By Kate Donnelly
Updated August 10, 2016
Indianapolis, city guide, hotels, Le Meridien
Credit: © Bruce Buck

In downtown Indy, uncover a mix of bigger hotel brands with highly-touted service and designer polish to smaller niche labels with charm, art and personality and the highly anticipated debut of an indie brand. Rest easy, there are accommodations for everyone.

The Conrad

In the heart of downtown, the 23-story Conrad is a dressed up affair of 235 well-appointed rooms. There’s also an impressive art collection (thank you Joan Miro and Pablo Picasso). On the 5th floor, the Collections Suites each feature a design-savvy art concept including a pop suite in a Warhol-esque theme. The Evan Todd Spa offers luxurious massages and facials and, off the lobby, the arty wine bar, Tastings pairs glasses with tapas-style bites.

The Alexander

This hotel offers stylish, contemporary, art-forward options. Its guestrooms are mixed with a clean neutral palette, large windows, hardwood floors and a highly-visual series of commissioned artworks. In tandem with the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the poppy collection, including a flock of birds made entirely of vinyl records, provides its own visual experience as does the cocktail bar, Plat 99.

Le Meridien

Recently renovated, the fashionable Le Meriden’s 100 guestrooms are both stylish and ergonomic with specially designed workspaces and pillow-top LM beds. Thumb through the well-curated book collection in the chic “hub” –a warm library style room of comfortable modern furnishings that serves coffee in morning and wine every evening (with live music on Wednesdays). And, for animal lovers, furry friends are welcome to stay the night.

JW Marriott

You can’t miss this gleaming 33-floor downtown hotel with its whopping 1,005 rooms. Here, location is key as is prime access to Indy’s happening downtown scene. Rooms are a clean, mod mix with primary pops of blue and red. Before your day, take a dip in the indoor pool or outside follow the running trail around the Indiana Zoo.

Hotel Broad Ripple

Divert from downtown and head over to the Broad Ripple. Set in a lodge-style house with only 9 rooms, the chic, cheery décor feels like you’re staying in someone’s house. In the mornings, enjoy coffee and a local paper and then take a walk on the Monon Trail. In the evenings, sip wine on the back patio (with stellar views of the Trail) and on summer nights, catch a movie out back.

21c Museum Hotels Indianapolis

Housed in a neoclassical building, the hospitality brand 21c is redeveloping the 105-year-old, Old City Hall. Only a few blocks from the wildly popular Indianapolis City Market, the 150-room property will feature private terraces, a farm-to-table restaurant, site-specific art gallery, cultural exhibits and arty tenants. Coming soon.