I’ve stayed in so many forgettable hotels during my travels. The ugly bedspreads, familiar bed-bed-nightstand-desk-TV layout, the folding luggage rack, and breakfast menu on the bed – they all seem the same. But then there are a few standouts, a few contemporary gems that I just fall in love with – Indianapolis’s Alexander is one of these.
From the moment you ascend the stairs into the big, bright lobby, you know this is going to be different. This place is more art museum than hotel.
Indianapolis’ new Alexander Hotel was just a sign of what was to come during my stay in the Circle City, just three hours from Chicago. I was immediately struck by the airy lobby full of modern art — all curated by the Indianapolis Museum of Art. My favorites? The wall display of vinyl records which had been melted and molded into birds taking flight. And the portrait made from hundreds of black combs. Yes, hair combs.
A hip cocktail lounge, Plat 99 carries on the cool vibe with 99 colorful, glass lanterns overhead and floor-to-ceiling windows showing off the downtown skyline and Lucas Oil Stadium (home of the Indianapolis Colts). Downstairs, we dined at Cerulean, another nod to the progressive city which Indy has become. And of course, upstairs, my room was calm, cool and comfy. Take a look in photos:
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333 S Delaware St, Indianapolis, IN 46204