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Gala offers first look at Hotel Elkhart

Hotel Elkhart from north, drone

The Ruthmere Museum held its annual fundraising gala at Hotel Elkhart on Friday night, making the museum the first guest at the renovated hotel that is scheduled to open to the public next month.

ELKHART — Hotel Elkhart is back.

The city’s tallest building had its first guest, the Ruthmere Museum, on Friday night, and the who’s who of Elkhart came to see the renovated boutique hotel and, in particular, the Aria Ballroom on the ninth floor.

Hotel Elkhart rooftop terrace

The ninth-floor rooftop terrace offers views over downtown, the River District and the Elkhart River.

Hotel Elkhart Aria Ballroom

About 140 people spent Friday evening at Hotel Elkhart, dining in the ninth-floor Aria Ballroom.

Hotel Elkhart 9th floor hallway

On Hotel Elkhart’s ninth floor, the hallway offers great views of the city and access to the Aria Ballroom and the rooftop terrace.

The Corner Bar seating area Hotel Elkhart

On the first floor of Hotel Elkhart is the Corner Bar, pictured here, as well as the Relish Café, a meeting space and a fitness center.

Hotel Elkhart lobby seating area

A seating area in Hotel Elkhart’s lobby includes books and decorations that reference the area’s history.

Hotel Elkhart rooftop terrace drone

Hotel Elkhart’s rooftop terrace will offer guests a place to enjoy a drink with a view. The Aria Ballroom is behind the three large windows to the left in this photo.

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