Athens is suddenly looking a lot greener and hip, with the opening of the Hotel Indigo Athens University Area. The five-story, 130-room hotel is all set to achieve LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council later this year.
The Indigo will be the first private development in Athens to achieve LEED certification and one of only five hotels in the nation to achieve Gold status, and also the first IHG hotel (IHG operates 4300 hotels in nearly 100 countries) to be awarded the LEED Gold certification.
And the hotel is not just eco-friendly, but also very hip – with plans to dominate the art and music scene in Athens. They have a full-service on-site art gallery where fine artwork produced primarily by local artists with exhibitions changing seasonally.
And their state-of-the-art music venue will host intimate musical performances by regionally and nationally acclaimed artists, including Christopher Cross, Shawn Mullins, Kim Carnes, and Edwin McCain.
Gina LaBarre, vice president, Brand Delivery, Hotel Indigo, said that “By combining regionally-inspired design and sustainability with local art and music, Hotel Indigo Athens complements the unique character and charm of downtown and is sure to be a great addition to the community.”
Green innovations at the Indigo Athens include a regenerative elevator, low-flow plumbing fixtures, an outdoor water cistern that collects condensation from the air conditioning system to supply irrigation to courtyard foliage, and a variable-refrigerant-flow-zoning heating and air conditioning system.
The Hotel is just five blocks from the University of Georgia campus and provides easy walking access to all the downtown attractions in Athens – Sanford Stadium, the Classic Center, restaurants, shops and more than 30 music venues.
Dining options include the Phi Bar, with locally-inspired gourmet menu items and a full-service bar. Additionally, the hotel provides guests complimentary Wi-Fi in public spaces and 24-hour access to the hotel’s business center, an onsite meeting space and a fitness studio.
Info: 500 College Avenue, Athens, Georgia; (706) 546-0430; www.athensdowntownhotel.com/; Top Indigo photo credit – Vismedia - courtesy IHG Plc; Hotel Indigo Athens photos courtesy Hotel Indigo Athens