Let’s talk Indianapolis. The city proper is booming with new, hip restaurants, folks are flocking to White River State Park for its museums and leisurely paths, and Indy sports fans make it a point to visit downtown to watch the Colts and Indians.
With all of the hustle and bustle and modern touches on city living, I found quiet respite at Le Méridien Hotel Indianapolis. The hotel is rich with history but has modern touches that visitors will love- just like Indianapolis. It’s that happy melding of old and new that will make me want to visit again.
In 1972, the branding of Le Méridien was created in Paris. The European touches in the hotel are subtle, yet very welcoming. According to the official website the brand ” creates a culturally refined, meaningful and stimulating atmosphere”. Translation? Eye candy for the discerning traveler.
The lobby area is quaint, but by quaint I mean it felt like I was walking into a European hotel. Exposed brick walls, several different styles and seating, and loads of decorations covering the walls and on the shelves made me think I was in someone’s living room. But, that’s definitely the feeling the brand is trying to convey: they want you to feel like you’re home.
A hip, chic home, mind you.
Le Méridien Indianapolis has the color palette of black, crisp white, and gray. My king room was very cozy and a fine size for one or two people. I really loved the map grid on the wall behind the bed and the recessed lighting. Although it was able to be switched off, I found the lighting calming and left it on at night.
As for the bed itself, I rarely have a comfortable night’s rest in a hotel bed and found my king bed super comfy. The linens were not rough at all, but instead soft and welcoming. Welcoming as in I didn’t want to get out of bed in the morning!
The bathroom area also had modern touches and a minimalistic style. A glass-enclosed shower was spacious and, as I adore shower only rooms, I was very pleased.
The bathroom is quite small, but once again for one or two people staying in the room there would be no issue at all.
An ergonomically correct work desk, 46″ flat screen tele, and single window overlooking the city completed my king room. Love the carpet!
The bench seating was a pleasant touch as well. I used it to lay my suitcase on, but I could have just as easily put it in the closet and used it to, well, sit on.
Along with Le Méridien’s signature restaurant Spoke & Steele offers complimentary Eye Opener shots and Sparkling (a sampling of spritzers and effervescent cocktails), there’s several other amenities that couldn’t go overlooked:
- Free wifi for up to two devices with the ability to upgrade service for a daily fee
- Valet parking with unlimited in and out privileges for $37 per day
- On-site 24 hour fitness center
- Pet friendly for furry babies 40 lbs, and under. There’s no deposit required but a cleaning fee could apply if necessary.
- There’s no pool on property but guests are able to use a pool at a sister property.
- Free morning coffee near the registration desk
- Circle Center Mall- filled with over 100 stores and four levels of retail therapy.
- Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Lucas Oil Stadium, and Victory Field
- White River State Park featuring bike and surrey rentals, paddle boating, Segway tours, and walking
- Eiteljorg Museum, NCAA Hall of Champions, and Indiana State Museum
- Indianapolis Zoo
- The famous St. Elmo’s Steak House is next door.
- Indiana Repetory Theater
- Monument Circle