Hotel Indigo in Newton is a new boutique hotel concept, and is the first of its kind in Boston’s western suburbs.
Plans to position its pool deck as a hip, happening entertainment venue…
…came to a halt last week when Indigo’s reps pulled their request for a “weekday entertainment license,” after being notified that such a license is prohibited by Newton’s noise and entertainment regulations.
The abrupt action calls into play whether the city of Newton should now take a long, hard look at its licensing regulations to determine if updating or revamping needs to take place.
In a report in today’s Boston Globe Richard Chmielinski, the assistant city solicitor said, ” Newton officials would have to amend, modify, or repeal sections of the city’s regulations, in order to give Indigo, the permission it seeks to provide recorded or live music, dancing, use of an amplification system, and televisions on its outdoor pool deck.”
This came as a bit of a shock to the Indigo folks who had been meeting with Newton’s licensing board on this matter for almost 2 months, and had been following the board’s requests to take further actions surrounding their license request.
Indigo’s plans had met with strong resistance by hotel neighbors who had been annoyed by a grand opening party held in June at Hotel Indigo which they said raised concerns about parking, trash, noise, drunk driving, and other assorted issues.
Following a year long renovation the Indigo, which is part of InterContinental Hotels, offers a heated outdoor pool, hot tub and relaxation deck, firepits, and cabanas. Cabanas are outfitted with LCD flat-panel televisions, and deck area heating provides extended seasonal enjoyment.
The design philosophy behind Indigo is intriguing.
The Indigo brand combines math, art and nature in perfect symmetry. Fans of the “DaVinci Code” will recognize this as Phi, or the Golden Mean. Hotel Indigo notes that Phi has been used for centuries and has been applied “to achieve beauty and balance in art, architecture, music, and design.”
Hotel Indigo can resubmit its license request for outdoor entertainment, if their legal team deems it appropriate.
*Hotel Indigo was formerly the Holiday Inn on Grove St. Newton
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