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hotel review,  Indiana

My experience at the Courtyard Indianapolis Downtown

For my first visit to Indianapolis, I was looking for a hotel in downtown so I could walk to the Indianapolis Indians baseball game (read about my visit to the ballpark here).  The Courtyard Indianapolis Downtown was an ideal choice for a downtown hotel.  The hotel is a five-minute walk to Victory Field, a five-minute walk to the sights in White River State Park, an eight-minute walk to the Indiana Convention Center, and a thirteen-minute walk to Lucas Oil Stadium.  The hotel is a short drive to several tourist attractions.  For example, it is an eleven-minute drive to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, a twelve-minute drive to Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and a fifteen-minute drive to Newfields.  Additionally, Indianapolis International Airport (IND) is a fifteen-minute drive from the hotel.

One king, sofa bed guest room

Traveling by myself, I booked a king room.  The room is also equipped with a sleeper sofa.  Despite having an overflowing duffel bag, a carry-on suitcase, and a computer bag there was plenty of space in the room.  Like other Courtyard by Marriott rooms, the desk features a pull-out table for travelers who need a work space.  The king-size bed was comfortable with several pillow options.

The bathroom also has ample space.  The counter top is more than sufficient for any traveler.  The shower is very spacious with two well-placed toiletry holders.


The hotel offers on-site, self-parking for $34 per day.  Valet parking is $37 per day.


The Courtyard Indianapolis Downtown is part of Marriott IndyPlace, which includes four other Marriott properties.  To maximize space, the hotels share a large fitness center.  It contains a free weights area, multiple elliptical trainers, several treadmills, and some stationary bicycles.  The fitness center is accessible 24 hours a day with a room key.


Marriott IndyPlace has multiple dining options with something to meet every travelers’ needs.  People seeking a familiar chain may dine at TGI Friday’s, which is in the Fairfield Inn & Suites.  Visitors who want to grab a meal as they head out the door can visit Loaf + Vine Market, which is located in the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.  High Velocity, which is inside the JW Marriott, is a sports bar that offers take-our service.  The Courtyard’s dining option is The Bistro, which offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  They also serve Starbucks coffee along with a selection of craft beer and cocktails.  The Bistro is ideal for guests who want a quick bite in the morning.  I had the Bistro breakfast sandwich and a coffee.  The sandwich was delicious and filling.

Try on top of a table with a small bowl of fruit on left, a 20-ounce Starbucks cup of coffee in the middle, and a breakfast sandwich on the right at the Courtyard Indianapolis Downtown.
Bistro breakfast sandwich with a side of fruit and cup of Starbucks coffee.

Recapping the experience

The Courtyard Indianapolis Downtown is an ideal hotel for visitors to downtown Indianapolis.  It is close to a lot of downtown sights, but also easily accessible via car to other places around town.  Visitors can also walk to several downtown eateries, bars, and nightlife spots.  The room was clean, comfortable, and spacious.  The front desk staff was courteous and helpful from my arrival to my departure.  I barely had to wait for my car when leaving the hotel, as calling the front desk before I left the room meant the valet staff had enough time to retrieve my vehicle.  Regardless of whether you’re visiting Indianapolis for business or leisure, the Courtyard Indianapolis Downtown is a great hotel for your stay.

Disclosure: I received a media rate and complimentary parking for my two-night stay at the Courtyard Indianapolis Downtown courtesy of Visit Indy. However, all words and opinions are my own.

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