It was a short notice. We originally did not decide to stay in Indy for our appointment. But two days before the date husband and I decided to find a lodging to keep us from driving three hours and back home. So being a Choice member I went online and checked the closest Choice hotel/motel to my place of appointment and I found only one. Sleep Inn. Never stayed in one but always stayed at either Quality Inn or Comfort Inn when we do because of their overall high facility quality. But the Sleep Inn was a mile away from my appointment like a straight shot I could not believe the proximity. So I booked for one night. The motel clerks were average in their customer service on the phone. I called to make sure the reservation went through after a few hours. They asked us what time we will be arriving and we said PM. When we got to Indy from I-70 West we took just some local road about 15 minutes from the expressway and GPS made that quite convenient.
Then we saw Sleep Inn from a distance for the first time it looked new and clean on the outside with ample parking and a nice huge welcoming facade for cars to pull up in front of the lobby. The landscaped areas were neatly maintained. First impression for me ...excellent so far. When we came in the automatic sliding doors welcomed us into the most spacious expansive foyer and lounged area Ive ever seen compared to the standard for most inns and motels. The front desk was right at the end of the foyer about 30 feet away. It reflected an open concept design overall so in one visual scan you can see practically every living area identified by their furnitures, the living room, the open computer area the second lounge the front desk and office behind it, and then towards the far right the huge dining area and kitchen for the breakfast buffet. To the left one can see the hall that leads to all the rooms up the 4 levels. The floors are quite impressive appear to be made of either marble or fine shiny ceramic tiles with ornate designs, really impressive. The whole lobby area has very high ceiling and lots of recessed lighting that makes one feel like they are in a hotel instead.
On the first floor they have a small indoor pool room just OK for me, and nearby a small exercise room with a few treadmills and flat screen TV. They also placed faux traditional Italian style fireplace in the lobby with a huge flat screen TV on top. Very chic indeed.
Then we went up to our room on the second floor via a nice size elevator with partial wood paneling and still smell kind of new. Our room 209, was as I expected quite modern like Comfort Inn. I love it. The whole streamline design with only things you need. Its actually a long room because we had two queen beds in the room and there was a foot or so between the beds and the middle end table. I would prefer that the beds could have been moved closer to the end table in the middle. Everything else is in place happily for us otherwise. The room air condition was great quality, I love the simple clean design of the bed covers, all white except for the foot liner that was black linen strip with modern floral design. The overall decor was excellent even the design of the carpet in the hall and in side the room. For me what's also notable was having 4 very comfy pillows as usual for each bed which is pretty typical for Choice hotels. I love having more pillows. I took a picture of the window treatment in the room because it was also simple colorwise and fabric use and it gave the ambience of simple elegance, a light brown three layer simple fabric paneling draped the top of bay window and a see through white curtain with white slightly opaque wide stripes, from ceiling to floor made the room felt airy and light. They also installed a white solid curtain for complete light blocking very convenient if one wants to keep the room dark. The flat screen TV is huge about 40+ in size. Standard cable network choices. Excellent wifi experience for me so far. And it sits on a very simple streamlined one unit table and cabinet structure made of dark brown wood . Has small microwave and good size small fridge with freezer. The coffee and tea amenities are standard, OK. I used the coffee maker for making teas in the room. There is always coffee provided in the first floor kitchen.
The bathroom is sparking clean and the sink is modern seated on a partially open dresser type with faux drawers on the top and open ledge for stuff at the bottom. Granite is the make for the sink. Lighting is good. Lots of towels for two people. The usual in bath amenities were offere
In the morning we went down for free breakfast. Excellent offerings both hot and cold meals. I took the hot choice of scrambled eggs and sausage coffee and orange juice. Bagels and muffins and waffles were also available. Plenty of fresh fruits.
Checking out was a breeze. We used the luggage cart to help us. The staff were civil and prompt. Anyway I asked before leaving how old the motel is as it feels and smells new. The staff said its 55 days old. Oh WOW! Im glad we found this place and experienced what it feels to stay in a new facility. There is always an added motivation by the proprietors to do everything to make a great first impression. And they succeeded as far as we are concerned.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This brand-new 91 room Sleep Inn & Suites opened in May,2014 and features a complimentary hot breakfast served daily, free wireless high speed Internet access in all public areas and wireless and wired Internet access in all guestrooms. We are located less than 1 mile from downtown Indianapolis and 2 miles from Indianapolis Motor Speedway and within close proximity to downtown hospitals and university's. Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indianapolis Convention Center are also nearby. The hotel offers a free shuttle bus to the downtown area, serves a free hot breakfast daily, and has an indoor pool and exercise room. The hotel also has a meeting room and banquet room available to host large receptions or smaller meetings. ... more less
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