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Our Stay at Hotel Indigo in Tuscaloosa, Alabama! (Roll Tide)

Our Stay at Hotel Indigo in Tuscaloosa, Alabama! (Roll Tide)

If you know me, you know I’m a BAMA fan (Roll Tide). I graduated from The University of Alabama which makes Tuscaloosa like a second home to me.  Although my experience in T-Town was a little different during my 4 year stay, my college years at Alabama were nothing short of amazing.  We had the best time.  I graduated in 2007 with about 20,000 students.  Flash forward 10 years and there are now 40,000 some odd students and Tuscaloosa has doubled in size.  Unfortunately, the tornado in 2011 wiped out a good bit of Tuscaloosa towards 15th street and McFarland but everything has since been rebuilt and is newer and nicer than ever!

I’ve only been back for a football game or two and never really thought of heading back for a weekend getaway when there was no game but I’m so happy I did! My husband, who also played baseball at Alabama, and I took a road trip from Atlanta to Tuscaloosa to check out the new and improved T-Town! It was so nostalgic sharing memories with each other and making new ones of our own! If you haven’t been back in awhile I would highly recommend it!

My big party house is gone, and now that we are adults…we had to stay somewhere that accommodated our adult needs. We decided to stay at Hotel Indigo!

Check out our experience staying at Hotel Indigo Tuscaloosa!

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Hotel + Room

Hotel Indigo which is a brand new hotel right on the river in downtown Tuscaloosa.  The location couldn’t be more perfect! You’re literally steps from the river.  Head outside to the walking trails right behind the hotel and walk alongside the river, take a boat ride, or simply sit on the bench and enjoy the view.  Since the hotel is perfectly situated in downtown Tuscaloosa, the new hot spot, you’re just a short walk to the newest bars and restaurants! There is a fitness center in the hotel but there is also a gym right outside the front door of the hotel if you want another option. After you workout or before you start your day be sure to check out the cutest coffee shop called Heritage House! This is located right out the front door as well.

Our spacious room overlooked the river and was decorated perfectly. The hotel offers free wifi, a coffee bar set up in your room, and a large bathroom. Basically my top 3 essentials!

The staff is super nice and accommodating so don’t be shy to ask them if you have any questions!

Bonus: Pets are welcome! 

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Food + Drink

The hotel has the perfect little grab and go market downstairs in the lobby that holds all the major essentials you could ever need.  From fresh salads, energy drinks, and coffee, to ice cream and cookies, there is not only food but little travel size necessities too!

The restaurant in the main lobby, Shoals Kitchen, serves breakfast and dinner (room service included).  Their food was delicious! I hate to say this because I tried to eat healthy all weekend but my favorite dish was the fried green tomato appetizer. The batter that they were fried in was legit… so good!

The rooftop bar is called The Lookout and it’s located on the 5th floor.  It’s the only rooftop bar in Tuscaloosa (which draws in the locals) and has amazing views of the Black Warrior River! It’s a great atmosphere with indoor and outdoor seating. I’m a huge industrial garage door fan so I loved the decor and set up of the space. They had live music playing when we checked in so we headed up to enjoy a beer from a local brewery while overlooking the river.  It couldn’t have been more perfect for our first night in.

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Activities + Attractions

Hotel Indigo is located right on the river where there are a ton of paths to walk or bike alongside the river.  The views are amazing and the weather during our visit was perfect!  Explore the campus of The University of Alabama and Bryant-Denny Stadium.  Being an Alabama alumni, it was so nostalgic for me and hadn’t been back in a few years!  If you were a greek at any school I highly recommend checking out your sorority or fraternity house on the Alabama campus! They are insanely huge now!

Head to the amphitheater or the BAMA Theater for a good show or concert! Go check out the Bear Bryant Museum, the new River Market, or head downtown for a bite at any of the amazing restaurants! Grab a drink at any of the many bars downtown and experience everything Tuscaloosa has to offer!

Cravings: A specialty food, craft beer, and wine store located downtown

Capital Park: This park was the site of the Alabama Capitol when Tuscaloosa was the seat of state government from 1826-1846. In 1847 the capitol was moved to Montgomery, and the building became the home of the Alabama Central Female College. A visible reminder of the old capitol building that burned in 1923 is the stone foundation and two small columns.

Riverwalk: The Riverwalk is an excellent paved trail along the southern bank of the Black Warrior River near downtown Tuscaloosa.

Walk of Champions: The brick plaza leading from University Boulevard features 16 granite monuments set into the walkway commemorating the Crimson Tide’s SEC and national championship teams throughout the years. Along the west side of the plaza are bronze statues for each coach who has led the Crimson Tide to a national championship.

Makers Market: The Makers Market has grown the strong sense of community in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. As West Alabama’s largest craft mall, the Makers Market functions as an outlet for lively crafters and artists in the area, offering a fantastic shopping experience for a variety of wants and needs.

Tuscaloosa Museum of Arts: The Tuscaloosa Museum of Art displays approximately 1,000 works of fine and decorative arts. The collection was amassed by Jack Warner, over several decades, as investments for Gulf States Paper, now the Westervelt Company.

Alabama Museum of Natural History: For more than 150 years, the Alabama Museum of Natural History has celebrated Alabama’s natural history and beauty through exhibitions, collections, and quality programs of teaching, research, and service


Our Weekend Video Recap

Hope you love Tuscaloosa as much as we did! It’s perfect for a quick weekend getaway with the girls or with your significant other! Remember to say Roll Tide whenever you see someone! It’s like hello!

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More Information

Hotel: Hotel Indigo Downtown Tuscaloosa

Location: 111 Greensboro Ave, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Phone: 205.469.1660

Our Stay at Hotel Indigo in Tuscaloosa, Alabama! (Roll Tide)

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*Thanks so much Hotel Indigo for hosting us! Even though this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.