Athens, Georgia has been on my radar since my university years. For two reasons:
- REM was one of my favorite bands and I knew that Michael Stipe, at one point, invested a lot of money into making this little town more music and art oriented. And thanks to him and other musicians it was really well known for their music scene. Still is, even though he doesn’t have that much influence there anymore.
- I was actually accepted to University of Georgia and seriously considered going there at one point. But one thing led to another and I decided to be closer to my family.
So, many years later, when I started planning our romantic getaway to Georgia, Athens was a must-go to spot. And interestingly enough, my husband – who is an academic, arranged a meeting with someone at the university in his field so it was dually beneficial. I got to visit this town that I’ve heard so much about and my husband had a meeting that can help move him forward in his field. Love how that works out.
So, now that I knew we are going to Athens, it was time to figure out where to stay? That was where working with the Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau came into play. Rachel was so helpful and directed me to one of the coolest hotels in the area.
Quick Video of Athens, Georgia
Choosing Hotels in Athens – What I Look For
Athens in itself is a tiny town. The majority of the people visiting are parents, relatives and friends of the students. Not a huge tourist hub. There are plenty of hotels to chose from, but staying in such an artsy town I wanted to get the feel of the place through a unique hotel. In other words, I didn’t want to stay in a chain.
Why Hotel Indigo was the perfect choice.
1. The hotel focuses on the strong points of the town. Yes, every hotel here directs their energy to some degree on the above mentioned visitors, but few really pinpoint on the true essence of this place. The Art and Music Scene which is as strong as it ever was when R.E.M and the B 52’s, and many other bands still dominate a market here.
That’s exactly what Hotel Indigo does. It is one of the most influential, supportive places in the city for artists to display their work. With an art gallery. Tons of events are planned with them.
And they obviously get the right cleintele. While we were visiting, Gregg Allman, of the Allman Brothers Band, was in town doing a show, and guess where he and his crew stayed?
2. Green Hotel – Hotel Indigo is actually internationally known for their green design and practices. (More below on their Green policies and features.) Working with aspiring archeticts and world innovators in the Green and Sustainable world, the hotel has been written up in journals and newspapers all over the world setting example for many others to follow.
3. Modern and Luxury – the little time my husband and I get away I always love to stay in upper end hotels. We stayed on the Penthouse Floor, which is only the 4th floor, but the views of town were great. Plus, the room was spacious, bright and extremely comfortable.
4. Close to town – pretty much everything is close to town in Athens. The whole town itself is maybe several blocks in each direction. However, what I liked about it was that it was walking distance to everything, but yet away from the bar and night life scene so you don’t hear any of the noise.
Green Features of Hotel Indigo
- Hotel Indigo-Athens is the first LEED® Gold Certified hotel among IHG’s (InterContinental Hotel Groups’) over 4,500 hotels worldwide.
- Hotel Indigo-Athens lives by a “sensibly chic eco-boutique” mantra, meaning guests do not sacrifice luxury, service or amenities for the sake of simplicity or price.
- Building constructed from recycled content (30%) as well as locally manufactured and extracted materials (43%)
- 21% more energy-efficient than other hotels
- Building is aligned on East-West axis for maximum sun exposure
- Low flow plumbing fixtures in every room (toilets, showers, faucets)
- Design incorporates cutting-edge green technology such as a regenerative elevator from Otis Elevators, and a variable-refrigerant-flow-zoning heating and air conditioning system from Mitsubishi Electric
- Outdoor courtyard features water cistern that collects condensation from air conditioning to supply irrigation to courtyard plantings
- Improved air quality due to low VOC paints, adhesives, and sealants
- All guestroom furniture (headboards, bedside tables, TV console) was sourced from regional manufacturer Dillon Furniture Company of Dillon, SC, located less than 500 miles from the hotel.
- Locally printed and framed concert posters featuring bands and musicians from Athens appear in each room; frames are made by local artists and constructed from reclaimed barn wood
- Priority parking for hybrids and carpool vehicles
- Bike rack and showers for employees who bike to work
- Guided tours of the hotel’s green features can be scheduled by members of the community as part of a Green Education Program
- They donate your used soap bars to the Global Soap Project
Information for Visiting Hotel Indigo
Honestly, after knowing all that this hotels does in the sustainability and green direction, makes you feel like it is an honor to stay with them. And, with their participation with the Global Soap Project almost allows you to feel as though you are doing your one random kindness act for that day.
Address: 500 College Avenue Athens, GA 30601