Book an Indianapolis Area Hotel and Watch Wicked the Musical

The super hit musical about the famous witches of Oz is scheduled from November 13 to December 1, with 24 performances.

What’s so special?
Wicked is visually stunning and boasts a high score from Stephen Schwartz with Tony Award winning costumes and sets, along with some gravity defying moments. Termed as a cultural phenomenon by Variety, this musical continues to break all box office records. Apart from the three Tony Awards, it has also won a Grammy, and is the biggest blockbuster of Broadway.

Ideal for anyone above the age of eight, it tells the story of two girls who met in the Land of Oz – long before it was visited by that famous girl from Kansas. One girl is fiery, smart, and misunderstood. She has emerald green skin. The other is ambitious, popular, and beautiful. These two girls grow up and become the Wicked Witch and Glinda the Good.

USA Today has called it the most satisfying and complete contemporary musical. You can watch it in the Old National Centre on New Jersey Street. And if you want a comfortable stay with everything planned well ahead of time, contact us and we’ll make arrangements. Book early so that you don’t miss this world-famous Broadway musical. We have great Indianapolis hotel packages to offer you a comfortable and happy stay.
 

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Historic Hotel Indianapolis Offers New Keurig Coffee Makers

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters have partnered with Hilton Garden Inn to upgrade the hotel’s in-room beverage and coffee offering. There are more than 73,000 HGI guest rooms in the United States and Canada, and they all now have the option to brew a fresh and hot cup of coffee using the Keurig K130 brewing system.

At Hilton Garden Inn, we believe that travel should be a pleasant experience. This is why we keep looking to enhance our services and guestrooms, trying to offer a more comfortable and convenient experience.

Carbonview Research, Inc. conducted a survey on 500 travelers and studied the amenities they preferred in their rooms. The report said that in-room coffee was the second most popular amenity after Wi-Fi.

There are  many people who want to start their day by brewing a perfect cup of coffee in their room. Since different people have different preferences, it was a good idea to provide coffeemaker machines in each room instead of providing hotel made coffee. HGI partnered with GMCR to have Keurig brewers to guestrooms for a perfect morning. These single cup coffee makers can make steaming hot coffee in no time.

At our Indianapolis Downtown Hotel, each guestroom will have four complimentary Keurig cup packs. Additionally, guests can purchase specialty beverages from the 24 hour Pavilion Pantry.
 

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Searching for that Perfect Green Hotel Indianapolis? We've Got You in Mind Just in Time for the Month of March.

The month of March is a particularly exciting time for the inhabitants of Indianapolis, as well as for those visiting from out of town or even out of state. You don't want to find yourself without an Indianapolis area hotel to stay in, so make sure to book a room with us as soon as you can before the best ones are taken! March has got us pumped for the variety of events taking place around our hotel. Here's a rundown of them:

  • March 14 - The Hoosier Lottery Greening of the Canal will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Stardust Terrace near the Indiana Historical Society. There will be free food, live music, and prizes.
  • March 15 - The St. Patrick's Day Parade will last from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. along the Indianapolis Downtown parade route while the Parade Festival takes place on Vermont Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • March 16 - The 22nd Annual Shamrock Run/Walk begins at 10 a.m. at Monument Circle and is followed by the Shamrockin' the Circle with live music, local beer, and good food. Blarney Bash will take place on the Georgia Street boardwalk this year and feature the local bands My Yellow Rickshaw and Flatbed Twitch on a stage in front of Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Killian's will be hosting this event and providing all the green beer, delicious food, and live music you could ask for. On the boardwalk, you'll find a variety of bars and restaurants open for this event open to the 21+ crowd.
  • March 23 - IHSAA State Basketball Finals for the boys teams will be hosted at Bankers Life Fieldhouse starting at 10:30 a.m. and lasting all day.
  • March 29 and 31 - The NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Midwest Regional will take place at Lucas Oil Stadium to host the "Sweet 16" and "Elite 8" games.

