Hotel Indigo Atlanta
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Day 8 back on the road
We made it to Calvary Chapel Chattanooga's 11AM service and met Kevin and his sister Julie and scratched our heads a bit with pushing the Emotional Aide Dog scam at church. It somehow didn't seem like a good idea. It wasn't roasting out but it seemed like it might get a bit too hot to leave Ricky in the car so Julie, in an act of supreme kindness, offered to take care of Ricky while we went to church.
We decided to ...
... strange. And the mall was massive. Before going in we ate at Johnny rockets. We had a really lovely burger and it was a traditional American fast food style bar. When we saw the movie I have never seen such a fancy screen in my life. The chairs were like red leather sofas and the seats really reclined. The movie, guardians of the galaxy was really funny. We would defo see it ...
... me cry. I was really in the right mood for the rest of the day. It was also great. The. The fault of the secret formula which was next. It gave us the history of coke and tempted us with a massive vault with the secret of coke. Next we went through the mile stones of refreshment which gave us a better idea of the history behind coke. We saw the olympic flames and pin up coke pics which was really great. We got a look at the bottle works which showed how it was all bottled up. ...
... to the waters edge and let the waves wash over my feet. The Atlantic was cold. To me, though it was warm, it didn't feel like it was beach weather. It was just not hot enough and there was a bit of wind. The temperature of the water also told me to avoid taking a dip. Some swimmers were enjoying the water however. Maybe I'm just a snob as the beach didn't impress me. I swung around and headed back to the hotel. I was hungry and decided I would eat at ...
... fairly busy. We stopped in Coach, Under Armour, Puma, Burberry, Pottery Barn, and Restoration Hardware. Towards the end, we ate in the food courts at Main Street Dawgs. Carrie had a hot dog and curly fries and I had a bacon and cheese spuds (baked potato). We returned to the city to go to Oakland Cemetery. It was neat to look around. We saw lots of old statues, graves and mausoleums, we found the tombstone of Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Indigo Atlanta
Other reviews are right on target... unique decor, visually pleasing colors and murals on the walls, soothing music from a CD called "With Indigo in Mind" (really) when you first enter the room... definitely not your run of the mill chain hotel. I was just in town for one day, and found this hotel a pleasant diversion from the ordinary... and at a decent rate.
A couple of things not mentioned in the other reviews... the hotel does accept pets, and I did see one dog in the lobby (with owner), but I didn't ask how he liked his room. The hotel is an easy walk from the North Avenue MARTA station - maybe two blocks max - which is a definite plus for business travelers who are flying in and don't want to fool with a car. I see from the other reviews that the lack of parking makes this even more of a plus. There is a decent Caribbean restaurant right next store - fine for a cold beer and a moderately priced meal.
I'm told that hotels can fill up quickly in downtown Atlanta when there are large conventions in town. This hotel had rooms available during one of those busy weeks in July, so it may be a good fallback to try when others are booked.
As with other reviewers, I thought the rooms were small - OK for me, but not for more than one person. I struggled a bit finding an out of the way place to put my suitcase. The bathrooms were incredibly small, as described in depth by other reviewers... very cramped and about four inches worth of counter space. I also woke up late at night to the sounds of trashmen (?) behind the hotel.
Nice place to stay for one or two nights... worth experiencing the unique decor.
I stayed at the Hotel Indigo for one night and was very happy with my choice. The hotel looks great, the decor is very trendy without being obnoxious. The location is great and there were plenty of bars and restaurants within walking distance. The hotel was very clean and the room smelled great when I walked in - no stale hotel-room odor. Overall, I think the hotel room was the highlight of the weekend and I give recommendation to anyone who would like to stay at a nice, clean hotel with an excellent downtown location.
