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Hotel Indigo to make Central PA landing

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A look at the exterior of Hotel Indigo expected to open this spring in Swatara Township, Dauphin County.
A look at the exterior of Hotel Indigo expected to open this spring in Swatara Township, Dauphin County. - (Photo / )

A new boutique hotel brand will make its midstate debut in 2018, part of a recent surge in local hospitality projects following nearly a decade of sluggish, post-recession activity.

An upscale Hotel Indigo is slated to replace a former Wyndham Garden at 765 Eisenhower Blvd. in Swatara Township.

Cumberland County-based hotel developer Areya Management, which has been rapidly growing its local portfolio, is investing about $10 million in the project.

Bathrooms at Hotel Indigo, like the one seen here, have shower stalls instead of tubs.
Bathrooms at Hotel Indigo, like the one seen here, have shower stalls instead of tubs. - ()

Hotel Indigo is part of InterContinental Hotels Group, or IHG, which is known for the Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express brands, as well as Candlewood Suites and Crowne Plaza. The boutique Indigo chain takes a customized approach, and tries to reflect the local community in the architecture and design of each hotel.

Christine Sczypta, an Areya spokeswoman, said the Dauphin County hotel will be no different for the chain. Images on window shades in the guest rooms will depict the Susquehanna River and the surrounding area. Hotel artwork will highlight Harrisburg’s history.

Areya acquired the Wyndham last fall and closed it in January. Renovations began over the summer after months of negotiations with IHG. Construction is slated to wrap up by February and the Hotel Indigo is tentatively scheduled to open the first week of April.

The new hotel will have 149 guest rooms, a reduction from the roughly 200 rooms in the former Wyndham. Areya wanted more meeting-room space and larger executive suites in the hotel.

Window shades in rooms at Hotel Indigo will feature images representing the surrounding area.
Window shades in rooms at Hotel Indigo will feature images representing the surrounding area. - ()

The guest rooms also have hard-surface flooring, no carpet, and there are no tubs, only shower stalls.

“We wanted something different,” Sczypta said. “We wanted a boutique.”

Dining options will include a bistro-style tapas restaurant with 75 to 80 seats that is near the pool on the first floor. In addition to the restaurant, the hotel will offer room service.

The Hotel Indigo is somewhat similar to an Embassy Suites or a Hilton Garden Inn, both Hilton brands with larger guest rooms and more amenities. Many of the other hotels under construction in Central Pennsylvania have limited food-service operations and little meeting space.

Eisenhower Boulevard is a prime location for a new hotel brand because it is near major highways and is not too far from Harrisburg International Airport, Sczypta said. Areya also will move its headquarters into the hotel from its current base in the Enola area.

The Hotel Indigo is not the company’s first hotel makeover. It transformed a Microtel Inn in Enola into a Best Western. And it created a La Quinta Inn & Suites out of a former Ramada Limited and Baymont Hotel.

The company also is building new hotels, including a SpringHill Suites by Marriott in the Chambersburg area and a Home2 Suites by Hilton in Silver Spring Township.

Areya has at least three more projects in its pipeline, Sczypta said. And it’s looking to establish management deals with owners of other hotels in the midstate.

As the local market continues to grow, Areya sees plenty of opportunity, she said.

“There are a lot of owners who want to build it, but don’t want the day-to-day operation,” she said.

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