INDIANAPOLIS—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. today announced that its Le Méridien brand will soon add Indianapolis to its growing North American portfolio. Le Méridien Indianapolis will debut in November 2014 following a $9.5-million renovation of The Historic Canterbury Hotel, a landmark property in downtown.
Owned by Rockbridge and managed by Azul Hospitality, Le Méridien Indianapolis will feature a timeless chic design ethos that juxtaposes the hotel’s historic architecture with a contemporary, modern style, according to Starwood Hotels.
The Canterbury site, dating back to 1858, was rebuilt in 1928 as a hotel infused with the charms of Canterbury, England. As part of the comprehensive renovation, Le Méridien Indianapolis will feature 100 modern guestrooms, local cuisine in a re-designed restaurant and lounge, an expanded fitness center and more than 1,750 sq. ft. of upgraded meeting and event space.
“Le Méridien Indianapolis will bring a renewed energy to this historic landmark building, offering travellers a modern hotel experience in the heart of the city’s vibrant downtown,” said Allison Reid, SVP of North America Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. “We are proud to expand our relationship with both Rockbridge and Azul Hospitality as we prepare to introduce this contemporary lifestyle brand to Indianapolis.”
Le Méridien Indianapolis will feature the brand’s signature Le Méridien Hub, which re-interprets the traditional lobby into a social gathering place. Le Méridien arrival consists of four elements: large-scale artwork in high impact areas; the sensory experience, illustrated through Le Méridien signature scent, sound and use of light; UNLOCK ART program, featuring artist designed key card collections that offer access to Le Méridien affiliated contemporary cultural centers in the city; and a 24-hour curated soundtrack.
“The major revitalization and rebranding of this special property will bring back the character of this hotel in a new and modern way,” stated Jim Merkel, president and CEO of Rockbridge. “The rebranding coupled with the strength of the Starwood system, will position Le Méridien Indianapolis as the place to stay in Indianapolis.”