Ready for the Best Hotel Deal, Indianapolis? Prospective College Students Can Save Money Through Us

Incoming or prospective college students looking for hotels near Indianapolis will be pleased to find out that we offer a special university rate for them. Our Indianapolis Downtown hotel is a perfect spot, putting you right in the middle of of the city, no matter what college or university you seek! If you're planning to visit Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and are checking out downtown Indy hotels, we have got you covered. IUPUI, Butler University, and Ivy Tech all even recommend our services to those coming in from out of town to visit college. We also are not very far from the Indianapolis Airport so that you can reduce gas mileage. This will, along with our rates, will help you save money.

Since these schools are partnered with us, anyone who reserves a room with us will pay the special university rate, which includes either self-parking or breakfast, rather than just the normal rate for a hotel room. IUPUI, Butler University, and Ivy Tech students, teachers, and family members will receive discounted rates for single and double occupancy rooms, which come with complimentary Wi-Fi, refigerator and microwave. You really can't beat the location; our downtown Indy hotel is located in the center of the city with easy access to these three universities. We also have special rates available for the Butler and IUPUI commencement ceremonies. We are one of the hotels near Indianapolis Convention Center, where the IUPUI commencement will take place on Sunday, May 12 this year.

Even prospective students looking to visit Marian University, University of Indianapolis, Art Institute of Indianapolis, Harrison College, Brown Mackie College and Franklin College can take advantage of our great location and low prices. Visiting downtown Indianapolis can really give you a feel for the culture and help you make your decision about which college to attend. Choose the downtown Indy hotel smack dab in the middle of it all for a full experience, and book hotel room Indianapolis in advance to get 25% off!*

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Don't forget to take in a Butler Men's Basketball game while in town!








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Enjoy the Brews at Tomlinson Tap Room

Eat, drink and be merry when you visit the Tomlinson Tap Room brewery just a short distance from our Indianapolis Downtown hotel. In fact, you’ll find plenty of drinking and food delights at the Indianapolis City Market where the popular Tap Room is located.

This neighborhood pub crafts the finest Indiana brews right on the premises so you will know you are getting the fresh and distinctive taste straight from the maker’s tap. While the brewery serves some snacks, they also allow guests to bring their own from the numerous food places in the City Market.

Visitors will enjoy the convenient location of our historic hotel Indianapolis Downtown.  We’re close to all the events as they happen at the Convention Center, Airport, Speedway, area universities such as Indiana and Butler as well as Lucas Oil Stadium.

Our Indianapolis hotel packages include affordable rates for deluxe accommodations along with room service, fitness center, pool and hot tub. With over 6,500 square feet of conference space, your group will have all the room needed for successful meetings and events. Call us today to book your rooms or group travel (317) 955-9700.

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IndyFringe Festival Brings the Unconventional to Life in August

There’s a lot of meaning to the word fringe. It can be a decorative border of thread or cord, an outer edge or even something that is not part of the mainstream, unconventional. The upcoming IndyFringe Festival likes to see itself as a little of the outer edge of theater entertainment, outside of the mainstream and ready to bring the unconventional to life.

Indiana residents and visitors will be thrilled to learn that the 6th Annual Indyfringe Festival promises to make August one show stopping spectacle. With 280 shows over a 10 day period, guests will meet diverse theatre artists creatively entertaining and educating the Indy masses.

The event will be hosted in 7 different theatres including Theatre on the Square Stage II, the Theatre on the Mainstage, The Phoenix, The Phoenix Mainstage, Comedy Spotz and the IndyFringe Theatre. All attendees need to do is pick a show and prepare to be entertained. All one hour shows perform back to back with 30 minute interval breaks to allow stage take down, setup and for guests to move to attend other stage shows.

For visitors seeking affordable Indianapolis hotel packages to attend the IndyFringe Festival, the newly renovated hotel Indianapolis Hilton Garden Inn offers special rates for those vacationing in the area or just wanting hotels near Indianapolis Airport for traveling convenience. The hotel provides luxury accommodations with room service and fitness center to keep your tummy full late night when returning from the theatre and your body fit to keep you ready for the 10 days of IndyFringe fun.

