Hotel Indigo – Best Place to Stay in Athens, Georgia

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Hotel Indigo at 500 College Avenue in Athens, Georgia, provides exceptional accommodations and a great location for its overnight guests while also setting high standards with its environmentally-conscious commitments.

Green Practices Throughout

Hotel Indigo has earned a LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council with its eco-friendly practices, design features and a continuous commitment to water and energy conservation. Window glazing, fluorescent lighting, a highly-efficient HVAC system, the building’s placement for maximum solar advantage and spray foam insulation are just a few of the features deliberately incorporated into the design. Low-flow toilets and faucets save water, in addition to the courtyard cistern which collects condensation from the HVAC system and in turn is used for landscape irrigation.


Recycled and locally-gathered materials were used in the construction of the Hotel Indigo Athens Downtown-University Area. Each guest room has its own controls for lighting and temperature, along with recycle receptables for plastics, paper and aluminum cans. Guests are even encouraged to use the complimentary bikes in the racks near the front door and Athens’ local transit system, and in the parking lot, preference is given to hybrids, carpool vehicles and low-emission or electric automobiles.

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 In-Room and Hotel-Wide Amenities

Each room at the Hotel Indigo has luxurious bedding with an upholstered headboard, a spacious work area with complimentary Wi-Fi, hydro massage showerheads, toiletries by Aveda, Jittery Joe’s coffee and daily housekeeping services.

A fitness center, snack bar, plentiful gathering spaces in the lobby and courtyard and displayed works by local artists are available for all the guests. Plus, the Madison Bar and Bistro is open daily for breakfast and dinner. Two dogs per room are allowed with an additional deposit fee, and all 130 guest rooms are 100% smoke free.

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Convenience to University of Georgia Campus

Many guests at Hotel Indigo are in Athens for events on the campus of the University of Georgia, which is within walking distance. With 35,000 students enrolled, it is easy to imagine that sports, concerts, plays, graduation, sorority/fraternity weekends and professional seminars would attract thousands more each year.

Visitors will have fun noticing the painted bulldogs on campus and around Athens. After all, Uga, a lovable English bulldog, is Georgia’s official mascot. Be sure to stop into the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall to view the many sports trophies won by University of Georgia athletes through the years.

university of Georgia bulldog sculptures

Another favorite stop for campus visitors is the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. The Magnolia Room inside has been serving guests since 1956 and is famous for its celestial chicken and strawberry ice cream pie.

the magnolia room strawberry pie Athens

Athens as a Destination for Foodies and History Buffs

While staying at Hotel Indigo, many guests will want to sample the growing number of great restaurants in Athens. Some of the most highly-recommended eateries include Last Resort Grill, with a storied history, Five and Ten, with its James Beard award-winning chef, Mama’s Boy, with two locations that are great for breakfast and brunch and home.made, which has some creative, made-from-scratch dishes ranging from pickled deviled eggs to sweet potato gratin and green tomato crisp.

Across the street from Hotel Indigo is the Athens Welcome Center, also known as the Church-Waddel-Brumby House Museum built in 1820. From the center, guests may schedule such tours as the Athens Heritage Tour, Music History Tour, a Civil War tour or the Museum Mile Tour.

Hotel Indigo is perfectly-situated to allow guests to take advantage of the wide range of events occurring regularly in Athens. It is a great choice for a comfortable stay in the heart of the city.

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*Disclosure: I was hosted by Visit Athens, but opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

This article was written by Connie Pearson of There Goes Connie.

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