This hotel seems to be a Indianapolis hidden treasure! It started with the price... Very reasonable. After I booked the hotel, my husband called the hotel to surprise me with flowers in the room. The hotel representative helped my husband by ordering the flowers (which were absolutely beautiful) & having them waiting in the room when we arrived. Once he found out we were celebrating our anniversary, they upgraded our room. After check-in, they delivered chocolate covered strawberries and champagne to our room. They also gave us a voucher for breakfast the next morning. The check-in receptionist was so friendly and made us feel very welcome. Once we got to the room, I was pleasantly surprised at how nice it was. Very modern & updated. The bathroom had a large shower and was very clean. The bed was too firm for my liking, but the bedding was very comfortable. We had dinner at St. Elmo's Steak House, which was next door to the hotel. The hotel is home to Spoke and Wheel Restaurant, which is where we had breakfast. It was good, too. I loved this hotel and can't wait to stay there again.
Check in was easy and quick. The room was very clean, the bed was hard as a rock, now if you like that your in good shape. The pillows were good and the bed linens were very nice. Paid the extra 2 bucks for valet parking, but when we left, I called down to the front desk to have my car pulled around. When we got downstairs to check out we had to wait for the car, several people who asked for their car after me got there's first. So they don't really have the Valet parking thing down yet. All of the staff was extremely nice though.
Would've rated higher on this particular trip, but they didn't offer motorcycle parking so we had to park outside a block away and pray no one messed with the cycle... Favorite hotel to stay at for any event, just this time was not the best...
I can't write enough about the experience of The Columbia Club from the moment you walk in. Let me say up front, if you're looking for something similar to your last Holiday Inn Express or Marriott, please move on. This hotel is truly for those who value the perfect combination of history and class.
This was my first visit and I was amused at some of the reviews I read. Upon check in I was not asked to sign anything saying I couldn't bring in my own food although the thought didn't occur to me. I was travelling on business, not to have a party in my hotel room.
I am unfamiliar with Indianapolis and the front desk staff gave me ideas for a close-by dinner, but then invited me to enjoy dinner at their own restaurant. Of course, I decided to give it a try and thoroughly enjoyed my evening. I had 2 glasses of wine, fresh bread, Ceasar salad and a wonderful salmon and asparagus dinner - all for just $67. The ambiance and attention from the wait staff was incredible and I thoroughly enjoyed my experience.
The rooms are smaller than most hotel rooms, true. This hotel was built approximately 100 years ago and was suitable for its time. I found the rooms quaint, clean and completely comfortable. In the morning I ordered room service and literally got a complete breakfast for $13 delivered right on time and it was impeccable. Hats off to the chef who poached my eggs to perfection.
Needless to say, I will be staying here again in the future. It was wonderful.
Hotel was easy to find, and easy to check in. The free coffee and cookies in the Lobby was a nice feature. We liked that it was close to the circle so we were able to park in the garage and walk to dinner and shopping.
The capital of Indiana, this city of 782,000 is best known for hosting the Indy 500 every May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Indianapolis Colts (football) and Indiana Pacers (basketball), play at Lucas Oil Stadium and Conseco Fieldhouse, respectively. Other noteworthy attractions include the NCAA Hall of Champions and the Indianapolis Zoo.