In addition to all of the events listed, our Pacers play seven home games at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse this month alone. There will also be a variety of acts being performed such as Sister Act at the Old National Centre and Beethoven's Fifth at Hilbert Circle Theatre. Even the 500 Festival Training Series 10K will be taking off on March 9 at 8 a.m. to warm up participants for the actual marathon.

As you can see, there's no shortage of things to do in Indianapolis this month. If you haven't planned a trip yet, your first step should be booking our Indianapolis downtown hotel so that you don't miss out on a single thing. Your next step will be deciding exactly what you want to do on each day, but hopefully the list will help!
 

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Star Hotel Downtown Indianapolis Supports Canned Food Drive

Although the month of December usually involves a lot of shopping, it is also a traditional time of year to have a canned food drive because many people are in need for the extra food.

From now until December 30, 2012 we are having a canned food drive - all canned goods will be donated to the Julian Center.  The Julian Center helps victims of domestic violence get back on their feet and provides them a safe place to be until they can do just that. 

If you are interested in helping out, please bring your canned goods to our green hotel Indianapolis and drop them off at the Front Desk of the hotel. 

Not only do victims of domestic violence need a warm meal, but they also need a safe spot to lay their head.  We are also donating 180 lumbar/bolster pillows to help with this effort.

Thank you in advance for your help in providing hope and healing to the folks at the Julian Center.

What are some of the ways that you give back during the holiday season?  What sort of ideas do you have on ways that our newly renovated hotel Indianapolis can give back?

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Indiana Pacers Season Starting October 31 - Grab Your Hotel Reservations Indianapolis Now!

The arrival of October means many things: brisker weather, leaves changing colors, and a night of trick-or-treating fun, to name just a few.  But to many, the beginning of October signifies one other very important event: the arrival of basketball season.  The Indiana Pacers start their season October 31 with an away game against Toronto, and will play at home for the first time on November 3.  Spend an evening on the court cheering for your favorite Indy player, and follow it up with a night of well-deserved relaxation by snuggling it up at our nearby green hotel Indianapolis

If you’re a Pacers season ticket holder, consider looking at our Indianapolis hotel packages; discounts are often offered for those of you who book early! 

Listed below for your scheduling convenience is the Pacers’ home schedule so you can begin planning your basketball-filled fall.

Indiana Pacers Home Games:

November 3---Sacramento                   
November 10---Washington
November 13---Toronto
November 16---Dallas
November 21---New Orleans
November 23---San Antonio

December 5---Portland
December 7---Denver
December 12---Cleveland
December 14---Philadelphia
December 19---Utah
December 26---Chicago
December 28---Phoenix

January 2---Washington
January 5---Milwaukee
January 8---Miami
January 10---New York
January 12---Charlotte
January 18---Houston
January 30---Detroit

February 1---Miami
February 5---Atlanta
February 8---Toronto
February 11---Brooklyn
February 13---Charlotte
February 20---New York
February 22---Detroit
February 26---Golden State
February 28---L.A. Clippers

March 3---Chicago
March 6---Boston
March 13---Minnesota
March 15---L.A. Lakers
March 19---Orlando
March 22---Milwaukee
March 25---Atlanta
 

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Come Stay with Us for Indy Colts Football

The Indianapolis Colts have another exciting season planned for football fans, and if you’re looking for a comfortable way to stay and watch them play here in Indiana, there are no better accommodations than our Indianapolis Downtown Hotel.

Conveniently located in the heart of all the action, we put you right where all the professional sports events take place. You’ll enjoy luxury accommodations in our historic hotel Indianapolis location with plenty of extras to make you feel special while you’re here. Our amenities include heated pool and hot tub, fitness center and room service as well as flat panel high definition televisions and hospitality centers in every room.

With so many reasons to stay with us as you journey to the football game, you’ll probably want to add a few extra days using one of our Indianapolis hotel packages to have additional time to see all the available attractions that make this city such a wonderful place to visit. Here’s the 2012 Colts Season Schedule so you can find just the right weekend for a special football getaway with a group of friends or that special someone.

