamish Kilburn breaks down the week with the top five stories…

With our focus this month being on fabrics, textiles and soft furnishings, weaving together this week’s top five stories has been one that I have thoroughly enjoyed. Mitre Linen has put the topic of soft furnishings firmly in the spotlight to unveil new ways in which hotels can stand out from the crowd. In other news, hotel group IHG seems to be going from strength to strength, unveiling yet another Hotel Indigo property, this time in the City of Design in Dundee, Scotland. In rather apt form, with the World Cup final fast approaching, our editorial team have been busy to uncover the best design hotels in Russia. On top of all this, SLEEP + EAT, which takes shelter under a new roof this year at London’s Olympia, has unveiled the themes and designers for this year’s Sleep Sets, while SB Architects unveils two rather unusual hotels in China.

And breathe… Here are the top five stories of the week!

1) IHG Hotel Indigo unveiled in Dundee, the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design 

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Topping our charts this week is the new arrival of a funky hotel in the City of Design… InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened Hotel Indigo® Dundee, in one of Europe’s rising design destinations – Dundee, Scotland. Once famous for its textiles, the city’s industrial spaces are now filled with artists and collectives, including a thriving gaming community who have helped turn Dundee into the creative heart of the world’s computer games industry.

2) Sleep Sets for SLEEP + EAT 2018 introduces unusual partnerships 

Sleep + Eat has announced the theme for this year’s Sleep Sets, as well as the four design companies inspired to create the concept rooms. The challenge for each designer is to partner with a brand but, in the tradition of Sleep + Eat, these brands are not the usual suspects. HBA London will be working with the Natural History MuseumDenton Corker Marshall will tackle West Ham Football ClubYasmine Mahmoudieh is to pair with Penguin Modern Classics; and AB Concept will collaborate with Maison Pierre Hermé Paris. Each Sleep Set designer has been tasked with creating a guestroom concept based on their partner brand’s aesthetic and values. Innovative and engaging, the sets will facilitate new and imaginative ways for visitors to interact with the selected brands.

3) East meets west at two new Chateau-style winery boutique hotels in China 

SB Architects has announced several new planned communities and destinations in China, including two new winery boutique hotels. From winery resorts in Dalian and Beijing to mixed-use developments in emerging areas, SB Architects has announced master planned projects for its Chinese clients looking to capitalise on the China’s growing luxury lifestyle industry.

4) SOFT FURNISHINGS: Colour, clean identity and a sprinkle of inspiration from musical icons

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Simon O’Mahony, Managing Director of Mitre Linen, explains how soft furnishings, linen and colour can help a hotel stand out from the crowd. Hospitality is a congested market, and customers are increasingly discerning with a huge range of options to choose from. In short, it’s crucial to stand out by having a clear identity which extends into every room of your hotel. Having a well-defined offering clearly positions your business and makes it more appealing to particular customers. What’s more, using colour can help bring the values of your business into every room.

5) Top 7 design hotels in Russia

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Riddled in history, Russia holds many hotel gems within its borders. In recent years, hospitality has also been on the rise with a boom in hotel development. TOPHOTELCONSTRUCTION database recently confirmed this by announcing that Russia has 96 projects upcoming hotels that are slated to shelter 18,437 rooms. Of these projects, 49 percent of the hotels are being planned to open in 2021 or beyond, while a whopping 17 per cent are expected to open this year.

With this in mind, and as the eyes of the world focus on the host nation in the lead up to the FIFA World Cup final, our editorial team did some digging to unveil the best design hotels in Russia – and here they are in no particular order.

 

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IHG Hotel Indigo unveiled in Dundee, the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design

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Interior design firm Graven completes IHG Hotel Indigo Dundee…

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened Hotel Indigo® Dundee, in one of Europe’s rising design destinations – Dundee, Scotland. Once famous for its textiles, the city’s industrial spaces are now filled with artists and collectives, including a thriving gaming community who have helped turn Dundee into the creative heart of the world’s computer games industry.

Dundee is the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design and will be home to the soon to open V&A Dundee – Scotland’s first design museum, making it an even more desirable city break destination for the arts and culture-inclined. It also boasts a generous offering of theatres, museums, galleries and shopping destinations, with world famous golf courses on its doorstep, including St Andrews. The city’s cultural quarter features the award-winning Dundee Contemporary Arts centre, the Dundee Rep Theatre and the Sensation Science Centre as well as an array of restaurants and cafes.

