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Pride Journeys Property Review: Conrad Indianapolis

Being a travel journalist for a little more than a decade, it takes a lot to wow me. I can’t even count how many hotels I’ve stayed in over the last 10 years. Most of them were nice but sometimes I visit a property that really impresses me. In this case, the hotel is in my hometown of Indianapolis. I visited the art gallery at the Conrad years ago, prior to relocating here, but this time, I wanted to stay the night as well as visit their newly renovated spa.

The Location:

Conrad Indianapolis is perfectly situated in the heart of downtown. Everything you need is about a 5-10 minute walk from the property, including dozens of restaurants, boutiques, museums, and entertainment options, as well as Gainbridge Fieldhouse, home of the Indiana Pacers and Lucas Oil Stadium where you can watch the Colts take the field.

The Lobby:

One of my favorite features of the Conrad is the lobby. The elegant, yet inviting space is welcoming and functional. A Dale Chihuly chandelier hangs from the center of the lobby, with other art prominently displayed throughout. Guests can also access the hotel’s two dining options: The Capital Grille and Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro as well as Long-Sharp Gallery which specializes in works on paper, multiples, and drawings by modern and contemporary masters including Picasso, Miró, Haring and Lichtenstein.

The Spa:

The sixth floor is all about health and wellness. Guests can access the 24-hour fitness center, lap pool, large hot tub and of course the spa. If you schedule a service, be sure to arrive early to enjoy the relaxation room before being escorted by your therapist back to the treatment area. My guest and I decided to enjoy a much-needed hot stone massage on this visit, which was a blissful and relaxing experience. After your treatment, spend some time in the sauna or steam room, but be sure to stay hydrated.

The Room:

I saved the best for last. We had the pleasure of staying in the Pop Suite, a magnificent room paying homage to some of the greatest pop artists of all time including Andy Warhol, William John Kennedy and of course, Robert Indiana. Located on a private floor, the Pop Suite features a dining room table, fireplace, wet bar, soaking tub, and spacious living area complete with remote controlled lighting. The furnishings in the room are modern yet comfortable, and the shower is spacious enough to have a party in. I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about the king size bed complete with ultra-luxurious linens. It made getting out of bed exceedingly difficult.

Conrad Indianapolis is the perfect place for a weekend getaway or in my case a staycation. Sometimes exploring the city you live in is as much fun as traveling to a new destination.

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