Mayor Jim Brainard and General Manager Jamie Hopwood Originally posted July 2020 revised October 2020 There is much that has been said\u2014and debated\u2014about the architectural marvel that is welcoming guests and visitors through its doors. But what hasn\u2019t been adequately shared are the more intimate details about the hotel and its amenities and how these will contribute to our city, not just from an economic standpoint but in the way of cultural, entertainment and dining experiences as well. The Hotel Carmichael officially opened August 27, 2020. Inspired in part by the work of 18th-century architect Robert Adam, the hotel\u2019s design serves as a transition from the Palladium across the Monon Trail to the west and the rest of the adjacent City Center development. Join us as we take you for a tour of the Hotel Carmichael! About the Hotel Carmichael We had the extraordinary opportunity to tour the 111,234-square-foot project at various stages of construction and speak with Mayor Jim Brainard, Hotel Carmichael\u2019s General Manager Jamie Hopwood and Carmel Redevelopment Director Henry Mestetsky on the various components of the Hotel Carmichael that is putting the city of Carmel on the map, not only as a beacon of arts and entertainment, corporate headquarters, state-of-the art amenities with exceptional schools and neighborhoods but also for its brand-new 122-room (114 rooms, eight suites) boutique hotel that delivers a distinguished hospitality experience perfect for the discerning traveler. The Hotel Carmichael contains an abundance of meeting space, including the Paul Dresser Meeting Room, James Hanley Boardroom and the Noble Sissle Boardroom. The opulent Cole Porter Grand Ballroom is an ideal and picturesque space for banquets and weddings. Surrounded by expansive windows, guests of the ballroom will enjoy extravagant views of the Palladium and surrounding amenities. Cole Porter Grand Ballroom Though the ongoing pandemic has impacted the timeline for highly anticipated shows and select entertainment, guests will be able to enjoy\u2014while observing safety protocols\u2014a cabaret show at Feinstein's at Hotel Carmichael\u2014a partnership with two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy award-winning musician Michael Feinstein. Feinstein\u2019s at Hotel Carmichael is modeled after the legendary Feinstein's\/54 Below in New York. Feinstein's at Hotel Carmichael Guests and visitors can enjoy delectable light fare menu items and\/or craft cocktails created by expert mixologists as the wood fireplace crackles in the background at Adagio (slow tempo)\u2014the lobby lounge. Also featured in Adagio is a state-of-the-art Steinway and Son's grand piano that can record a musician\u2019s performance to be played back and enjoyed for decades to come. The incomparable views throughout the hotel, both in its interior and exterior, are positively spellbinding. And the attention to detail are impressive to even the most seasoned traveler. The handcrafted, wrought-iron railing, made in Anderson, Indiana, that leads guests along the elegant grand staircase, and every inspired light fixture, window treatment, piece of elaborate furniture, accessory, on down to the signage throughout the hotel, is congruent to the overall theme. It\u2019s a masterful blend of architectural design from a classical era with modern amenities and technology. Beautifully appointed\u2014yet comfortable\u2014spaces throughout the hotel pay homage to the Great American Songbook and music, as does the original artwork that is on display throughout the hotel. Redefining Standard and Accessible Luxury Guests can choose from 122 rooms and luxury suites, each featuring classical decor and decadent accents, with pet-friendly rooms and suites with balconies overlooking the Carmel City Center, Carter\u2019s Green and the Center for the Performing Arts. Each room\u2014including the standard\u2014is outfitted with luxurious furnishings, such as exquisite chandeliers, and cutting-edge amenities, such as complimentary Wi-Fi, a smart TV and Amazon Alexa assistant, bathrooms that feature separate water closets, tiled, walk-in showers and stately Brizo faucets by Delta. The Executive and Presidential Suites are perfectly suited for the discerning executive traveler and distinguished guests. These spacious suites feature all of the standard amenities plus extra conveniences, including balconies. Also included in this issue is a more comprehensive overview of Vivante French Eatery, the hotel\u2019s French restaurant, and its distinguished Executive Chef Joseph Hsu. Vivante French Eatery A 25-Plus-Year-Old Vision Once we toured the hotel and its remarkable amenities, we learned more about its inception, ownership and the journey from planning to its impending grand opening from Mayor Brainard, Jamie Hopwood and Henry Mestetsky. \u201cThis all started when I first ran for mayor in 1995, and I heard from people that they wanted a \u2018downtown\u2019 Carmel ...We knew that what was formerly called \u2018Old Town\u2019 and is now the Arts & Design District was not enough landmass to be the designated \u2018downtown\u2019 for our eventual size. So, when the Redevelopment Commission was constituted, one of the first things we did was buy 88 acres where City Center and the Palladium are. We began master planning and putting together public-private partnerships to create a walkable, pedestrian-friendly downtown anchored by arts facilities.