Transformed from a 200-year-old jute mill, the 102-key Hotel Indigo Dundee, designed by Graven, sits between the waterfront and the heart of the shopping district. Rich in history, the first spinning mill was built on the site in 1822 by the Baxter family who became one of the world’s largest linen manufacturers. Respectfully renovated, the hotel’s three room designs are inspired by Dundee’s past and present and feature the original vaulted brickwork ceilings.

Standard room at Hotel Indigo Dundee

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The Dundee Cake room brings in discreet marmalade motifs throughout the room with jute curtains. The Comic room is inspired by DC Thompson, the famous publishing house that had a famous comic called ‘Black Bob’ about a sheepdog that saved the day, with sheepdog commands hidden in the dado rails. The Gaming room is reflective of Dundee’s thriving computer game industry, the birth place of Grand Theft Auto. Secret gaming codes can be spotted within the dado rail, and literature found within the room celebrates Dundee’s unique links to the video game industry. Beds are finished with blankets by a local textile designer, Hilary Grant, whose work is inspired by waves breaking on the River Tay.

Hotel Indigo Dundee’s restaurant and bar, Daisy Tasker, offers guests a contemporary spin on traditional Scottish dishes with an abundance of fresh seafood, prime cuts of meat and locally-grown fresh vegetables. It is named in honour of a much-loved weaver who organised activities for the jute mill workers and, true to the original Daisy’s sociable spirit, the restaurant is set to be the ideal spot for family and friends to eat and drink together.

Daisy Tasker Bar

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“We are extremely excited to be opening our doors to guests. This is a unique and beautiful hotel and through clever design, we’ve really brought its heritage to the forefront,” said William Inglis, General Manager at Hotel Indigo Dundee. “This city has recently been voted as one of the best cities to visit in 2018 and its rich culture is showcased throughout the city. With the opening of the V&A later this year, we look forward to welcoming guests from the globe and have no doubt that they will fall in love with Hotel Indigo and everything this incredible city has to offer.”

Inspired by the neighbourhood around each property so just as no places are alike, no two Hotel Indigo® properties are the same. Each Hotel Indigo property features thoughtful design touches and vibrant restaurants and bars connected to the spirit of the local neighbourhood. There are currently 27 Hotel Indigo properties in Europe with another 17 due to open in the next three – five years.

 

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Product Spotlight: Hamilton at Hotel Indigo Cardiff

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Hotel Indigo Cardiff is a boutique hotel that has been designed by Matthews Mee Interior Design to evoke classic Welsh heritage.

As with all Hotel Indigo establishments, the surrounding area was carefully researched to discover the location’s intricacies, its history, special events, industry and people. The hotel is then designed around this to provide a unique and more meaningful experience that reflects the hotel’s location.

The Cardiff hotel, which will be managed by Redefine|BDL Hotels, features 122 guest bedrooms and 122 bathrooms, with a Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill restaurant located on the roof of the building. The greatest attention has been paid to crafting unique spaces throughout the hotel that reflect the history and vibrancy of the Welsh capital. The guest rooms are themed ‘Made in Wales’, ‘Welsh Industry’ and ‘Music’, with each featuring local art and regionally-sourced natural materials to reflect the city’s strong legacy.

Hamilton Litestat at Hotel Indigo CardiffMatthews Mee wanted to mix contemporary style and modern functionality with its heritage-rich designs. It sought an electrical accessories supplier that could support with modern solutions that would complement the design themes while delivering a classy, high-quality look and adhering to the latest guest demands.

Working with contractor Kier and local wholesaler Evans Electrical, Hamilton Litestat was chosen as a solutions provider. Hamilton’s sleek and stylish Hartland collection of box-fix decorative wiring accessories was nominated as the perfect match for the interior design theme. With a vast number of rooms to furnish, a combination of Hartland 1, 2 and 3-gang rocker switches were specified for controlling lighting in each room.

