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Famous for its thrilling speedway, Indianapolis (or Indy) offers visitors more than fast cars. The Indiana state capital is also home to miles of hiking and biking trails along the White River, a world-renowned children’s museum, outstanding sports teams and an up-and-coming culinary scene. When it comes time for weary travelers to rest, there are several historic hotels in the downtown area, as well as established hotel brands throughout the city. Here are the best hotels in Indianapolis.
Best Overall: The Alexander
Whether in town for business, a romantic getaway or vacation with friends and family, the 209-room Alexander hotel is a fantastic mid-priced option. Part of the Wyndham Hotel brand, the art-inspired building is located in the heart of downtown, just steps from the trendy bars and restaurants of the Warehouse District. Artistic touches are everywhere at the hotel: from the artisan-glass lanterns over the bar, to the three-dimensional birds on the walls of the lobby. Guests can dine in the new American restaurant with an open kitchen layout and an inviting atmosphere or squeeze in a workout in the fitness center. Rooms have a minimum of 341 square feet of space, innovative modern furnishings and Keurig coffee makers.
Best Budget: Hampton Inn Indianapolis South
If low price is a high priority, the Hampton Inn Indianapolis South is an excellent choice for clean, comfortable accommodations. The hotel is about a 15-minute drive to downtown Indianapolis, but is surrounded by a number of parks and golf courses. TripAdvisor members noted that the hotel was located off the highway next to a Texas Roadhouse, Starbucks and several other restaurants. Guests can take a refreshing dip in the indoor pool or exercise in the fitness center. The 112 rooms have all the basics, plus microwaves, mini refrigerators and free Wi-Fi. A hot breakfast buffet is included with every meal and parking is also free of charge.
Best Boutique: Hotel Broad Ripple
Finding a boutique hotel in Indianapolis is difficult, but the Hotel Broad Ripple takes a different approach that feels more like a “boutique lodge.” The hotel is located set steps away from the White River and just north of the popular Broad Ripple Village neighborhood. The nine, individually decorated rooms have special touches such as bamboo canopy beds, shuttered windows and private balconies with Adirondack chairs – great for views of the Monon Trail. The hotel hosts a series of events ranging from live musical performances to movie nights. Guests can soak in the great outdoors or unwind in the bunkhouse lodge for wine, beer and socializing.
Best Luxury: The Conrad
Travelers seeking an upscale experience during their time in downtown Indianapolis should look no further than the 247-room Conrad Hotel. Melt away stress at the on-site spa and salon that offers facials, massages, chakra balancing and rejuvenating body treatments. Or go for a soak in the indoor pool followed by a relaxing session in the sauna. Guests can enjoy a wine tasting at the fantastic wine bar or dine at the elegant Capital Grille restaurant. The hotel is also home to the two-story, Long-Sharp art gallery and guided tours are available. Spacious rooms include marble baths with luxurious bath products, a pillow menu, plus rubes and slippers, as well as signature bedding.
Best for Romance: The JW Marriott Indianapolis
If you’re traveling with your sweetheart, the sprawling, 980-room JW Marriott Indianapolis offers a romantic and elegant stay in downtown. For an intimate dining experience, the hotel has a fabulous Italian restaurant with fine wines and cocktails. Rooms are scattered among 33 stories and have floor-to-ceiling windows that grant fantastic views of the city. Guests can sprawl out with a minimum of 400 square feet of space and enjoy amenities such as glass-enclosed showers and 24-hour room service. Parking is expensive, but many attractions such as the Eiteljorg Museum of Native American Art, White River State Park and the Indiana State Museum are located just outside your doorstep.
Best Business: Indianapolis Marriott East
Perched in the heart of the business district, the 315-room Indianapolis Marriott East hotel has a whopping 89,000 square feet of meeting space and 25 event rooms – making it a hub for business travelers. During downtime, travelers can go for a dip in the indoor pool and Jacuzzi, pump some iron in the fitness center or go for a jog on the outdoor trail. The hotel’s bistro and wine bar is a popular venue serving fresh, local ingredients. The outdoor patio with cushioned lounges and fireplaces is a perfect place to unwind. Rooms have a minimum of 240 square feet, soundproof windows, docking stations, large work desks and pillow-topped mattresses. Breakfast is additional.
Best for Families: Homewood Suites by Hilton
Once serving as a shoe factory, the historic building housing the Homewood Suites by Hilton has been beautifully remodeled and is an excellent choice for families looking to stay downtown. Located three blocks from the Colts’ football stadium and a short drive to the Indianapolis Zoo or the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, the 92-room hotel makes a great base for families to explore the city. Kids will love the indoor pool and billiards area, while parents can appreciate the evening social hour with cocktails and snacks. The loft-style suites have 10-foot ceilings, exposed beams and brick walls, plus amenities such as a full kitchen, dining area and sofa. A hot breakfast is included, but valet parking is additional.
Best Nightlife: Omni Severin Hotel
Steps away from the nightlife area in Indianapolis, the 434-room Omni Severin Hotel is ideal for those looking for an upscale stay and a fabulous night on the town. The historic hotel’s sports bar is a happening place before or after a big game; it's within walking distance to Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Lucas Oil Stadium. Guests can utilize the fitness center, heated pool or relax in the wine bar or fine dining restaurant. Rooms have a minimum of 244 square feet of space with sophisticated décor, soft robes and slippers and pillow-topped mattresses. TripAdvisor members loved that they could walk to nightlife attractions, but felt the valet parking was too expensive.