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
- 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
I have paid much more to stay in hotels not half as nice as this one. Great food and bar. Beautiful city views. It is well-located, comfortable, trendy, meticulously clean. We borrowed bikes from the hotel to ride the local urban trail. We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend trip to Indy and this hotel is an excellent choice,
I stayed at The Alexander for two nights for business meetings and had a most enjoyable stay. The hotel itself is absolutely beautiful, I particularly appreciated the open spaces found throughout the building, never had the typical 'cramped' feeling that many hotels seem to have these days. Incredibly clean hotel, was very impressed as you can easily see attention to detail is taken seriously here. Made it very easy to wander the public areas of the property to enjoy the many pieces of artwork found throughout. Was pretty nice to start each day going down to the lobby, grabbing a cup of coffee and relaxing for a bit at one of the many spacious seating areas offered.
Everyone I ran into during my stay was most helpful and very welcoming. As I haven't had the pleasure of visiting Indianapolis in the past 10 years, I quickly realized the city has changed quite a bit and needed some help finding my way, which was made quite easy with all of the staff at The Alexander, who were quick with directions and often times great suggestions for my free time.
Thanks for great experience and hope to visit again!
I've been staying at the Alexander on business for the past 12 weeks. Every aspect of the stay was great, especially the staff and food at the Market Table breakfast, up until the very end.
My company covered the cost of parking in the garage for the first few nights. After which, we could either park across the street or pay out of pocket to continue parking in the garage. I elected to remain in the garage. Apparently, the monthly garage parking fees cannot be pro-rated. Meaning if you stay in the garage May 31st through July 1st you are going to be charged for 3 months, rather than the 1 month you actually stayed there. My situation was similar. My company covered the costs up until May 30th, and I parked in the garage May 31st through mid-August. So, to my surprise, as I was preparing to check out, I was slapped with a $700 ($175/month) parking bill. Despite the fact I elected to be billed monthly (had I been, maybe this could’ve been addressed sooner). I didn't even try to dispute the last 2 weeks of August that I'm being charged for. But charging a full month for 1 day in May, where is the customer service aspect in that? Especially considering my vehicle was broken into and cost me upwards of $800 to get the window repaired and replace the lost items. To add insult to injury, I was told on two separate occasions that due to my misfortune in their garage (the break in) they would take care of the parking fee for me. Which would have been an incredible act of good faith. However, I guess the staff wasn't on the same page, because I still ended up facing the entire $700 charge.
As I said, outside of this situation, the staff and service were amazing. But I think it's incredibly distasteful to do what they did at the very end. Talk about leaving a bad taste in your mouth.
This place is amazing. Staff is wonderful. Food is excellent and the aesthetics are beautiful. Take the time to go around and learn about the artwork in here. It’s really neat. I want to stay here if I ever come to Indy for another trip.
Trendy hotel, artsy, great staff. Location is fantastic and Yolk next store is a must for breakfast! Will stay there again! The artwork is so clever. Staying here is a great deal for the experience. We loved it!