HVMG adds The Darwin Hotel to portfolio

Hospitality Ventures Management Group (HVMG) has added The Darwin Hotel in Atlanta to its portfolio of third-party managed hotels across the U.S. HVMG oversaw the complete rebranding and renovation of the 111-room hotel.

“The Darwin Hotel is a perfect complement to our growing number of independent, third-party operated hotels,” said Robert S. Cole, president/CEO, HVMG. “From the Borrego Springs Resort & Spa in California to the Plunge Beach Resort in Florida, HVMG has developed a team that understands and appreciates the differentiators that make an independent hotel stand out from the pack of other, branded lodging options. With the hotel’s renovation and rebranding complete, we look forward to introducing this unique product to the Atlanta marketplace.”

The hotel offers eight individually themed suites and a lobby that displays local art, artisan crafts, locally roasted coffee and pastries and a kitchen designed for pop-up chef programming,

Located in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward, the four-story hotel takes its name from the famed evolutionary biologist, and draws inspiration from the neighborhood. The Darwin’s themed suites include the Bar Room, featuring a full, custom bar; the Bunk Bed Room, with bunk beds and extra space for families and young adults; and the Audiophile Room, offering a turntable and access to the hotel’s vinyl music library.

The pet-friendly property—the only hotel in Atlanta with a dog park, according to HVMG—provides a rotating pop-up chef program to constantly update its menu. Additional hotel amenities include bike racks and two electric bicycles (made in Atlanta) for rent, a fitness room and a conference room able to accommodate up to eight people. Each guestroom features complimentary WiFi, a mini refrigerator, an in-room safe, an oversized work desk and a 55-in., flat-screen television.

Navin Patel and his two sons, Shyam and Sagar Patel, purchased the property in 2016. The family owns two other hotel properties in Albany, GA. Along with their other real estate ventures, Navin and Shyam also own a staffing and recruitment company.

“We hope to showcase the best of what Atlanta has to offer,” Navin Patel said. “This hotel is a love letter to our ever-changing city and pays homage to its history. Being in the heart of a large metropolitan city creates opportunities for artists, businesspeople, world travelers and people from all walks of life to all unite in our space.”