Posted on December 8, 2016 by Andrea Six
In March of 2016, a vibrant new boutique hotel made its way to Savannah’s sultry hotel scene in the Historic District: Hotel Indigo. With 252 rooms, this modern, reclaimed accommodation charms guests with more than just their good looks. Here’s a few reasons why this new Savannah hotel has found a special place in our hearts:
1. Centrally-Located by City Market
This new vibrant icon on the teeming Bay Street is in the heart of it all at the intersection of West Bay and Barnard streets, opening to Ellis Square and City Market. Only one block away from River Street, Hotel Indigo Savannah could not be in a better location. Bars, restaurants, shops and historic squares are right outside your door.
2. Charming Chic Décor
This Downtown Savannah hotel may have more than just its good looks, but we can’t let its trendy rustic-chic style slide. Formerly the Inn at Ellis Square, Hotel Indigo got a complete makeover in the winter of 2015-2016 complete with high ceilings, arched windows, exposed brick, hardwood floors, plush rugs, luxurious beds, lofts with spiral staircases, sleek new furniture and scenic neighborhood murals in each room. With just the right combination of sophistication and friendly style, this Historic District hotel is modern but not at all pretentious.
3. Stunning Suites
Inside Hotel Indigo Savannah’s 252 rooms and 52 premium suites, guests won’t only find great views of Factors Walk and River Street but also an impeccably decorated room featuring a Keurig coffeemaker, Bluetooth music player, 42-inch TV and complimentary internet. The Eichberg and Guckenheimer Suites even feature living rooms with an additional TVs and dining tables for four.
4. Luxurious Lofts
That’s right, Hotel Indigo Savannah offers suites with spiral staircases leading up to cozy yet luxurious lofts. These spacious suites feature a king bedroom, a living room with a sofa bed, a small kitchen with a refrigerator and dining table, as well as the loft upstairs with a queen bed. Fit for royalty.
5. Historic Roots
Today you may find a modern hotel, but this building off City Market wasn’t always an accommodation. Before opening as the Inn at Ellis Square in 2005, what is now Hotel Indigo was two separate buildings—one dating back to 1851, called Guckenheimer Building, and the second a Days Inn and Suites, which underwent a $6-million renovation to combine the two buildings. This was a big transformation from the original warehouse it was when it was first built. Housing many businesses though the years, including the Coastal Coffee Company owned by Mr. & Mrs. Willis Cole in the 1930s and 1940s and the Bargain Corner grocery store in 1946, its safe to say the building is rooted in historic Savannah.
6. Five Oaks Taproom
Hotel Indigo doesn’t just supply their guests with snacks and coffee, but a whole restaurant—one which doesn’t just serve good food, but sources fresh locally-grown ingredients to make creative dishes served it as if it’s art. With neo-industrial farmhouse style, Five Oaks Taproom is redefining the farm-to-table experience with modern flair, thanks to Chef Chris Nelson.
The upscale bar taps Georgia-only brews and has a selection of signature cocktails so seductive, you might just have to head right back up to your room at the end of the evening. On the menu, customers will find Bacon Brown Sugar Lollis (bacon seasoned with cinnamon brown sugar), Fried Oyster Flatbread with house made chorizo and Goat Cheese and Portobello Burger, among many other specialties. Even have a dessert called “#imnotsharing” made with classic Rice Krispies Treats®, marshmallows, chocolate chunks, almond slivers and almond butter, which is all covered with warm chocolate sauce.
7. Pampered Pups
In addition to welcoming families and couples, businesses travelers and wedding parties to Georgia’s First City, Hotel Indigo Savannah also greet furry friends with a smile! Dogs under 80 pounds are welcome to stay with their human counterparts after paying a $75 pet fee. The hotel’s excellent location right off Ellis Square means green grass is right across the street! But don’t just take advantage of this one square; stroll through a few of the other historic city squares with your pooch and enjoy the southern Savannah days.
8. Lovable Outdoor Lounge
If you think their indoor seating is great, then wait to be amazed, because outside Hotel Indigo Savannah has an outdoor lounge exclusively for their guests. With planters for privacy, this covered-patio makes for quite the chic hangout, featuring ambient candle lighting on woven tables alongside contemporary wicker patio chairs with plush pillows.
9. Charming Conferences
With six meeting rooms and 6,000 square feet of event space, Hotel Indigo can accommodate more than a few business parties. Their three on-site sales and meeting professionals will help make the booking process as seamless as possible. At 1,504 square feet, the largest room has a capacity of 100, great for a small conference or banquet. However, they also offer more intimate rooms—the smallest at 224 square feet.
10. Wondrous Weddings
Hotel Indigo’s class, elegance and modern flare makes it more than fit for a romantic wedding right in the middle of the Savannah’s Historic District. Their event planners and chef can provide you and your guests with an unforgettable night that truly shows how Savannah got its nickname, Hostess City of the South.