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 Alexander Hotel is an excellent hotel located in downtown Indianapolis. Hip, interesting art is all over the lobby. The check in staff is excellent. The hotel is contemporary, but functional-contemporary, not ridiculous-contemporary like the EMC2 in Chicago. Good lighting. Nice bar. Outside patio by the bar. Functional, comfortable, updated rooms. My only quibble? Pillows were way too firm. Apparently they were all new. Buy some squishier pillows, please, but other than that all was as it should be!
Stayed at the Alexander 4 nights while on a business trip. Overall great experience from check in to check out. The breakfast buffet is amazing. Rooms are well appointed & clean. Staff was very accommodating when I asked to switch rooms: my first room was loud (continuous roar of trucks on 1-70) + the refrigerator was not cleaned out (someone's old food was left inside). Will most definitely stay at the Alexander the next time I'm in Indy for business.
Located in the heart of an up and coming area of downtown Indianapolis, it seems like there is a lot of new things continuing to open up right around the hotel. It is a beautifully curated art hotel with unique artwork specially tailored for this city and this hotel. There are meeting rooms available as well.