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Renovations Underway for Hotel Indigo | Nashville News

Renovations are underway at Nashville’s Hotel Indigo. In addition to renovations, an expansion will allow for additional guest rooms at the Nashville boutique hotel.

When the $5 million renovation is complete, the hotel will have a redesigned lobby, meeting room space, restaurant and bar. The redesigned property joins a wave of hotel improvement projects washing over downtown Nashville in anticipation of the 2013 opening of the Music City Convention Center.

Construction on the project began in October and it is scheduled to finish in January, according to the property’s general manager. The hotel, at 301 Union St., has remained open to guests during the renovation process, though several sections of the hotel, including the lobby, have been closed as work continues.

When the renovation is complete, the hotel will have 33 additional guest rooms, for a total of 130, Basham said. To expand, the hotel took over floors in its building that had been occupied by other tenants.

Aside from more rooms and an updated look overall, the remodeled hotel will have a redesigned restaurant, The District Bar and Kitchen. The restaurant, formerly known as 315 Grille, is renamed as a nod to a theme that is carried throughout the entire hotel. The redesign is drawing from inspiration from the former printing district that once surrounded the property. In the early 1900s, long before Printer’s Alley was a music and entertainment hotspot, it was home to Nashville’s robust publishing industry.

Design elements of that era will be placed all throughout the hotel; the lobby will feature large murals illustrating that period in the city’s history and a wall designed to look like letter blocks used in the early printing process will frame the check-in desk. Hotel guests will be able to sit in several different seating areas, created to give the lobby the feel of a speakeasy. They will also be able to visit and get a drink from a bar adorned with alcohol bottles covered in paper bags as a decorative feature.  Both design elements were included to make the space reminiscent of a time when the sale of individual alcoholic drinks was illegal in Nashville and patrons were encouraged to bring their own bottles to establishments in Printer’s Alley.

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