Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide intends to expand its portfolio in the US with the opening of a new Le Méridien brand hotel in Indianapolis in November 2014.

The opening of Le Méridien Indianapolis follows a $9.5m renovation project of the historic Canterbury Hotel, which is located in the centre of the downtown.

Le Méridien Indianapolis, which will be owned by Rockbridge and operated by the Azul Hospitality, features a new design culture that blends the hotel’s historic architecture with a contemporary, modern style.

The property is situated within a walking distance from the Indiana Convention Center, Indiana Statehouse and the offices of numerous corporations including Eli Lilly, Brightpoint and Wellpoint.

The new hotel will have 100 modern guest rooms, an expanded fitness centre and over 1,750ft² renovated meeting and event space and will offer local cuisine in a re-designed restaurant and lounge.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide North America Development senior vice-president Allison Reid said Le Méridien Indianapolis will bring a renewed energy to this historic landmark building, offering travellers a modern hotel experience in the heart of the city’s vibrant downtown.

"We are proud to expand our relationship with both Rockbridge and Azul Hospitality as we prepare to introduce this contemporary lifestyle brand to Indianapolis," Reid said.

The new property will feature the brand’s signature Le Méridien Hub, which re-interprets the traditional lobby into a social gathering place and supports the brand’s coffee culture.

"Le Méridien Indianapolis will bring a renewed energy to this historic landmark building."

Le Méridien’s arrival programme comprises four elements, including a large-scale artwork in high impact areas, Le Méridien signature scent, an ‘UNLOCK ART’ programme featuring artist-designed key card collections to provide access to the company’s cultural centres in the city, and a 24-hour curated soundtrack.

The Le Méridien Hub will also feature the signature master barista initiative expected to address the growing demands of coffee lovers at Le Méridien hotels worldwide.

Le Méridien and Westin global brand leader Brian Povinelli said the brand looks forward to the debut of Le Méridien in Indianapolis as it continues to accelerate portfolio growth across North America.

"Since acquiring the brand in 2005, Starwood has made significant investments in redeveloping Le Méridien, which unlocks the destination for guests through the arts, culture and cuisine in key cities around the world," Povinelli said.