The Hotel Indigo, is now taking reservations for your stay in the new boutique style hotel. The international brand embraces the local identity and blends it with contemporary style – the result is nothing short of breathtaking as you step out of the elevator into the check-in area on the 5th floor. Immediately you’re struck with a panoramic rooftop view.
The INSIDER was fortunate enough to speak with co-owner, Priya Nair, to provide some insight into the creative process of designing a hotel that articulates the identity of a region.
Initially pinpointing what facets of El Paso and the borderland to emphasize in design was challenging, “El Paso has a great story, so when we started the discovery process we didn’t know what era to pull from because it’s so rich in history. So we decided to focus on this building itself, because it has an interesting history,” said Mrs. Nair.
The building located at 325 N. Kansas Street, originally opened in 1963 as the Downtowner Motor Inn. “If you look at images of the hotel from that era, they had quite a few things right. They did the rooftop bar and 24-hour coffee shop, color televisions, dining amenities, so they were really full service and kind of ahead of their time,” said Mrs. Nair.
Nair, adds that the Downtowner was in touch with the people and centered towards downtown living. “Here we are again, [decades] later going through a similar renaissance where there is a gravitational pull towards urban living, and being community centered,” she said.
The team decided to focus on the mid-century modern architecture, with “Eames” style design as a muse among others of that era. The husband and wife team of Charles and Bernice Eames were highly influential architects and designers that greatly impacted the look of modern design.
“You’ll find elements of that throughout the building, but it’s also layered in with something that you normally wouldn’t find with this type of design, like great big splashes of very bold color, local graphic designers such as EME Design Studios, and Zeke Pena helped us design the murals in the rooms,” said Mrs. Nair.
Another design highlight of Hotel Indigo are the large murals that line the vestibule as you step into the rooms, Mrs. Nair tells us more about them, “Those murals, which we spent a great deal of time on, reflect El Paso being ‘The Pass’ and the tale of two cities – El Paso and Juarez.”
According to Mrs. Nair, a healthy amount of the custom art installations, metal work, and wood-work was sourced locally.
Besides the artistically-driven rooms and the memorable pool area, the rooftop bar called, Circa 1963, stands out as the element that is sure to attract patrons looking for a casual cocktail experience that isn’t easily replicated elsewhere in the city. The bar area provides a generous view of downtown that changes from day to night in a way that only El Paso sunsets can provide. Wood-fire pizza is presently offered and future plans include authentic Swiss fondue.
The hotel is open for business and taking reservations. For more information visit the Hotel Indigo Website or call 1-877-8INDIGO