On our recent episode, we had the pleasure of highlighting the latest addition to the IHG Hotels & Resorts’ portfolio – the Hotel Indigo Panama City Marina. Part of their luxury segment, this splendid five-story, 124-room hotel is a proud new presence in Florida’s historic waterfront district of Panama City.

Located within walking distance from a wide range of local restaurants, bars, and town fixtures, Hotel Indigo also offers guests easy access to cultural hubs like the Martin Theatre and the Panama City Center for the Arts. It’s truly nestled in the heart of a thriving artistic community, making it an exciting focal point of our discussion.

Adding to its charm, the hotel stands as a hidden jewel along St. Andrews Bay, a rich haven for marine life that spans over 20 miles. We also discussed the stark beauty of the saltwater flats, seagrass beds, and deep channels – marking it as one of the most diverse fishing grounds in the Florida Panhandle. We think our listeners who love outdoor activities will find the idea of exploring this place by boat and kayak quite appealing.

A distinguishing factor about the Hotel Indigo brand, which we discussed, is that no two properties are alike. In keeping with this spirit, the Panama City property offers a distinct experience compared to the more familiar Panama City Beach, creating a quieter, yet equally vibrant ambiance.

The hotel’s design, heavily inspired by its seaside location and the history of the town, particularly captured our interest. The nautical-themed fixtures and installations, derived from the indigo plants that once populated the shorelines, reflect the locality’s unique identity. Moreover, the hotel also pays homage to Panama City’s original residents like Harry Felix, whose artistic influence shaped the local community.

As we touched on the hotel’s strategic location near the marina, we noted its two fresh restaurant and bar concepts, Tarpons and Steam on 5, sure to become neighborhood favorites. Offering a Southern twist on coastal cuisine and handcrafted cocktails, these are spots we believe our listeners would enjoy.

We couldn’t overlook the range of amenities the hotel provides, such as a fitness center, outdoor pool, and a firepit overlooking the bay, among others. Plus, it’s in close proximity to major local attractions including Panama City Beach and educational institutions like Florida State University’s Panama City campus, Gulf Coast State College, and more.

Wrapping up the episode, we shared insightful comments from Carol Hoeller, Vice President of Hotel Indigo, and Jean Capps, General Manager, Hotel Indigo Panama City Marina. Both expressed their enthusiasm about the hotel’s potential to reenergize the neighborhood and create a gathering spot for guests and locals to immerse themselves in the community’s vibrant past. Their passion left us eagerly anticipating what Hotel Indigo Panama City Marina has in store.