The Hotel Indigo, Alexandria’s newest hospitality option, brings with it a warehouse-inspired exterior with a modern, somewhat nautical interior.
The hotel entryway is a nod to the hull of a boat that archaeologists discovered underneath the hotel site during excavation, a ship that was placed there to anchor to an artificial shoreline built in the 18th century.
The 120-room hotel features about 40 riverfront rooms, the others having partial waterfront views or city views of Old Town. The hotel was designed by Dash Design of Long Island City, New York, and Rust Orling of Alexandria.
The ground-floor lobby is meant to evoke a modern classic living room, boasting oversized leather chairs, mix-and-matched furniture, and a separate library space that will be stocked by local bookstore Hooray for Books.
It’s one of many local nods incorporated into the hotel. Chef Cathal Armstrong, who has been an unofficial mayor of the Old Town restaurant scene over the years, opened an upscale casual restaurant called Hummingbird on the property toward the end of May 2018.
The grab-and-go food and beverages in the lobby offer items from another Armstrong outlet, Society Fair, as well as Together We Bake, Port City Brewing Co. and other local purveyors.
According to the general manager Kate Ellis, the hotel’s management works with the Torpedo Factory Art Center to display some works on loan in a gallery section of the hotel. Ellis is herself plenty familiar with Old Town; she worked at two different Alexandria properties from IHG subsidiary Kimpton Hotels — the Monaco and the Morrison House — before moving over to the Indigo.
The Indigo is a hipper, more low-key brand of the Intercontinental Hotels Group, and the Alexandria location is the first for the flag in the D.C. area. Rooms start at approximately $120 per night.
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