If you are planning a trip to the West Country in 2023, there is an interesting new accommodation option.
IHG has just opened a Hotel Indigo in Exeter. The website is here.
Given its pedigree, I have high hopes for it. In many smaller cities in the UK, the Hotel Indigo is one of, if not the, best hotels in town and usually adds a design flair missing from competing properties.
Hotel Indigo Exeter has been developed by Castlebridge. Whilst the name is unlikely to mean anything to you, this is the same group behind Hotel Indigo Bath which I reviewed in 2021.
I was very, very impressed by this hotel, which has a good city centre location as well as a decent restaurant and a very high standard of design.
The same group also runs Hotel Indigo Stratford upon Avon, which I have seen praised in our comments section in the past, and Hotel Indigo Chester. They seem to ‘get’ the Hotel Indigo brand and are happy to invest substantial sums in their developments.
Hotel Indigo Exeter is inside the old House of Fraser store on Catherine Street, which closed pre-pandemic. The building has a 1930s modernist style and is only 30 seconds walk from the cathedral.
As well as 104 rooms, it claims to offer a restaurant, rooftop bar, sports bar and an impressive sounding spa. This includes four treatment rooms, a sauna, steam room, two hydrotherapy pools and, erm, a nail bar.
Rates are around £90 per night for midweek January stays, rising to £125ish at weekends, but I would expect this to increase as it becomes more established. Redemptions seem to start at around 19,000 IHG One Rewards points per night.
In terms of other new branded options, Marriott opened a Courtyard hotel next to the Sandy Park rugby stadium and conference centre this year. You could also consider Hilton’s Hampton at Exeter Airport which I reviewed back in 2019.
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