\u201dJim Brainard View of Palladium from Hotel Carmichael Brainard continued, \u201cWe introduced the City Center Plan to the public in May of 1997, and in that plan and general area was a hotel. So, this is a continuation of that plan. There have been many revisions of that plan, and I like to think it got better each time. We knew then that a hotel was going to be an integral part of having a successful downtown.\u201d The public-private partnership developing the hotel is a joint venture between Carmel and City Center developer Pedcor. According to Mestetsky, Carmel will receive 66% of profits for 10 years and 50% of profits thereafter, and that it\u2019s the city\u2019s goal to sell its stake in the hotel to the private sector at some point in the future. \u201cBoutique hotels will offer guests \u2018experiences\u2019 versus the thousand-room, large downtown convention hotels. The hotel is positioned well even in this uncertain COVID-19 world that we\u2019re living in.\u201d Brainard added, \u201cCarmel has been highly successful in building many quality projects that have had a tremendously positive impact on our city\u2019s economic development. And this hotel will have the same positive impact.\u201d Who Is CCC Boutique, LLC, and Coury Hospitality? CCC Boutique Hotel, LLC\u2014the public-private partnership between the city and Carmel-based development company Pedcor\u2014owns the hotel, and the hotel is managed by Coury Hospitality of Kansas City, Missouri. Founded in 1999, Coury Hospitality is a hospitality management company skilled in every facet of hotel, restaurant, venue operations and development. Known for historic renovations, exceptional guest service and new, curated build design and construction, Coury Hospitality employs cutting-edge management techniques, ranging from accounting and revenue management to e-commerce and asset management, to transform buildings new and old into world-class, full-service boutique hotels that deliver unforgettable travel and dining experiences. Currently, Coury Hospitality operates a total of six AAA four-diamond properties. Brainard explained that the CCC Boutique Hotel, LLC, is a corporate entity that is half city, half Pedcor. \u201cWe\u2019ve entered into a contract with Marriott\u2014a franchise contract\u2014that allows Marriott to say the Hotel Carmichael is a Marriott Autograph Hotel. The city and Pedcor is not going to manage the hotel, so we entered into another contract with Coury Hospitality to manage the hotel. So CCC Boutique Hotel, LLC, is the entity that the city and Pedcor have formed as the franchisee with Marriott, and we have a management contract with Coury Hospitality.\u201d A Grand Opening Amid a Pandemic To say that a global pandemic was not part of the hotel\u2019s overall plan is a gross understatement. As a result, there were obvious delays in construction and in the grand opening that was originally planned for May 2020. \u201cWe\u2019ve already booked several weddings, and I do anticipate that demand will continue to increase,\u201d Hopwood said. \u201cOur tagline is \u2018Always live, never scripted,\u2019 meaning we are very versatile, as is our unique function space.\u201d Brainard added, \u201cWe have the neighboring Palladium with function rooms as well and the Main Hall. In addition to those beautiful spaces, we can do even larger events\u2014corporate or otherwise\u2014at the hotel. For instance, we\u2019re bringing an international conference to Carmel, and we will be using both the and the Palladium. And then we have Feinstein\u2019s club, which we can use for meetings and events as well.\u201d In conclusion, after having toured the guest rooms, the on-site dining and lounge areas, the spectacular views of Carmel from within the hotel at each of its six levels, enjoyed delectable samples of Chef Hsu\u2019s brilliance in Vivante\u2019s kitchen and perused the original artwork that tells a story in every room and corridor of the hotel\u2014we believe the minds behind the Hotel Carmichael have achieved design perfection. Hopwood concluded, \u201cI walk the property every day and am amazed by the attention to detail. What a great experience is going to be for so many people.\u201d For more information or to contact the Hotel Carmichael Autograph Collection, visit hotelcarmichael.com and be sure to follow its social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all of its most up-to-date announcements. Learn more about the most interesting places in Carmel Indiana.