Indianapolis Hotels Offer Beautiful Art, Great Locations, World-Class Amenities, Friendly Folks

Some of the nation’s best hotels are right in Indianapolis where Hoosier hospitality combines with big-city amenities for a memorable visit.

Check out the names – Conrad, Marriott, Courtyard, Omni, Westin, Hyatt – hotels that have earned a reputation for knowing how to pamper guests. Those are all in Indy, along with such small boutique hotels as the new Hotel Broad Ripple in the trendy Broad Ripple neighborhood.

For a historic sleepover, choose the Crowne Plaza at Union Station. Opened in 1888, Union Station was the nation’s first union railway depot. A young Thomas Edison worked there as a Western Union telegraph operator. Today, you can sleep in real Pullman train cars or stay in a modern hotel room.

Many of the city’s landmark hotels are centrally located in downtown Indy where guests can walk to some of the city’s well-known attractions, including games of the NFL Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium, the NBA Pacers and WNBA Fever at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and the Minor League Baseball Indians at Victory Field.

Once nicknamed Naptown and India-No-Place because it was so boring, Indy is now a clean vibrant city with a wealth of reasons to visit and luxurious places to stay.  

When you have your Indy location figured out, it’s not difficult to find a quality hotel that will help you feel so welcome that, like many others, you will soon be planning a return visit to the capital city of Indiana.



One of Indy's premier hotels, the 424-room historic Omni Severin has played host to some of Indy's biggest names - and some celebrity visitors. No wonder. The 1913 hotel offers lovely Edwardian-style decor with elegant cherry veneer furniture. Omni Severin features the best of the past with today's luxuries and technology. Amenities include plush robes, triple-sheeted beds, minibar and sitting area. Located in the heart of downtown Indy, the Omni Severin is connected via skywalk to Circle Centre Mall and Convention Center. It's a short walk to the Colts stadium and Pacers fieldhouse. Dining options include farm-to-table 1913 Restaurant, sporty Severin Bar, elegant Wine Thief and hotel lobby Starbucks, plus 24-hour room service. An exercise-fitness room, gift shop and indoor swimming pool are available. White River State Park is only three miles away with 250 acres of gardens and trails. The multilingual staff at the four-diamond resort is highly accommodating.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Omni Severin Hotel offers the best of the past with the comforts of today, including great amenities. Location is tops for downtown attractions and events.

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For a stunning location, Residence Inn Indianapolis Downtown on the Canal is an easy choice. The only hotel in downtown Indy on the historic Canal, Residence offers access to jogging trails, paddleboats and beautiful parks. The inn is within walking distance of many downtown attractions. But the wonderful location and the great view are not all Residence has going for it. The inn's guestrooms feature free Wi-Fi, full kitchens, luxury bedding, pull-out sofa beds, separate sitting areas, free breakfast buffet, free evening social hour and even free grocery shopping service. The five-floor, 134 suite, non-smoking hotel has a fitness center, indoor pool, whirlpool, outside picnic area and small convenience store. A relaxing fireplace is available in two-bedroom suites. The Residence Inn welcomes pets for a $100 non-refundable fee. As the name says, Residence is ideal for families and business travelers who want to feel more at home on the road.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: For a home away from home, the Residence Inn offers comfort and freebies galore, including complimentary Wi-Fi and breakfast. Wonderful location is popular with guests.

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The Alexander, a Dolce by Wyndham
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Opened January 2013, the contemporary styled Alexander Hotel is filled with art curated by the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Each guestroom has one or two pieces of individualized art with no two rooms alike. The Alexander's prime location is across from Banker's Life Fieldhouse (home of NBA Pacers) and walking distance from the Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium (home of NFL Colts). The Alexander offers 157 guest rooms and 52 extended stay rooms. Guest rooms have complimentary Wi-Fi, refrigerators, waterfall showerheads in roomy shower stalls, desks, flat screen TVs and complimentary rollaways and child cribs. The Alexander has a 24-hour fitness center and two treatment rooms for an on-call masseuse. For some fresh air, use one of the complimentary bicycles for a ride along Indy's cultural trail. Dining spots include the Market Table, which serves breakfast and lunch daily, the exquisite Cerulean and Plat 99, an upscale cocktail lounge.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: An emphasis on art and design plus luxurious amenities and a prime location make The Alexander an award winner.

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The Westin Indianapolis
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A stay at Westin Indianapolis comes complete with pampering, access to downtown attractions and one of the best steakhouses around. After undergoing a major renovation, Westin knows how to please guests. The 573 smoke-free guestrooms offer Westin Heavenly Beds and Westin Heavenly Showers, efficient workspace, free newspapers and 32-inch TVs. Dogs up to 40 pounds are welcome at no charge. The hotel features a fitness center, indoor heated pool, free Wi-Fi in public areas ($13.95 per day in room) and concierge to help with important tasks, like getting tickets to Colts or Pacers games. Westin is connected by covered sky bridge to the Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium. Other attractions are within walking distance. For dining, Shula's Steakhouse - named after the winningest coach in NFL history - is known for steak and seafood. Westin also offers the No Name Lounge, Starbucks Coffee and room service.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Guests at The Westin Indianapolis return time and again, resting assured that each stay will be top notch.

