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Hotel Indigo

Written by Roma Publications

Hotel Indigo Set for overnight success

Growing from strength to strength, Hotel Indigo has just opened two stunning new venues – one in Durham and the other in Cardiff.

Set in a Grade II listed building at Old Shire Hall, Hotel Indigo in Old Elvet, Durham city centre, welcomes guests into a world of Victorian luxury. Brass etchings line the lobby walls, marble tiles adorn floors and stained glass dapples the light in the Rotunda Bar. There is also a ‘Tinderbox’ Coffee House, Fitness Suite, a Marco Pierre White Steakhouse restaurant and a large function room decorated in an opulent, luxurious style with executive furniture and state-of-the-art audio visual equipment.

Bespoke prints and textiles furnish elegant guest rooms incorporating spa bathrooms.

Main contractors for the scheme to create the new venue were Brims Construction; designers were Howarth Lichfield.

Kathryn Mason, interior designer at Howarth Litchfield said: “The project involved the full refurbishment of a Grade 11 listed building which was originally council chambers and later owned by Durham University. This was converted into a hotel complete with 83 on suite bedrooms, a bar, a restaurant, fitness suite, coffee house, reception area and function room – all of which was quite a challenge.”


Each Hotel indigo is individually designed to reflect the character of the surrounding neighbourhood. The designer loved this and drew inspiration from three themes for the bedrooms – one is the cathedral, with the design featuring chevron patterned wooden wardrobes, tapestry, dark timbers and black metalwork.

The second theme is the university collegiate, with the design including photographs, memorabilia, bespoke cushions decorated with the university logo and a rug in the same colours as the university scarf.

The third room theme is more modern in design, focusing on the scientific research carried out at the university and includes many research-themed tactile items.

Kathryn Mason said: “This was a great opportunity from a design point of view and we got really immersed in the theme. We also worked very closely with the conservation officer to ensure we preserved and enhanced original features of the building.

“We had quite of boxes to tick in formulating the design and we worked together with the whole team, which has been a challenging but a very worthy experience. Everybody is happy with the result.”

The boutique new Cardiff Hotel Indigo includes 122 beautifully decorated bedrooms celebrating the history of the city.

Interior designers were Matthews Mee.

Each of the guest rooms is designed to highlight three recurring themes – made in Wales, Welsh industries, and music – highlighting the heritage synonymous with the local area and beyond. Those staying at the hotel can also enjoy all of those at-home luxuries they’re accustomed to, including free Wi-Fi throughout.

The hotel also incorporates acclaimed chef Marco Pierre White’s famous Steakhouse Bar & Grill on the roof of the development. The restaurant seats 90 and comes with an exclusive roof terrace with views over the city.

Diners can experience a classic British menu with some truly delectable steaks and a wine list to match – further increasing Cardiff’s claim to being one of the UK’s best food destinations outside of London.

Located within close proximity of Cardiff’s business district and with easy access to major attractions such as Cardiff Castle and the Principality Stadium, the venue will suit both adventurous guests wishing to explore the city, or those who prefer to relax in the boutique surroundings of the hotel. A small fitness centre is also available.

Hotel Indigo Cardiff’s General Manager, Tom Gaskell, said: “Cardiff has become one of the UK’s top destinations for tourists and visitors due to its excellent leisure and sporting attractions and we are extremely proud to welcome guests to Hotel Indigo Cardiff.

“Not only does Hotel Indigo Cardiff provide travellers with a luxury experience, and cater for the needs of those seeking to experience the city’s fantastic sights, shopping and nightlife – having Marco Pierre White’s prestigious Steakhouse Bar & Grill within the property creates a real buzz within the heart of the capital.”

In 2004, the first Hotel Indigo property opened its doors across from the Fabulous Fox Theatre in the eclectic arts and entertainment district of Midtown Atlanta. Today, the chain calls culturally rich communities all over the world home, from New York to Paris, London to Shanghai, Hong Kong to Singapore.


Jeffrey Carr Ltd

Jeffrey Carr Ltd specialise in the manufacture and installation of bespoke curtains, blinds, bed throws, cushions and associated soft furnishings. The family-run company was established in 1982 and offers services to a wide range of clients ranging from large hotel groups and independent hoteliers to care homes, student accommodation, schools, colleges and Local Authorities.

Clients include Q Hotels, Shearing Hotels, Holiday Inn, Cairn Hotels, Gainford Hotel Group, Ramside Hall Hotel, Matfen Hall Hotel, Hadrian Health Care, Wellburn Care and Swift Health Care, amongst others. Most recently, Jeffrey Carr Ltd has been involved with Hotel Indigo Durham, supplying, manufacturing and installing curtains, blinds, bed runners and cushions in all the bedrooms and public areas of the hotel.

Ian Carr, Jeffrey Carr Ltd, said:

“We valued our involvement with Hotel Indigo Durham. It was particularity satisfying to be a part of such a prestigious project in our local region.”

Ian added:

“We are a family-run company with over 35 years’ experience working within our field. All aspects of our work is executed in house, to our high standard and we have a purpose designed factory which is able to manufacture quality items specifically to our clients’ remit.

“Whether it is bespoke finished curtains for 5 star hotels or simple curtains for student accommodation we have the capabilities and all installation is carried out by our own team and to our high standards.”


Chantelle Lighting

Chantelle Lighting is renowned for providing exquisite lighting to the hospitality sector and Hotel Indigo, Durham, is no exception.

The stunning, Grade II 1890 listed building boasts period features such as tiled marble staircase, wood panelling and stained glass windows. Former home to the Durham City Council, a circular debating chamber and lobby room has remained and become the setting for the new restaurant and cocktail bar.

Chantelle Lighting was commissioned to provide lighting for the 100-cover Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill, in the 83-bed hotel. The lighting needed to reflect the existing features, creating a warm traditional feel throughout, with a slight modern edge.

Taking pride of place above the restaurant is a bespoke multi ring feature chandelier in an antique finish with 48 individual pendant drops and acrylic shades, handmade by artisan craftsmen and women in Chantelle’s Lancashire home. Measuring 3300mm diameter x 2700mm height, the fitting provides the perfect wow factor.

This is complemented with an industrial feature ring in a blacked industrial finish and 44 dimmable LED bulbs. Fixed floor lamp in an antique spray with woven shade; which pivot on the base and antique brass floor lamps with opal glass shade offer the mood lighting required, while twin, up and down retro wall lights with black outer and gold inner, complete the look.

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