by Michael C. Lowe | May 01, 2013
Old Masters
Peruse the collection of ancient art of the Americas at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
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The 157-room Alexander Hotel, a Dolce property, opened downtown in March, part of a $155 million mixed-use community known as CityWay and one of only two city hotels certified by the International Association of Conference Centers.

The 424-room Omni Severin will complete a $15 million renovation in time to commemorate its 100th anniversary later this year. Phase one, which finished in 2011, updated guest rooms and meeting space. Now attention is being directed toward the lobby and the three bars and restaurants. The hotel has a total of 17,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

The 395-room Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing rapped up a $16 million renovation to the guest rooms and all 30,000 square feet of meeting space.

A recent expansion of the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium brought the combined exhibition space at the two facilities to 749,000 square feet.

The 1,006-room JW Marriott Indianapolis opened in 2011 within the $450 Marriott Place development downtown. The 34-story hotel features 55 meeting rooms spanning a total of approximately 104,000 square feet of meeting space, including the 40,500-square-foot JW Grand Ballroom.

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail ( has been completed. Geared for both pedestrians and bicyclists, the trail runs past nearly every hotel and cultural venue in the city, along with the convention center. The city invested $2 million in the public art that dots the trail, and bike rentals are available for a nominal fee.

Meeting Hotels
Indianapolis is home to about 32,000 hotel rooms, 7,100 of which can be found downtown. Major properties with meeting space include the 1,006-room JW Marriott Indianapolis, 622-room Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, 573-room Westin Indianapolis, 499-room Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, 407-room Wyndham Indianapolis West, 395-room Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing, 360-room Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown, 332-room Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites, 315-room Indianapolis Marriott East, 297-room Courtyard Indianapolis Downtown, 278-room University Place Conference Centre & Hotel, 273-room Crowne Plaza Hotel at Historic Union Station, 263-room Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel, 241-room Conrad Indianapolis, 221-room Embas­sy Suites Indianapolis North, 221-room Hilton Indianapolis North, 180-room Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Down­town and 157-room Alexander Hotel.

To find and compare area properties and send RFPs, visit

Convention Center
Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium; exhibit space, 749,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 71; (317) 262-3400,

Airport Transit
Indianapolis International Airport, 10 minutes from downtown Indianapolis. Transfer cost by taxi to convention center area, approximately $30

Room tax, 10%; sales tax, 7%; total tax on hotel rooms, 17%

Group Venue
The Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Down­ton Union Station is unique in that 26 authentic Pullman cars are used as sleeping rooms for guests. The cars feature period décor but are also equipped with modern conveniences. The hotel is next to the Indiana Convention Center and offers more than 55,000 square feet of meeting space. (877) 270-1393;;

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