This hotel is new and sparkling clean. From the outside it is impressive. Staff is friendly. But any hotel costing more than $200 a night should be something special. No?
But wait! The rooms are boring, cookie cutter type, sparsely adorned. Hotels at this range often have (at least in Europe they do) careful, thoughtful, professional design touches in the rooms. Not here. No little refrigerator to keep sodas, etc. cold. TV not hidden in a cabinet, but plopped down in plain sight dominating the setting like in any ordinary hotel room. Toilet lever sort of cheap (mine stuck). Lack of towel racks and robe hanger near the shower ( just one knob, not all that functional).
Bathroom isn't especially large, nor is the two double-bed room. Plain rectangular box room. View from the sixth floor on one side was bland and borderline ugly. Not particularly silent from street noise, either. Hotel is not a member of any "green" certification scheme, so not much attention paid to electricity and resource conservation in the rooms. Strange for a hotel of such a new vintage. (Although the heating/cooling system seemed responsive and quiet).
No free wireless! (Come on, at this price? Hotels less than 1/2 the cost give free wireless.)
Nor does the price keep away parents with small children who are allowed to run up and down the halls yelling.
No airport shuttle vans stop at the hotel door. There is a regular city bus style outdoor stop across the street from the adjoining Fairfield Inn front door on the other side of the hotel. Supposed to stop every half hour. Not when I waited there. Wound up having to take a cab to the airport. This is the first hotel in the world of this "quality" that didn't have airport shuttle service reservable and available from the main lobby.
Room cleaning crew tapped on my door and opened up 1 hour and 45 minutes before checkout time. (Checkout time is 11 am).
In the final analysis, this is a fine hotel where I would be more than happy to stay at 50% less than it actually cost (and only then if the wireless were free).
Luxury touches, luxury feeling? Not.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sophisticated design meets classic hospitality at the largest JW Marriott in the world—JW Indy. Boasting 1,005 contemporary guest rooms and 100,000 square feet of sprawling event space, JW Marriott Indianapolis is the crown jewel of the new Marriott Place Indianapolis hotel complex, a distinct destination for business and leisure travelers in the downtown area. Not only offering the largest ballroom in the Midwest, this Downtown Indianapolis hotel also provides creative event planning services for meetings, weddings and social events of various sizes. There is also direct access via skybridge to the Indiana Convention Center for event larger events and conventions. In addition to incredible meeting space and spacious guest rooms, JW Marriott Indianapolis provides exquisite dining options onsite at High Velocity, Osteria Pronto and Tavern on the Plaza. Nearby, over 200 shopping, dining and entertainment options beckon, including White River State Park, Lucas Oil Stadium and Conseco Fieldhouse. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jw Marriott Indianapolis Hotel Indianapolis