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Is it us or are those the famous 21c red penguins on the roof of the lobby?
Is it us or are those the famous 21c red penguins on the roof of the lobby?
More exciting news for fans of 21c Museum Hotels, but you’ll have to hang in there until late 2017/early 2018. The quirky art/design hotel chain is coming to downtown Indianapolis, and the project involves one of the city’s prized possessions, the Old City Hall.
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Who would have thought 20 years ago – even 15 – that we would go so ga-ga over hotel toiletries that savvy hotel marketers would list what brand they carry on their websites? Now there’s a new player (playuh – you have to say it right) in town and their products are all American-made.
William Roam was created to take on the task of making hotel toiletries that were not just promoted and sold in the US, but were thought of, sourced and made in America. They currently offer three lines from their head office in Indianapolis: Roam, Float and Sense, each made with fresh ingredients sourced across the country.
Their signature line, Roam, is made with blueberries from Maine, wheatgrass from Kansas and red wine grape extract from Napa Valley and products are packaged in classy-like square bottles. The soap even contains bits of grape fiber and root to gently exfoliate your nutrient-needy skin.
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Update: It was these guys.
Ugh. Yet another example of professional athletes behaving badly in hotel rooms. This time it happened at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The incident took place in February but word only just came out via Yahoo! Sports. They reported:
National Football Scouting president Jeff Foster, who runs the NFL scouting combine, confirmed that a hotel room was left trashed during the February 2013 event in Indianapolis. However, Foster refused to identify the two players who shared the room for three nights, though sources have indicated that one of the two prospects is a potential first-round pick in next week's NFL draft.
So how bad was the damage? Like Lohan or Courtney Love bad with cigarette burns everywhere? Or 80s hair band bad with broken bottles of alcohol littered on the floor and TVs thrown out the window? Judging from the description below, it's a new kind of bad. Very bad:
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It’s not often we get to chat about hotels in Indianapolis (hey, Conrad!), but this new one is especially interesting for one reason—it’s parking garage is off the chain.
Set to open January 14th, The Alexander Hotel (named after Alexander Ralston, the architect who platted both Indianapolis and Washington D.C.) will be a 209-room haven in the heart of the city, that’s filled with more works of art than you can imagine.
Get ready to hold your chin and say “hmmm” as you peruse instillations by artist Jorge Pardo, as well as over 50 commissioned works displaced throughout the hotel’s public spaces. There are also pieces curated by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, including one by Madame C.J. Walker, the first self-made African American female millionaire and Indianapolis legend.
But what about that garage we mentioned?
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If you happen to enjoy getting your car stolen by delinquent 21-year-old valets, then, boy, do we have a hotel for you. This weekend, Gunner Belcher (what a name!), a valet employed at the Westin Indianapolis, was pulled over at 2am on Sunday morning by cops who suspected he might be drunk driving.
Well, he was.
But what cops also found out was that Belcher, "with glassy eyes and slurred speech," was behind the wheel of a 2007 Bentley belonging to Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne. Wayne had dropped the car off at the Westin just a few hours earlier, and, around 9pm, Belcher decided it was time to take her for a spin.
To make a bad situation worse, Belcher then lied to cops and told them he was "Wayne's cousin by marriage," which is completely absurd, yet exactly the kind of quick-thinking logic we'd expect from someone on a mindless, drunken joyride through the streets of Indianapolis at 2am on a Sunday.
Without a seatbelt, no less.
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The Courtyard Greatness on the Road Zone at the NFL Experience in Indianapolis yesterday.
We've already told you how Courtyard by Marriott, an official sponsor of the NFL, was turning into a superfan for the Super Bowl XLVI this year but now that the Big Game weekend has officially kicked off we thought we'd check in with Janis Milham, Vice President and Global Brand Manager for Courtyard and get some on-the-scene reports from her.
"It is BUZZING," she said yesterday of the vibe in downtown Indianapolis. "There are people all over the place and it is just the first day. I can only imagine what it would be like on Saturday and Sunday."
Milham was sitting in the sports bar of the JW Marriott but she was about to head over to the NFL Experience at the Indianapolis Convention Center where NFL fans can gawk at the Vince Lombardi Trophy, step into a replica NFL locker room, see how far they can throw a spiral downfield and more. It's also where people can peep at the new Courtyard By Marriott lobbies at the Courtyard Greatness on the Road Zone.
Aside from offering NFL-oriented rewards and experiences for Courtyard guests, some Courtyard hotels would also be holding viewing parties in their lobbies. Courtyard was even holding a contest to send one lucky winner to the Super Bowl.
