Hotel Indigo Detroit Downtown opens after $11 million renovation and rebranding

Hotel Indigo Detroit Downtown opened after an $11 million renovation and rebranding. // Courtesy of Nadir Ali/Hotel Indigo

The Indigo Detroit Downtown Hotel, located on the southeast corner of Washington Boulevard and Michigan Avenue, has completed an $11 million renovation and rebranding, including the introduction of guest rooms, suites and suites. updated meeting spaces.

Hotel Indigo is an England-based IHG Hotels and Resorts lifestyle brand that captures the spirit of the neighborhood in which it is located. The renovation also brings a new bar and restaurant to Detroit’s culinary scene – the Trolley Room, which features locally produced food, beer and spirits along with the work of Detroit-based artists and live music. It is managed by Griffin Hotel Management.

“Before the days when streetcars ferried Detroiters past our doors on Washington Boulevard, this neighborhood was alive with the dynamic pace of downtown business and entertainment culture,” says James Gilmore, general manager of the hotel. Indigo Detroit Downtown.

“As momentum builds behind the public’s desire to meet for drinks, attend theater and sporting events, and travel for trade conventions and weekend getaways, we are seeing the introduction of The Hotel Indigo in downtown Detroit is perfectly positioned to make this hotel every convenient base for guests, whether on business, pleasure, or both.”

Originally built in 1966, the former Holiday Inn Express was converted to Hotel Indigo through a September 2020 renovation. The hotel is owned by Detroit CBD Hotel, an LLC owned by HPI Hotel Opportunity Fund, which is a joint venture between Hamilton Point Investments and BPM and Co. Inc. An additional $2 million in renovations has been invested since August 2022.

Hotel Indigo Detroit Downtown offers 241 renovated guest rooms in a 17-story building, including 48 luxury suites. Suites have additional living and sitting areas suitable for small meetings or social gatherings, and include kitchenette space, large-screen monitors, and sofa beds. Bedroom options include single king and double queen beds, with fully updated furnishings, bathrooms, and fixtures.

The building’s infrastructure has undergone a complete modernization and overhaul, and hotel amenities have been expanded to include new meeting spaces, a fitness center, and an art gallery. Among the most significant additions, the hotel has reconfigured the first floor to establish a full-service bar and restaurant.

The Trolley Room is a reference to the historic route of the streetcar whose tracks ran along Washington Boulevard. Offering sweeping views of the boulevard and installations created by local artists, the menu incorporates local ingredients, and the bar features spirits and selections from area vendors such as Detroit Distillery and Rusted Crow Distillery.

In addition to semi-permanent and rotating visual art installations, The Trolley Room hosts a weekly Jazz Night series, which begins every Thursday at 5 p.m. floor gallery and first floor common areas, the curation of the rotating program is a collaborative effort with the creators involved. Visual artists currently featured include Sydney G. James and Rachel Goad.

The second floor of the hotel features “The Michigan Room”, a renovated conference room that can accommodate up to 100 people for a meeting or 75 for a banquet type event. This room can be configured to meet customers’ unique seating and audio/video needs and is one of the areas where artwork is displayed. Pet-friendly rooms are now available, along with an executive meeting room and valet parking.

“By redefining the possibilities of this place, at the heart of the geography and identity of the city center, we take seriously our responsibility to contribute to the advancement of this district, not only by our support for artists in activity, but also by investing in our ability to provide a place to connect the people who shape Detroit’s future,” said James Kirkland, partner and director of sales and marketing for Griffin Hotel Management.

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David H. Henry