2-gang dual-switched sockets were selected for power supply while further dual-switched sockets equipped with two USB charger points were also fitted at bedsides for easy access. One USB port is 1A rated for mobile phone charging and a second 2.1A USB port is for charging tablets and other devices. With USB charging capabilities, the Hamilton switched sockets meet the demands of modern hotel guests who want to be connected 24/7 using their smart devices.

Hamilton Litestat at Hotel Indigo Cardiff

Hamilton products welcome each guest into their room as a Hamilton hotel key card switch has been installed next to a single rocker switch that controls the lighting in the entrance area. Hamilton also helps make European guests feel at home with the inclusion of a European SCHUKO and dual USB 2-gang switched sockets within a specially manufactured plate installed above a vanity table in each room.

Hamilton products welcome each guest into their room as a Hamilton hotel key card switch has been installed next to a single rocker switch that controls the lighting in the entrance area. Hamilton also helps make European guests feel at home with the inclusion of a European SCHUKO and dual USB 2-gang switched sockets within a specially manufactured plate installed above a vanity table in each room.In the 72 ‘Made in Wales’ rooms and the 31 ‘Welsh Industry’ rooms, the decorative accessories were specified in Hartland design and finished in Matt Black with Copper switches and Matt Black inserts. Meanwhile, the 19 ‘Music’ rooms feature Hartland products finished in Antique Brass with Antique Brass switches and Black inserts. All bathrooms are fitted with Hartland plates finished in Satin Steel with White inserts.

Hotel Indigo Cardiff is due to start taking guest bookings in November with much anticipation building for the opening of this stunning hotel. Andrew Miles, senior project manager, Kier Construction Western and Wales, said: “Kier is pleased to be long-standing customers of Hamilton. We have always been impressed by the company’s quality solutions and customer service.

Hamilton products welcome each guest into their room as a Hamilton hotel key card switch has been installed next to a single rocker switch that controls the lighting in the entrance area. Hamilton also helps make European guests feel at home with the inclusion of a European SCHUKO and dual USB 2-gang switched sockets within a specially manufactured plate installed above a vanity table in each room.“Having seen the hotel’s design we were confident we could successfully collaborate and deliver a bespoke solution that could achieve the aspirations of Matthews Mee. The clean, timeless design of the Hartland collection was perfect for this project and we’re thrilled to have been involved with delivering such a unique high-quality establishment.”

Hotel Indigo® Cardiff’s General Manager, Tom Gaskell, added: “We take immense pride in our attention to detail and we’re pleased to have found an electrical partner that takes this as seriously as us. It’s these little touches that turns a nice hotel into an exceptional hotel and makes a guest’s stay all the more pleasurable. We’re pleased with the final finish and it’s been good to work with such a prestigious manufacturer.”

Hamilton products welcome each guest into their room as a Hamilton hotel key card switch has been installed next to a single rocker switch that controls the lighting in the entrance area. Hamilton also helps make European guests feel at home with the inclusion of a European SCHUKO and dual USB 2-gang switched sockets within a specially manufactured plate installed above a vanity table in each room.“With boutique hotels, quality and individuality are extremely important for business,” added Gavin Williams, Marketing Manager at Hamilton. “We take immense pride in being a long-standing and recognised supplier to this industry that demands the best from its suppliers. The Hotel Indigo® Cardiff is a stunning building with breathtaking rooms and we’re proud to have played a part in ensuring that every guest has the best possible quality experience.”

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IHG signs another Hotel Indigo® in London

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InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the signing of Hotel Indigo® London – One Leicester Square. The hotel marks IHG’s debut presence in Leicester Square and continues the growth of the Hotel Indigo brand as its fourth property in London and eleventh in the UK.

Due to open in late 2017, the hotel, based in one of London’s busiest hubs, will feature 95 guest rooms, each with a design reflecting the local area. Leicester Square, a melting pot for the all things cinematic and theatrical at the heart of London’s West End there is an artistic flair prominently in the neighbourhood; which is reflected in the hotel’s design.

The hotel will have a destination rooftop bar and restaurant designed to take full advantage of the amazing views of central London. The design of the hotel will be influenced by the existing property’s art deco stylings combined with the theatrics of the surrounding Leicester Square areas and its varied heritage cinemas. Guests will also have access to a gym and working spaces that can be used for meetings.