Good with Caveats
Staff is friendly and helpful. Great Midtown location, close enough to Marta, with restaurants nearby, and safe feeling for solo female traveler. Fun and eye catching decor both in lobby and rooms. Lobby has Starbucks coffee bar and full cocktail/wine bar but skip the food except maybe a snack, it is all microwaved. Free! internet access on lobby computer with free printing or copying. But, be forewarned, rooms are small and bathrooms are teeny tiny, hence the "European" descriptor used in their ads. Queen bedded room was fine for one person but two would be constantly tripping or climbing over one another, at least in my room. The decor is extremely attractive, assuming you like bold and colorful, and the bed was one of the best I've ever slept on. The shower was large and well equiped with hand held shower head and wooden bench; a drainage problem was promptly fixed. BUT, the rest is so tightly squished together that my chin risked hitting the basin while sitting down on the commode. Even 3 and 2 star European hotels I've stayed in had bigger bathrooms than this one and I'm sure men would hate it even more than I did. Intercontinental better work on this design in future locations...the concept is great but the details need work.
Unique Hotel but Beware of Bathroom!!
The decor at this hotel was very refreshing...it seemed more appropriate for a beach destination, but was still a nice change to the typical city hotel decor. The lobby and guestrooms looked like they would be featured on the Home & Garden Network...dark blue and lime green hues and cheery white furniture. A relaxing CD was playing in our room when we checked in, creating a spa-like atmosphere. My friend said that the fitness center was well-equipped and a pleasant experience.
The Midtown location is ideal...across from the Fox Theater and within walking distance of Piedmont Park and many restaurants and bars.
TWO PROBLEMS: 1) Parking: We were told that the hotel had ample parking. Upon arrival, we found out that they only have 55 spaces and all were already occupied. We had to park in a garage behind the hotel which was very full due to an event at the Fox. The cost was $18/night.
2) Bathroom: I have NEVER in my life seen a bathroom this small...even in Europe! You had to be careful that you didn't hit your face on the sink as you got up from the toilet! The shower had no ledge, thereby causing the 2x4 floor to flood every time used it. I swear that if I was a few pounds heavier (and I am a small person), I would not have been able to function in there! I may have gotten a few bruised elbows from the whole experience.
BUT...I would be willing to deal with these issues again (for a short stay only...one or two nights) because I loved the hotel and the location so much!
Worst night of sleep Ever
My boyfriend and I recently stayed at Hotel Indigo for our anniversary after being told of it's quaint decor and friendly staff. The decor was very unique and inviting giving you the feeling of being in the Hamptons. The staff was friendly enough. Not overly nice but not rude either.
After checking in, we both realized that we had stayed in many hostels that were much better than this hotel. First of all, the rooms are tiny. We had a king sized bed that barely fit in the room. Second, the bathrooms are extremely tiny. I'm 5' 6" and 125 lbs. and I had a hard time moving around in this bathroom. Third, the shower stall was ridiculous...mainly because the shower curtain would not stay in place, leaving me with only half of the tiny shower space to work with, but also because the shower floor was dirty.
I could have dealt with all of these things but it was once we returned from our nice anniversary dinner that all of our woes really started. We got in around 11 p.m and decided to retire to bed. As soon as we turned out the lights, we realized that this hotel is the noisiest hotel. We were on the back side of the building and all we heard all night were car horns honking in the garage behind the building and people yelling. We also heard the bass from the cars cruising on Peachtree. You would think that a completely renovated hotel would be acoustically modified to accomodate the sounds from the streets. It was ridiculous.
Needless to say, I will never stay here or recommend that anyone else stay here.
Clean, comfortable and good service
My family and friends recently stayed at the Hotel Indigo to be near a relative who was receiving medical treatment at a nearby hospital. They honored an excellent hospital rate. The hotel is clean, stylish and comfortable with very good service. The location is excellent with many good eating and entertainment options nearby. The rooms are small and the bathrooms even smaller. Tall individuals will find sitting on the toilet a very cramped activity with the sink right in your face. No bathtub but a very comfortable shower. It would be difficult for more than two people to feel comfortable in these rooms for more than a few days but at a rate under 150.00 it becomes a very good value. The beds are very comfortable and the furnishings were quality. Free high speed internet in rooms and nice snack bar in lobby. If you read the reviews on this website there will be no surprises.
