Every Hotel Indigo has a neighborhood story, and the Atlanta Midtown’s is “visual music.” The theme was inspired by the famous Fox Theatre, located a stone’s throw from the property. The experience starts at the check-in desk, which was designed to look like a drum set. A collage of theater tickets from the past 30 years decorates the wall behind it. In the rooms, you may see a mural that makes it look like you’re either attending a concert or starring in the show. Carpet runners have the same pattern as the Fox’s (but are indigo blue, of course), and the stitching on the custom duvets resembles the theater’s onion domes.
The property is located in the former Cox-Carlton Hotel, which was built in 1923 as a residence for men attending the Georgia Institute of Technology. It opened as the very first Hotel Indigo in 2004. Now a historic landmark, the hotel has the same layout as the Cox-Carlton, but the updated rooms feature wood flooring, flat-screen televisions, free Wi-Fi, and Aveda products.
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Midtown hums with business by day and comes alive in the evening with performances and cultural activities. The heart of the arts district is the iconic Fox Theatre, built in 1928. Take a tour to learn about its history, or catch a concert, musical, or comedy act. Nearby you’ll also find Centennial Olympic Park, home of the 1996 Summer Games, and the international headquarters for CNN, where you can take a tour to see the newsrooms, control room, and maybe even the anchors. For one of the best vantage points of the park and downtown, take a ride on the SkyView, a Ferris wheel that rises nearly 20 stories.
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Rooms: 140 rooms. From $159. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The 683 Midtown Bistro and Bar serves breakfast and dinner every day. Locally sourced ingredients, including cheese and grass-fed beef from small Georgia farms and pastries and beer from Atlanta, star on the seasonally changing menu. Try the housemade hummus with pita chips, the Southern pimento burger, and the Georgia shortbread pecan pie. Specialty cocktails include the Georgia mule with honeysuckle vodka, ginger beer, and orange bitters, and the Southern sangria with red wine, Southern Comfort, and fresh fruit. Spa and gym details:There’s no spa, but a fitness center is open 24 hours.
Who's it for: Culturally minded weekenders, theatergoers, and history buffs, as well as corporate travelers. Our favorite rooms: Thanks to their additional windows, the Corner King Rooms deliver memorable city views. The Fox Theatre Rooms look out onto their namesake landmark. All the rooms are the same size, but those on the 12th floor (the top of the hotel) have taller, loftlike ceilings. Theater art: Get an insider’s look at the historic Fox Theatre just by walking through the hotel. You’ll see large murals in the library and the bistro and bar that reproduce the graffiti in the theater’s projection room. Crews that worked on the Broadway shows and concerts contributed to the artwork over the years. The behind-the-scenes tours at the Fox don’t go into the projection room, so this is your only chance to “visit.”