Recently I made plans to visit Jacksonville and I wanted to stay in a nicer hotel, but not pay an extravagant amount. Doing a little research, I came across Hotel Indigo, which admittedly I'd never heard of. It had good reviews, the pictures looked good, and it was fairly close to St. Johns Town Center, so I decided to give it a try.
The area the hotel is in is part of a mix-use development, so there are some business in the immediate area. It wasn't fully developed, however, as some of the building spaces were not being used by a business. There were several restaurants, but no real shopping options (not a real issue, just would have been nice). Also, parking was not an issue, although most parking was away from the hotel a piece.
The receptionist was very professional and courteous. I quickly checked in and my room was very nice. The hotel portrays itself as a boutique-type hotel and it did not disappoint. Hardwood floors, a view of the lake beside the hotel, and comfortable furnishings were a positive.
To me, the real gem of the hotel (that many apparently did not take advantage of) was the bar and bistro downstairs (98 Forty East). While the happy hour wasn't much, the regular prices for food and drink were comparable to area restaurants and bars. In fact, I found it better to just go downstairs and get a bite to eat, or have a few drinks, than to drive somewhere and have to navigate traffic, especially since it was New Years Eve weekend. The food, while not a huge menu, was tasty and the portions were HUGE.
If all Hotel Indigo establishments are like those in Jacksonville, I've found my new favorite hotel!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Indigo is a boutique hotel that delivers an engaging and sensible boutique experience without sacrificing service or style. Hotel Indigo provides guests with the best of both worlds – the refreshing design and intimate service synonymous with a boutique, along with the consistency and reliability of the world’s largest hotel company – offered at an affordable price. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Indigo Jacksonville