So It Goes
Famed American author Kurt Vonnegut was an Indianapolis native. Groups can visit the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library,
open noon to 5 p.m. every day but Wednesday.
The Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium debuted a $275 million expansion project last year that brought the combined exhibition space for the two facilities up to 749,000 square feet.
Last year saw the debut of the huge 1,006-room JW Marriott Indianapolis. The property features an impressive 55 meeting rooms spanning a total of 104,000 square feet of meeting space, including the 40,500-square-foot JW Grand Ballroom. Also on-site are four restaurants, an indoor pool and a fitness center. The 34-story hotel has been dubbed "Big Blue" by locals.
In January, the 499-room Hyatt Regency Indianapolis wrapped up a nearly $20 million restoration of its guest rooms, suites and ballroom. The property features approximately 35,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including the 9,408-square-foot Regency Ballroom. The Hyatt Regency Indianapolis is connected to the Indiana Convention Center via an enclosed walkway.
The Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing unveiled a multimillion-dollar renovation in May. Upgrades included new windows, bedding, furniture and 37-inch flat-screen TVs for most of the property's 395 guest rooms and suites. Among some 30 meeting spaces at the hotel is the 7,845-square-foot Plaza Ballroom.
This fall, Dolce Hotels and Resorts will open a 157-room hotel with 15,000 square feet of function space, a 1,200-square-foot lounge with city views and an American-style brasserie. The hotel (its official name yet to be released), aims to be Dolce's model for the future -- a hybrid between a center-city lifestyle hotel and a conference property.
Indianapolis is home to about 32,000 hotel rooms, 7,100 of which can be found downtown. Major properties with meeting space include the 1,005-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, 378-room Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel, 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 and 180-room Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Downtown. For additional properties, visit mcvenues.com.
Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium; exhibit space, 749,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 71; (317) 262-3400
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%
An Indianapolis mainstay since 1902, St. Elmo Steak House is known for its shrimp cocktail and elegant chops. St. Elmo sources local ingredients whenever possible and offers an extensive wine list. The restaurant can accommodate dinners and receptions for groups of eight to 100 people. Four private dining rooms with varying capacities are available. (317) 635-0636
Visit Indy, (800) 323-4639