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
The hotel is in downtown and was short walking distance to several shopping and eateries. Wish I could have enjoyed my beautiful cozy room more. Rooms are very chic, stylish and comfortable. I would definitely return to this hotel.
The hotel is beautiful and very conveniently located, but it's not worth the total price you're going to pay to stay here. We stayed here with a group on a group rate of $118.00 a night. We stayed for three nights and the hotel bill was $420.00, that means we paid almost $70.00 in taxes and fees about 20% of our bill. This doesn't include the outrageous valet parking rates as high as $42.00 a day if you want long-term parking with in and out privileges. Not to mention the housekeeping team skipped our room after the first night so my partner and I had to wait in the lobby for almost an hour after we returned to the hotel late that afternoon while they cleaned it for us. No offer of a beverage, a meal, discounted parking, or room rate for the hassle.
The Alexander is billed as a boutique hotel. It is not a high-rise place like the JW, Conrad or Hilton, but it is quite excellent. Despite some minor glitches with the A/C in the hallways, the property itself was quite nice. Very many examples of intriguing artwork throughout including a separate gallery space on the first floor. Quiet, lovely and a good value. Like nearly all downtown hotels parking is high (45-49/day), but the valet service was quite speedy. All of the staff were friendly, competent and polite.