9/16     Colts vs. Minnesota Vikings @ 1pm
9/23     Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars @ 1pm
10/07   Colts vs. Green Bay Packers @ 1pm
10/21   Colts vs. Cleveland Browns @ 1pm
11/04   Colts vs. Miami Dolphins @ 1pm
11/25   Colts vs. Buffalo Bills @ 1pm
12/09   Colts vs. Tennessee Titans @ 1pm
12/30   Colts vs. Houston Texans @ 1pm

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Plan Now for the Winter Holidays 2012

While the heat of summer may have you wishing for cooler weather, you can always dream of a winter white wonderland by planning for the holidays now. Meeting and banquet room reservations fill up fast particularly as fall approaches so it’s really time to start thinking about the holidays in order to reserve your spot before it’s too late.

Companies delight in hosting their holiday parties in our historic hotel Indianapolis ballroom, the Benjamin Harrison, or dining and dancing on our historic Mezzanine. This year you can make this event one to remember for many years to come by booking early.

We’re even offering special party packages with 10 percent discount per person on food and waiving both the meeting room rental and bartender fees. Overnight guests also benefit with a full breakfast in the morning, and each event includes one complimentary suite night for every 15 rooms booked. Our holiday special is based upon availability so don’t miss this great hotel deal Indianapolis Downtown.

Call to schedule your next social event or holiday party at the green hotel Indianapolis Hilton Garden Inn by contacting our Catering Sales Manager, Celia Belden, at (317) 405-5711. She may also be reached by email at cbelden@fhginc.com.
 

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Indianapolis Downtown Hotel Goes Green with Clean the World Soap Recycling

Our green hotel Indianapolis is becoming a whole lot greener and cleaner in 2012 with our participation in the Clean the World soap recycling program.  This innovative program collects and recycles products such as soap, shampoo and lotion that is typically discarded by hotels and bed and breakfast locations. The organization then recycles these items to create new products that are donated to homeless shelters and impoverished nations that suffer from high mortality rates because of infection.

With over 10 million bars of soap and hundreds of thousands of pounds of shampoo and conditioning products recycled, the program eliminates tons of waste while helping to keep those in need clean. Our housekeeping department works to collect leftover hygiene products and then place in provided bins for collection by the Clean the World Recycling Center. Soaps are sanitized to remove any bacteria and repackaged for distribution.

This is just one of the ways our Indianapolis Downtown hotel is committed to providing sustainable solutions that benefit our customers and the environment. For hotel reservations Indianapolis visitors can call our reservation hotline at (317) 955-9700 or visit our informative website to learn about special hotel packages, weekend getaway deals and event planning assistance.
 

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Cheer on Downtown Indy in December 2012

The World Spirit Federation (WSF) will be cheering in Downtown Indy when they arrive for the December 2012 Championships. The two day showdown brings the world of cheer and dance to the area where teams compete for titles and awards while spectators enjoy some of the best athletes in these sports.

The WSF Indy Showdown will be held at the Indianapolis Convention Center on December 8th and 9th. Considered the Super Nationals for Indianapolis, the competition is a qualifying event for the 2013 World Bid. All Star cheer and dance teams may register now on the WSF website or call them at (865) 777-6826. Spectators may enjoy watching the competition for both days free! Check the website for scheduling information 5 days before the event.

Staying at Downtown Indy hotels will place you near all the cheering and dancing action, and our green hotel Indianapolis Hilton Garden Inn offers guests luxury accommodations and amenities that will enhance your time in the city and at the championships. Guests enjoy in room hospitality centers, wireless internet and flat screen HD televisions. Our non-smoking hotel is located near the convention center and popular attractions. For Indianapolis hotel packages visit our informational website or call us at (317) 955-9700.
 

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Hotels Near Lucas Oil Stadium For The 2012 Indianapolis Colts Season

Indianapolis ColtsFor a long time the Indianapolis Colts have been known through their main quarterback, Peyton Manning.  However, if you follow ESPN on a regular basis, then you've noticed that Peyton has been traded to the Denver Broncos.

With such a trade, there's a different feeling in Indy.  This is the beginning of a new era for The Colts and we are very excited about the 2012 Colts schedule!

