This hotel is one of our favorites throughout the midwest. As Hilton's top-of-the-line brand, our expectations for this Conrad were lofty indeed. After a long day of travel, our 1 a.m. arrival and check-in was simplified by helpful valets and friendly front desk staff. Soft lighting and soothing music welcomed us into the guestroom: all 241 rooms have individual, spotlight reading lamps that arch over the bed's headboard and high-tech music players. Complimentary wireless internet access and large flat televisions are additional 21st century amenities.
After scoping out the quarters' sleeping/living space, we admired the fully-marbled bathroom with separate deep tub and shower and, yes, for those of you who cannot stand a minute away from CNN, another LCD television screen beside the toilet (15" not 42"). We contemplated ordering a few nibbles from the 24/7 room service, but decided we would be happier to head straight to bed. Good move. Conrad's 500 thread-count Italian sheets and down comforters are an insomniac's dream. We were out before counting to ten.
The following morning we checked out Conrad's gym. Our photos portray the look and feel of its complimentary workout facility. Notice the abundance of natural light, colorful carpeting and adequate spacing. All equipment is manufactured by Technogym, a high quality product. One slight disappointment is the lack of an upright bicycle. Cyclists will have to go recumbent. Still, Conrad's wealth of strength options (dumbbells up to 85 lbs., free weights and stack-loaded machines), its high-end cardio equipment with built-in TV's, and abundance of workout accessories (balls, cords, etc.) make this hotel gym the best around.
Lap swimmers are not so lucky as Conrad's indoor pool is somewhat short (50 feet) and without lane lines/bottom stripes making true lap swimming impossible. Head to the Natatorium.
Joggers should also consider an outdoor run along our recommended White River route.
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