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Why Government Officials Choose To Stay With Us?

When you think of downtown Indiana, you should think of fun, relaxations, sports, adventure, music, nightlife, good food and politics. Yes, politics. If you are a government official who’ll be dropping by Indy to report at the Federal Building, the State Capitol or the Courthouse, you’ll find perfect hotel accommodations Indianapolis at Hilton Garden Inn.

We’ve been host to several groups of government officials and not without good reason. We are located right in the center of downtown Indianapolis and near the Indianapolis airport. Our prime location ensures that we are close to the three buildings that interest government officials the most: the Federal building, the State Capitol and the Courthouse.

Imagine the amount of time you, as a government official, could save if you set up base at our historic hotel Indianapolis for your stay here. If you’d like to take some time out from your schedule to take in the sights and sounds of Indy, we are the most time convenient option you’ve got, since we are close to most other non-official buildings as well.

So the next time you need to drop by the State Capitol, do check in at Hilton Garden Inn and give us a chance to make your visit a little less hectic.

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Marsh Symphony On The Prairie

Marsh Symphony On The PrairieLots of people have lots of reasons to give downtown Indy a visit. Music lovers have one more: the Marsh Symphony On The Prairie. This summer from the 25th of June till the 3rd of September, an awesome line up of performers will greet visitors at Conner Prairie.

Scheduled mostly on Fridays, these performances are sure to attract huge crowds. Artists include the likes of American Landscapes, The Music of Billy Joel & Elton John featuring Michael Cavanaugh and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. If you are music enthusiast, this is one performance lineup you wouldn’t want to miss.

And when you plan your visit to downtown Indy around the dates of these performances and look for hotels near Indianapolis airport, get in touch with us at Hilton Garden Inn. Our newly renovated hotel Indianapolis is “the” place to stay if you wish to enjoy the best. Fun loving staff, awesome food and regular updates on what else you can check out downtown besides the Symphony performances – we assure you of all that and more.

So when can we expect you to give us a visit? Tickets to the Symphony are already on sale. You can check out more about the program, the venue and other related information through their site.

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Indianapolis Museum Of Art Summer Night Film Series

When you give downtown Indy a visit, you will be spoiled with choices when you look for things to do. Book one of the hotels near Indianapolis airport (Hilton Garden Inn is one of them) and get ready for a relaxing, yet fun-filled week or weekend as the case may be.

While not much happens on week days elsewhere, downtown Indy’s quite different. There’s something happening here every day of the week. This summer, Indianapolis Museum Of Art is the place to be on Friday nights.

Every Friday from the 3rd of June to the 26th of August, the IMA will screen a movie in its spectacular outdoor amphitheater. Initiated way back in 1976, the Summer Night Film Series has screened 283 films ranging from black and white classics to modern hits. This year’s film schedule includes amongst others, Clerks, Poltergeist, Grease and Labyrinth. You can either book your tickets online or onsite. The movie starts at 9.00 pm.
Indianapolis Museum Of Art Summer Night Film Series
At our newly renovated hotel Indianapolis we’ll tell you about all that’s happening around downtown, so you have something to enjoy all the time. On Friday evening you can leave the hotel with food, non-alcoholic beverages, blankets and bug repellants and head to the IMA for an evening of relaxed fun.

Get in touch with us for the best hotel deal Indianapolis. We look forward to meeting you.

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Italian Street Festival

The corner of East St and Stevens St in downtown Indianapolis will be buzzing with activity on the 10th and 11th of June. It’s time for the annual Italian Street Festival! Check into the Hilton Garden Inn, the newly renovated hotel Indianapolis and join in the fun.

