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It’s Monday morning and there is tons of hotel news flying around, so to get the week off to a good start we have the latest for you from Philadelphia to Bermuda and Indianapolis to Kuala Lumpur.
The debate on which Philadelphia hotel has the best view we think may permanently shift in a few years’ time, with the announcement that Comcast is building a second skyscraper – 59 stories tall – that will house a new Four Seasons Hotel on its top fifteen floors. Furthest up is the above top-floor restaurant, in what we assume is one of 13 three-story “sky gardens” the building will feature. Located at 18th and Arch, it will be the tallest building in Philadelphia, and the tallest in the United States outside New York and Chicago.
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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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Looking for your next hotel art fix? A visit to Conrad Indianapolis might well be in order, as the hotel is planning a 40-day exhibition that will feature 25 prints by Picasso—including an authenticated original drawing. Though unlike a certain Melbourne hotel we know, Conrad will not be encouraging anyone to steal anything.
But for Picasso fans, this will be a jackpot of sorts, as not one but two exhibitions will be installed in the hotel's first-floor public space. On view in the lobby will be the 25 etchings, lithographs and linoleum cuts; meanwhile, a series of posters authorized by Picasso (but created by another printer) will go up in the Alcove event space. We're guessing most folks will come through in search of the original Picasso—or maybe just a free glass of wine at the gallery opening on September 7.
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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.
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.
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With the Super Bowl just around the corner, Bud Light is gearing up for their annual hotel takeover. Now in its third year, the four-day-long, beer-fueled fiesta will be taking place at Hampton Inn Indianapolis Downtown Circle Center, and yes, the Playboy Party will still be happening.
Unlike the previous two years, Bud Light wants to hire an official Hotel Correspondent to keep track of social media for this year's event—plus conduct red carpet interviews, star in YouTube videos and liaise between the hotel partiers and those following the debauchery online from other parts of the country.
The perks of this so-called "job" (yes, this is an actual salaried position) include a free hotel stay and as much beer as you can handle. Interested? See below for instructions on how to apply!
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Over your Green Bay hangover? Good: The booking circus for Super Bowl XLVI—to be played February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis—is underway, with the brand-new J.W. Marriott leading the way. The 1,005-room monster is already sold out for game day, seven months ahead of next season's first snap.
Host venue Lucas Oil Stadium, across the street from the convention center and its many hotels, including the new J-dubs, means fans should have plenty of options within walking distance. But when we plugged game day into our custom hotel rate search gadget to see what's on offer within two miles of the stadium, every hotel was already sold out.
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UPDATE: The hotel has contacted us to explain that it's "33 floors but 34 stories". We're still confused, but that's the official verdict.
The world's largest J.W. Marriott opens today in Indianapolis, diverting a bit of our Super Bowl focus from Dallas toward 2012's host city. Part of a massive, $450-million complex J.W. is just one of many hotels attached to the newly expanded Indiana Convention Center. Alongside it are the Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown, SpringHill Suites by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown and the Marriott Indianapolis Downtown, for a total of 2,248 rooms.
Oddly, the hotel can't seem to decide if it's 33 or 34 stories high—both figures are frequently cited—but either way it's the tallest hotel in the state and been dubbed Big Blue by local cabbies departing the surprisingly awesome New Indianapolis Airport.
The next hotel to open will be the JW Marriott Indianapolis which will open in February--February 4 to be exact. Located in downtown Indy and connected to the city's convention center, the hotel will have 1,005 modern guest rooms over 34 stories.