The Hotel Carmichael—a name which is also a nod to legendary Grammy and Emmy award winning singer and pianist Michael Feinstein, who is the artistic director of the city’s Center for the Performing Arts—has opened in Carmel, Indiana. Music and 1920s grandeur are imbued into every corner of the property. GSB designed the architecture, while HBA handled the interiors for the 122-room Autograph Collection hotel.
Visitors are immediately welcomed by a grand staircase with four massive chandeliers, along with bold black-and-white checkered floor and a black marble check-in desk. Adagio Lounge, located next to the lobby, is outfitted with a self-playing grand piano, a bar with craft cocktails that tie back to songs, and a marble, wood-burning fireplace.
Paintings of musicians adorn the walls, purposefully curated by a designer who has ties with Feinstein. Because Feinstein worked for lyricist Ira Gershwin, art curator Tim Hawkins was able to source playbills from the Gershwin collection. The art in the hotel hallways is a mix of sheet music and paintings that match. For example, a painting of the Eiffel Tower is near the sheet music for a song from An American in Paris.
Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Carmichael