What all can you expect over these two days?
  • Over 25 different Italian meats, salads, pastas and desserts.
  • Live music and dancing.
  • Games for everyone!
  • On the 11th i.e. Saturday at noon, adjacent to the festival grounds, the IHSI bocce league’s top 16 Spring League teams will compete on the courts at Lacy park in a tournament.
  • Later on Saturday, a colorful Italian religious procession will take place.
If you want to take in the Italian Street flavor in downtown Indy, make your hotel reservations Indianapolis and dive in. Of course, this is not the only event you can look forward too. When you drop in at Hilton Garden Inn, one of the hotels near Indianapolis airport, our staff will keep you updated about the latest events you can attend and what you check out around downtown.

Irrespective of what you love: sports, music, films, adventure, nightlife or shopping – you’ll find it all here. So what are you waiting for? Get in touch with us soon.
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Concerts On The Canal

Indianapolis Group TravelThe 2011 Concerts On The Canal series is the reason behind the huge number of people thronging the Kruse Family Stardust Terrace at the History Center in downtown Indianapolis every Thursday night. The series features artistes such as Peace Train, Actors Theatre of Indiana, Greg Bacon and the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra.

If you're going to be dropping by downtown Indy on Thursday, this is one event you should make time for. Don’t worry about hotel accommodations Indianapolis as we'll take care of you. 

For the Concerts on the Canal, you are allowed to bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverage to the concert. Alcoholic beverages have to be purchased and consumed at the site. If you are not into bringing your own food, fret not. Hoaglin To Go operates a café, outdoor grill and cash bar there.

If you’d be visiting downtown Indy on any of the upcoming Thursdays and wish to attend this event, you can reserve your seats online or by calling the Welcome Center at (317) 232 – 1882. To get to know more about Concerts On The Canal and the lineup of performers through August, check out the Indiana Historical Society’s website.

There’s a lot you can do in Indianapolis throughout the week. Take that much needed vacation and give downtown Indy a try. Turn to us if you are looking for a hotel room near Indianapolis airport. As one of the most popular downtown Indy hotels, Hilton Garden Inn has everything you’d want including well-furnished rooms, awesome food and an excellent staff. We look forward to seeing you here.

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Sports – You Name Them, Indianapolis Has Them!

Downtown Indianapolis is a very happening place these days. There’s something for everybody here. No wonder hotels near Indianapolis airport are in such great demand. Whether you are a shopaholic, a foodie, an adventure seeker, an arts enthusiast, a party hopper or a sports buff, you’ll have choices aplenty to keep you happy and occupied during your stay in Indiana.

Speaking of sports, if you or your high school or college sports team is looking for hotels near Lucas Oil Stadium, Hilton Garden Inn (that’s us) is the perfect fit. We're near Conseco Fieldhouse, Victory Field (Baseball fans, this one’s for you’ll), Pepsi Coliseum (Hockey!), Indianapolis Motor Speedway (auto racing), White River State Park and Military State Park.

Irrespective of whether you are into basketball, biking, bowling, karting, fishing, golf, skating, hiking or simply running, you are sure to find venues in downtown Indy where your choice of sport is played with gusto. And if you are dropping in to check our pro-sports teams and wish to get hotel accommodations Indianapolis has us.

Visit our website to get a better idea of what our hotel has to offer. If you’d like to check out all sports and recreation spots in Indianapolis, drop by

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Like Hilton Garden Inn? Show It On Facebook!

Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis on FacebookIf you’ve stayed at Hilton Garden Inn anywhere in the world, you’d know that the service we offer is unsurpassed. Of course, when it comes to our newly renovated hotel Indianapolis location, we are far above par than other hotels near Indianapolis airport.

Have you loved your stay at any of Hilton Garden Inn's locations? If yes, then you might want to show your love by liking Hilton Garden Inn on Facebook. Liking us will not only make you eligible for several contests that we have running, it will also allow you to interact with several other Hilton lovers.

For instance, recently we had a “Like Us for Points promo” on Facebook, wherein Facebookers could simply click the Like button and take advantage of 250 Hilton Honors points – points that are coveted by every Hilton regular.

