Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Hotel Indigo Chosen to Fill Former Artisan Location

New Addition will Increase Downtown Inventory by Over 100 Rooms

The former Artisan Hotel sits vacant
in Downtown El Paso. It will soon
become a Hotel Indigo.
An investment group has announced the brand for an upcoming hotel that will take the place of a currently-vacant building in Downtown El Paso. Esperanto Developments of El Paso announced last week that a Hotel Indigo will fill the spot at 325 North Kansas Street.

Hotel Indigo is the boutique hotel arm of InterContinental Hotels Group, the same company that operates brands such as Holiday Inn and Candlewood Suites. According to Hotel Indigo’s website (ihg.com/hotelindigo), each location “reflects the unique local culture, character and geography of its surroundings, but all locations provide the same excellent service.”

A search of different Hotel Indigo locations throughout the world shows that each hotel is styled differently, though all locations include rooms with hard-surface flooring, a staple of the chain according to its Facebook page.
Room designs for Hotel Indigo locations vary from city to city and are based on the neighborhood in which they are constructed. These are, clockwise from top left, Lijiang (China), Birmingham (UK), Nashville, and Rome. (facebook.com/hotelindigo)

The El Paso hotel will take over the defunct 12-story Artisan Hotel location that has sat empty for four years. The owner of the property at the time filed for bankruptcy and the Artisan went into foreclosure. Then last year, Summit 11 Investment Group struck an incentives agreement with the City of El Paso and the County of El Paso to bring a name brand hotel to the site within a year, pending purchase of the building. The sale to the new owners of the property went through in September 2013.

According to the incentives agreement, the hotel must be open for business by June of 2015, and must include amenities such as meeting and banquet space, an on-site restaurant and bar, a renovated pool area, and a rooftop spa and fitness facility. The exterior should also see renovation.

Representatives of Esperanto Developments told the El Paso Times that construction should begin within four weeks, and that the Hotel Indigo franchise agreement should be signed within a week.

Hotel Indigo operates 35 locations in the United States, including five in Texas (Dallas, Houston, Waco, and two in San Antonio) and one in Scottsdale, Arizona.