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“Overall great hotel” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Indigo Athens-University area

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Hotel Indigo Athens-University area
Ranked #3 of 22 Hotels in Athens
Certificate of Excellence
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Hoschton, Georgia
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45 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Overall great hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2012

This is a beautiful hotel with a modern decor. Each room is unique and the suites are out of this world. The location could be a little closer to downtown but it is walkable. The service was fantastic and the lobby bar/restaurant was excellent. Ask about a tour of the basement lounge. It has a fantastic Beatles collection that not many see!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Shannon W
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HotelIndigoAthens, Management Representative at Hotel Indigo Athens-University area, responded to this review, 3 April 2012
Thank you for taking the time to review Hotel Indigo-Athens! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time at our hotel & appreciated our decor choices. We appreciate you mentioning The Rialto Club level & the various music memorabilia showcased on the club level. We hope you will visit us again very soon!
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Grand Rapids
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110 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2012

This is a modern styled hotel with a new clean look. The staff was nice and always around. The hotel is small but adequate. The parking is limited but I was always able to find a spot out front and the hotel took the parking expense off my bill cordially. The rooms are not insulated well and you can hear most noises in the hallway and I could hear the people above me even flush their toilet. The celings are bare concrete so that explains the sound insulation issues. If you are looking for alot of business type amenities or a pool you wont find it here. Although I did see a nice conference room. The rooms are big enough, not huge but they are dimly lit but modern enough. Overall this is not a five star hotel but I was more than satisfied with accomodations especially since I got it on priceline and it was near downtown.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MMBarnes
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HotelIndigoAthens, Management Representative at Hotel Indigo Athens-University area, responded to this review, 28 March 2012
Thank you for taking the time to review Hotel Indigo-Athens. We appreciate all of your feedback; both positive & negative. Thank you for choosing Hotel Indigo-Athens! We hope you visit again soon.
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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2012

We had such a wonderful time at the Hotel Indigo. The staff was super friendly and helpful, the bar was fun and had great food, and the room was super cute. The whole place has a very modern feel. I loved the little details, like the pictures in the elevator that changed. When we went it ended up raining all weekend, so though we were crazy close to downtown, we spent a good deal of time in the hotel, and felt very comfortable. The bed was cozy, the bathroom was beautiful. Room service was quick, and they have a delicious warm brownie with vanilla ice cream that you should definitely get! It felt like a secret getaway. We will be back.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Joanna S
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HotelIndigoAthens, Management Representative at Hotel Indigo Athens-University area, responded to this review, 19 March 2012
Hello Joanna! Thank you so much for taking the time to review Hotel Indigo-Athens! We are elated to hear that you & your companion enjoyed your stay at our property. We hope you join us again in the very near future!
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Fort Myers, Florida
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2012

First, the staff was very friendly and responsive, but that was about all the positive spin I would give this hotel. The IHG brass must have had many a chuckle after coming up with the “green gimmick”. It’s actually just a very austere hotel environment, which I assume is very cheap to build and maintain. In my opinion the hotel is disguised as an environmentally friendly business to save on operating expenses and up the Indigo Brand name. There's nothing here that qualifies for paying a premium room rate. No drawers, just baskets. No pools, no fitness center, nothing you wouldn't find at a much lesser property. The furniture is particle board. The ceiling is bare concrete. The rooms are under-lit, and figuring out how to turn on the few existing lights is a task. You actually have to use your room key to turn on the bathroom lights. The wood (?) floors would make sense because carpets in hotels are notoriously filthy, but the staff would have to clean the floors the pull that off. I saw the same piece of shag throw-rug sitting in plain view for four days. The floors were sticky. Getting them to change your sheets is a major task. Want more than three towels? You’ll have to call the desk, because the maids take your tips, but ignore your request for two extra towels. On three of the nights we stayed the place was full of young teens. The first two nights they raced up and down the halls until the early morning. This is not a quiet hotel. Any noise whatsoever in the hall may as well be in your room. The food was subpar and I suspect is prepared in a microwave. I’m a Gold Elite member and was charged $10 per day for parking in a lot that for two of those days was open to the public for free. If you pay more than standard 2** room rates for this hotel you’re throwing your money down the drain, and I think that would qualify as pollution.

Room Tip: People going to the Penthouse seemed happier.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Gary B
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HotelIndigoAthens, Management Representative at Hotel Indigo Athens-University area, responded to this review, 13 March 2012
Hi Gary! Thank you so much for taking the time to review our hotel. We’re very pleased you found our staff warm and receptive. However, we are saddened to hear your overall opinion of the hotel. Each Hotel Indigo is designed to reflect the community it is located in. When building our property, we decided to reflect the local flare & sustainability efforts that take place within Athens, Georgia everyday. This idea led to our becoming one of the first LEED Gold hotels in the country! We’ve provided some links that will offer you a third-party perspective and provide some insight into what goes into the construction of a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold certified building (http://www.usgbc.org/). You can also learn more about the Urban Land Institute (http://www.uli.org/) which is a non-profit group that assist and recognizes communities, builders, or designers that are on the leading edge of construction and development globally. Our green status has caused us to be recognized by the group as a “New Build of the Year”. Like anything eco-friendly, some features of our hotel are unique and not for everyone, but the last impression we want anyone to have of our hotel is that it’s a “gimmick” or that we’re passing along untruths. We take our ecofriendly position very seriously, and both the building and staff are dedicated to running the hotel in that spirit.

We sincerely appreciate your feedback!
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Weehawken, New Jersey
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229 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2012

What can I say about this hotel, that it is the best hotel in Athens period! With a great location in downtown and walking distance to everything there is nothing more that I can ask out of a hotel. The night staff, especially Night Manager Ryan Crenshaw, went about and beyond his duties to make my staff enjoyable and fun! I definitely recommend this guy for a raise or for an award!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Thebrownkidblog
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HotelIndigoAthens, Management Representative at Hotel Indigo Athens-University area, responded to this review, 9 March 2012
Thank you very much for your kind review of Hotel Indigo-Athens & our staff! We are beyond pleased to know that you enjoyed your visit & found our staff members to be warm & accommodating. We hope you stay with us again soon!
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Athens, Georgia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2012

I would say this is the best Hotel in Athens! It is clean, cozy, and beautifully designed! I would highly recommend staying here! The service staff were friendly and helpful! I can not get over how beautiful the rooms are! The beds are very comfortable and cozy! Everything in downtown Athens is within walking distance!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jenny W
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HotelIndigoAthens, Management Representative at Hotel Indigo Athens-University area, responded to this review, 9 March 2012
Thank you for your extremely kind review of Hotel Indigo-Athens! We are pleased to know that you thoroughly enjoyed your visit and find our property to be the best in Athens! We hope you visit us again very soon!
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Marietta, GA
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209 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2012

Probably the nicest hotel in the city. You can walk almost everywhere from here. The rooms are funky and very European. It's expensive, but worth it. They upgraded us to a suite. Room 431 is fantastic!

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TandemBikeRider
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HotelIndigoAthens, Management Representative at Hotel Indigo Athens-University area, responded to this review, 5 March 2012
Thank you for taking the time to review Hotel Indigo-Athens! We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope you visit us again very soon!
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Property: Hotel Indigo Athens-University area
Address: 500 College Ave, Athens, GA 30601
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Region: United States > Georgia > Athens
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 22 Hotels in Athens
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Indigo Athens-University area 3.5*
Number of rooms: 130
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