This large, convention accommodation caters to the business traveler. Located in the heart of downtown Indy, Marriott's 19-story hotel is connected to the Indianapolis Convention Center and the Lucas Oil Stadium. Boasting 615 guest units, Marriott is far from intimate and cozy. But the hotel does succeed in combining contemporary colored furnishings with down-home charm and service. We certainly noticed and appreciated the "Hoosier hospitality" during our tour. And, our caffeine addiction welcomed a grande, triple-shot, vanilla latte at the in-lobby Starbucks.
Marriott's on-site fitness facility is the best hotel gym in town. Following the accommodation's overriding theme, the 3rd floor center is all business. Although free weights and StairMaster brand steppers are missing, the gym's high-end equipment is recently purchased and in good condition. Three of the 7 new Cybex machines are leg apparatus. And for you night owls, the facility remains open 24 hours.
For those wanting to lap swim or sample an elite gym, walk 10-15 minutes to NIFS and/or the Natatorium. Ask the front desk for specific directions and a map. Joggers should also consider an outdoor run along our recommended White River route.