2012 Colts Schedule                               

  • Week 1    Sun    9-Sep    @    Chicago Bears            1pm    
  • Week 2    Sun    16-Sep    HOME    Minnesota Vikings        1pm              
  • Week 3    Sun    23-Sep    HOME    Jacksonville Jaguars        1pm              
  • Week 4    BYE                                         
  • Week 5    Sun    7-Oct    HOME    Green Bay Packers        1pm                                
  • Week 6    Sun    14-Oct    @    New York Jets            1pm                                
  • Week 7    Sun    21-Oct    HOME    Cleveland Browns        1pm                  
  • Week 8    Sun    28-Oct    @    Tennessee Titans        1pm                    
  • Week 9    Sun    4-Nov    HOME    Miami Dolphins            1pm                                 
  • Week 10    Thu    8-Nov    @    Jaconsonville Jaguars        8:20pm       
  • Week 11    Sun    18-Nov    @    New England Patriots        1pm                     
  • Week 12    Sun    25-Nov    HOME    Buffalo Bills            1pm                          
  • Week 13    Sun    2-Dec    @    Detroit Lions            1pm                                    
  • Week 14    Sun    9-Dec    HOME    Tennessee Titans        1pm                  
  • Week 15    Sun    16-Dec    @    Houston Texans            1pm                   
  • Week 16    Sun    23-Dec    @    Kansas City Chiefs        1pm                                  
  • Week 17    Sun    30-Dec    HOME    Houston Texans            1pm  

Our star hotel downtown Indianapolis is the perfect place to stay if you are in town for one of the Indianapolis Colts' games this season.  Maybe there is a group of you that are looking for a conference hotel Indianapolis while you're here for a game.  Whatever the case may be, we're happy to accomodate.

What are some of your favorite Indianapolis Colt memories?  Please share your thoughts and memories in the comment section below.

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Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Makes the 1st & Green Leader Board

We are excited to announce that we recently made history by achieving the most water saved in business category through 1st & Green.  You can check out the results on the leader board on 1st & Green's website.

We were able to save nearly 150,000 gallons of water - which is quite a triumph for a hotel.  Of course, we have to thank our guests too - without them it would not have been possible.

1st & Green is a web-based program that allows different groups and individuals to participate in a challenge to see who can save the most water and carbon. 

Groups were allowed to register in five categories:

  • businesses
  • non-profits
  • government
  • schools K-12
  • other groups

This year's challenge ran through the 2012 Super Bowl and the idea was to help offset the environmental impact of the 2012 Super Bowl.

Here's a photo of our Director of Sales, Mitch Divens, accepting award:

Director of Sales, Mitch Divens, accepting award

Also important to mention, we came in 5th place for carbon emission savings - we saved 1862 carbon units.

When you are looking for a green hotel Indianapolis, you will find one at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Indy.  Whether you are looking into Indianapolis group travel or Indianapolis wedding hotels, we can help you plan to not only save money, but also to save the environment. 

 

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Reserve Your Rooms Now for Butler Bulldog Basketball Season

There's plenty of basketball season left for Butler University Bulldog fans so whether you want to attend the Men's or Women's games or even both, 2012 promises to be an exciting year for college basketball fans.

As the preferred downtown hotel for Butler University, the historic hotel Indianapolis Hilton Downtown has Indianapolis hotel packages just for basketball game attendees. Receive the special $99 rate, which includes breakfast and self parking by making your online reservation today

Our hotel offers deluxe accommodations, room service, fitness center, swimming pool and restaurant to make your stay a little more like home. Make plans to reserve your room soon as Downtown Indy Hotels fill up fast. And to make scheduling your trip a little easier, below find the Men's and Women's basketball schedules for their home games.

