ATLANTA—InterContinental Hotels Group and Chance Partners today announce that a new-build Hotel Indigo hotel has officially broken ground at Riverfront Village located in the heart of Downtown Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Hotel Indigo Tuscaloosa Downtown will join the new mixed-use community, Riverfront Village, along Tuscaloosa’s Black Warrior River. The property will be Tuscaloosa’s first riverfront hotel, the city’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified hotel and the state of Alabama’s first Hotel Indigo hotel.
“We are delighted to bring the Hotel Indigo brand to Tuscaloosa,” Joel Eisemann, chief development officer, IHG, the Americas, said. “We have grown Hotel Indigo significantly over the past three years, and with 62 hotels open and a further 64 in the pipeline, there is strong momentum for continued global growth. We look forward to the opening of the Hotel Indigo hotel in Tuscaloosa and welcoming guests to this great neighborhood.”
Judd Bobilin, CEO and president of Chance Partners, commented, “We are thrilled about the addition of the Hotel Indigo Tuscaloosa Downtown to Riverfront Village and our partnership with the city. The local flavor and unique offer of the Hotel Indigo brand will fit perfectly with the walkable, mixed-use community we’ve developed in Downtown Tuscaloosa’s Riverfront Entertainment District. With several new restaurants and storefronts also joining Riverfront Village soon, we know we’ll be able to provide visitors to the area with many opportunities to experience the local scene.”
The Hotel Indigo Tuscaloosa Downtown hotel is expected to open in winter 2016. The 91-room property will have approximately 1,000 square feet of executive meeting space, a fitness center, a business center, and a 2,500 square foot outdoor terrace with views of the Black Warrior River and the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater.
Every Hotel Indigo property is designed to reflect the culture, character, and history of its surrounding neighborhood. This Downtown Tuscaloosa location will have a unique neighborhood story that will be woven throughout the guest experience, from the seasonal and locally sourced food and drinks served in a stylish environment at the restaurant and rooftop deck and tapas bar, to the art, photography, and architecture incorporated into the hotel’s design. Guestrooms will feature plush bedding, hard-surface flooring with area rugs, and spa-inspired bathrooms. The hotel will feature the brand’s Neighborhood Guide, a touchscreen display that connects guests to each other, to local neighborhood mainstays, and to Hotel Indigo locations around the world. Hotel team members, many of whom are locals themselves, will share their favorite hidden gems with guests looking to explore and discover the neighborhood.
Spearheaded by developer Chance Partners, the $60 million Riverfront Village is a 7.5-acre mixed-use development of 192 luxury apartments, more than 27,000-square-feet of retail space.
The hotel is individually owned and franchised, and will be managed by Interstate Hotels & Resorts.
In addition to this new development, the Hotel Indigo brand recently announced new properties signed in Los Angeles, Calif.; Kansas City, Mo.; Denver, Colo., and Pittsburgh, Pa., as well as two new international signings including Berlin, Germany, and Bali, Indonesia.