IHG Indigo Leicester SquareThe hotel will operate under a franchise agreement with Criterion Capital and will be the operator’s first venture with the franchise partner.

IHG has signed eight Hotel Indigo properties across Europe. There are currently 21 Hotel Indigo hotels open and 18 in the pipeline across Europe. Additional signings include:
• Hotel Indigo® Milan – Corso Monforte, due to open in early 2018, this 55-guest room converted historic palace is situated in the city centre.
• Hotel Indigo® Dundee, due to open in mid-2018, this 96-room property will be the owner’s first IHG branded hotel.
• Hotel Indigo® Frankfurt: One of the largest Hotel Indigo properties in Europe, this 236-guest room property is due to open in early 2019.
• Hotel Indigo® Manchester – Victoria Station is due to open in early 2019, and will 187-guest room property
• Hotel Indigo® The Hague – Royal Palace will be the owners eighth IHG brand in their portfolio.
• Hotel Indigo® Dresden – Wettiner Platz is due to open in late 2018 and will operate under a franchise agreement. The 132 roomed property is perfectly located in centre of Dresden and the design will mimic the music neighbourhood where it sits.
• Due to open in later 2018, Hotel Indigo® Manchester – Piccadilly Gardens will operate under a franchise agreement with Cairn Hotel Group and will house 139 rooms
• The 45-guest room Hotel Indigo® Belgrade is set to open in late 2019.

Hotel Indigo® Warsaw – Nowy Swiat opened in May this year and Hotel Indigo® The Hague – Royal Palace and Hotel Indigo® London – Aldgate are due to open later this year.

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Cardiff to welcome Hotel Indigo this summer

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Visitors to Cardiff will soon be able to enjoy a new, unique hotel experience as Hotel Indigo gets set to open its doors within the heart of the Welsh capital this summer.

The boutique hotel, managed by Redefine|BDL Hotels (RBH) – the UK’s leading independent hotel management company – expects to welcome its first guests in July, bringing 122 beautifully decorated bedrooms to the already burgeoning tourism industry in Cardiff.

Acclaimed chef Marco Pierre White will also open one of his famous Steakhouse Bar & Grill’s on the roof of the development, further increasing Cardiff’s claim to being one of the best food destinations outside of London.

Those staying at the hotel will be able to enjoy all of those at-home luxuries they’re accustomed to, including free Wi-Fi throughout. Each of the guest rooms will be designed to highlight three recurring themes – made in Wales, industry and music – celebrating the heritage synonymous with the local area and beyond.

Located within close proximity of Cardiff’s business district and with easy access to major attractions such as Cardiff Castle and the Millennium Stadium, both adventurous guests wishing to explore the city or those who prefer to relax in the boutique surroundings of the hotel will be well catered for. A small fitness centre will also be available for those wishing to keep fit during their stay.

Marco Pierre White added: “Cardiff is such a vibrant city and the location is perfect for my Steakhouse Bar & Grill. I’m really looking forward to getting the doors open and welcoming our first guests. It’s going to be a big hit with both diners and drinkers who are out for a good time and wanting to enjoy food and drink in a stunning setting.”

CEO, Nick Taplin added: “This is an exciting time for Black and White Hospitality with our 1st restaurant with Redefine BDL and our 4th rooftop bar and restaurant venue. We have been working on this scheme for 6 years and know the Cardiff market well and are very excited to be bringing our Steakhouse Bar and Grill to this magnificent City.

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Hotel Indigo Denver opens in Downtown Union Station neighbourhood

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Hotel Indigo Denver officially opens its doors on Monday 6 February. Located in downtown Denver’s thriving Union Station neighbourhood, the Mile High City’s newest boutique-style hotel features 180 guestrooms and 1,188-sq-ft of meeting and event space.

The LEED-Certified building, designed by internationally recognised architectural and engineering firm, John Portman & Associates, features a multi-faceted façade of stacked elements, including inviting transparent glass on the ground floor, perforated metal screening and floor-to-ceiling glazing. Artwork evokes memories of the Colorado gold rush, which put Denver on the map on its way to prosperity.

Hotel Indigo Denver’s interior delivers a fresh, unique and locally inspired design without compromising comfort. The distinctly appointed guestrooms feature hardwood floors; polished concrete ceilings; interior sliding barn doors; oversized beds with throw pillows and a plush duvet; spa-inspired showers with complimentary Aveda products; oversized desk space; and murals depicting Denver, the Rocky Mountains and Colorado’s Front Range.

