As part of weekend trip for Indy Race Experience (drive, ride IndyCars on the Speedway), stayed at this very good Marriott property located in downtown Indianapolis.
The Hotel: Larger (34 Floor), very nice property located within walking distance of Lucas Field and other Sports venues, including the Minor League (Indianapolis Indians) filed across the street. Modern, upscale decor in Lobby, with two restaurants on Main Floor - Osteria Pronto, an upscale Italian restaurant, and High Velocity, a large Sports Bar & Restaurant. There is also a large, very nice Lobby Bar - at which you can also order from Osteria Pronto. There is a small Gift Shop (incl soft-drinks, snacks, sundries) next to concierge at end of front desk. Facilities were newer and in good shape.
The Staff: Uniformly excellent. The Valet was excellent, well staffed, prompt, friendly. Junairah, at the front desk was also excellent - recognized Platinum Elite status, accommodated room change request, offered directions and overview of restaurants when asked. Later, inquiry on schedule of Minor League team yielded schedule and game time for weekend games. Restaurant staff (below) was prompt, warm, excellent. Room Service staff similarly was fast, friendly, very good.
The Room: Took King Rm on 33 Floor, facing downtown - great view out floor-to-ceiling windows of city skyline. Recommend both high floor and certainly view of City of view of river, park to the West. The room has modern, fresh decor. Well appointed, with King bed, upholstered wing-back style chair, desk, flat screen HDTV, safe in dresser drawer, robes, etc. Bathroom featured newer decor, well lit, with branded sundries (shampoo, conditioner, lotion, soap), plush towels, and nice large, modern shower with glass doors. Excellent room.
The Practicalities: King Room was $259 / night, excluding tax, etc.
Osteria Pronto - Italian Restaurant @ JW Marriott
The Place: Upsclae Italian cuisine, with entrees range from 20 to 35, including antipasti, zuppe/insalata, pizza, pasta, and entrate. For more relaxed vibe can also order the same menu from in the large and very comfortable Lobby Bar (booths, high-tops, sofas, counter).
App - Beef Carpaccio, rocket, shaved parm, excellent
App - Calamari was very good
App - Crab cake with portabella on greens, solid; tho a bit of odd, sharp aftertaste - would not likely order again over others
App - Tuscan Meatballs, tomato sauce, cheese, grilled crostini, with meatballs in small cassolette (Le Creuset) that looked great, tho did make eating difficult - Very good, if not great, dish.
Main - Spigola (Sea Bass), with spinach risotto, roasted tomato. Excellent. Fish had nice sear, and perfectly (just under) cooked, great juice, texture. The risotto was was a surprise, very good, right consistency, not too stiff, with very good flavor.
The Service: The service very good, attentive, very friendly, warm, excellent. Kudos to Jessica.
The Practicalities, $94, sans gratuity.
High Velocity - Sports Bar / Restaurant @ JW Marriott
The Place: Large sports bar, often with good crowds in evening. Several flat screens at bar and throughout space. Large windows, open, good feel.
App - Potstickers, good, if a little overcooked (seemed grilled?)
App - Tandoori chicken wrap, with butter lettuce, pickled cucumbers, carrot, bean sprout, cilantro, mint chili sauce, was very good. Would order again.
App - Fish tacos, Mahi, and chipoltle sauce a little too reminiscent of thousand island dressing, but nice bite of sriracha, greens, doubled corn tortillas (owing to amount of sauce, liquid assume). Tasty. Messy. Filing. Main - Chimichurra steak, flank steak, potato croquettes, steak nice marinade. Meat was cooked just a touch over, but great flavor. The croquettes nicely crisped, by not allot of flavor, and way too much in proportion to beef. Good.
The Service: Good.
Room Service - IN Room Dining in JWM
Service: Good speed on delivery of breakfast.
Food: Food was hot, well prepared, as promised. Tried bacon two ways (recommend crispy), waffles, toast, etc. - all solid
Other: Suggest taking in a game at the Minor League Indianapolis Indians Minor League Field - greatly enjoyed warm spring evening game (Indians versus Toledo Mud Hens) right across the street. Very nice Minor League field with outfield grass seating. Also, suggest the Eiteljorg Museum across the street on opposite side, with a nice Western collection (e.g., paintings and sculpture by Georgia O’Keeffe, Remington), Native American collection (with artifacts from native people from Alaska to Mexico, Atlantic to the Pacific, including very cool Plains, Northwest and Far North artifacts). Was also a nice Ansel Adams exhibit (not permanent).