Final Beam in Place for Five-Star Carmel Hotel


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Final Beam in Place for Five-Star Carmel Hotel

Marriott's Hotel Carmichael to open in May

(CARMEL, Ind.) -- The final beam is in place for a new five-star hotel in Carmel.

The Hotel Carmichael will open in May, right next door to the Palladium. It'll be part of Marriott's "Autograph Collection" brand of boutique luxury hotels. The brand includes hotels in 32 countries on six continents, including Washington's Mayflower Hotel, New York's Algonquin, Chicago's Blackstone, and the Cosmopolitan on the Las Vegas Strip.

Carmel has about a dozen hotels, but the Carmichael will be the first in City Center. Mayor Jim Brainard says visitors want to be able to walk around downtown. The hotel will overlook the Monon Trail, and offer easy access to the Palladium and its neighboring theaters, as well as the city's Arts and Design District.

Brainard says adding a five-star hotel is critical for the companies headquartered in Carmel who want to impress corporate clients. Carmel Redevelopment Commission president Bill Hammer says while the hotel is aimed at corporate clients, filling rooms on the weekends will be critical to its success. He says the Carmichael's marketing will likely entice getaway-weekend visitors with the prospect of a show at the Palladium and a jazz brunch at the hotel to cap the weekend.

The Carmichael name is a hybrid of "Carmel" and "Michael" -- as in Michael Feinstein, the Grammy-winning pianist who serves as artistic director of the Center for the Performing Arts. The hotel restaurants will include the Feinstein Club, joining supper clubs in New York and San Francisco bearing Feinstein's name, and featuring music dominated by the Broadway and songbook standards in which he specializes.

(Photo: Eric Berman/WIBC)

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