Welcome to the Crossroads of America, a city known for its fast cars, competitive sports teams and the best urban biking in the country. With the world's biggest car race, diverse neighborhoods linked by an ingenious system of tree-lined walkways, and riverfront green spaces where you can hike, kayak and fish, Indianapolis is truly a great vacation destination. The city is also gaining something of a reputation as a foodie haven, as craft breweries pop up in every corner of the city and dozens of innovative new restaurants are drawing hungry crowds.
But now you've been convinced to visit this delightful city, you're probably wondering where to stay in Indianapolis? Stay Alfred has luxury travel apartments in two stylish buildings right in the heart of the city. Both are a stone's throw from Monument Circle, so you don't need to go far to grab dinner and drinks or enjoy the live music in the area's clubs and bars. All Stay Alfred apartments come with the kind of amenities you won't find in a hotel, like a fully-equipped kitchen, a living space where you can really spread out, and free WiFi throughout. You'll feel so at home in our apartments you'll forget you're not a native Hoosier.
The best that Indianapolis has to offer
Indianapolis might not be top of most people's bucket lists, but they don't know what they're missing. Let's start with the Indy 500, one of the most prestigious motor races in the world, which takes place in the city every May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. No matter what time of year you're visiting the Speedway has something to keep you entertained, from vintage car races to track days and racing experiences. Or if racing isn't your sport, not to worry. You can catch basketball games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Go Fever! Go Pacers!) and NFL action at nearby Lucas Oil Stadium (Go Colts!). Show your support for the Indians as they play America's pastime at Victory Field, then stick around for the free fireworks show that happens after every Friday home game.
Traveling with the family? Your first stop should be The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, the world's largest children's museum. There are five floors of educational fun and games, including interactive space exhibits and a 16-foot-tall prop the Transformers movie. The kids will be entertained for hours at Indianapolis Zoo, 64 acres of enclosures that includes an aquarium and a botanical garden. If you're feeling brave then a new attraction in 2019 lets you get close to some of the deadliest snake species on the planet, or you can just chill with sloths in the MISTery Park which mimics a South American rain forest.
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You've almost certainly seen the famous LOVE sculpture inside the Indianapolis Museum of Art, which is one of the top locations for marriage proposals according to USA Today. Once you've grabbed a romantic photo in front of the sculpture, you'll want to see the museum’s great masterpieces by the likes of Rembrandt, Picasso and Hopper, and wander the 152-acre campus populated with more fascinating sculptures. The Indianapolis Art Center also makes for a great date, with its pop-up art classes suitable for complete beginners that cover painting, ceramics, textiles, photography and dozens of other ways to rediscover your creative side.
Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city? White River State Park is a 250-acre green space right on the river, and has museums, an outdoor concert venue, bike and boat rental and a maze for the kids. A little further afield is Eagle Creek Park, nearly 4000 acres of land and 1400 of water on the northwest side of town. You could spend all day here exploring the 16 miles of trails, playing gold, and zipping through the trees on Go Ape's treetop adventure course. Or if you feel like splashing about on the water you can rent a canoe, kayak or sailboat, or fish for bass and catfish from the Marina.
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Mile Square goes the extra mile
There's always something happening in Mile Square, the place to stay in downtown Indianapolis, which is why all of Stay Alfred's apartments are located here. The area is densely packed with bars, eateries, nightclubs and theaters, so you get to spend your vacation relaxing with a drink instead of stuck in traffic. Check out the city's great live entertainment scene, from the rib-cracking Crackers Comedy Club to world-class musicians at Hilbert Circle Theater and Indiana Repertory Theater's productions of American classics and recent hits, all a short walk from your Stay Alfred apartment.
The neighborhood has a walkability score of 97 thanks to innovations like the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, an 8-mile bike and pedestrian path that connect the city's six renowned cultural districts. There are public art projects all along the trail and planters to green the streets, as well as food and cultural tours that showcase the best of Indianapolis from a local perspective. If you love the outdoors then you also can't miss the Central Canal Walk, a three-mile loop along the waterfront where you can rent a pedal boat or a kayak, or take a romantic gondola ride past Indiana's museums and historic buildings.