An original art installation by Denver-based sculptor Norman Epp serves as a focal point in the hotel’s lobby. The large sculpture, titled “Wildwood Cronesong: Survival,” incorporates a black cherry tree’s single section of trunk, as well as steel elements. The piece speaks to Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, while still harmonizing with Hotel Indigo Denver’s clean and contemporary design.

The hotel’s 1,188 sq. ft. of meeting and event space includes three rooms, accommodating up to 200 guests in a variety of layouts. These include the Hickenlooper Boardroom, as well as the Green Room and the Russell Room, which can be combined into a larger Green Russell room. All are equipped with the latest amenities, including high-speed wireless Internet access and digital projectors.

“From the murals on our walls to our passionate and knowledgeable family members, Hotel Indigo Denver authentically speaks to its neighbourhood, and we’re looking forward to providing a truly exceptional and local experience for years to come,” said Amy Healy, Hotel Indigo general manager.

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IHG looking for sites for Hotel Indigo in Australia

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IHG is looking for suitable sites in Sydney and Melbourne for its Hotel Indigo brand.

Bruce Ryde, IHG’s Asia, Middle East and Africa head of luxury and lifestyle brand marketing, said: “We feel the brand will resonate in Australia as it is a mature market and travellers are always looking for a new experience. The Indigo brand would, we feel, work well in places like Surry Hills and the eastern suburbs and we are keen to be there sooner rather than later.”

IHG launched its first Indigo in the Asia Pacific region in January last year with the Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road and the second in July this year with the opening of Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong. Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach will open in late 2016.

“Guest reaction is now immediate, so as hoteliers we must offer a point of difference, which is the aim of the Indigo brand,” said Ryde. “Each Hotel Indigo property is distinct, with no two alike, as each is designed to reflect the local culture, character and history of its surrounding area. From the service to the architecture to the cuisine, all Indigo properties evoke the unique tastes and cultures that make up the communities of the neighbourhood in which they are located.”

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Permission granted for Hotel Indigo Bath construction

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Permission has been granted to the St James’ Hotel Group to begin construction work on the new 117-room Hotel Indigo Bath.

Operating under a franchise agreement in conjunction with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), the hotel will also feature a restaurant, bar and gym and is scheduled to open at the end of 2017. The boutique hotel is being formed from two existing hotels, Pratt’s Hotel and The Halcyon, and a former nightclub located in a number of Grade I listed Georgian buildings on South Parade in the heart of Bath.

Anna Corkill, IHG’s Development Director for the UK, said: “We are thrilled with Hotel Indigo’s performance. We are confident that the Hotel Indigo Bath will become a brand-defining Hotel Indigo property for the South West region, reinforcing our presence in the UK boutique market.

“It’s a perfect site and we’re looking forward to working with St James’s Hotel Group to welcome even more visitors to Bath in 2017 and beyond.”

The hotel is being designed by Architect CT with construction by Phelan Construction Ltd. Its design will reflect the surrounding neighbourhood, while the restaurant and bar will tap into Indigo’s new locally crafted food and beverage philosophy, launched last year. Pratt’s Hotel was a part of a portfolio of Forestdale hotels acquired by St James’s Hotel Group in 2014.

The Halcyon was previously privately owned and acquired by St James’s Hotel Group last year.

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Development to begin on Hotel Indigo Durham, Marco Pierre White restaurant

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Property developer Maven has completed a £15 million transaction for the purchase and refurbishment of the Grade II listed Shire Hall in Durham, to convert it into an 81-room 4-star boutique Hotel Indigo Durham.

Some 60 jobs are set to be created when the hotel opens in autumn 2017 and will also feature a 150-cover Marco Pierre White steakhouse grill restaurant.

A classic example of late Victorian architecture, the building boasts a number of period features such as the grand tiled marble staircases, wood panelling and stained glass windows- all of which will be retained for the hotel. The circular debating chamber and lobby room will also be retained, providing an iconic setting for a cocktail bar and the restaurant.

