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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.
For those of us who are addicted to Starbucks, the location of a Starbucks store inside our hotel is always a godsend. But now the addicted Starbucksers who end up staying at the brand new JW Marriott Indianapolis will not only be able to order their double shot skinny sugar-free vanilla latte with whip but also use their iPhone to pay for it.
The hotel has just announced that they have opened this newfangled kiosk concept from Starbucks on the second floor, adjacent to the Sky Bridge that connects the JW to the newly expanded Indiana Convention Center. Very convenient!
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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.
This is essentially a Marriott theme park.
There's tons of hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.
· JW Marriott Indianapolis has officially topped out last week. The hotel will be the largest JW Marriott when it opens in February 2011 with more than 1,000 hotel rooms. It will also be a part of what is essentially a Marriott theme park called Marriott Place that will have a Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown, SpringHill Suites by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown and the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown (all scheduled to open in February, 2010) and the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown (currently open). Looks like we'll be going to Indy very soon! [JW Marriott Indianapolis galleries]
· The Broadway Hotel in Manhattan has been shut down because of over-capacity violations. [MyFoxNy.com]
· The Verdanza Hotel in San Juan, a former Holiday Inn, is now officially open. The full-service hotel has already kicked off its own art fair called "Arts and Friends" which lasts until Dec. 13. Room rates begin at $155 a night. [Verdanza Hotel]
Add this to the Mommy Moon files....
The Conrad Indianapolis is offering Moms-to-be a "Pregancy Turndown" service which is actually much more than a regular turndown service. The service includes:
· A prenatal listening system to monitor the baby's heartbeat, kicks, hiccups and more.
· Internet access so that the mother-to-be can email the sounds of the heartbeat, kicks and hiccups to loved ones at home.
· Extra pillows for elevating legs and releasing pressure from the lower back.
· Unlimited bottled water to keep the body hydrated.
The service starts at $279 a night but if you want something a little more you can get the "Indulging Mothers-to-Be" package which starts at $319 and includes a 60-minute prenatal massage at the Spa Chakra. You can book by calling 1-800-CONRADS or reserve online using the promotion code P5.
Too bad, this is only offered in Indianapolis--not quite a Mommy Moon destination. Yet we do wonder how many little Conrads will be running around the Midwest in the next few years.