New Orleans, Louisiana, USA – August 25, 2017 – Expotel Hospitality (www.expotelhospitality.com), a New Orleans-based hotel management and development company, today announced it has signed an agreement to provide development consulting, pre-opening services, and post-opening operations management services for the previously announced adaptive re-use project of the circa 1963 former Holiday Inn in downtown Memphis. The iconic, “mid-century modern” structure on the corner of B.B. King Boulevard and Court Avenue will undergo an intensively thorough renovation to include all new mechanical, plumbing, and electrical, new guest room finishes, furnishings, baths, and expanded and reconfigured guest reception and lobby lounge areas. The hotel will become Memphis’s first Hotel Indigo® hotel. It is being developed by Three P Partners of Atlanta, Georgia with the architectural services of Memphis-based brg3s architects.
“This marks our first collaboration with Three P Partners,” said Larry Spelts, Expotel president and chief development officer. “We are delighted that in selecting Expotel, Chip Patterson and his partners, Stephen Polhill and Matt White, who comprise Three P Partners, have recognized our firm’s history of successful developments and openings of new hotels and our passion for boutique and lifestyle focused hotels. Having recently opened the new Holiday Inn at the Louis Armstrong Airport in New Orleans which is now the ninth Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) franchise that Expotel has managed, we have the ability to successfully take the important steps required to open yet another IHG brand hotel, Hotel Indigo.”
The hotel is scheduled to open in mid-2018. Upon opening, the hotel will feature approximately 3,000 square feet of private dining, event, and meeting space, a fitness center, renovated pool with cabana bar, and a bar and restaurant. Three P Partners and Expotel are in discussions with several nationally recognized, chef-driven restaurant groups with whom they will collaborate on the culinary program for the restaurant that looks onto the corner of B.B. King and Court and affords an opportunity to create a uniquely urban dining experience. The interior design of the hotel will be an exciting interpretation of mid-century modern and reflective of the last century’s love affair with the automobile that drove the explosion of the “motor hotel” perfected by Memphis’s very own legendary hotelier and founder of Holiday Inn, Kimmons Wilson, who originally developed the structure that will become the Hotel Indigo.
“My partners and I appreciate the opportunity to make a positive impact on this important city block of downtown Memphis that will continue the transformation of downtown Memphis into a premiere destination for business, entertainment, lodging, and dining.” said Chip Patterson, a principal of Three P Partners. “We have full confidence in Expotel’s ability to introduce a new brand to the Memphis market and quickly ramp up the hotel, enabling it to become the boutique hotel of choice for visitors seeking an authentic experience with local, historic references along with all of the amenities and services that sophisticated travelers demand.”