Kevin Brown, who purchased the property in 2014 while securing planning permission for its redevelopment into Hotel Indigo Durham, will work alongside Shaun Crawley through their joint venture Elvet Developments Ltd (EDL) on behalf of Maven Capital Partners. Brown said: It’s taken just over a year to find the right buyer and broker the deal. From the outset it has been vital to find the right partners to produce an outstanding hotel for the city and equally as important, to secure Shire Hall’s future and prevent any further deterioration and damage to the building.”

Nick Taplin, Chief Executive at Black & White Hospitality, who own the franchise rights to MPW Steakhouse Bar & Grill, said: “This is our third development with Maven Capital after Glasgow and Cardiff and we’re delighted to be continuing a very strong business relationship together.”

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Architect John Portman converting offices for Hotel Indigo Atlanta Downtown

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Architect and developer John C. Portman has converted an office block he once designed in Atlanta into a multi-use building which houses Hotel Indigo Atlanta Downtown as well as his fine-dining restaurant JP Atlanta.

“It is a unique experience to be able to revisit a building designed at the beginning of one’s career,” says architect and developer John C. Portman, Jr: “I feel quite fortunate to once again be able to contribute to the evolution of downtown Atlanta. This building with its revitalised plaza and one-of-a-kind connection to AmericasMart will serve so many people coming into the heart of our city.”

The Hotel Indigo Atlanta Downtown lobby welcomes guests with a spiral glass staircase accented with sleek, steel railings. The Portman style is incorporated into each element of the guestroom aesthetic, while area rugs are custom made from digitised images of Portman’s designs and murals depict the unique shape and structure of the overall building (230 Peachtree). The rooms are painted in a rich, clean Portman White hue.

Guest rooms feature plush bedding with contrasting hard-surface flooring and area rugs, whilst incorporating spa-inspired bathrooms. The hotel also offers two spacious suites. Guests have access to a 24-hour health club facility featuring state of the art equipment and 1,750ft² of meeting space.

The Atlanta hotel features the brand’s Neighbourhood Guide, an innovative touchscreen display that connects guests to each other, the locale and to Hotel Indigo locations around the world. Hotel team members, many of whom are locals themselves, will share recommendations with guests looking to explore and discover the neighbourhood.

230 Peachtree is connected to AmericasMart’s 7.1million ft² campus by a skylight corridor and adjacent to the Peachtree Center MARTA Station. It is the latest in the aesthetic continuum from Portman, who also designed and built Hyatt Regency Atlanta, the Westin Peachtree Plaza and the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, over a 48-year span.

IHG announces two new Hotel Indigo properties in Europe

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IHG are pleased to announce the signing of two new Hotel Indigo Properties in Europe:

• Hotel Indigo Stratford-upon-Avon, UK – The hotel will operate under a franchise agreement with St James’s Hotel Group and open in early 2018.

Located on Chapel Street in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon’s town centre, the hotel is within walking distance to the popular Shakespeare Theatre, nearby shops and Stratford-upon-Avon Train Station. It is also only a thirty minute drive from Birmingham International Airport. With easy transport links, Hotel Indigo Stratford-upon-Avon is the perfect place for a short break.

The 92-room property will be rebranded from the Falcon Hotel, a historic building full of character and old charm, and will feature a restaurant, bar and lounge, as well as a gym, and a meeting room.

• Hotel Indigo Krakow – Florian Gate – The hotel will mark the brand’s debut in Poland, and is due to open later this year under a franchise agreement with Hotel Filipa 18 ltd and SAO Investments.

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The hotel will mark the brand’s debut in Poland, and is due to open later this year under a franchise agreement with Hotel Filipa 18 ltd and SAO Investments.

As one of the oldest and largest cities in Poland, Krakow is famed for its many styles of historic architecture and its rich culture, making it a perfect boutique hotel destination. The property is a 100 year old former residential building which will be converted into Hotel Indigo Krakow – Florian Gate whilst preserving its original architecture.

Featuring 56 guest rooms, a meeting room, gym, restaurant and bar, the hotel will be located near Krakow’s main train station in the heart of the city. Not only rich in historical antiquity, Krakow is one of Poland’s most important economic hubs, with many large multinational companies headquartered in the city.