Did you know that Indianapolis has 20,000 feet of hidden underground passageways to explore? The City Market Catacombs were originally built to store meat and produce for the market before the days of refrigeration. Escape the heat in summer and explore the hidden corners on a guided tour, then grab lunch at one of the market stalls right above you. That's not the only amazing historic attraction in downtown Indianapolis. The Indiana State Museum has a huge array of exhibits from fossils to fashion, and an IMAX theater where you can see penguin documentaries and features on national parks, all on a six-story screen.
Indianapolis might be famous for its sports teams, but it has a literary side. The city is the hometown of author Kurt Vonnegut, and the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library is dedicated to championing his artistic and cultural contributions. The exhibitions include Vonnegut's original typewriter and a letter his father wrote him while serving in the war which has never been opened. While you're there, go see the L.S. Ayres clock designed by Kurt's grandfather Bernard in 1936, and take a selfie in front of the two-story mural of Vonnegut that decorates Mass Ave.
Meet Stay Alfred at Penn Street Tower
The gorgeous historic building at Stay Alfred at Penn Street Tower is enough to charm anyone, but the amenities are anything but historic. Each apartment is decorated with a modern twist on the classic Beaux-Arts styling of the original building, with full kitchens with modern appliances, swanky granite countertops and smooth hardwood floors throughout. Every apartment has central heating and air conditioning, so you can keep the temperature perfect inside no matter what season you're visiting. And with fast WiFi in every room, you'll have no trouble uploading all those great holiday snaps for your friends to drool over. If you've been good about going to the gym this month, no need to break your streak! Stay Alfred at Penn Street Tower features a fitness center that's open 24/7, so you can get your workout in whenever it's convenient.
Stay Alfred at Penn Street Tower is within striking distance of Monument Circle, right at the center of town. You have dozens of dining options right on your doorstep, from the city's best pizza at Bazbeaux Italian diner to India Garden's traditional north Indian buffet. We recommend stopping at Bakersfield, a great little taco and tequila joint in a 200-year-old building that plays country classics and has a cool industrial feel. If you're craving Thai food there's also the surprisingly romantic Bangkok Restaurant and Jazz Bar, which has an elegantly decorated dining room with live music and a well-chosen wine list.
There's no shortage of place to quench your thirst, but we have to put in a good word for Rebar Indy, a hip bar where you can try a boozy adult milkshake or pour your own beer from their selection of twenty rotating craft brews. Once you've sampled them all, you might enjoy a show at Hilbert Circle Theater, a 1600-seat theater that's home to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. As well as violin concertos, symphonies and opera, they run musical workshops for kids aged 3-7 and hour-long conducting lessons for adults that will turn you into a virtuoso in no time at all.
Meet Stay Alfred at The Block
If you're here to shop til you drop then you're going to love Stay Alfred at The Block. The building has interior access straight into the Circle Center Mall, where you can get your retail therapy at over 100 different stores or grab a bite to eat at one of its fifteen restaurants. Stay Alfred at The Block is also connected to the Indianapolis Skywalk, which provides convenient, walkable access to the city's best museums, parks, entertainment and performing arts.
Live like an Indy 500 racer in the magnificent building with elegant marble accents and a bright and sunny interior atrium. The plush décor continues inside the apartment, with open loft-style floor plans and masses of space, and the huge windows with incredible city views mean you can get instagramming before you even leave the apartment. Nobody want to do chores on vacation, which is why we offer daily cleaning and 24-hour laundry service. That way you get more time to spend on the things that matter, like finishing up that report or grabbing a drink in a nearby bar.
Speaking of which, Stay Alfred at The Block is in the heart of downtown, surrounded by bars and restaurants. You're just a 7-minute walk away from Tin Roof, an unpretentious live music venue with a rocking dance floor that's very popular during happy hour. Just around the corner is Nicky Blaine's Cocktail Lounge, a retro nightclub that serves a wide selection of martinis and specialty cigars to a backdrop of smooth jazz.
Hungry? We recommend checking out Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, a full working brewery that turns out unique and creative craft beers in addition to tasty bar food. Or for something a bit more upscale, try Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse, a stylish eatery with a menu of classic cuts and an impressive wine list. If you don't feel like going out to eat then Mediterranean restaurant Ali Baba’s is right in the building, or there's everything you need to quickly whip up dinner in the apartment's modern, fully-fitted kitchen.
All that remains is for you to pack your hiking boots and sunscreen, book your flights, and decide which of Stay Alfred's elegant apartments is going to upgrade your stay in Indianapolis. Get ready for delicious food and craft beer, a cutting-edge cultural scene, and a vacation to remember!