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They don't call it "Big Blue" for nothing. It certainly is both. Big. And blue. The beautiful JW Marriott hotel in downtown Indy is the tallest hotel in Indiana. Opened February 2011, the 33-story glass tower hotel stands at 375 feet tall and is said to have the state's fastest elevator. Towering over Indy with its glowing blue glass, JW Marriott is a new city landmark, connected via skybridge to the Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium. The 1,005 guest rooms have 40-inch TVs, 24-hour room service, bathrobes, coffee and tea, plush bedding and free newspapers. The hotel has an exercise room, whirlpool and indoor swimming pool. For dining, JW Marriott features two restaurants - Osteria Pronto and High Velocity- plus Starbucks coffee shop. Conveniently located next to White River State Park, JW Marriott is within easy walking distance of numerous attractions. Staff is courteous and ever so helpful.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: JW Marriott Indianapolis in downtown indy offers a wonderful bird's eye view of the city, especially the baseball stadium to watch the Indians in action.

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The 297-room Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown is part of the $450 million Marriott place. But the smaller Courtyard doesn't have to worry about being in the big blue shadow of its brother, the JW Marriott. The smoke-free Courtyard has its own major guestroom draws - free newspaper, free Wi-Fi, luxury bedding, refrigerators, ergonomic work stations and LCD TVs. A favorite view in the tall-windowed guest rooms overlooks Victory Field where the Indians play ball. Next to White River State Park, Courtyard is connected to the Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium by climate=controlled walkways and is walking distance to many downtown attractions. Courtyard features a gym, indoor swimming pool, Bistro with Starbucks and full bar. The hotel's signature GoBoard in the lobby is an interactive, touch-screen informational display panel lthat allows guests to access driving directions, view local weather, find restaurants and catch up on the news.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: For location, amenities, comfort and great staff, the Courtyard Indianapolis Downtown is an Indy favorite.

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Hotel Broad Ripple
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Hotel Broad Ripple is the inn place to stay. In fact, the nine-room boutique opened in May 2014 is the only inn in the heart of the trendy Indy neighborhood. Located on the Monon Trail, the hotel offers great freebies – newspaper, Wi-Fi, parking and continental breakfast from local establishments, like yummy yogurt from classy Traders Point Creamery. Each room has a unique design with several featuring walk-out balconies overlooking Monon Trail, a popular rail urban greenway for running, walking and biking. Rooms offer refrigerators, hair dryers, clocks, robes, sitting area, desk and chair, coffee makers and iron. All rooms are non smoking. The local art scene is highlighted with art works that will be rotated for a community art gallery in the inn. Open to the public, the inn's Bunkhouse Lounge serves beer, wine and appetizers. The contemporary lodge-like atmosphere has gathering places in the lobby, porch and yard.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Opened May 2014 with great freebies, the new kid on the block,Hotel Broad Ripple is the only inn in the trendy Broad Ripple neighborhood.

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Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
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If you're looking for prime central location, the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis has it. Located in the heart of downtown Indy near the state Capitol, the Hyatt is connected by a climate-controlled skywalk to the Convention Center, Circle Centre Mall and Lucas Oil Stadium. Cheer on the NFL Colts and NBA Pacers and walk back to your room. A dramatic lobby atrium welcomes guests to 499 guest rooms. Amenities include a floating work station with ergonomic chair, refrigerator, robe and comfy Hyatt Grand bed. Guests can work out any time of day in the 24-hour gym or take a dip in the heated indoor pool and whirlpool. Restaurant choices include fine dining at the rotating Eagle's Nest above the Hyatt, the only revolving restaurant in Indiana. Or try the hotel's newest dining spot, One South. Unwind with a signature cocktail in Level One lounge or get a morning coffee at Starbucks.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: A popular spot because of location to the state Capitol and downtown, the Hyatt has seen years of use and was beautifully remodeled in 2012.

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Crowne Plaza Indianapolis - Downtown Union Station
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Ghostly travelers still haunt historic Union Station. Listed on National Register of Historic Places and America's first Union Station, the magnificent Romanesque revival-style building is home to 273-room Crowne Plaza hotel with indoor swimming pool, free Wi-Fi and business center. Steps away from major downtown attractions, Crowne Plaza lets guests sleep in authentic Pullman train cars still resting on original tracks. Cars are named in honor of early 1900s personalities, such as Charlie Chaplin and Greta Garbo. Or guests can stay in a hotel room. Dining includes 123 West for breakfast and lunch and Taggart's Lounge for lunch and dinner plus handcrafted cocktails. A popular hotel feature is white fiberglass ghost travelers dressed in period clothing. A little girl in old-timey dress holds her mother's hand as they wait for a train. A conductor checks his pocket watch for the next train. The figures add a nice touch of yesteryear.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Union Station operates as an active train station. The muffled rumblings of trains regularly passing through adds to the ambiance of staying in Crowne Plaza.

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Conrad Indianapolis
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Luxury? Most definitely. Location? Maybe best in town. The Conrad Indianapolis hotel offers a pampered experience. Opened March 2006, the Indy favorite boasts a 23-story tower with 240 guest rooms and suites, a lovely indoor heated swimming pool and whirlpool, fitness center with personal trainer, Evan Todd Spa & Salon, two restaurants (Tastings wine bar and Capital Grille) and art works on the first and second floors by some of the world's most celebrated artists. Snuggle up in a comfy bed with 500-thread-count bed linens. Enjoy bathrobes, slippers, custom-made Italian hardwood furniture and 42-inch LED TVs. Conrad guests can pre order from a pillow "menu' and three lines of bath products prior to their stays using a new Conrad Concierge app. Located at the most prominent downtown intersection, the Conrad is a great base for downtown attractions. A skybridge provides an uninterrupted path from the Conrad to the Artsgarden, Circle Centre Mall and Indiana Convention Center.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Conrad provides complimentary bikes for hotel guests as an added wellness amenity and way to enjoy the Cultural Trail.

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