Hotel Indigo, York

Hotel Indigo, York

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Very often, when out and about reviewing hotels or sifting through property announcements at HotelDesigns HQ, I encounter some variation on that old hospitality cliché: ‘modernity blended with history’- and very often, it’s a lazy and inaccurate description. But every now and again, I have the pleasure of staying in a hotel and a location that epitomises the phrase. The Hotel Indigo in York is one such property.

York is a city I never need a second invitation to visit – with its maze of twisting, cobbled streets, quaint architecture and two millennia of history teeming from its very core – it’s a gold mine for amateur historiographers like myself. So, it was with little hesitation that I made the journey north to review my first Hotel Indigo – the boutique brand of the InterContinental Hotels Group.

Self-styled as ‘the industry’s first branded boutique hotel experience’, Hotel Indigo now has a presence across North America, UK and Europe as well as China and south-east Asia. Each unique property is as individual as its surroundings and attempts to reflect this through its interiors and design. A ‘local slant’ is key to the Hotel Indigo ethos, as is its quirky and contemporary décor. With properties in cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Shanghai, I imagine blending this local touch with interesting and modern interiors was a relatively easy task. However, enveloped on all sides by a section of a city with a rich heritage and standing on one of its oldest streets, this process could have proven slightly more difficult for the designers of this York property. Not so.

Yorkshire is well represented in everything from individual items of furniture to the selection of ales in the bar/restaurant on the ground floor. Even the bathroom toiletries have been sourced from Harrogate company H2K, which is just twenty miles from the hotel. And the wonderfully twee touches in the décor – like framed photos referencing the area’s confectionary heritage to the 1893 Kelly’s Directory (the Yellow Pages of its time) printed on bedside lampshades – all give off the boutique vibe whilst fitting in with the Hotel Indigo brand vision.

Being a new-build property, the whole hotel has a clean and vibrant feel from the moment you walk through the door.

 

 

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Directly opposite the modest reception desk, the aforementioned bar and restaurant – a franchise of the Yorkshire Meatball Company and with public access to the street outside – serve as the focal point of the hotel’s public space. The confectionary theme is continued here with chuckle-inducing jelly-mould pendant lampshades and Skittles-esque cushions scattered on sofas.

Taking the lift up to room level would mean missing out on the hotel’s spectacular staircase complete with a three-storey well, which adds a touch of grandeur to the journey from check-in to room. The well-lit (and thankfully spacious) corridors are carpeted with a fantastically rich black and white pattern throughout, reminiscent of the great M.C. Escher and works from the optical art movement.

The rooms themselves are blessed with good natural light (if not the best views) from the windows, but are also equipped with generous lighting throughout so there’s never a gloomy corner to contend with. While the colour scheme is muted for the most part, it’s punctuated with sharp, primary-coloured items which definitely adds to the sense of fun.

Both the desk and bedside tables have good socket access and I couldn’t find fault with the king-sized bed with the Egyptian cotton linen, but was slightly disappointed with the amount of wardrobe space on offer.

It’s at this point I will admit that I am guilty of rating an entire hotel experience on the quality of its bathroom space, and Hotel Indigo scores highly here too. The spa-inspired space and its layout are well designed and the team have displayed virtuosity in the contrast of materials used. The absence of a bathtub is more than countered by the walk-in, glass enclosed shower with a rainfall head.

Simply put, a stay here is a pleasure. Whilst Hotel Indigo might be a chain, the rooms and the hotel’s public spaces certainly have their own character and charm filled with endearing local touches.

The designers have done a great job of ensuring the guest doesn’t get the ‘chain hotel’ feeling. They have been able to engender a feeling of a contemporary boutique hotel whilst not neglecting the fact its backdrop is one of the most historic cities in England. The ever-growing popularity of boutique hotels and their strong, overriding identity and ‘sense of place’ has meant the larger chains have had to adapt in a bid to capture some of the market. With its Hotel Indigo brand – and this York property in particular – IHG has proven it understands the market extremely well and has certainly established a solid blueprint for a successful ‘branded boutique’.

As someone who transformed from slightly sceptical of the concept to a fully-fledged convert overnight thanks to this York gem; if you’re not convinced I highly recommend going through the conversion process for yourself.

Images courtesy of hotelindigoyork.co.uk and Daniel Fountain. Based on review in September 2015.