This hotel is part of a new complex of Marriott properties and includes a (not yet open) JW Marriott, a Courtyard, and a Fairfield Inn in addition to the Spring Hill Suites. The JW is quite an impressive structure and looks like it will be a neat place to stay when it opens.
Our rooms on the 8th and 14th floors of the Spring Hill Suites both faced west, and thus had a great view of the park across the street. The hotel complex is on the far west side of downtown actually so there is really nothing to the west of here BUT the park, which is nice. A river runs through the park is well, and there is lots of nice places to walk. It appeared to be a very safe park to me, and I saw single women jogging, kids with their parents etc.
Washington Street, where the hotel is located, is a nice road to walk on if you're headed east into downtown. It's about a 15-minute walk to the soldier's memorial and the traffic circle. I would say it's a safe walk in the daytime for women, and the route passes by several government buildings, including the state capital.
Though they claim there is a TGI Friday's "on site" it's really next door at the (connected) Fairfield Inn, but requires either a short walk outside, or a longer walk through the parking garage to get to. The food and service were well worth the walk though. Both were excellent. Note that this restaurant is about the ONLY restaurant in the complex right now, though I assume the JW will have one once it opens. The Courtyard Marriott next door had a little "cafe" in the lobby, but I think it was mostly sandwiches and coffee, and not really a sit down place.
The rooms, as others have noted, are a bit strangely laid out, and there is not much room between the beds and the bathrooms/closets in each room. I did notice the handicapped rooms did not have this problem however as they must accommodate wheel chairs.
The non-handicapped rooms would probably be better for a solo traveler and are not laid out the same as other SHS's I've stayed in. I prefer the "older" version, which had a totally separate bedroom with its own door, T.V., and AC controls. The beds were very comfortable however in this one, though some few might find them a bit firm.
One thing I DID like about the rooms here was the extremely nice "work area." The desk was plenty big, plenty of plugs, and plenty of light. The divider window at the back of the desk between it and the "bedroom" could also be opened up if desired so you can look out the window. The chair is situated so you can turn slightly and watch the (one) T.V. while you work if desired.
I would agree with a previous reviewer that most of the rooms here are better situated for one person. Even with just one person however, the space between the bed and the oddly laid out bathrooms (one for showering...one with a toilet...and a closet in between) is still quite scarce.
One other "gripe" is the elevators, or "hellevators" as my brother called them. They require that you insert your room key in order to access any floor but the ground floor. If they are going to insist on this for security purposes, they should make the system more user-friendly as I, and several others, had trouble inserting the key correctly in order to get the elevators to move. Very much a hassle, especially when jet-lagged and arms full of luggage.
The staff at the hotel was excellent however, and "exceeded my expectations" at every turn.
I did not use the gym while there, but it looked better than most smaller hotels, and had some dumbbells for use as well I believe. Next to the gym was a fairly nice indoor pool as well.
They had several computers in the business center and a couple in the lobby for guests to use. The free Internet in the rooms was adequate, but if you wanted "fast" you had to pay $5 per day for that. I did, and it was pretty fast.
All in all a good hotel, but I probably wouldn't stay here again unless I really wanted to be by the park. This is due mostly to the room layout and the elevator difficulties.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The SpringHill Suites Indianapolis Downtown is adjacent to the Convention Center. Located on a beautiful seven-acre site overlooking White River State Park, guests are steps away from Circle Center Mall, the State Capitol, Indianapolis Zoo, NCAA Hall of Champions, Lucas Oil Stadium, and Conseco Fieldhouse. Guest rooms offer a small refrigerator, microwave, complimentary high-speed Internet Access, and cable TV. The property also features a complimentary new breakfast buffet and fitness room. ... more less
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