Indianapolis, the capital of Indiana, is known primarily to outsiders as the location of the annual Indy 500 race, but it has so much more to offer. Art and gastronomy are flourishing in the city, with some of the most talented chefs in the country coming to explore all that Indianapolis has to offer.
With such a wealth of experiences on offer, it’s no wonder boutique hotels are on hand to accommodate guests with top-tier comfort — here are some of our favorite options.
The Best Boutique Hotels in Indianapolis
Price: From $215 per night
Found in the former Coca-Cola Bottling Company building and dating back to the 1920s, the Bottleworks Hotel pays homage to the building’s past but gives it new life as a luxurious boutique hotel.
This history can still be observed in the preserved original exterior and the stylish terrazzo floors. Art deco elements throughout the hotel add a touch of class and whimsy, while modern amenities bring top-notch comfort to guests.
The hotel has a 24/7 fitness center, a billiards table, and more. Accommodation options include spacious guest rooms, opulent suites, and a sprawling penthouse.
Each guest room features amenities such as a Klipsch Bluetooth speaker, deluxe linens, designer bath products from Gilchrist & Soames, a stocked minibar, a Keurig coffee maker, and a Chromecast device for streaming entertainment to the TV.
Brick Street Inn
Price: From $169 per night
In a peaceful area just outside Indianapolis, the Brick Street Inn offers guests luxurious comforts in a building from 1865.
The upscale rooms at the Brick Street Inn all feature a Nespresso coffee machine and a take on the “butler’s pantry,” which is full of local snacks and treats. Some rooms have views over the tree-lined Main Street, while others could have a gaming table or a full desk.
The in-room TV is tucked away in an armoire to preserve the vintage feeling of the property, while the luxurious king bed and tub add to the relaxing atmosphere.
The hotel’s restaurant is called Auberge — a casual fine-dining restaurant and bar available to guests and locals alike. Hotel guests receive complimentary breakfast daily at Auberge.
Harney House Inn
Price: From $159 per night
The Harney House Inn can be found in Indianapolis’ historic Lockerbie Square. This convenient location is full of warmth and hospitality and has been known for providing a high level of comfort to guests since the early 1900s.
Each suite offers enticing features. The Garden Room is designed for relaxation, with a spacious spa-style tub, a plush king bed, and floral accents throughout. The Riley Room features a king-sized bed, a full kitchen, a separate living room area, and ample closet space.
Finally, Louis’ Penthouse is the most spacious option available at the Harney House, with excellent views over Lockerbie Square and many art deco design elements. It has a queen bed and a queen sleeper sofa in the living room.
Hotel Broad Ripple
Price: From $164 per night
Guests at the Hotel Broad Ripple can enjoy all the comforts of a stay at a bigger hotel with all the style and personality of a small boutique property.
The Hotel Broad Ripple is surrounded by beautiful nature and overlooks the White River and Monon Trail. Some rooms at the property have a private balcony with stunning views over these areas.
Rooms at the hotel are spread between the Main Lodge, the Cottage, and the Corduroy Tower, which boasts the best views as it is the tallest structure on the property. The Cottage features a more intimate guest room. And each of the 9 rooms in the Main Lodge is uniquely designed to appeal to a broad range of tastes.
Price: From $208 per night
An elegant boutique hotel located right on the Monon Trail in adjacent Carmel’s Arts & Design District, Hotel Carmichael offers an immersive luxurious experience to all guests.
Luxe touches are visible everywhere, with refined classical decor and rich furniture. But the hotel doesn’t skimp on the modern amenities either — rooms feature Amazon Alexa integration and smart TVs.
Ideal for business or leisure travelers, the Carmichael has standard and deluxe guest rooms, as well as executive and presidential suites. Some rooms have access to a private balcony, though all rooms feature an ergonomic workspace.
Elsewhere, indulge in delicious meals at the on-site Vivante restaurant, which is inspired by ingredients and recipes from the French countryside.
Price: From $209 per night
A stylish and trendy boutique option, the Ironworks Hotel is located in a warehouse-style building full of industrial-chic details and warm furnishings.
Amenities at the Ironworks include pet-friendly rooms, complimentary coffee service, on-site restaurants, in-room dining, access to a 24-hour business center, and a concierge service ready to provide you with any recommendations you may need.
The Ironworks is full of 19th-century decor elements along with modern comforts. The hotel offers a selection of traditional guest rooms and suites, some of which have a balcony.
The most spacious room is the Founder’s Suite. It offers almost 1,000 square feet of space and has a separate sleeping area, which is divided from the living area by a set of dual TVs.
The Looking Glass Inn
Price: From $144 per night
The Looking Glass Inn is full of whimsy and charm in Indianapolis’ prestigious Old Northside Historic District. Its history begins in 1905 and is well-located for visiting numerous historic locations like the Benjamin Harris Home and the Morris-Butler House.
The property is fitted with rich color palettes and plenty of antique touches. Several guest room options and a spacious suite are available for booking. The Hideaway Suite sprawls over 900 square feet in a space that was originally the home’s ballroom. The suite features a full kitchen, an ornate bathroom with a claw-foot tub, and more.
Price: From $187 per night
Located in the heart of Downtown Indianapolis, the Nestle Inn is just 1 block away from central Mass Avenue. The Murat Theater and numerous fine dining and shopping options are just a short walk away.
Luxurious guest rooms have king or queen beds and can comfortably accommodate all types of visitors. Amenities include a charming 4-poster bed, USB ports, a work desk, and more.
Price: From $135 per night
The glamorous Old Northside Inn provides an authentic local experience with numerous international twists. This luxurious option can be found in a house dating back to 1885 and is present on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Old Northside was turned into an inn in 1994, taking its name from the historic district where it’s found. Original art pieces from everywhere in the world can be found, adding beautiful accents to the walls. Hand-painted murals by a Ukrainian artist add to the unique feel of the property.
There are various guest rooms with unique designs available, as well as a Wedding Suite with a double Jacuzzi tub. Elsewhere, the hotel offers private parking, an extensive movie library, a 24/7 snack bar, and a full breakfast available whenever guests wish to enjoy it.
Stone Soup Inn
Price: From $109 per night
In the middle of the Old Northside neighborhood, the elegant Stone Soup Inn is full of historic details like Victorian antiques and Mission-style decorative accents. The welcoming Stone Soup Inn is a huge draw to those seeking to immerse themselves in historic opulence.
Accommodations are split between guest rooms, lofts, a full apartment in The Carriage House, and a cozy Garden Studio. Each room offers an intimate and unique experience. In-room amenities can include a king or queen bed, a full kitchen, a steam shower, and a Jacuzzi that comfortably fits 2 people.
Indianapolis is full of cultural, historical, and entertainment events at any given time. While the Speedway remains a great attraction, there is much to discover outside of it. The next time you find yourself in this Midwest metropolis, choose 1 of these boutique properties to make your stay even better.