The Best Hotels to Book Near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Got a need for speed? Visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a weekend of thrills
Got a need for speed? Visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a weekend of thrills | © Jonathan Weiss / Alamy Stock Photo
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27 September 2021

Pit-stopping at the home of motor racing in Indianapolis, Indiana? Relax and refuel at one of these excellent hotels near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – now bookable on Culture Trip.

Given that metalworking fueled the Indianapolis economy in the late 19th century, it’s little wonder that automobile manufacturing emerged from the sparks. While the Indiana capital is home to the Motor Speedway, your visit doesn’t have to coincide with the Indy 500 race to satisfy your petrol lust. You can get up close to some roaring V8s at the Motor Speedway Museum, too. Whatever you do, rest assured you’ll be close enough to smell the burning rubber when you stay at one of our hand-picked hotels.

Conrad Indianapolis

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4.6/5 (987 Reviews)
Conrad Indianapolis
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Now from $188 per night
From a distance, this concrete slab of a building looks unassuming, but once you’re at the drawbridge-like porch entrance magically lit up like a jewelry shop, you’ll understand how the Conrad earned its five stars. Inside, wood and natural colors create a cozy atmosphere – and leather accents, carpets and marble-floored bathrooms add elegance. Suites offering city views come with a fireplace, soaking tub and futuristically shaped lamps. Melt away during a massage, sweat in the gym overlooking the indoor pool, or sip cocktails at this high-end hotel’s lounges.
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The Alexander

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4.4/5 (1069 Reviews)
The Alexander
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Now from $155 per night
Be it Charlie Chaplin looking at the blood-smeared “Vandal” on the parking’s wall or the lobby’s hawks and pigeons exploding skywards like fireworks – art hails from every corner of this hip hotel. The foyer’s living room-style design – complete with a fireplace – exemplifies the homey vibe, continued in earth-colored rooms showcasing sleek furniture and colorful rugs. Amenities include a 24-hour gym and restaurant. Thirsty? Take a seat in the lounge below lantern lights, or watch the world go by on the terrace.
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Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Downtown/Union Station

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4.2/5 (967 Reviews)
Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Downtown:Union Station
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Now from $133 per night
The Crowne Plaza brilliantly combines history with modernity. Step inside the red brick complex and you’ll be met with a soaring banquet hall, high ceilings and gothic arches. The highlight of this hotel, however, is the rooms installed within decommissioned 1920s train carriages – not that you’d know it from the presence of the twin queen-sized beds and a large flat-screen TV. Complete with an indoor pool and 24-hour gym, this is one classy palace.
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Le Meridien Indianapolis

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4.4/5 (935 Reviews)
Le Meridien Indianapolis
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Now from $174 per night
Le Meridien celebrates the industrial heritage of the US with exposed brickwork on show throughout – complete with modern light fittings, carpets and sleek leather sofas bringing things bang up to date. The look is continued in the guest rooms – painted a sober, sophisticated grey, but softened with plush bathrobes, espresso makers, LED TV and blackout drapes. A bit monochrome for your liking? With the Indianapolis Artsgarden and restaurants within walking distance, you’ll find local color right on your doorstep.
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  • Hotel Broad Ripple

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    4.9/5 (115 Reviews)
    Hotel Broad Ripple
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    Now from $179 per night
    This intimate hotel hides off the main drag, in a quiet corner of Broad Ripple Village. An exterior of wood and natural stone is a clue to the warm, cozy vibe you’ll find inside. While each room’s style is one-of-a-kind, all offer in-room entertainment and comfortable pillow-top beds, plus Egyptian cotton linens. If you book one with views of the Monon Trail, you can sip on an ice-cold beer on your deck and listen to the babbling White River.
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    Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel

    Hotel
    4.1/5 (852 Reviews)
    Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel
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    Now from $126 per night
    The Sheraton sits in the middle of downtown Indianapolis, just steps from the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. This modern hotel has spacious, earth-colored rooms with sleek furniture, mirrors and posh marble sinks. Downstairs, Alexander’s Bar and Grill serves up stiff cocktails and a side of contemporary urban charm – with its exposed brick walls and modern art. Art also beckons at the gym, with its digital art-inspired mural spurring you on as you push through the miles.
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    Ironworks Hotel Indy

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    4.8/5 (996 Reviews)
    Ironworks Hotel
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    Price Drop
    Now from $194 per night
    As you might expect from the name, unapologetic industrial design is all the rage here – with exposed brickwork, wrought iron and aluminum piping throughout. Guest rooms have allowed for some more conventionally chic details with marble sinks, soft fabric headboards – albeit bound together with masculine leather straps – and squishy leather sofas. Slip on your robe – another welcome touch – and dine in front of your floor-to-ceiling window, or take things outside at the hotel’s excellent on-site bar and restaurant, Provision.
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    These recommendations were updated on September 27, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh. This article is an updated version of a story created by Philipp Meier

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