5 Reasons to Visit Hotel Indigo in Five Points

Hotel Indigo, Birmingham’s latest hospitality jewel, opened in April in the city’s original entertainment district, historic Five Points South. Here are five noteworthy things about the boutique establishment.

The history: The Art Deco-style building dates back to the 1930s, originally designed as medical offices across from Birmingham’s first apothecary. In the 1980s, it converted to a hotel recalling the Pickwick Club, a historic dance hall in the 1900s.

Stately flourishes: Modern amenities include hardwood floors, spa-inspired showers and luxury linens. Traditional touches, like glass paneling and the building’s original medical insignia, remain around the property.

Geographic integrity: Five Points South earned its name for the intersection at its core, forming a five-pointed star by the convergence of 20th Street South, 11th Avenue South, and Magnolia Avenue. Five Points was a hub for streetcar lines, leading to residential and commercial development.

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The neighbors: Five Points South has no shortage of nationally acclaimed dining establishments, including Highlands Bar & Grill, Ocean Restaurant, Bottega, Chez Fonfon and Hot and Hot Fish Club.

The refreshments: Hotel Indigo’s RX Lounge is centered on the building’s history as a medical apothecary and provides F&B “prescriptions, ” curated by Chef Niko Romero, with smoked cocktails, beakers and fresh juices at its core.

Dave Helms is copy editor of Business Alabama.

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