The Best Family-Friendly Hotels to Book in Indianapolis, Indiana

These top hotels in Indianapolis will make for an unforgettable vacation for the whole family
These top hotels in Indianapolis will make for an unforgettable vacation for the whole family | Courtesy of Bottleworks Hotel / Expedia
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29 November 2021
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Indiana’s highly livable capital has long been a hit with families. Attractions like the largest children’s museum in the world with interactive exhibits, a planetarium and an enormous outdoor sports park make it a popular year-round pick. And let’s not forget the Indianapolis Zoo, multiple sports teams and an ever-growing system of walking and biking trails. So whether you choose to stay in a historic downtown landmark or a lakeside setting near upscale shopping, here are the best family-friendly hotels in Indianapolis – all bookable on Culture Trip.

Conrad Indianapolis, for art-filled environs and bathtubs

Conrad Indianapolis
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Kids get a taste of the big city the moment they are greeted by a doorman at this classic hotel featuring an extensive art collection, including works by Dalí, Picasso and Warhol. Take a swim at the indoor pool followed by dinner in the clubby restaurant serving dry-aged steaks and an extensive wine list, while junior gets his or her own menu. Plush rooms have separate tubs and showers making bath time a cinch.

Bottleworks Hotel, for rooms in a former soda factory

Bottleworks Hotel
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This hip hotel was once the largest Coca-Cola bottling plant in the world, providing a fun history lesson for all ages. Today, the hotel offers remnants of the past through distinctive art and architecture, like original terrazzo-tiled floors in the rooms. The largest unit is a spacious penthouse that has a soaking tub, billiards table and large walk-out veranda. Take your pick between eateries in the area, starting with the Garage Food Hall, featuring local food and drink. There’s also an Asian restaurant serving sushi and dim sum for adventurous teens.

Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, for renovated interiors and a revolving restaurant

Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
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With fresh, contemporary decor, this convenient downtown hotel has an indoor pool and hot tub. Rooms have signature Hyatt beds, mini-fridges and Bluetooth speakers, while larger types come with sofa beds for the little ones. Ask the concierge to assist with finding a babysitter and sneak off to the revolving rooftop restaurant serving champagne and miso-glazed sea bass. Or grab the whole gang and head to P.F. Chang’s across the street.

The Westin Indianapolis, for a covered walkway and an indoor pool

The Westin Indianapolis
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This sprawling Westin property is across the street from the Indiana State Capitol for easy access to tours. Plush rooms have signature Heavenly beds, while upgraded rooms come with sofa beds and more space. After splashing around the indoor pool, walk along the covered skywalk, which accesses restaurants, shopping and other hotels on this list. The Indiana State Museum is also a quick walk away with cool exhibits and an IMAX theater.

Le Méridien Indianapolis, for stylish interiors in a central downtown location

Le Meridien Indianapolis
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Rooms and suites at this upscale boutique property feature stylish interiors with local artwork and photography, plus touches of luxury with marble bathrooms and bathrobes. Families can choose between several room types that offer sofa beds and connecting rooms. Order room service or head to the lobby and enjoy the surroundings of Spoke & Steele – a photogenic space that wouldn’t feel out of place in Brooklyn. Try the exotic mushroom duxelles while younger ones can dine on burgers and rigatoni.

Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing, for access to upscale shopping and a movie theater

Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing
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Outside of the city core, this modern Sheraton offers bright, comfortable rooms with sofa beds, tub/shower combos and mini-fridges. Upgrade to club rooms for freebies like a continental breakfast and all-day snacks. Enjoy the indoor pool and hot tub before heading to nearby nature trails, upscale shopping and a modern movie theater where you can catch the latest Marvel flick. All-day cuisine is served at Keystone Café, with more family-friendly options in the vicinity like Cheesecake Factory and Benihana.

Omni Severin Hotel, for grandiose interiors and Italian fare near Union Station

Omni Severin Hotel
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This beautiful historic building in downtown Indianapolis, dating from 1913, leaves a lasting impression on guests of all ages. Not only is the grand lobby a stunner, rooms have plush bedding and original crown moldings – some have sofa beds. After a swim in the indoor pool, head to Severin Bar for brick-oven pizzas that can be finished off with a warm cast iron chocolate chip cookie. There’s also a family-friendly Old Spaghetti Factory just around the corner with old-world decor. Union Station and Lucas Oil Stadium are both a short walk away.

Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel, for a rooftop outdoor pool

Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel
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If visiting during the summer months, this Sheraton has an edge over the competition thanks to its rooftop outdoor pool with views – a standout on this list due to its ability to wow adults and kids alike. Comfortable, modern rooms have signature Sheraton beds and tubs, while amenities and suites can offer multiple bedrooms and kitchenettes – another rarity on this list. Dine on all-ages fare at Alexander’s Bar and Grill overlooking Monument Circle.

Marriott Indianapolis North, for a bright lobby restaurant and indoor pool with lakeside views

Indoor pool at the Marriott Indianapolis North, flanked by loungers and floor-to-ceiling windows
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Another option at Keystone Crossing is this Marriott, close to upscale shopping and pretty lakeside trails for walking and biking. Stylish guest rooms feature neutral tones with contemporary artwork and pops of color, while bigger rooms have sofa beds – some with balconies. The on-site restaurant solarium gets plenty of light, serving all-day American cuisine. Kids will love the large indoor pool with lake views.

Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites, for pet-friendly accommodations near a Chicago-style pizzeria

Hilton Indianapolis Hotel and Suites
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Parents can accommodate both kids and pets at this downtown Hilton location. Spacious rooms have muted decor and custom furnishings, while larger rooms have sofa beds. After visits and tours of the nearby Indiana State Library and State Capitol building, there’s a heated indoor pool and hot tub to enjoy, plus a nearby Giordano’s pizzeria a block away for Chicago-style stuffed pizza. Otherwise, the hotel offers a casual bar and grill with American standbys and plenty of fresh seafood at McCormick and Schmick’s.

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