May 6, 2016
If you find yourself overnighting in Indy, you’ll quickly discover that the Circle City offers a number of distinctive hotels in which to rest your weary head. Here are five of our favourite places to stay in Indianapolis.
For those looking to rub elbows with racecar drivers, athletes and visiting celebs, your chances for star-sightings are good at the Conrad Indianapolis. Covered skywalk connections lead to the Indiana Convention Center, and the world-class pedestrian/bike Cultural Trail running right past the front door lends easy access to some of the city’s most vibrant downtown shopping and dining destinations.
The 23-storey luxury property doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to pampering guests, from the indoor infinity pool and full-service Evan Todd Spa & Salon to the Long-Sharp Gallery and public art on display in the lobby. Tastings offers innovative wine sampling from sleek self-serve dispensers operated with rechargeable cards, and the handsome Capitol Grille is the site of many a business deal and romantic proposal over cocktails and surf-and-turf dinners.
Guest rooms and suites offer indulgences like marble bathrooms, soaking tubs and a “pillow menu.” If money is no object, splurge on the ultra-posh Gallery Suite adorned with original art by Warhol and Picasso, high-end furnishings and custom wall coverings.
Chic boutique accommodations get a spectacular artsy upgrade at this colourful, contemporary hotel within the CityWay downtown development. One-of-a-kind mixed-media pieces and installations infuse the entire premises, starting in the parking garage and flowing in a creative stream through public spaces, meeting facilities, dining areas and guest rooms. (Don’t miss the repurposed vinyl record album “birds” flying up the wall in the lobby.)
The choice of accommodations at The Alexander encompasses artfully designed rooms, suites and comfortable extended-stay options, highlighting zingy accents set against a fresh neutral palette, all the latest-and-greatest tech features, and art commissioned specifically for the hotel.
The Plat 99 cocktail lounge keeps the vibe going with a collection of gorgeous hanging lanterns, and the farm-to-table-focused plates at the Cerulean restaurant downstairs are works of edible art in their own right.
Connectivity is a buzzword at Le Meridien Indianapolis — the hotel links by skyway to the Indiana Convention Center, Circle Centre Mall and many other downtown destinations, often making it possible to get where you want to go without ever having to venture outside.
Back at home base next door to Indy’s iconic St. Elmo Steak House, the hotel nestles into a historic property that received a multimillion-dollar upgrade several years ago to become the bastion of contemporary style it is today. The lobby does double-duty as the Meridien Hub, a cutting-edge gathering space that brings visitors together to mix and mingle, social opportunities that often carry over into the attached Spoke & Steele restaurant for craft cocktails and highly innovative comfort cuisine.
At the end of the day, the starkly modern guest rooms and suites provide all the bells and whistles visitors could want — sophisticated monochromatic black-and-white décor, sumptuous platform beds, in-room refrigerators, Illy coffee makers and ergonomic workspaces.
Eight miles due north of downtown Indianapolis, Hotel Broad Ripple makes a cosy choice for guests intent on exploring the delights of this funky, friendly neighbourhood. The Broad Ripple cultural district brims with options for dining, shopping, recreation and nightlife, all accessible just steps down the Monon Trail path that skirts beside the hotel property.
One of the best places to stay in Indianapolis, Hotel Broad Ripple opened in May 2014 and maintains nine distinctive residential-style accommodations, each with its own features and layout, (look for three more guest rooms to unveil during autumn 2016). Lovely details such as Rookwood tile, balconies overlooking the trail, Keurig coffeemakers, river rock fireplaces and furnishings with European flair make it easy for visitors to feel right at home.
The Bunkhouse Lounge is a perfect perch for a glass of wine or pint of cold beer in the evenings, and if the weather’s nice, you can relax by kicking back on the lawn or deck and watch the world jog by.
How often do you get the chance to spend the night in a historic luxury train car? This nostalgic Indianapolis hotel within Union Station lets guests retire for the night in one of 26 renovated authentic Pullman cars, some of which still sit pretty on their original tracks. Scattered throughout the property, a dozen “ghost statues” created by Indianapolis native artist Gary Rittenhouse go one step further to bring this local history to life.
Crowne Plaza also offers 273 traditional rooms and suites, all freshened up during a massive refurbishment process that’s taken place over several years, as well as an indoor pool, business centre and fitness room. Proximity to Lucas Oil Stadium makes this hotel a smart choice for fans in town to cheer on the Indianapolis Colts, and dining options include classic American eats and an intimate cocktail lounge.
With a stained glass-lined barrel ceiling and airy architecture, Union Station’s resplendent Grand Hall is a popular local site for weddings, luncheons, receptions and other special events and photo ops.
Header Image: The Conrad Indianapolis offers handsomely furnished accommodations, upscale drinking and dining, an on-site art gallery and a full-service salon/spa © Conrad Indianapolis
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