We visited Atlanta for the first time for a wedding a little while ago, and the hotel was so stylish I thought you’d want to see some pictures! Normally I would write about one of our Adventures under the Adventures category, but I’m not going to be writing about the rest of the trip – just the design of the hotel. Overall we did have an amazing time though and ate at several nice restaurants, enjoyed the wedding, and the cherry-on-top, visited the home of Coca-Cola!
Did I mention that my Carl always picks the best hotels?! I’m sure I have, and this time was certainly no different! We stayed at the Indigo Hotel Atlanta Midtown and really enjoyed it.
The design of the hotel was centered on a music theme (it’s not apparent why, although it is across from the famous Fox Theatre) and was consistent everywhere, which really made staying at the hotel seem more like staying at hip and modern guest house.
Our room had an amazing and bright-colored wall mural. This is the first time I’ve seen a full-wall mural in person (as opposed to on a design television show) and I have to say, I thought it really made the room. You would think it would be too busy, too bright, or just too (in a fairly small room), but it was exactly right. Of course the other saturated colors and the tan and white helped to make the room feel cohesive. I’m not 100% sold on the cottage style of the headboard and the side tables though. I would have used something either a little more modern or maybe furniture with a more industrial feel. What do you think? Besides the wall mural, I thought the floor was amazing! Sure it was laminate wood flooring, but when was the last time you were in a hotel that didn’t have a (somewhat dubious) rug?! Yeah, me either. I loved those floors! What a great idea (and I imagine a lot easier to keep clean than rug), besides the fact that by adding a “wood” floor, the room really felt again like a guest house and less like a hotel.
Of course once we came home I did plenty of hotel research (I always like to see what other people say about a place we just stayed) and there were complaints galore about the size of the bathroom. I thought it was unbelievably chic and it reminded me very much of a hotel I stayed at in Paris (actually I think it was bigger), but yes, it was very small compared to “typical” American-sized bathrooms. It’s the first bathroom I have ever seen (again, other than on a show) that had a vertical pane of glass (you can see it on the very far right) to protect the toilet from the shower, and the shower curtain, ceiling-mounted, was meant to be pulled all the way across. It provided a nice, functional visual trick and certainly made the bathroom look larger than it was. There was no mirror-sharing room to be had, but there was an entire dressing table with a mirror and outlets right outside the bathroom door.
Oh yes, the lounge area. So beautiful (especially at night, those glass chandeliers are actually an art exhibit – they are made out of recycled glass bottles). They have a kitchen and the food we saw come out (we had just eaten at another restaurant) looked amazing. I will say we had two of the most expensive Irish coffees I think we’ve ever ordered, but let’s just say they were worth it given the huge mugs and the proportion of Irish whiskey to coffee (hint, we weren’t sure there was any coffee!) so we were very pleased. The couches were unbelievably comfortable and I loved the wallpaper, which on further inspection the following morning, wasn’t wallpaper at all. The walls were actually painted with black chalkboard paint and everything was hand-drawn with chalk markers. Such an original idea!
So, what’s your favorite part of the hotel? I have to say the colors. Interestingly, I would never have used these colors to decorate, but in this scenario they totally work. It goes to show you that sometimes the best design is something you would never choose and sometimes you need to step outside of your comfort zone and see what happens!