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
Nice hotel rooms, lobby area, food is fairly good as well. What needs improvement is the staff's attention to detail. Housekeeping inconsistent- one day there was one large towel, no small towels, second day- 3 of everything, third day- a different combo. Ordered taxi the night before for early the next morning but turns out no one called so had to call the morning off- late getting to airport. These are all little things but annoying and make a difference when choosing a hotel.
Also- very annoying that they actually have a room next to one labelled "Housekeeping"---there was ongoing machinery noise like there was construction going on all day and well into the evening. If there is active work going on with that level of noise then there should not be a room next door.
This was my third stay at this property. Nice rooms, have property safes, refrigerator and you have to request the microwave. It is about a 10-15 walk to different Venus in the downtown Indianapolis area.
this hotel is super clean, super artsy, super modern and super beautiful! It has an amazing bar in it and is conveniently located across the street from the bankers field house! Valet parking is available but there also is a parking garage nearby as well.
My experience working with everyone at The Alexander was absolutely phenomenal. Jennifer was extremely helpful in the early stages while trying to figure out pricing and getting everything booked and she answered any questions I had promptly and thoroughly. My now husband and I live in Delaware full time and it was difficult planning a wedding in another state but everyone we worked with helped to make all the planning as easy as possible! Mariah exceeded all expectations as she helped us with every little detail of planning to make our day perfect. She was easy to get in contact with when I had any questions, she organized set up with all the different vendors that I had coming in both before the wedding day and the day of and made sure that I had everything that I needed throughout the entire experience. I can not say enough good things about her and we truly could not have done everything without her. The catering staff was amazing as well, my bartender Angela was so friendly and fun and the rest of the staff truly helped transform our reception area (Market Table) into more than I could have even envisioned. Angelo and Madison were helping to set it up and made sure everything was perfect along with answering any questions I had and bringing me water before walking down the aisle :) Madison then brought everything up to my room at the end of the night along with all my presents and cards, the top of my cake, champagne, a congratulatory note and even a note to read in a year on our first wedding anniversary! They truly exceeded all expectations and I could not be happier. In addition to the wonderful staff the hotel itself was stunning. We had our ceremony outside in the Plaza and the day turned out to be beautiful. We then went right inside to the Gallery for cocktail hour and then right next door to Market Table for the reception. Every area had its own unique feel and was perfect for each separate occasion. The hotel rooms were clean and had amazing toiletries and the most comfortable beds and pillows I have ever slept with. Overall there isn’t one thing that I would change about this amazing weekend and I wish I could relive the day over and over again with the help of the amazing staff that helped make our special day as effortless for us as possible :)
We had such a wonderful weekend stay at the Alexander. We arrived for a special needs Prom event and because we are from out of town, this was our meeting place. The staff must have been briefed on our special circumstances, because EVERYONE we encountered went above and beyond to make our stay and especially our special need children feel like they were royalty!! From the valet gentlemen to our handicap accessible room, everything was perfect. We had a special room set up for their dining experience. The room was set up beautifully with a great view and our staff Michael was super fantastic and patient.
The service from Elise & Lynsey was fantastic! They were genuinely so personable and ready with a helping hand no matter what our entire party of 13+ needed. I would like to personally thank and give a shout out to Rebecca for giving our special kids a weekend they will never forget!
This is definitely my hotel choice every time we visit Indianapolis. Not to mention how close it is to everything down town and has AMAZING FOOD AND BREAKFAST at Yolk!!