Confusing? Maybe at times but Indianapolis has two marvelous Marriott hotels in the city's downtown. The Indianapolis Marriott Downtown was built in 2001 and was the largest hotel in Indiana until its big brother - the JW Marriott Indianapolis - was constructed in 2011. The Indianapolis Marriott Downtown is located at 350 West Maryland Street. The JW Marriott Indianapolis - nicknamed "The Big Blue" for quite obvious reasons - is at 105 South West Street. But this is entry is supposed to deal with the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown so from now on, that is the Marriott we are talking about. The 622 guest rooms feature luxurious bed linens, desks with ergonomic chairs, refrigerators and 37-inch flat screen TVs. Contemporary art with a classical modern design adds to the decor. The hotel underwent a massive renovation in 2008. Connected via skywalk to the Indiana Convention Center and Circle Centre Mall, the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown is just steps away from Lucas Oil Stadium and many attractions. The 19-story hotel offers a fitness center, indoor pool and spa, gift shop and two concierge floors. Equipped with more than 25 flat-screen TVS, Champions Sports Bar is a great place to watch the Colts, if you can't go to a game in person. The bar was voted by MSN as the best place to watch the NFL in Indy. For onsite dining, visit the Circle City Bar and Grille, a chic spot serving New American fare. There is also a Starbucks and 24-hour room service.
Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Indianapolis is close to Lucas Oil Stadium - only .5 miles, charges reasonable rates and offers gracious perks that guests appreciate. Start each morning with complimentary made-to-order breakfast and wind down with complimentary drinks and snacks served two hours each evening. Guests can choose from a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and light appetizers as a wonderful way to relax and, perhaps, relive the day's winning Colts football game. The 360-room Embassy Suites features two-room suites with private bedroom, separate living room, wet bar and comfortable work chairs and tables. Relax in the hotel's indoor swimming pool and whirlpool or use the fitness center. The onsite Claypool Grille is a full-service, casual dining restaurant in the lobby atrium. Menu items range from pork tenderloin and classic Reuben sandwiches to bacon-wrapped ribeye steaks and lemon herb tilapia. The Grille also serves alcoholic beverages and appetizers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 elevators. Towering over Indy with its glowing blue glass, the 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 also has 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. The staff is courteous and ever so helpful.