Hotel Indigo marks launch in Denver with grand opening near Union Station

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Mayor Michael Hancock makes his way to the front during Hotel Indigo's grand opening at 1801 Wewatta St, Feb. 23, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  denver; denverite; hotel indigo; union station;

Mayor Michael Hancock makes his way to the front during Hotel Indigo's grand opening at 1801 Wewatta St, Feb. 23, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The Hotel Indigo held its grand opening Thursday, making the 180-room spot the new inn place to stay in Denver.

Developers broke ground on the $92 million project north of Union Station in spring of 2015. Hotel Indigo was “designed with a Millennial mindset” and officially opened its doors Jan. 20.

Hotel Indigo's grand opening at 1801 Wewatta St, Feb. 23, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  denver; denverite; hotel indigo; union station;

Hotel Indigo's grand opening at 1801 Wewatta St, Feb. 23, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The Atlanta-based Hospitality Ventures Management Group is running the Indigo. Hotel Indigo is a brand under the British hotel giant InterContinental Hotels Group. The group owns the brands of at least a handful of other hotels in the area including Staybridge Suites, 333 W. Colfax Ave.; Crowne Plaza, 1530 Glenarm Place, Holiday Inn Express, 401 17th St., Hotel Monaco, 1717 Champa St.; and Hotel Born, 1600 Wewatta St.

Hotel Indigo has a pet-friendly policy, a bar, 24-hour fitness studio, 1,188 square feet of meeting and event space — including the “Hickenlooper Boardroom” — and a resident dog ambassador, Barkly.

An overnight stay at the hotel started out at $130.66 for Friday evening, according to Hotel Indigo’s website. The price was comparable to other rooms advertised on the travel website Kayak.com: the Magnolia Hotel Denver ($111), Warwick Denver ($114) and the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center ($129).

Mayor Michael Hancock and Barkly. Hotel Indigo's grand opening at 1801 Wewatta St, Feb. 23, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  denver; denverite; hotel indigo; union station;

Mayor Michael Hancock and Barkly. Hotel Indigo's grand opening at 1801 Wewatta St, Feb. 23, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

“Upon opening, we are confident the hotel will ramp up quickly on its way to becoming the market and segment leader,” said Robert S. Cole, founder, president and CEO of HVMG, in a statement.

Mayor Michael Hancock was on hand for the grand opening and seemed confident in Hotel Indigo’s success in Denver and specifically the downtown area.

“I want to tell you a little something about Denver and about Union Station,” Hancock said. “Just last week were able to pay off some loans 20 years early because of the success of this area.”

The bed a Hotel Indigo suite, Feb. 23, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  denver; denverite; hotel indigo; union station;

The bed a Hotel Indigo suite. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Ambrish Bisiwala, President and CEO of Portman Holdings and Mayor Michael Hancock. Hotel Indigo's grand opening at 1801 Wewatta St, Feb. 23, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  denver; denverite; hotel indigo; union station;

Ambrish Bisiwala, President and CEO of Portman Holdings and Mayor Michael Hancock. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

350 bottles of whiskey on the shelf at Hearth & Dram. Hotel Indigo's grand opening at 1801 Wewatta St, Feb. 23, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  denver; denverite; hotel indigo; union station;

350 bottles of whiskey on the shelf at Hearth & Dram inside Hotel Indigo. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

A previous version of this article improperly stated InterContinental Hotels Group’s role with Hotel Indigo. Portman and Hensel Phelps co-developed and own the building, and HVMG manages it. Hotel Indigo is an IHG boutique brand.

Kevin J. Beaty contributed to this report.

Business & data reporter Adrian D. Garcia can be reached via email at agarcia@denverite.com or twitter.com/adriandgarcia.

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