The Hoosier State is perhaps more infamous for its harsh Midwestern winters, but summer in Indiana can be a hot and muggy mess. And while the state’s northern Lake Michigan shoreline is a bit of an unknown gem, most visitors will be staying well south of Indiana’s 45mi (72km) of sands – leaving them little choice but to postpone that breaded pork tenderloin fry in favor of a cooling dip in hotel waters. Here’s a selection of fantastic hotels in Indiana with pools, bookable on Culture Trip.
With a skybridge connecting the hotel to the Ford Center and Old National Events Plaza, the 241-room DoubleTree by Hilton sits on prime real estate in downtown Evansville just steps from the city’s most important arenas and convention centers. King bedroom suites here open up to an outdoor pool deck and you can chase regional Midwest cuisine – namely an absolutely loaded mac ‘n’ cheese (three cheeses, mushroom, spinach, bacon, grilled chicken) – with craft cocktails at Stone City Grill.
Art enthusiasts will appreciate the Collection rooms at this smart, 241-room downtown Indy hotel – the likes of authentic works by Dalí, Picasso and Warhol, among others, dot the walls. The infinity-edge, indoor lap pool captures the Midwestern sun through a vaulted glass ceiling, making these waters an idyllic escape even in the dark days of winter. With a location just steps from Meridian Square, the Conrad is in the heart of the action as well.
As far as Indiana hotels with pools go, the Doubletree Hotel South Bend is within 35mi (56km) or so from Indiana’s shoreline, but there is also something to be said for convenience. The indoor pool at this 291-room business hotel beckons before a visit to nearby University of Notre Dame or the outstanding Studebaker Museum. With a convivial, wrap-around bar inside the impressive nine-story atrium, Baker’s Bar and Grille also makes for a rousing locale for Happy Hour or pre-game mingling.
If you don’t need to be smack downtown, Keystone Crossing is 11mi (18km) north – and its vibrant, upscale Indy location puts you far closer to Broad Ripple, the city’s coolest neighborhood, and the upscale satellite city of Carmel. The heated indoor pool is a bit small, but hopping between it and the adjacent hot tub makes for a refreshing exercise in cardiovascular fun. And given this modern hotel’s attachment to the fancy Fashion Mall at Keystone, all your shopping needs are a few feet away.
With guest rooms and suites overlooking a small lake, this Northern Indianapolis Marriott feels more rural than its urban setting 12mi (19km) north of downtown – in fact, each of the 313 rooms boasts an outdoor balcony. The heated indoor pool features the same lake views, as seen through floor-to-ceiling windows that keep the pool deck awash in natural light. Continuing the theme of bright, naturally lit common areas, the bar and restaurants are illuminated by a lake view solarium as well.
Located just across the Wabash River from Purdue University, the DoubleTree by Hilton Lafayette East is ideally located on the former stomping grounds of Axl Rose and Sydney Pollack, and also handy if you’re visiting your kids at college. No need to jump in the river, however – the cozy heated indoor pool is a perfect cool off before heading down to Made Market lounge for a White Summertime Sangria and a stone-baked margherita pizza.
Cool off under the watchful eye of the 285-ft (87m) tall Indiana State Soldiers and Sailors Monument – the 21-floor Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel offers one of the few outdoor rooftop pools in town. With the downtown Indianapolis skyline as the backdrop, you can plop yourself down on a chaise lounge, munch on locally sourced, farm-to-table fare from Alexander’s Bar and Grill, and toast to the Hoosier high life – weather permitting, of course, as these waters are seasonal.
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