by Angela Fairhurst
The Hotel Indigo is a rapidly expanding brand managed by the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG). With a collection of 75 global boutique hotels and 75 in the pipeline in the next 3-5 years, the brand maximizes the guest experience reflecting the local culture, character and surrounding area, with no two hotels alike. Locally inspired murals, music, scent, and menu items change throughout the year while the brand remains consistent with reliable service from location to location.
Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown opened 2.5 years ago as a flagship for the brand. Owned by Greenland USA, the addition of this hotel marks Greenland USA’s first property with IHG in the U.S. and is the first Hotel Indigo property in the city of Los Angeles. Greenland is a leading developer of modern and transformative properties based in Shanghai.
The 350-room, 18-story flagship an urban retreat for guests paying homage to historic LA. Located at 899 Francisco Street, only one block from LA Live, in the new 6.3-acre mixed-use Metropolis development, the boutique hotel sits in the heart of the booming Downtown Los Angeles neighborhood with a burgeoning art, culture and entertainment scene.
The interiors reference the neighborhood: a gold reception desk with glowing halo lights; a wall of trilby hats hangs from the ceiling and neon lights mirroring the famous LA nightlife.
The design concept was created by Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA). The opulent boutique motif and design-driven interior incorporates elements of the city’s colorful history inspired by 1920’s Prohibition-era; elements from the underground speakeasies and tunnels; floral accent décor of Fiesta de las Flores parade an event since 1894 that showcased the city’s international melting pot; the blossoming Hollywood movie industry; and historic Chinatown.
The ample sized rooms follow different color schemes according to level, with combinations including magenta and navy, or green, gold and grey. The guest rooms feature cityscape murals depicting the elements of old Hollywood. Plush bedding, hard-surface flooring, area rugs complete the scene. The higher the floor, the more stunning the cityscape views through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Amenities include a 43-inch TV, mini-fridge and Bluetooth radio, plus USB plugs.
The spa-inspired bathrooms are inspired by pre-Hollywood glamor and the jewelry that accessorized Golden Age cinema. The marble countertops, intricate black-and-white-tiling and luxurious amenities set a pampering environment.
The hotel includes three spacious luxury suites, including the Presidential suite inspired by hotel muse Anna May Wong, the first Chinese American movie star.
The hotel’s dining includes the lobby-level Metropole Bar+Kitchen, inspired by the tunnels beneath downtown Los Angeles. The restaurant serves a comprehensive menu from breakfast until dinnertime. For breakfast you can expect eggs Benedict, bagels and huevos rancheros; for dinner the range run from Peking steamed duck buns, to chicken tacos, ahi tuna poke, ragu pasta and steaks.
The top-floor cocktail lounge, 18 Social, offers inspired décor bringing to life the underground world of speakeasies during prohibition America. The top-floor cocktail bar, 18 Social is chic, with neon lights, plush velvet sofas and endless views of the nightly lights of Los Angeles.
The impressive 9,100 sq. ft. outdoor pool terrace located on the fourth-floor highlights sweeping views of Los Angeles and is outfitted with fire pits, a bar and a variety of seating options including green cabanas
Guests have access to a 24-hour fitness center and nearly 22,000 sq. Ft. of meeting space across 11 rooms.
The Los Angeles hotel features the brand’s Neighborhood Guide, an innovative touchscreen display that connects guests to each other, the local neighborhood and to Hotel Indigo locations around the world. Hotel team members share their personal hidden finds with guests and help them discover the neighborhood. iMacs are available in the lobby for free printing.
Another bonus is for Tesla drivers. T he Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown is home to the first Tesla Supercharger Station in downtown Los Angeles. Located on property and accessible through the hotel’s valet, guests can recharge their car while staying overnight.