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New Indianapolis Hotel Opens And We're Digging...The Garage

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  Site Where: 333 South Delaware St. [map], Indianapolis , Indiana, United States, 46204
January 4, 2013 at 4:47 PM | by | ()

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?

We have to say this one is for the books—we’ve never seen a cooler garage than this. The hotel tapped a British graffiti artist (said to be a contemporary of the mysterious Banksy) to come in and legally “vandalize” the space. And this guy went to town as you can see from the photos.

We did wonder if this would encourage real vandals to come and “tag” over the work, but we’re thinking security is going to be pretty tight to ensure this stays pretty pristine.

After you’ve spent time taking in all that culture, hop on one of the hotel’s free bikes and explore the city and its new 8-mile trail that connects six cultural districts. Football fans are just two blocks from Lucas Oil Stadium (home of the Colts and Super Bowl XLVI) and the Circle Centre Mall with its 200 restaurants.

At some point, we'll come back and talk about the rooms, too. But for now? We're parkin' ourselves in the garage.

Rates from $119 a night.

[Photos: The Alexander/John Bragg]

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