I'll agree with pretty much everything said before. Really great furnishings (comfy bed w/ big comforter) and arguably the best location in Atlanta. Friendly desk clerk. Downside, as mentioned, is that the rooms are tiny -- not a problem for a night or two but you may want to think about it before you go for an extended stay. Also had a really loud heater that woke me up a couple times when it clicked on.
Overall, though, great value in Midtown. Better than your average budget hotel.
More than just a great location
Our weekend at the Hotel Indigo was a lovey experience. The building itself has been beautifully renovated in a relaxing contemporary nature motif, very different from next-door-neighbor Georgian's stuffy grand hotel feel. The floors, in both lobby area and guest rooms, are hardwood and lend an open "loft" feel to the hotel.
The guest rooms we saw were designed with the most relaxing color palette we had ever seen outside a bungalo at the shore. One room had a wall sized mural of a close-up of pieces of sea glass on sand, another room had a detail mural of blue cable knit. The bedside table had a cd player that had been loaded with a disc of soothing misic designed just for the hotel. The bed was plush and dreamy, a king with more pillows than we could ever need, smooth, soft sheets and a big puffy comforter.
The bath was, as previously stated, quite tiny. My tall husband had to be careful not to bump his head on the sink then leaving the toilet. While the room is small overall, the shower itself is large enough for 2 and has a teak stool for lounging under great water pressure. Provided toiletries were very nice (Gilchrist & Soames). A large, well lit vanity area with nearby electrical outlets made getting ready to go out very easy.
The location is amazing, directly across the street from the FOX and within walking distance of too much to mention here. That being said, non-locals might need to know that on weekend nights the street is popular with Atlanta's youth with cars equipped with stereo systems with lots of bass! If you don't plan to stay out late and want to turn in early, you might want to ask for a room on the backside of the building.
The Golden Bean provides Starbuck's in the morning and bistro-type entrees and great cocktails in the evening, all in a contemporary setting. Comfy seating, friendly service and great people watching opportunities from the patio or streetside windows make it a nice place to just hang out.
We did have a small problem with guests in another room being loud at 3am; security responded within 3 minutes from our calling the desk. The situation was handled, and the next day we were informed that the other guests were also staying another night and were offered a change of rooms. We were also given a discount off the price of our first night's stay. All was handled professionally and quickly.
Parking is something to be aware of. The hotel has only limited spaces in the connected garage; not nearly enough for the hotel's guest capacity. Unless you arrive and check in early, do not expect to get the advertised $17 day parking rate. The garage rate is $22 overnight. Not a huge difference, but it can be annoying to discover after the fact.
Overall a wonderful stay, and we do plan to do it again when in Atlanta.
Will definitely stay there again!
We have just returned from a very memorable stay at Hotel Indigo. Fabulous! The room was beautiful and tastefully decorated. The bathroom is tiny, but extremely clean. The size of the bathroom won't keep me away. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Not the snobs you find at other Atlanta hotels. They made us feel at home! The manager recommended a great restaurant down the street and he was so right! Great food! Great location. The hotel is located across the street from the Fox Theater. We will definitely return!
Nicely Decorated, Tiny Bathrooms
Completely renovated and so brand new that our bedsheets felt like they were right from the mill and had never been washed yet. The room was very nicely decorated and the beds were comfortable. Food and beverage is well thought out, with the stuff we wanted such as Starbucks and a few good dishes, but without an elaborate high-overhead operation. The staff was very friendly but unsophisticated; they seemed to have no hospitality industry experience. The new Indigo chain will not compete with the W chain with that staffing strategy.
I would not return to this property because our bathroom was SO tiny that I thought I was in an airplane lavatory. I am used to small European hotel bathrooms but this was even smaller. I only hope that some of the rooms have bigger bathrooms. If so, this hotel could be a nice place and a good value.