Canterbury Hotel to get new look, name

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Circle City’s historic Canterbury Hotel will close for a nine-month renovation starting in January. When it’s all done, the hotel will have a new name in addition to the alterations.

According to our newsgathering partners at the Indianapolis Business Journal, a hotel investment firm based in Columbus, Ohio, will invest $9.5 million to redesign the 12-story, 99-room hotel. The firm, RockBridge, bought the hotel in June.

Changes will include redesigned guest rooms, revamped elevators and mechanical systems and a completely new layout for the first and second floors. The work is expected to last about nine months, with renovations slated to start in January. There is no firm date for completion.

Once finished, the Canterbury will be affiliated with Starwood Hotels & Resorts, adopting the internationally-known, luxurious Le Meridien brand. The full name will become Le Meridien Indianapolis Canterbury Hotel.

RockBridge Vice President Ted Stimson told the IBJ that the redesigned hotel will appeal to business travelers and vacationers enrolled in Starwood’s rewards system.

Stimson said the project will modernize the Canterbury while honoring its historic feel.