While that opportunity may have passed for any of you desperate Pat or Giants fans, Courtyard is going Super Bowl crazy all this week.
For starters, Courtyard is giving out an autographed NFL football every day this week on Twitter until the Super Bowl. All you have to do is @CourtyardHotels on Twitter and tweet @courtyardhotels the Twitter pal you’re watching the Super Bowl with (e.g. @USERNAME) and the hashtag #HutHutWin for a chance to win. (Today's football comes from Dhani Jones, a former linebacker for the Bengals. Tomorrow will be Pierre Garcon, wide receiver for the Colts.)
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All week long you've been on the fence about attending Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis on February 5, but now you have finally
asked your parents for some extra cash cobbled enough money together to get yourself to the Big Game. Yet the question remains--where do you stay?
There are some options left in Indianapolis but remember, all the good hotels are sold-out so don't expect silk sheets and bubble bath butlers. And actually, a lot of the budget hotels are sold-out too. So you will have to make do with budgety leftovers out in the 'burbs. But the prices are still going to hurt your wallet.
Here's a couple of options with availability. These hotels and their room rates were accurate as of January 27, 2012 but they are definitely subject to change.
It's official--the New England Patriots and the New York Giants will once again face off against each other in the Super Bowl. This time the showdown's happening in Indianapolis on February 5. While Manning and his mates will be chillaxing at the Marriott Downtown and Brady and co. are shacking up in luxury at the University Place Hotel, the rest of us devoted football fans are left with some pretty grim budget options outside of downtown.
But if you're a Giants or a Pats fan whose not on a budget, then you may want to consider Jetsetter.com's Super Bowl packages which go on sale today at 3pm EST.
The packages include three night's accommodations the Four Points Sheraton in Carmel, Indiana, where the rooms actually look pretty good. And since it's a Four Points that mean free WiFi. Woot! The packages also include invites to the Rolling Stone Bacardi Bash featuring LMFAO and Lupe Fiasco, access to the game-day Rock n' Roll Fan Tailgate (where Jane's Addiction and The Roots will be playing) and lastly tickets to the Big Game with VIP rides to and from the stadium.
Package prices depend on double occupancy but vary due to location of seat tickets, room type and access to parties. Here's the breakdown:
So now that we've rounded up some of the not-so-desirable-yet-still-available hotels in the Indianapolis-area for Super Bowl XLVI as well as the team hotels in downtown, let's take a look at one of the Super Bowl packages out there.
This one comes from LivingSocial.com and for $5,500 you will get a ticket to the game, admission to the Maxim tailgate party before the game, four nights at the Hampton Inn Indianapolis East and roundtrip transportation from the hotel to the event.
As always, there's a few things to watch out for. First, the rate that LivingSocial is charging for the package is based on double-occupancy and according to this disclaimer: Double-occupancy purchasers must book their stay with another customer who also buys and books the double-occupancy option. That means it's still going to cost you $5,500 even if you go with a friend. Also, airfare is not included. Living Social also makes the claim that the Hampton Inn stay is based on availability of rooms and that "purchasers may be placed in comparable area accommodations."
We got a question from a reader the other week about the host hotels for the AFC and NFC Champions in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI. While the AFC and NFC champs will be decided next weekend, we got the skinny on where they will stay when they land in Indy.
The AFC champs will hole up at the University Place Conference Center & Hotel while the NFC winners will shack up at the Marriott Downtown. Meanwhile, the city's brand new glistening JW Marriott Hotel will serve as the media center while the Westin Indianapolis will be the NFL Headquarters.
Now, let's take a closer look at the team hotels. The University Hotel is, as its name indicates, a part of Indiana and Purdue Universities. The four-star hotel has modern rooms with 32" flat screen TVs, free internet, desks with ergonomic chairs, crisp duvets and BeeKind toiletries (which are eco-friendly as well.)
Know of a hotel room open that's close to the Lucas Oil Stadium? Let us know!
UPDATE, 1.27.12: It's not too late to get a room for the Super Bowl. Here are some LAST-MINUTE HOTEL OPTIONS.
As with most Super Bowl host cities, the good places are already sold-out. Indeed, the new JW Marriott Indianapolis was sold-out for this Super Bowl before it even opened...last year. And remember when we showed you that every hotel within two miles of the stadium was sold-out a year in advance?
Suffice to say, you will be sleeping on the outskirts of town in a budget brand hotel if you want to see your team take the field. Just be prepared to break out the cash and/or split the cost with three of your friends.