You should also check out our Wall on Facebook – it is a very happening place. There is a lot of interaction always going on there between people who are regular visitors to Hilton Garden Hotels, people who had their first experience with Hilton and those who are going to vacation or drop by a Hilton hotel in the near future. Peep in and you’ll love the active discussions we have there.

Coming back to Indianapolis, if you are wondering whether Hilton Garden Inn is one of the hotels near Murat Centre – we are. We are also close to the speedway, the Lucas Oil Stadium and the Convention Centre. Come drop by and we’ll give you a reason to like us on Facebook.

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Circle Centre Shopping Package Gets More Lucrative

Circle Centre Shopping Shopping has been attributed many adjectives – stress reliever, mood uplifter, wardrobe upgrader, woman’s best friend and the list goes on. However, there’s one adjective that no one would associate with shopping – money saver. Money spender – yes. Money saver – no! And yet, that is exactly what you end up doing when you choose our Circle Centre Shopping Package.

One of the few hotels near Indianapolis Airport, Hilton Garden Inn is a hot favorite with people from every walk of life – vacationers, families, to-be-weds, corporate officers and shoppers. Our Circle Centre Shopping Package had always been a favorite of many die hard shoppers. Now, there’s more reason for shopping enthusiasts to choose this package and give downtown Indy a visit. Here’s why – we’ve slashed our price for this package to $199 from $219. This price reduction is on till November.

Amongst all Indianapolis hotel packages, this package has found favor with many. What all do we offer as part of this package? Deluxe hotel accommodations, Indianapolis’s Circle Centre Mall’s shopping coupons, a welcome amenity bag from Simon Mall, a Simon Mall American Express gift card worth $100 and breakfast for two at the Great American Grill!

So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and drop into our star hotel, downtown Indianapolis to enjoy the shopping delights Indy has to offer.

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The Perfect Location For A Conference – Hilton Garden Inn

Weddings, reunions, get-togethers, holidays – Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis has been host to events aplenty. But, it’s not casual events and fun outings alone that attract people to our hotel. Our conference hall has witnessed its share of formal conferences and meetings.

So if you are looking for a conference hotel Indianapolis has us to offer. There are many reasons why you should choose to host your meeting at Hilton Garden Inn. Firstly, we are one of the few hotels near Indianapolis airport and therefore transportation is very convenient for the members participating in the conference or meeting.

Secondly, we have a conference hall that has just the right setting to promote brainstorming and successful, productive interactions. Thirdly, we have excellent facilities to enhance presentations during your conference including projectors of all conceivable kinds, microphones, speakers, 32” television with DVD and VCR facilities, wireless internet…you name it, we have it.

In addition to providing excellent conference facilities, we also have unmatched food, cold beverages, professional decorations including floral arrangements and banners for the conference, awesome accommodations and an ever-ready staff.

Once you've made your hotel reservations, Indianapolis will not remain a conference location alone. There’s a lot happening in downtown Indy these days. Once your meeting is done, you can take a walk down the streets, do some shopping, attend a sports event, visit a museum or do one of several other things that Indy has to offer. Who said conferences can't be fun?

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Sidewalk Café Season’s Here

Warm weather, sunny days, soothing breezes and wonderful sights – downtown is the place to be. Add awesome food to the list and you know the sidewalk café season has arrived. Rooftops to patios, it's time to dine outside the interiors and bask in the sunshine as you take in the hustle and bustle around you.

Hotel Room IndianapolisThere's nothing like eating a good satisfying meal in the heart of downtown Indy, while the sun casts a warm glow at everything around. The people in Downtown are all for having some summer fun this season and with more than sufficient parking space, you can join us too! Here’s a listing of some sidewalk cafes that you should check out in Indianapolis:

  • 14 West Restaurant: Ask for a patio seat!
  • BARcelona Tapas: Situated right in the heart of Indy.
  • Bazbeaux Pizza: Awesome food.
  • Canal Café and Terrace At Indiana State Museum: Spacious, family-friendly and with a view to die for.
  • Champions Sports Bar: It’s laid back atmosphere lends itself to a perfect outdoor dining experience.
  • Champps Americana: Catch all the action here – and we don’t mean only sports, for this café is located in Circle Centre.

