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Perched on the banks of the Chattahoochee River in the heart of Columbus, Georgia, Hotel Indigo Columbus at Riverfront Place is the perfect escape for a weekend getaway. Just over a 90-minute drive from Atlanta (and eight miles from Fort Benning), the luxury hotel, which was rated Top 5 in Overall Guest Experience by IHG®, is an ideal hub for the state’s second-largest city. Here are three reasons to book a stay in one of the river-view rooms for your next visit.
Dog lounging at Hotel Indigo Columbus
1. Elevated Accommodations
As you drive along tree-lined Broadway in Columbus, you’ll see the red-brick and bright-white modern Hotel Indigo rising on the riverbank. Hand your keys to the valet and check into one of the beautifully appointed king studios — they make up five of the hotel’s 107 rooms. With views of the Chattahoochee River’s rapids, you’ll want to camp out in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows on a burnt orange chaise to watch rafters brave the whitewater.
Each room has been uniquely crafted to reflect the spirit of Columbus with massive wall coverings that show a historic aerial view of the city and colorful wall art. Downstairs, the exposed brick walls in the lobby showcase handmade pieces by local artisans, and you have plenty of room to spread out to work or hang with the family.
The Hotel Indigo has 2,500 square feet of meeting space ideal for business or pleasure events. And, with a 24-hour fitness center and outdoor, heated pool, there’s an amenity for everyone.
Cycling along the 22-mile Riverwalk
2. Access to Columbus’ Best Activities
Early mornings were meant for walks (or rides on the hotel’s complimentary bicycles) along the 22-mile Riverwalk with a cup of Joe from local roaster Fountain City Coffee. Or, strap on a helmet and get ready to yell your way down Class I–III rapids on the longest, urban, whitewater-rafting course in the world. If that’s a wee bit scary for you, Whitewater Express also offers the only dual-state zip line in the U.S. Zip over to Alabama and back in minutes. After a day of adventure, head to Banks Food Hall to have your pick of tasty food and drink from numerous local eateries.
Next, work out your brain at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center. Kiddos will dig a tour of Georgia’s largest collection of NASA Space Shuttle artifacts. Over at the National Civil War Naval Museum, you can see the CSS Jackson, USS Hartford and a full-scale replica of the USS Monitor’s turret.
Don’t miss the Black Heritage Trail, which features 30 heritage landmarks, including the Ma Rainey House. Known as the “Mother of the Blues,” she recorded more than 100 songs, and her home is free to tour.
End your visit in the Columbus Historic District, where Victorian homes mingle with beautiful gardens and restaurants like Minnie’s Uptown and Chester’s Barbeque.
On-site dining at Hotel Indigo Columbus
3. Delightful On-Site Dining
The boutique Hotel Indigo is home to Columbus’ only open-air, riverfront rooftop bar: Eighteen85. Grab a table and sip a Riverbreeze Cocktail (Parrot Bay coconut rum; orange, cranberry, and pineapple juice; and amaretto) while snacking on grilled quail served with delicious Alabama White Sauce. Or book a spot on the riverfront patio of Denim & Oak, the lodging’s farm-to-table eatery. From the signature dish of Redfish Scarlet (served with tomato risotto, andouille sausage and field peas) to the Oklahoma Joe Smoked Brisket, the hotel’s dishes are incredibly succulent.
Want to stay in bed after a long day of adventures in Columbus? Call up room service for something delectable.
Learn more about the Hotel Indigo Columbus at Riverfront Place.