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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.