New Downtown Marriott Hotels Open and Fill Up for Indianapolis Events

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Three new Marriott® brand select service hotels are now open and thriving in downtown Indianapolis as part of the Marriott Place development. An on-site T.G.I. Friday's® has also opened and provides room service for the hotels as well.

All three of the Marriott® brand select service hotels involved in the Marriott Place development in downtown Indianapolis have opened and are filling up fast for Indianapolis events. The new Arts Plaza is nearing completion as well.

The new Fairfield Inn & Suites® opened Feb. 3, followed by the Courtyard by Marriott® and SpringHill Suites Feb. 18. All of their combined 621 rooms were sold out for a recent Monster Energy Motocross event at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Indiana state wrestling tournament and the Big Ten Tournament. The hotels are now completely booked for the upcoming NCAA Tournament Final Four in early April.

Kim Meyerhotlz, general manager of the Fairfield Inn & Suites and veteran of several Marriott hotel openings, said the initial launch for this special hotel combination has gone very well. “People have commented on how great our buildings look,” said Meyerholtz. “We’ve also had great comments about our fitness center and complimentary breakfast.”

“The staff has been really excited to have things under way and are doing a great job,” said Meyerholtz. Although they have distinct operations, the three hotels are marketed as a single destination with a single reservation line. The new hotels represent the latest and best features of each brand, said Meyerhholtz. White Lodging Inc. is the development and management firm for the hotels and the entire Marriott Place development, including the new J.W. Marriott Hotel going up next door.

A T.G.I. Friday’s at the Fairfield Inn also opened Feb. 3 and provides room service for each hotel, a rare feature for select service hotels. Each hotel provides distinctive features at a range of price points that enables them to appeal to a variety of downtown visitors. Their location between Washington and Maryland streets just north of Victory Field is ideal for taking in downtown’s major attractions, most of which are within a few blocks.

Another part of the hotel development nearing completion is the art filled central plaza, which features a 36-foot-tall aluminum sculpture of a cardinal, the state bird of Indiana, perched on a tree branch, created from stonework, of a tulip tree, the state tree. A 60-foot waterfall, also part of the plaza, will feature granite murals of peonies, the state flower.

Located right in front of the Fairfield Inn & Suites and T.G.I. Friday’s off of Washington Street, the multi-million dollar plaza was designed by Claire Bennett Associates of Indianapolis as a tribute to Indiana from Merrillville hotel developer Dean White and his family.

“The plaza adds a very classy, unique and interesting place to visit and relax in,” said Meyerholtz. “It’s at the heart of Indianapolis and puts the definitive stamp of Indiana on us. We’re definitely ‘the place to be’ for basketball tournaments and a many other events and attractions. We love being right in the middle of everything downtown has to offer.”

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