by Chris Duthie | November 01, 2017

Local Update

 A 120-room Ironworks Hotel has just opened in Indy's north side. The industrial-chic boutique property offers three restaurants, a fitness center, a valet and self-parking, three meeting rooms with a combined 1,150 square feet of meeting space and steps-away access to the Keystone at the Crossing shopping district.

 A 120-room West Elm Hotel is integral to restoration plans for a 1930s art deco Coca-Cola bottling plant on historic Massachusetts Avenue. To open in 2019, the boutique property will anchor a $260 million mixed-use project that will include office and residential space, and an expansive retail food hall with fresh produce, meats and baked goods. West Elm is part of Williams-Sonoma Inc.'s portfolio of brands.

 Indianapolis International Airport is expanding its roster of complimentary stationary bikes that -- besides providing a sweet caloric burn that improves cardiovascular health and mental sharpness -- are engineered to recharge a traveler's electronic tablet or cellphone. The perk, soon to be offered in four airport locations, is an IND partnership with Nine13 Sports, a locally headquartered nonprofit that uses stationary bikes to encourage kids to get active.

 Major changes are underway at the Indiana State Museum, a downtown facility that offers WiFi-ready meeting and event space, including a 240-seat auditorium and a 300-guest Great Hall. The five-phase, $17.8-million project will renovate galleries, create more interactive exhibits and open new space for additional programming. Completion is set for 2019.

 Indianapolis Motor Speedway has completed a $92 million facelift with brick-and-mortar upgrades in services, attractions and eateries. Enhancements at the 235,000-seat venue include a 600-person indoor/outdoor gastropub and the 45,000-square-foot A.J. Foyt Wine Vault, named for the four-time Indy 500 champion. Among the premier meeting and event spaces are the 2,000-person Panasonic Pagoda and the 18,432-square-foot outdoor Pavilion, plus a Pete Dye-designed golf course that partially plays within the speedway.

 The 107-room Red Roof Inn Indianapolis South has completed a top-to-bottom renovation. Enhancements include contemporary upgrades to bathrooms, bedrooms and the lobby. The economy hotel offers convenient access to the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indianapolis Amtrak Station.

Meeting Hotels: In Greater Indianapolis are more than 32,000 overnight guest rooms -- 7,100 downtown -- within properties like the 1,005-room JW Marriott Indianapolis, 622-room Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, 575-room Westin Indianapolis, 499-room Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, 424-room Omni Severin Hotel, 407-room Wyndham Indianapolis West, 395-room Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing, 378-room Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel, 360-room Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown, 332-room Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites, 315-room Indianapolis Marriott East and 300-room Indianapolis Marriott North.

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Convention Center: Indiana Convention Center; exhibit space, 566,000 square feet; meeting space, 113,300 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 71. (317) 262-3400

Airport Transit: Indianapolis International Airport is 13 miles southwest of the convention center. Transfer by taxi, $36; by shuttle, $10

Taxes: Room tax, 10%; sales tax, 7%; total tax on hotels, 17%

Group Venues: Famous for its piled-high deli sandwiches and homemade soups, downtown Indianapolis' Shapiro's Delicatessen is a 102-year-old institution. The kosher-style, crowd-pleasing menu includes scrumptious slow-cooked corned beef, pastrami and brisket that pairs extremely well with the signature matzo ball soup. Reserve the eatery's back room for groups of up to 40. (317) 631-4041

The 152-acre campus of the Indianapolis Museum of Art is now known as Newfields, a name designed to draw attention to its extensive outdoor gardens and exhibition spaces. The campus and museum remain well equipped to host major events and meetings. Among the many venues are outdoor and indoor amphitheaters, each with 530 seats; a 375-seat events pavilion; a 350-seat outdoor garden and a 140-seat great hall. (317) 793-3223

Contact: VisitIndy, (317) 262-3000