Downtown Indy's Westin Indianapolis is undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation that will upgrade the hotel throughout, including in public spaces, meeting venues, guest rooms and restaurants. The first phase of the project is slated to debut early this summer, while the second phase should wrap up in September and the third in December of this year. The renovations were designed to pay homage to Indianapolis as the "crossroads of America."
The project's first phase will include a full lobby redesign, a complete renovation of the hotel's 39,000 square feet of meeting and event space, and the addition of a new dining venue.
The décor in the meeting space will be inspired by the city in the fall, marked by grays, neutrals, saturated rusts and blues. Intersecting lines and blackened metal will be design motifs, evoking the rivers that flow through downtown and the railroad tracks that converge in the city. In addition to the redesigned meeting space on site, planners have easy access to an additional 750,000 square feet of space at the adjacent Indiana Convention Center, which is connected by skywalk.
In September, the second phase of the renovation will introduce a new, 3,500-square-foot event space called the Capitol Overlook. The second-level venue will offer panoramic views of the Indiana State Capitol. A new Club Lounge will debut as well, which will serve breakfast daily and snacks throughout the day.
The new restaurant opening this summer, Ten Hands Social Bar & Eatery, will be a gathering hub with the largest television screen in the city — made up of 27 screens, in fact, and measuring 6 feet by 34 feet. A market-style carryout establishment will be located next to the restaurant.
By the end of 2021, the hotel's 575 guest rooms will have been renovated to reflect the property's new design. About 70 percent of those rooms will be replacing bathtubs with walk-in showers, creating more space.