Be sure to check all downtown cafes here.

If you are dropping into Indy to bask in the aromas floating around here and are looking for hotel accommodations Indianapolis has a lot to offer. Hilton Garden Inn is one of the best hotels near Indianapolis airport. Go on, book a hotel room, Indianapolis awaits!

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Indy Is Great! – All The Reasons People Love Indianapolis

From a small city to a big one, from a quaint, non-happening place to one that sports a nightlife that other cities would envy – Indianapolis has come a long way. It has something for everybody. Excellent architecture, wonderful museums, shopping hotspots, a rocking nightlife, friendly people and fantastic hotels – is it any wonder that so many people are choosing downtown Indy as their holiday retreat? recently posted a video that featured amongst many other visitors, celebs like Patrick Dempsey, Peyton Manning and Gene Simmons and they all love Indy. Whether they were in town for a vacation, a conference, a convention or just visiting someone, all those captured on video only had good things to say about the city.  Check out this video below:

While sports enthusiasts gushed that Indy is the best sports town around, the nightlife was adjudged “the best” by club hoppers. Visitors also praised the way the city has been laid down and the ease with which they could get around. With sufficient hotel accommodations Indianapolis has managed to steadily increase the number of visitors it entertains.

If you are considering dropping into Indy for a weekend and are looking for hotels near Indianapolis Airport or conference hotels, Indianapolis has the Hilton Garden Inn that offers an atmosphere conducive not only to conferences, but also weddings, reunions, vacations and everything in between. Come and live the good life – the downtown way!

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March Madness!

Wow! it is hard to believe that the Big Ten Tournament is about to start again; it just seemed like yesterday our downtown Indianapolis hotel was playing host to some of the most notable teams in the Big Ten Conference. This year is extra special as the city of Indianapolis takes center stage in the NCAA Tournament. With the selections and seedings being announced right here in Indianapolis before the Tournament, as well as the Final Four with the Championship game being played at Lucas Oil Stadium downtown, there is sure to be a buzz in and around our city for the next couple months.

With all the action and excitement located just blocks away from the Hilton Garden Inn,  there is an opportunity to be part of March Madness as it transcends into downtown Indianapolis. There are a very limited amount of spaces available for the women’s as well as the men’s Big Ten Tournament, so don’t delay and make your reservations today! We are one of the hotels near Conseco Fieldhouse, at only two blocks which is a very convenient walk to all the action, and near Indianapolis Airport. So when you’re searching for downtown Indianapolis hotel accommodations, and cheer on your team, join us at the Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Downtown! Although the Final Four is not available, don’t miss the chance to be a part of this historic year in the Big Ten Conference as well as the NCAA Final Four!

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FIFA World Cup Soccer

I received this email today from the Indiana Sports Corp.  Help us bring the FIFA World Cup to the U.S. and to Indy!  This would be HUGE for us and benefit not only downtown Indy hotels, but many Indianapolis area hotels!  Talk about a boost for our economy, restaurants, retail, airport, transporation, etc.  As a former server and bartender, I would salivate over an event like this just for the potential tips!  Ha!  But seriously, what a great event and a great opportunity for the U.S. and Indianapolis to show the world we care about this sport and welcome it to our country and our city.

Do You Want to See FIFA World Cup Soccer in Indianapolis

Indianapolis was recently selected as one of 27 U.S. cities still being considered as a host city for the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup. The host city selection process will continue over the next few months. It's time for Indiana and Indianapolis to prove how passionate we are about hosting this great event. We're challenging you to help us make Indiana the most-represented state for the USA Bid Committee's online petition. Our bid will be judged on the number of residents who sign this petition to support our bid.

