The Bottleworks Hotel in Indianapolis opened in December, with F&B outlets and design throughout the property paying homage to the Coca-Cola bottling plant it’s housed in.
INDIANAPOLIS—Some would say a pandemic isn’t the best time to open a hotel, but the Bottleworks Hotel was ready to open its doors on 15 December and provide a unique experience for guests.
Housed in the top two floors of the Coca-Cola bottling works administration building that operated from 1930 to 1964, the 139-room Bottleworks Hotel features a white terra-cotta exterior and a brightly colored tiled interior that “pay homage to Coca-Cola’s rich history,” GM Amy Isbell Williams said via email.
“At the main entrance, guests will find a hand railing along the staircase of the hotel that winds up in an intricately decorated stairwell resembling vintage soda fountains, while the ceiling design resembles fizz,” she said. “The reimagined lobby is complete with terrazzo floors, plaster detailing, colorful ceramic tile and brass art deco-patterned doors, impeccably restored to their historic state.”
The hotel is a marquee property part of the Bottleworks District, a $300-million mixed-used development scheduled to open this winter. The development includes restaurants, coffee shops and retail.
Opening during a pandemic
The pandemic has been a challenge for all, and some hotels haven’t opened in the current environment, but for Isbell Williams, “if not now, then when?”
“Travel is changing, especially considering the climate of what's happening right now in our world. If people are going to get out and spend their money, or stay in a hotel, they are looking for an experience,” she said.
Isbell Williams added that the Bottleworks District is a community experience and appeals to those who want to get out of the house more than ever.
“At Bottleworks District, you have an experience where you can see different culinary backgrounds, enjoy a progressive dinner, settle in in your room, enjoy the private terrace and more,” she said.
F&B and more
To maintain its eclectic experience, Bottleworks Hotel aimed to curate “the perfect mix of tenants with the boutique hotel,” Isbell Williams said.
“Cocktail bar Sundry & Vice will occupy the Bottleworks Hotel lobby lounge, while Cunningham Restaurant Group’s new Asian restaurant concept, Modita, will be located on the first floor,” she said. “Fan-favorite Blue Collar Coffee Co., retailer Good Neighbor and The W Nail Bar will also open in Bottleworks Hotel this winter for guests’ pleasure.”