I have had my eye on Athens ever since I was in my university days for two reasons. First, REM was one of my favorite bands and I knew that Michael Stipe, invested his money into turning this small town into a more music and art oriented culture. And thanks to his effort and the help from other musicians, Athens was really well known for their music scene.
I even applied and was accepted to University of Georgia but in the end I decided to be closer to my family.
Fast forward to a few months ago. I started planning a romantic getaway to Georgia and knew that I definitely had to include Athens. Also my husband, who is an academic, managed to get a meeting with someone at the university in his field so it was doubly beneficial.
I was excited to know that I’d finally go to Athens, but I still had to find a place to stay. Luckily I was working with the Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau. Rachel was the one who helped me and directed me to one of the coolest hotels in the area.
Choosing Hotels in Athens – What I Look For
I knew that Athens is a small town and that most people that visit are relatives and friends of the students. However, I discovered that they have a good amount of hotels to choose from. Because Athens is such an artsy place, I wanted to stay in a unique hotel that provided the feel of the town. I wanted to avoid chains at all costs.
Reasons the Hotel Indigo was the Perfect Choice
1. The hotel focuses on the strong points and essence of this place, such as the art and music scene
Hotel Indigo is one of the most influential, supportive places in the city for artists. The hotel staff loves to display the artists’ work. They have an art gallery and host artistic events. During our visit to Athens, Gregg Allman, of the Allman Brothers Band, was in town and his crew stayed at Hotel Indigo.
2. This is a hotel known internationally for its green design and practices. They work with aspiring architects and innovators. Papers from all over the world have been written about how Hotel Indigo is setting an example for many others to follow.
3. Whenever we get the chance to go on a romantic getaway, I always look for upper end hotels because I don’t have to worry about my boys breaking anything expensive. In this case we stayed in the Penthouse, 4th, floor and the views were great.
4. The hotel is close to pretty much everything in Athens. And the hotel has one of the best locations because you can walk wherever you want, but it is away from the bar and night life scene.
Green Features of Hotel Indigo
• This is the first LEED® Gold Certified hotel among 4,500 hotels worldwide from the InterContinental Hotel Groups
• It is run by a “sensibly chic eco-boutique” mantra. They don’t sacrifice luxury for the sake of simplicity or price.
• The building was constructed by 30% of recycled materials and 43% of locally manufactured materials.
• Indigo Hotel is 21% more energy-efficient than others.
• It is even aligned in such a way that it gets more sun exposure.
• Green technology is incorporated to the building such as a regenerative elevator and a variable-refrigerant-flow-zoning heating and air conditioning system.
• 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 was manufactured by a local company: Dillon Furniture Company of Dillon, SC.
• There are also framed concert posters from local musicians. The frames made by local artists using reclaimed wood.
• They offer priority parking for hybrids and carpool vehicles.
• They promote biking among their employees by offering a bike rack and showers for them.
• Anyone can tour the hotel’s green features. All you have to do is call them and schedule one.
• 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, I felt like it was an honor to stay with them. And, with their participation with the Global Soap Project, Hotel Indigo 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