I enjoy the Westin chain and this hotel lived up to their standards. It was clean, always a priority in my book, and seemed safe, you had to use a key card to access the elevator. I stayed on the top floor and the first night had an incident with the people in the next room (sounding like they were going to kill each other off and on throughout the entire night - except for the times when one of them would storm out of the room slamming the door). The hotel moved us to a new room and while my family pointed out the view was not as nice, it was super quiet and bigger than the other room!
Because it was a business trip we stayed on the top floor, the executive club - which I highly recommend, great extra services in the club lounge that help to make the stay more affordable, especially when traveling with family.
We dined a couple of times in the hotel restaurant - a bit pricey, but the food and service was great. While they do not do much on the kids menu - they were willing to 'create' a chicken and fries dish for our boys which they loved and very reasonable.
The hotel is connected by walkway to the shopping center - another nice perk, although you do walk down several hallways that are near parking lots and I was glad that I was walking with someone. So while, I would say the overall safety of the hotel and the walkways are safe, people should still use their best judgement and not be alone, especially at night or early morning. The hotel is also connected to the convention center and other area hotels. Basically in bad weather...you could walk from your hotel to the river (about a five mile hike) indoors between hotel, mall, and convention center - there are maps to guide you.
There is a food court in the mall and plenty of other restaurants that are within a short walk downtown - some just across the street or around the corner, and some a few blocks away. There is also a movie theatre in the mall, arcade, and indoor glow in the dark putt putt place.
There is a lot to see in Indy so if you are going on a business trip, consider taking your family as there is lots for them to do while you are working.
The only thing to provide as caution is that the parking fees were a little outrageous. The Westin shares a garage which is dark, dingy, and the parking spaces tiny. Parking is about $28 a day and you have to pay at the machine before you go to your car when you are leaving - a little tricky if you don't pay attention. I'm not sure how much valet is, but if I was traveling on my own, I would most likely do valet and pay the extra.
Thanks to the Westin for a great work and family getaway!