What We Love
- Airy lobby with fresh works of contemporary art; check out the whimsical vinyl birds
- The Plat 99 lounge, with its amazing cocktails, tasty nibbles and deck with views of Lucas Oil Stadium
- Clean-lined rooms that are undeniably contemporary but don’t lack comfort
What To Know
- The views don’t match the gorgeousness inside. You may face either construction or Eli Lilly’s adjacent pharmaceutical complex
- Slide your keycard in the wall-mounted system to switch room lights on and off — another reason the Alexander earned a LEED Silver rating
- Don’t be fooled upon entry, the lobby is up one flight in the elevator
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Constructed in January 2013, the Alexander is Indy’s first destination hotel for locals and travelers alike. The open, modern lobby is filled with innovative and whimsical public art displays curated by the Indianapolis Museum of Art: a flock of flying birds made from old vinyl records, a portrait created from 3,840 combs, a laser-cut stainless steel slab of words to greet you as you get off the elevator. Several seating areas beckon you with clean-lined chairs and sofas placed on colorful rugs on top of rich brown hardwood floors. The stylish and hip cocktail lounge, Plat 99, is a stunner designed by Cuban-born artist Jorge Pardo, complete with Mexican tiles, 99 colorful glass lamps and views of downtown and Lucas Oil Field just beyond the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Bed and Bath
The 157 guestrooms continue the modern, clean aesthetic with large windows, pops of color and original eye-catching art. A rich brown hardwood floor, with carpeting by the bed, and glass-topped shelves for nightstands add to the modern vibe. The minibar is stocked with such drinks as coconut water, V8 and Jones soda, or you can brew yourself a cup of coffee with the Keurig coffeemaker. Relax and watch the 42-inch flat-screen TV or get down to business at the desk, which has a connectivity panel and an ergonomic leather chair. The bathroom has a white walk-in shower with an adjustable ceiling-mounted rainfall showerhead, Gilchrist & Soames bath products and plush white towels. All rooms have crisp white bedding; King rooms offer California Kings — good for NBA players when they’re in town, as the Pacers’ arena is just a block away.
Caleb France is the 30-year-old chef/owner of Cerulean, the contemporary restaurant on the hotel’s ground floor. He brings to life a menu of fresh ingredients and inventive flavors, including an Indiana cheese board, duck pastrami, Zinfandel scallops and sable with sage pappardelle — all great for sharing. The space is clean and minimal and has a great view of the city, as well as a quirky wooden “bird’s nest” area in the center of the dining room. Back up in the hotel lobby is Plat 99, the Alexander’s trendy mixology lounge. Designed by internationally acclaimed Cuban-born artist Jorge Pardo, Plat 99 is both a lounge and a work of art. Sit on contemporary couches, outside on the roof deck or at the wraparound bar, which is set on handcrafted Mexican tiles underneath 99 striking glass lamps. Head mixologist Michael Gray offers up a fun cocktail menu timeline, with handcrafted drinks from 1850 to the present day (e.g., 1910’s Sloe Gin Fizz and 1951’s Diamondback). Delightful small dishes include everything from a braised pork belly slider to a local charcuterie board.
In the Area
Located in the new CityWay development in the wholesale district downtown, rhe Alexander is steps away from Lucas Oil Stadium, the home of the Colts, and Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, where you can catch concerts, performances and other sporting events. Rent one of the hotel bicycles and hit the city’s new $60 million Cultural Trail recreation path, which ribbons past every downtown attraction and through most neighborhoods, including the cute shops on Mass Ave. and the quirky southside neighborhood of Fountain Square. Top off the day at restaurants like contemporary Italian Blue Beard, which has a daily-changing menu, or Libertine, for gastropub fare such as octopus or a bacon flight, and award-winning cocktails.
How to Get There
When my company wants to host work events - we always turn to The Alexander for a wonderful experience. From the room, food, accommodating our teams needs - they do it all and it's always the most pleasant experience. Raquel Snyder helped us book our last event and she couldn't have been more helpful. We will continue to use The Alexander for our events!!
I came into the city with my two teenagers plus one of their friends for a concert at Bankers Life. We planned to stay overnight after the show, and after looking at other upscale options in the downtown area, I decided to book with The Alexander because of its location and modern, artsy vibe. As a bonus, I was thrilled to discover that we could book a two-bedroom suite — the perfect amount of space for me and three teens.
Unfortunately, the experience was very disappointing. The suites, it turns out, are in a separate building — “the residences” — literally a very long hike from the front desk, the bar, the restaurant and the cool atmosphere in the front building, and figuratively very, very long way from the four-star boutique hotel that I was expecting. After check in, we had to trek all the way through the front building, through a fitness convention and past a slew of booths hawking fitness gear to get the the “sky bridge” that leads to the building for “the residences” — definitely not the intimate, personal, boutique experience I was expecting. If I had wanted to be herded through the middle of a conference, I would have booked at the Hilton or the Marriott near the convention center.
Our suite, while spacious, was absolutely nothing special. It had all the ambiance of an extended-stay facility off the interstate or near the airport. Flimsy furnishings. Paper-thin walls. Everything looked and felt cheap, plastic-y and pre-fab. Definitely not the four-star accommodations I was expecting. To top it off, I had the worst night’s sleep in a long time. We were on the third floor and yet I heard every car, truck and motorcycle driving past on the busy, four-lane E. South St. as if they were driving right through our suite. The cheap building materials do nothing to absorb or deflect street noise. In fact, they seem to amplify it. I could also hear every door up and down the hallway open and close, and the voices of other guests in the hallway. We were at the very end of the hallway, so there was no reason anyone would be walking past our door. But their voices carry, and the thin walls and plastic doors let the sound right in.
The worst part of our stay, though, was the pillows. Both king beds and the pull-out couch had identical giant, firm, overstuffed pillows that I honestly cannot imagine anyone actually being able to use, as you’d have to contort your neck at an extreme angle to actually lay your head on it. It’s like trying to sleep with a oversized couch cushion under your head as a pillow. Almost any other hotel I’ve ever stayed in has a couple of firm pillows and a couple of softer pillows already on the bed (never mind the “pillow menus” that have become popular lately). I am not a complainer. It takes a lot to faze me. But I was shocked that our only choice in this entire suite was between six gigantic, over-stuffed, rock-hard pillows the size and shape of an industrial-grade pummel cushion. So I slept — if you can call what I did “sleep” — without a pillow all night. My daughter did the same.
For the price we paid for a room at this hotel, I’d expect a better night’s rest.
Oh. And $42 for valet parking? On the outskirts of downtown Indy? I’ve paid less in downtown Chicago.
Beautifully laid out, nice art work on walls. I used two of the restaurants Platt99 for dinner and the Marketplace for breakfast both were decent. Service was great! I would have preferred if Platt 99 had a few more choices on the menu.The breakfast buffet was wonderful.