Hotel Indigo Newcastle Provides Digital Bibles on Kindle

Hotel Indigo, a boutique hotel brand from UK-based InterContinental Hotels Group, has replaced the traditional bedside Bibles with pre-loaded Kindles with Biblical text at its Hotel Indigo Newcastle, in Newcastle, UK.

The hotel is one of the first to replace a religious text, Gideon’s Bible, with the preloaded digital device. The kindle, offered to the hotel guests, can also be used to download other religious texts using the hotel’s WiFi services.

Adam Munday, the general manager of Hotel Indigo Newcastle, said, ‘Every Hotel Indigo draws inspiration from its local area to give guests an individual experience. In the 18th Century, Newcastle was one of the largest print centres in Britain and we’re in Grainger Town, close to the Lit & Phil. We wanted to reflect this literary history in a very contemporary way so are offering guests the use of cutting-edge Kindles pre-loaded with The Bible, instead of the more traditional hardcopy Gideon’s Bible that they would expect to find in a hotel.’

The 148-room hotel has rooms themed around the Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian architectural heritage of the city, along with the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill, and the Grainger Lounge.

Mike Greenup, the vice president of marketing in Europe, for InterContinental Hotels Group, said, ‘Putting Kindles in guests’ rooms is a great way to give our guests a flavour of Hotel Indigo Newcastle’s story and location near the Literary & Philosophical society. No two Hotel Indigos are the same; each has its own theme, which brings to life the local area.

Earlier this year we opened Hotel Indigo Edinburgh in Scotland, which has decor and details throughout the hotel in reference to some of the world famous festivals, which take place in Edinburgh every year. We plan to open a total of 11 new Hotel Indigos in Europe in the next three to five years.’

Hotel Indigo Opens Nine Hotels in First Six Months of 2012

Hotel Indigo, a boutique hotel brand from UK-based InterContinental Hotels Group, will have opened nine hotels in six different countries, worldwide, within the first six months of 2012.

The brand has currently opened seven new properties in 2012, including its new Hotel Indigo Berlin Hardenbergstrasse, in Berlin, Germany, the Hotel Indigo Berlin Alexanderplatz, in Berlin, Germany, the Hotel Indigo Edinburgh, in Edinburgh, Scotland, the Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar, in Del Mar, US, the Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara, in santa Barbara, US, the Hotel Indigo Waco Baylor, in Waco, US, and the Hotel Indigo Xiamen Harbour, in Xiamen, China

In June 2012, the brand will be opening two more Hotel Indigo hotels, the Hotel Indigo Newcastle in England, and the Indigo Veracruz Boca Del Rio in Mexico.

Janis Cannon, the company vice president, global brand management, Hotel Indigo, said, ‘Our geographic diversity is truly a testimony to the fact that customers around the world, from China to Scotland to Germany, value the experience at Hotel Indigo. Now in major cities around the world – with more on the horizon – we have a strong pipeline of more than 60 hotels, which we expect to open in the next few years.’

The company currently has 53 hotels in the development pipeline, in places including Atlanta and New York City, in the US, London, and York, in England, St Petersburg in Russia, Madrid in Spain, Hamburg in Germany, and in Tianjin and Hong Kong in Greater China.

The Hotel Indigo brand claims to offer local flavours, as well as retaining a unique identity, with no two hotel properties ever looking the same.

New Hotel Indigo Opens in Edinburgh

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC, a UK-based owner, manager and franchiser of hotels and resorts, has opened a new Hotel Indigo in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The new 60-room hotel is located in an 18th century building on York Place in Edinburgh, and combines five residential properties. The building has distinctive features, including decorative stairwells and cupolas.

The hotel rooms have complimentary Wi-Fi and stocked refrigerators with complementary snacks and beverages, and the other hotel amenities include a business centre, a 24-hour fitness centre, housekeeping and laundry services, a concierge service, and a bar and restaurant named the Turquoise Thistle, which is claimed to serve classic and modern Scottish dishes with a contemporary twist.

On advance bookings, guests can currently benefit from an introductory room rate of GBP114.00 per night, but most of the standard hotel package rates will commence at GBP126.00, which is inclusive of accommodation, full Scottish breakfast, VAT and a 24-hour parking at Craig James Walk.

Intercontinental Hotels Group said that the hotel’s interior design reflects the Georgian terraces of the local area.

The new property is the company’s second in Scotland, with Hotel Indigo Glasgow having opened in Glasgow last year. The brand also owns other properties in the UK, including those in Birmingham, Liverpool, London Paddington; London Tower Hill; and Newcastle.