Men's Basketball Schedule (at Home)


December 29        Green Bay
December 31        Milwaukee
January 13        Cleveland State
January 15        Youngstown State
February 2        Wright State
February 4        Detroit
February 14        Loyola
February 17-19        ESPN Bracket Buster
February 21        UIC

Women's Basketball Schedule (at Home)


January 5        Youngstown State
January 7        Cleveland State
January 26    Green Bay
January 28    Milwaukee
February 11    Valparaiso
February 16    Loyola
February 18    UIC
March 1        Detroit
March 3        Wright State
March 7        To be announced – Horizon League Championship

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Butler Basketball Hits the Courts with 2011/2012 Season

Butler University Bulldog fans, students and alumni are in for a real treat this basketball season. With the 2011/2012 season in full swing, there’s nothing better than getting in on the action of a live game. As one of the premiere Downtown Indy hotels and historic hotel Indianapolis locals and visitors love to frequent, the Hilton Garden Inn is ready for the basketball crowd with our special discount rates for Bulldog fans.

Find the Butler Men’s Basketball schedule for 2011-2012 below and begin planning your stay for the team’s home games in our luxury hotel accommodations Indianapolis visitors love:
 
November
Nov 2        Northern State
Nov 5        Franklin
Nov 12        Evansville (away)
Nov 15        Chattanooga
Nov 19        Louisville
Nov 21        Savannah State
Nov 23        Gardner Webb
Nov 27        Indiana (away)
Nov 29        Oakland City

December
Dec 3        Valparaiso
Dec 7        Xavier
Dec 10        Ball State (away)
Dec 17        Purdue
Dec 20        Gonzaga (away)
Dec 22        Stanford (away)
Dec 29        Green Bay
Dec 31        Milwaukee

January

Jan 6        Wright State (away)
Jan 8        Detroit (away)
Jan 13        Cleveland State
Jan 15        Youngstown State
Jan 19        UIC (away)
Jan 21        Loyola (away)
Jan 26        Milwaukee (away)
Jan 28        Green Bay (away)

February
Feb 2        Wright State
Feb 4        Detroit
Feb 9        Youngstown State (away)
Feb 11        Cleveland State (away)
Feb 14        Loyola
Feb 18        ESPN Bracket Busters
Feb 21        UIC
Feb 24        Valparaiso (away)
Feb 28        Championship 1st Round – tba

March
Mar 2        Championship Quarterfinals
 Mar 3        Championship Semifinals
Mar 6        Championship Finals
Mar 13        NCAA Tournament 1st Four
Mar 15        NCAA Championship 2nd Round
Mar 22        NCAA Regional Semifinals - Finals
Mar 31        NCAA Final Four
 
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10 Things To Do Without a Super Bowl Ticket, #5-1

Ways to participate in Super Bowl XLVI without a ticket, ideas 5-1:

5. Check out the new Chase Near East side Legacy Center and Indianapolis Youth Education Town

The NFL supports the development of a Youth Education Town in each city.  This leaves a lasting legacy for the youth and families in the area.  Indy's Super Bowl will focus on Arsenal Tech High School.  You can see the webcam of the center's pr ogres here.

4. Stay Connected with Super Bowl XLVI

Sign up for newsletters and updates leading up to the Big Game.  Keep in touch with 1st & Green, Super Service and more!  Keep in touch with our hotel as well!  Find the Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Downtown on Facebook and Twitter!

3. Encourage kids to be active with the NFL Play 60 Challenge

You've probably seen the commercials.  This program is geared toward schools, but you can certainly apply its principles to your neighborhood, after-school care, kids, etc.  The challenge to to get kids outside and playing actively for 60 minutes a day at school and home.  Let's help prevent childhood obesity!  Our Indianapolis meeting hotel staff is considering starting up a workout program a couple evenings a week.  The cookies at the Front Desk continue to put pounds on all of us!  Ha!

2. Celebrate "all things football" in Super Bowl Village

Georgia Street is under construction to turn into a great pedestrian-only boulevard in the heart of downtown Indianapolis.  It will lead directly to the NFL Fan Experience in the convention center.  We are one of many hotels near the Indianapolis Convention Center even at six blocks away.  NFL will be represented with all 32 franchises surrounded by bars, nightlife, great dining and live music!

1. Be your own pro-football star at the NFL Experience

An interactive theme park dedicated to football?  Yes, please!  Memorabilia.  Kids' football clinics.  Autograph sessions.  More.  More! MORE!!  The most exciting thing?  TICKETS ARE AFFORDABLE FOR THE NORMAL PERSON!