Forward this to soccer fans, sports fans, fans of world-class events in Indiana, your family, friends, co-workers, and all e-mails lists you can. Print this and hang it up in your office, your gym, your school, or anywhere else you can think of. Ask them to support Indianapolis and the United States' bid to host the FIFA World Cup by going to and signing the online petition that you want the FIFA World Cup to come to Indianapolis.

More than 40,000 fans have already shown their love of soccer and patriotic spirit by signing up.

Your support counts! Help us bring the FIFA World Cup to the U.S. and Indianapolis.

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Best Available Rate Guaranteed!

Did you know Hilton Garden Inns are Best Available Rate guaranteed hotels?  What does this mean?  Well, it means that when you, as our potential or returning guest, are searching for Indianapolis hotel accommodations or and Indianapolis hotel deal, you will find our rates are the same on all third party booking sites, like Expedia and Orbitz, as they are on our HGI site.

How does this benefit you?  First, you know the Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Downtown doesn't jack up our prices to sell at a higher rate on any website.  Second, you know that king room you reserve on our website will be a king room when you arrive.  Some third party booking sites only guarantee you a room, not a specific room type - like airlines guarantee you a fare, but not a specific seat.  If this is the case on our site, you can always call the hotel to see what "Room Type Selected At Check-In" really means and if your preferred room type is, in fact, available.  Finally, we can only offer our great packages on our site. You'll find great Indianapolis hotel packages and our best available rates online...guaranteed.

Finally, whether you are searching for Indianapolis wedding hotels or a meeting hotel, hotels near Conseco Fieldhouse for your team or something downtown but still near the Indianapolis Airport for your group's easy arrival and departure, you can find Indianapolis group travel accommodations through our sales department.  We would be happy to check availability for your friends, family, clients, conference or team.  Call one of us if you need anything!

Christian Celis-Schemidt, Director of Sales, (317) 405-5708,
Camille Lauer, Corporate Sales Manager, (317) 405-5709,
Lindsay Gill, Leisure & Online Sales Manager, (317) 405-5710 and
Marcy Schwegman, Banquet & Meeting Manager (317) 405-5711.
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Hotel Tax Increase

It's been all over the news lately: How will Indianapolis fix the Capital Improvement Board's $46 million deficit?  Most of the talks have centered around taxes.  It has now fallen on downtown Indianapolis hotels, and all Marion County hotels, to help fund the ailing CIB.

Hotel taxes in Marion County will increase from 9% to 10%.  This will make total taxes paid on a hotel room 17%.  From hotels near Indianapolis Convention Center to hotels near the Indianapolis Airport, east, west, north or south will make that jump on September 1, 2009.  This means that $99 rate will be $115.83 instead of $114.84 - not a huge difference right?  The $199 rates during races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will now be $232.83 instead of $230.84...again, not a large difference.

There is a lot of media hype about Indianapolis being one of the nation's highest in hotel tax.  That is a fact but look what little difference it makes.  We all have to roll with the punches sometimes and make changes when it comes to supporting and improving our city.  This is just one thing Marion County will be doing to help the CIB.

Leave a comment and let us know what you think!

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It's Still Race Season

The Indy 500 may be over, but there are still two great races to think about in the coming months!  In July, the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard will return for it's 16th running at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  What about the 2nd annual Red Bull Indianapolis GP in August?  Also at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, this motorcycle race is not one to miss!

Do you know which downtown Indy hotels are near the Indianapolis Speedway?  Our three star hotel downtown Indianapolis is one of the closest!  The Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Downtown is located just six miles SE of the IMS.  If you're looking for discount hotel rooms in Indianapolis, or group travel for the races, please call us!  We have great rates and Indianapolis hotel packages for Indianapolis group travel - small and large!  And even though Indy has a new airport terminal, don't be fooled.  Downtown hotels near the Indianapolis Airport have not moved, a short drive will get you from the airport to our downtown Indy hotel and from here to the races.

Contact Camille Lauer today at (317) 405-5709 or to arrange your hotel accommodations in Indianapolis at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown!
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