Alexander Hotel Indianapolis Review


The Alexander Hotel lobby offers comfortable seating, complete with fireplace.

The Alexander Hotel has changed the game for Indianapolis hotels.  The hotel’s motto:  “Anything but ordinary, everything original.”

More than 20 contemporary artists throughout public spaces fill the new $44 million boutique art hotel with sculptures, paintings, video and photographs.  Its open floor plan, floor-to-ceiling windows and community seating in lobby and bar welcomes Indianapolis downtown hotel guests and serves as a gathering place for locals.

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The Alexander, a Dolce hotel, is part of the $155 million CityWay mixed-use project that expands downtown south with 209 guest rooms, 16 meeting rooms totaling, two restaurants, a 2,200-square-foot lounge and a fitness center.  The Indianapolis Museum of Art and real-estate developer Buckingham Cos. partnered to make art “the defining piece for the hotel’s identity,” according to Lisa Freiman, IMA senior curator.

The developers infused the Indianapolis hotel with history as well as art.  The Alexander is named after Alexander Ralston, one of the two architects who designed the circle city in 1821. Plat 99, the hotel’s mid 20th century modern “mixology lounge,” takes its name from the parcel of land the property is built on.  Even the wallpaper in the hallways of the guest rooms and The Residences (The Alexander’s version of extended stay), is a graphic rendition of the city’s layout, complete with the Monument Circle and its iconic diagonal streets.

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Plat 99 bar and lounge.

Plat 99

Cuban-American sculptor and installation artist Jorge Pardo designed the Plat 99 lounge.  It draws you in from the time you ascend the wide staircase to the second floor lobby area.  There are 21 vividly colorful Plexiglas ceiling light fixtures that lead to the lounge, populated with another 99 ceiling lights.

The bar area sits in the center with a full view of the mixologist (bartender) offering a full bar and a cocktail menu featuring authentic historic drinks ranging from the 1850s to today on one side and the chef, who serves unique food offerings of locally sourced food, on the other.

The Alexander Hotel’s close proximity to several corporations makes it ideal for business travelers, but it’s also one of the hotels near Lucas Oil Stadium, and Bankers Life Fieldhouse and CityWay apartments, so local traffic is steady.

All front guest staff is extensively trained to offer concierge services so there is no need for a separate position, said Michael Moros, general manager.

Guest Rooms

The Alexander has 157 guest rooms and suites and 52 long-term residences of 2-bedroom suites and 1-bedroom studios for stays of 5 days to two years.  ADA handicapped accessible rooms are available in every category.


Guest rooms include in-room safes, an electronics docking station, his and hers bathrobes and original artwork.

The hotel rooms have modern, clean lines.  Glass-topped nightstands give roomy feel.  The builders used low-emitting adhesives, paint and flooring used throughout the building to help enhance indoor air quality.

All beds are California King and Queen for extra length and width, perhaps with professional athletes in mind.  During my stay, as a guest of the hotel, I stayed in a hotel room with the California King.  The bed had a feather top mattress and LOTS of comfy pillows (with extras in the closet), ideal for propping up and watching the 40-inch flat screen television or working on the laptop.

A plug-in docking station built into the desktop and wall plugs above nightstand offer easy access.  The seating area has a comfortable, modern chair with ottoman.

The large bathroom, like most guest rooms, has a large walk-in shower with a rain shower head in the center of the area instead of a tub.

Don’t expect a great view.  One side of the building faces south, overlooking Eli Lilly and Co., but has lots of sun.  The north-facing view is of the CityWay development, now under construction, and some of the downtown skyline.  However, train buffs can see the rails leading to the Amtrak station and historic Union Station.


The amenities consist of a mini bar stocked with local treats, coconut water, V-8 fruit drinks, and Jones Soda, along with standard items.  Guests also get his and hers bathrobes. The in-room safe is built as a drawer at the minibar station for ease of use.

A wall mounted keycard-activated utility system controls the room lights.  Slide your keycard in the slot to turn the lights on. You also will always know where your room key is.  When you leave, remove the card and the lights go out. This is another reason that the Alexander art hotel earned a Silver LEED sustainability rating.

The 800 sq. ft. fitness facility offers 2 treatment rooms and a fitness center equipped with treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes, weights and a training glide.  Guest also can get complimentary bicycles for use on the miles of the city’s new cultural trails near the hotel.

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Cuban-American artist Jorge Pardo designed Plat 99, including the colorful lights above the entry stairway.

The two restaurants, Cerulean, and the Market Table, owned by the Alexander, specialize in featuring fresh and local meats and vegetables.

Cerulean has a clean and modern interior.  There is a giant wooden “nest” for semi-private dining.  The rest has simple, streamlined furniture and several banquettes. It is the latest venture from Caleb and Courtney France, who already own and run a successful restaurant in Winona Lake, Ind.

Caleb France reinterprets Midwestern ingredient-driven cuisine through modern and progressive fine dining. The menu highlights the rediscovery of heirloom ingredients while exploring creative cooking and preservation techniques, according to Caleb France.

The Market Table, which is open for breakfast and lunch, is a departure from the typical hotel buffets. The owners of the Alexander designed the dining area to be contemporary with a beautiful open kitchen that puts the cooks and guests face to face.  The all-you-can-eat menu changes daily.  Adults pay $14.95; youths 6-12 pay $7.95, and children under 6 are free.

333 S. Delaware St.

Indianapolis, IN 46204

Getting there:

From the Indianapolis International Airport:

  • Head northwest on Col. H. Weir Cook Memorial Dr.
  • Slight left onto the ramp to I-70 E.
  • Keep left at the fork to continue toward I-70 E.
  • Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Interstate 465 S/Interstate 74 E.
  • Keep left at the fork, follow signs for I-70 E/I-465 N/I-74 W/Indianapolis and merge onto I-70 E.
  • Take exit 79B for McCarty St.
  • Turn right onto E. McCarty St.
  • Turn left onto S. Delaware St.
  • The hotel will be on the left.

From Chicago, IL:

  • Take I-90 E.
  • Take exit 17 for I-65/US-12/US-20 toward Indianapolis/Dunes Hwy.
  • Merge onto I-65 S via the ramp to Indianapolis.
  • Take exit 111 for Fletcher Ave.
  • Turn right onto Fletcher Ave.
  • Continue onto E. South St.
  • Turn right onto S. Delaware St.
  • The hotel will be on the left.

From Columbus, OH:

  • Take I-70 W.
  • Take exit 83A for Fletcher Ave.
  • Turn right onto Fletcher Ave.
  • Continue onto E. South St.
  • Turn right onto S. Delaware St.
  • The hotel will be on the left.

From Louisville, KY:

  • Take I-65 N.
  • Take exit 110B on the left to merge onto I-70 W toward Saint Louis.
  • Take exit 79B toward Meridian St.
  • Turn right onto E. McCarty St.
  • Turn left onto S. Delaware St.
  • The hotel will be on the left.

About Patricia King

Patricia King is a travel writer based in Indianapolis, Indiana. A former reporter for several newspapers and wire services, she also writes about budget and best value travel and North American travel destinations topics in Indianapolis, across the country and around the world at Feel free to drop her a line at with suggestions for future stories. To get her stories delivered to your inbox, click the RSS feed or the “Subscribe” button above or follow her on