 


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10 Things To Do Without a Super Bowl Ticket, #10-6

As you might have guessed, hotels are sold out, restaurants will be packed and to get to Super Bowl XLVI the normal person may have to sell an organ or their soul.  I'm sure to be on call 24/7 and sleeping in the office that weekend.  Luckily, we just ordered new, comfortable (I hope) chairs.  Ha!

There are plenty of other ways to get involved with the Super Bowl in downtown Indianapolis starting right now!  A list created by the Super Bowl Host Committee gives us the top ten things we can do to be involved in the BIG GAME without a ticket!

10. Fight breast cancer with Indy's Super Cure

Indy has partnered with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at IU Simon Cancer Center.  You can contribute financially, become a tissue donor to increase the diversity of breast tissue samples received to help fight cancer and/or volunteer at the Komen Tissue Bank.  Tissue donation events will be taking place up to and including the week of Super Bowl XLVI.

The Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Downtown management team is participating in this.  Our green hotel Indianapolis is very proud to be a part of this challenge.  You can sign up as an individual or an organization.  You track green activities on, at least, a weekly basis.  Activities such as planting a tree, reducing your shower time, choosing for alternate transportation and opting for reusable shopping bags are tracked.

8. Knit, crochet or weave Super Scarves
Blue and white, handmade scarves will be presented to all volunteer staff.  If 8000 scarves are made, excess scarves will be given to front line hospitality employees who will provide SUPER SERVICE for our city's guests!
It's pretty simple.  Plant a tree - you can track it in 1st & Green or volunteer with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to participate in a planned tree planting.  Trees provide so many benefits to the environment and, let's face it, they're pretty.  Function & form, form & function.  Our downtown Indy hotel usually participated with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful each year for a downtown cleanup.
6. Participate in neighborhood cleanups to leave a lasting legacy

This project is focused around the near east side of Indy.  The idea is to leave a lasting impression of this civic project well beyond the Super Bowl.

We may not be able to help you with hotel reservations Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI, but you can always get involved in other ways.  I'm just excited to be working and living downtown during this event!
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Indy Bike Hub

As downtown Indianapolis strives to be a more bike-friendly city, commuters are urged to start pedaling instead of driving.  Our green hotel Indianapolis supports this cause!  The Indy Bike Hub is currently under construction next to the Indianapolis City Market.  The Indy Bike Hub, a facility of the YMCA is a place where commuters can ride their bike into downtown and securely park it for the day until ready to return home.

The Indy Bike Hub will feature secure, indoor parking for 148 bike!  Bicycle Garage Indy will also have an area for sales, service and bike rental, too.  Not only is this a bicycle transportation hub, the YMCA will have strength and cardio equipment, group classes and personal training!  So really a new gym and wellness center will be opening just two blocks away from our downtown Indy hotel!

Don't worry about being sweaty after you ride.  Before you walk into work, park your bike and take a shower in the locker room.  All you have to do is roll out of bed , throw on some comfy riding clothes, park it, shower, dress and walk to work!  I'm moving 3.5 miles from work and I'd rather ride my bike than the bus so this will be a great option when I get settled!  The Indy Bike Hub is only two blocks from our Indianapolis meeting hotel.

From what I understand we can buy a day pass, get a full YMCA membership or buy a bike/shower only membership!  How exciting!  Grand opening is September 14th!

Visit them on Facebook!
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50 Things Under $50 To Do In Indy!

How many times do start off a blog post with something like, "In my effort to save you some cash..."?  Well, here's another one.  In my effort to save you some cash, I thought I'd write about this idea I surfed upon on Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.'s website:

50 Date Ideas Under $50!!!!

The ideas range in price from FREE to Under $25 and Under $50.  Our green hotel Indianapolis is right in the center of it all and ready to help you save some money!  Here are some of my FREE favorites (some modified based on my own experience):Some of my Under $25 favorites:And the Under $50 faves:Don't forget we have some great Indianapolis hotel packages to save you even more money.  Though we can't offer rooms under $50, we do have room + tickets + breakfast type packages that give you a good discount when bundled!  Don't forget to make your reservations at our downtown Indy hotel if you're tooling around downtown checking out these cool spots!

