The Best Hotels in Downtown Indianapolis

The Ironworks Hotel is all brickwork, metal and exposed pipes
The Ironworks Hotel is all brickwork, metal and exposed pipes | Courtesy of Ironworks Hotel Indy / Expedia
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As the capital city of Indiana, Indianapolis is a great place to stay while you’re in the state, and there are plenty of options for all budgets. We’ve picked out the best hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts and penthouses in downtown Indianapolis.

1. Conrad Indianapolis

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The bright lobby and reception area with seating and a large light fixture at Conrad Indianapolis
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Somewhere between luxury hotel and gallery, the Conrad is a getaway for those with a penchant for the artistic. The public space on the second floor features work by local artists, while the adjoining Long-Sharp Gallery displays pieces by Andy Warhol, David Hockney and Pablo Picasso. Book one of the four signature suites – Pop, Modernism, Contemporary or Surrealism – to wake up next to an original artwork.

2. JW Marriott Indianapolis

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The lobby with couches, a large glass fireplace and TVs on wooden walls at JW Marriott Indianapolis
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A 33-story colossus with a sleek, curved exterior, this JW Marriott stands out among the Indianapolis skyscrapers. Book a skyline-view suite to admire the city from above through floor-to-ceiling windows. But it’s not just postcard-perfect views – there’s also a buzzing sports bar, a casual Italian eatery and a gym stocked with free weights and machines. It’s also well located, with an attached skywalk connecting to the Indiana Convention Center, Circle Center Mall and Lucas Oil Stadium.

3. Hilton Indianapolis Hotel and Suites

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A bed, two armchairs and a large window with a view of a city building in a hotel room at Hilton Indianapolis Hotel and Suites
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Step out of the Hilton Indianapolis and you’re just a short walk from the Hilbert Circle Theatre and the Circle Center Mall. Once you’re filled to the brim with culture, you can return to a contemporary, clean hotel with everything you need under one roof. Restaurant McCormick and Schmick’s serves ultra-fresh seafood (the menu is printed twice daily to highlight the freshness), and you can enjoy a post-theater drink at 120 West Bar & Grill.

4. Hotel Broad Ripple

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A bed in a hotel room with a stone-hewn fireplace at Hotel Broad Ripple
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This quaint, 13-room boutique in Broad Ripple Village is ideal for the traveler who wants a more local experience. Rooms come in an assortment of styles, with outside decks and views over the White River and Monon Trail. The lounge unites guests with its homey atmosphere, and you might even join your new friends on an exploration of the nearby restaurants and late-night bars.

5. Ironworks Hotel Indy

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The industrial-chic lobby at Ironworks Hotel Indy, with leather couches, wood plank tables and reception desk and exposed pipes
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Inspired by the industrial heritage of the US, the Ironworks Hotel is all brickwork, metal and exposed pipes. It’s a tough-guy look, but the rooms and suites are luxurious, with plush robes, spa bathrooms and Keurig coffee makers. The imposing boutique hotel is part of the Ironworks Keystone campus, where you’ll find a globe-trotting selection of restaurants, a pilates studio and a handful of salons.

6. Omni Severin Hotel

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The ornate lobby, with plush armchairs and large light fixtures in a glass roof at Omni Severin Hotel
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The Omni Severin Hotel is the longest-running hotel in downtown Indianapolis. The atmosphere is of 1900s grandeur, but the amenities, service and accessibility are all very modern. It also has a well-equipped fitness center as well as an excellent indoor heated pool.

7. Nestle Inn

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A cozy sitting room, with armchairs, a fireplace and bookshelves at Nestle Inn in Indianapolis
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Nestle Inn offers a good spread of amenities for visitors. Services include wifi, a flat-screen television in every room, business services, free parking and even a coffee maker in the rooms for those mornings when you wake up and need a quick caffeine hit.

8. Old Northside Bed and Breakfast

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The lounge with a leather couch, armchairs, a fireplace, books and a table with photos at Old Northside Bed and Breakfast
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Located in the heart of the Old Northside neighborhood is the Old Northside Bed and Breakfast. The house is adorned with artworks from all over the world, and guests can enjoy free services such as private parking, cable television, soft drinks and wifi.

9. The Harney House Inn

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The green exterior with brown trim of the Harney House Inn in Indianapolis
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The Harney House Inn is conveniently located close to downtown Indianapolis. The suites are large and very comfortable. Harney House Inn delivers a seamless, professional experience, and makes a great city base.

10. Stone Soup Inn

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A bed leading to a bathroom in a guest room at Stone Soup Inn in Indianapolis
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Among the bed and breakfasts in Indianapolis, Stone Soup Inn has real charm. It is located in the center of the historic district, the Old Northside. A stay here includes complimentary snacks and drinks at the Butler’s Pantry, an on-call massage therapist and floral arrangements upon request.

This is an updated version of an article originally written by Anna T Wilson.

For some budget options, check out the best cheap hotels in Indianapolis, bookable with Culture Trip.

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