New waterfront luxury hotel draws inspiration from rich local history.
The new Hotel Indigo on the Everett waterfront opened in September 2019, bringing 142 rooms, a restaurant and lounge to Fisherman’s Harbor, which is the site of a former boat-building yard.
We are thrilled to share Hotel Indigo with visitors and locals alike in one of the best locations in the region,” said Patty Davis, the hotel’s general manager. “The rich local history and stunning setting provided endless inspiration for the design and concept of the hotel and restaurant.”
A $36 million, 98,000-square-foot luxury hotel designed by MZA of Bellevue.
Hotel Indigo is one of the key pieces of the Port of Everett’s plan to redevelop abandoned industrial lands along the city’s shoreline.
It’s an ambitious plan: the agency expects its eventual investment of $85 million in public funds will attract more than $550 million in private- sector investments that will support more than 2,000 family-wage jobs, including a regional boat sales and services center at the port’s marina, the largest on the West Coast.
When complete, the Port envisions Waterfront Central will be an inviting waterfront destination where visitors, boaters and residents alike will be able to reconnect with the city’s shoreline, which for nearly a century has been occupied by heavy industry: particularly ship-building and logging.
A $36 million, 98,000-square-foot luxury hotel with a “seafood-forward” restaurant, trendy saline pool and connection to a shoreline promenade may seem the antithesis of what came before, but the hotel’s designers took pains to pay homage to Everett’s past when designing this important part of the region’s future.
Architects MZA of Bellevue said in a statement that Hotel Indigo’s design was “inspired by the history of the Port of Everett as a hub for the logging industry, boat-building industry, aviation and trade.”
The architecture reflects a “Nordic and industrial style, with a nautical influence,” the firm said. Designers expressed that theme with the use of materials and nautical features including masts and sails around the hotel.
The space inside Hotel Indigo also was configured to emphasize the waterfront setting, with public spaces – meetings rooms, ballrooms and the restaurant – oriented toward Port Gardner Bay. One hundred nineteen of the 142 rooms have water views.
Interior designers also picked elements that reflect Snohomish County’s industries, past and present: boat building, logging and aerospace.
The project is a special one for MZA. The firm’s founders have worked together for 20 years on projects including Seattle’s Olive8 Hyatt and W hotels, the Tacoma Convention Center and Redmond City Hall. But Hotel Indigo is the first major project the firm has seen built since the founders launched their new business in 2015.
Hotel Indigo is managed by Columbia Hospitality Group, which runs such high-profile Northwest properties as the Salish Lodge at Snoqualmie Falls and Semiahmoo Resort at Blaine.
Hotel cover image photo courtesy, Hotel Indigo