I've only done six of the 15 on my list...but I hope to experience more of Indy.  I just signed a lease for 18 months so I'm sure I'll be around to see and do more!
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Indianapolis Bike To Work Day 2011

It's May.  The weather hasn't been the best so far this spring.  It's been cold, rainy, stormy, rainy, cloudy, rainy, wet and rainy.  With the nicer (hopefully) weather coming up this weekend, I'm really looking forward to getting on my bicycle and riding around town.  I just moved downtown about two miles away from work and love to ride around downtown and to my downtown Indy hotel.

Downtown Indianapolis is such a bike-able area!  We have the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, the Central Canal Towpath and hookup to the Monon Trail.  See my post from last April about Indy being named a top 10 bike-friendly city!  There is so much to see and do in downtown Indy and traveling by bicycle is a quick, healthy and environmentally friendly way to get around.

May 20th this year celebrates the Indianapolis Bike To Work Day.  Residents from all over the city will leave their car at home and put on their helmets for a ride.  Even those who live outside of downtown and usually commute can put their bike on the bus and ride to a closer spot before pedaling.  As an employee of our green hotel Indianapolis, I'll definitely be participating on my new single-speed cruiser.  I've never been able to participate before, having lived 30 miles away from downtown.

There will be plenty of bicycle parking on Monument Circle, just 1/2 block from the Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Downtown.  The festivities kick off at 6:30am with group bike trains from various points throughout Indy.  Monument Circle opens to bikers at 7am, a speech by the mayor and others will take place just before 8am and there will be food and vendors on the Circle all day.  Lunch rides on the Cultural Trail will happen at noon.  Finally, at 3:30pm, the Tomlinson Tap Room will begin their happy hour and will be serving fresh, local beer.  Tomlinson Tap Room is located just one block from our three star hotel downtown Indianapolis inside the City Market.

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Hospitals Near Downtown Indy Hotels

Are you looking for a place to stay, hold a conference, a wedding, or any event that you have been planning?  Are you hoping to find a place that not only offers great services but is also just a few blocks away from almost every park, stadium, university, and school in town? 

Visit our green hotel Indianapolis and take advantage of our great hotel packages offered.

Aside from being near at convention centers, universities, and stadiums, we are also the perfect place because we are near some of the most well known hospitals and children's hospitals in Indianapolis.  So if you have a loved one that is a patient and you need somewhere to stay, our hotel is ideal because we are just a few blocks away from many well-known hospitals.

Indianapolis mapHere are some of the hospitals near the Downtown Indy hotels:
  • Kindred Hospital-Indianapolis
  • Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health'
  • IU Health University
  • IU Simon Cancer Center
  • IU Health Methodist
  • St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital
  • St. Francis Indianapolis Hospital
  • Community Hospital-East
  • Larue D Carter Memorial Hospital
  • St. Vincent Women's Hospital
Whether you have a loved one having a procedure done or who has a long term hospital visit ahead of them, you will love the fact that our hotel is nearby so that you have a clean and comfortable place to come home to.

If you'd like to see more of our downtown Indy hotel, you can do so by visiting our website

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Super 3 Ticket Packages from Drum Corps International

Are you a fan of the Drum Corps International Marching Music’s Major League or just someone who is fond of seeing live performances such as or an active participant thereof? Well, here is a great opportunity awaiting just for you! Drum Corps International has a big,
big offer at hand. 

Super 3 ticket packagesThe offer is a Super 3 ticket packages which includes reserved tickets to all three World Championship events at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Super events are as follows:

Thursday, August 11, 2011 - World Championship Prelims:
featuring the performance of all competing World, Open and International Class corps.

Friday, August 12, 2011 - World Championship Semifinals: featuring the top 25 corps determined by Friday's Semifinals results.

Saturday, August 13 2011 - World Championship Finals: featuring the top 12 corps determined by Friday's Semifinals results.

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