During our US trip in August, we visited Indiana for a friend's wedding BBQ and spent a couple of days in Indianapolis. I never would have visited Indy unless we had a reason to go, so it was great to see a new American city a bit off the beaten track for tourists.
Alyson Shotz acrylic sculpture
We stayed at The Alexander, a new luxury hotel from the Dolce Hotels group which opened in 2013 in a great downtown location near the Colts' Lucas Oil Stadium. It's finished to a very high standard - everything is brand new and beautifully designed with an emphasis on striking contemporary artwork alongside smart wood flooring and chic soft furnishings. The lobby and halls are decorated with over 40 works of art by 20 different artists, curated by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, including 12 site-specific commissions.
It's pretty large - there are 209 rooms and we stayed in a deluxe California king room, which was larger than our whole London apartment: 240 sq ft with a bouncy king size bed, lots of natural light through the expansive windows, double sinks in the spacious bathroom and a nice big walk-in shower.
Paul Villinski's Anthem: an installation made up of the American artists own vinyl records, turntable, record covers and wire
We had drinks at the colourful Plat 99 Lounge and breakfast at the Market Table restaurant and there's a gym, spa and free bike hire to go along the Indianapolis’ Cultural Trail, starting just outside the hotel. If you're exploring in the midwest, this is a fantastic place to stay.
Plat 99 bar and lounge
orchids in the bathroom
The Alexander 333 South Delaware Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204