Two weeks ago, I attended a media trip for travel writers in Indianapolis. The trip was sponsored by White River State Park, Indiana’s only urban state park, offering many things to do and see, from museums and concerts, to pedal boats and bike rides.
I was invited to bring a guest on the trip, so although it was technically a work trip for me, Jordan and I felt like we were on a mini-vacation.
Over the course of the three-day weekend, our group attended an Indians game at Victory Field, did yoga with Michael Franti and Spearhead, visited several museums, took a Segway tour, visited Indianapolis’ urban garden, went to the zoo, and ate at some wonderful restaurants — all of which I’ll be discussing on the travel blog that I contribute to, BIG CITY, little Indiana (you can check out my first recap here — the time I did yoga with hundreds of people and a popular band).
One of the biggest highlights of our trip, though, was our stay in one of Indianapolis’ luxury hotels, the JW Marriott. Rising 33 stories above the city, the hotel is the largest JW Marriott in the United States.
Jordan and I had the privilege of staying in a corner room on the 28th floor. Every room in the JW Marriott features floor to ceiling windows, so there is no bad view, but the corner rooms feature floor to ceiling windows on two walls, rather than one.
When making reservations, you can choose which type of room you’d prefer, and if (no, when) we go back again, I will definitely choose the corner room option. Just look at this view of the sunrise from our window!
Jordan and I actually stayed at this hotel two years ago, the night before we left for our honeymoon, but because we left for the airport at 3 a.m., we didn’t have time to enjoy all of the amenities. This time, I learned that the hotel is within walking distance of White River State Park and the majority of the downtown area. We parked our car late on Sunday morning, and didn’t need to drive it again until we left on Tuesday afternoon.
The hotel also features two restaurants, a full-size gym, and a Starbucks, as well as three adjoining Marriott hotels that have cafe and restaurant options.
During our stay, I used the gym once (it also has floor to ceiling windows with beautiful views) and grabbed a drink from Starbucks. I loved that I felt like I was on a luxury vacation in my own city.
Jordan and I have already talked about making a weekend stay at the JW Marriott our anniversary tradition. If you are planning to visit Indianapolis, or looking for a fun getaway or staycation, I highly recommend staying here!
I can’t wait for our next stay in the city!
Have you ever taken a vacation in your own city?
What is your favorite part about staying in a hotel?