Einstein Bros Bagels and Our Historic Hotel Indianapolis

One of the best breakfast foods is a bagel.  And if you are bagel masters like Einstein Bros Bagels, then you can offer all sorts of delicious flavors like: Plain, Honey Whole Wheat, Everything, Pumpernickel, Asiago Cheese, Blueberry, Chocolate Chip, Cinnamon Raisin, Cinnamon Sugar, Garlic, Good Grains, Onion, Poppy Seed, Potato, Sesame See and Cranberry.

We are pleased to announce that our newly renovated hotel Indianapolis now offeres Einstein Bros Bagels in the hotel’s Great American Grill and on our banquet menu!

A new Einstein Bros Bagels location opened across the street from the hotel where the Arby’s was last year. It’s in the same building as our self-parking garage, sandwiched between Dick’s Bodacious BBQ and Downtown Comics. 

Of course, the proximity of great bagels will make it easier on groups looking for hotels near Indianapolis Convention Center or on families having a reunion that need to serve a lot of people great food quickly.  We, of course, can help you plan accordingly for such a large group.

What's your favorite bagel?  What's your favorite topping for a bagel?  Do you like bagels for breakfast only or do you prefer them any time of the day?

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2013 Winter Nights Series and Hotels Near Indianapolis Museum of Art

Are you looking into a hotel room Indianapolis because you are coming in town for the 2013 Winter Nights Series at the Indianapolis Museum of Art?

Or are you just looking for hotel accomodations Indianapolis and also looking for unique things to do while you're in town?

Whatever the case, our discount hotel Indianapolis can fit the bill. 

The 2013 Winter Nights series takes place in The Toby Theatre at the IMA.  It runs from January 4th to February 15.  You might be interested in going a little bit before the movie starts to tour the Museum’s galleries or to eat dinner at Nourish.

Here is a line up to the films to be screened:

  • January 4 » The Fall (2006)
  • January 11 » Sin City (2005)
  • January 18 » Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
  • January 25 » Days of Heaven (1978)
  • February 1 » Apocalypse Now (1979)
  • February 8 & February 10 » 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  • February 15 » Top Hat (1935)
  • February 22 » The Night of the Hunter (1955)

All films are shown in 35mm or 16mm.  Tickets range from $5-$9.  $9 for public tickets and $5 for members and students (be sure to check their website for full details on ticket prices).  You also want to take into account the price of parking, which is $5 unless you are a member and in that case, it is free!

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Indianapolis Area Hotel Hilton Garden Inn Remains #Chuckstrong

Indy continues to remain strong with Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano as he begins his second round of chemotherapy and continues to win his battle against leukemia.  Doctors say that Pagano’s white blood cell count is normal and he is in currently in remission.  The team and interim coach Bruce Arians are hopeful that he will return to the field for the final home game on Sunday, December 30 against Houston.

Pagano was diagnosed with a form of leukemia in September and has been absent from all games since his diagnosis.  He has had very little contact with other people due to his weakened immune system as a result of undergoing chemotherapy, but did make it out to talk to his team during a game against the Miami Dolphins on November 4.

Several members of the team shaved their heads in support of Pagano on November 7, and those who didn’t colored their hair.  Banners with the saying #Chuckstrong hang in each end zone of the Lucas Oil Stadium as a sign of support from the rest of Indy as well.  

If you are interested in visiting Indianapolis for Pagano’s potential return to the final game or to show your support for Arians and the players before then, the Indianapolis Hilton Garden Inn is one of many hotels near Lucas Oil Stadium provides convenient and affordable accommodations.  Make reservations with an Indianapolis downtown hotel and show that you, too, are #Chuckstrong.

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Spend New Year’s Eve Celebrating Near Historic Hotel Indianapolis

New Year’s Eve is a great holiday to spend in the heart of downtown Indianapolis.  Whether you and your partner are looking for a romantic way to ring in the New Year or you want fun for the whole family, Indianapolis offers a variety of events for your enjoyment:

Countdown to Noon
Wanting to celebrate the New Year as a family but have some young ones that just won’t be able to stay up until the midnight mark?  Visit The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and, free with the price of admission, enjoy a “countdown to noon” to experience New Year’s Eve fun at a reasonable hour.  Both you and your children will enjoy a variety of activities and music to celebrate the end of the year in style.  Call (317) 334-3322 for more information.  

New Year’s Eve Murder at the Propylaeum
Instead of celebrating the New Year in a traditional manner, why not do something different this year?  The Propylaeum will host a special New Year’s celebration, complete with food and drink—and a murder to be solved.  Be sure to dress festively!  The party starts at 7 pm and will go until midnight (if you want to tour the historic house, arrive at 6 pm); reservations are required.  The price is $50 per person plus tax and gratuity; call (317) 638-7881 to reserve New Year’s plans that you will never forget!

Porter Robinson
If traditional is your style, you might consider spending New Year’s Eve dancing the night away.  Taking place both December 30 and December 31, this DJ hosted event promises to sell out quickly.  Purchase your tickets online or call (773) 598-0852 for more information.  Must be age 17+ to enter.

New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball
Add a little mystique to your New Year’s Eve this year by attending a masquerade ball!  The 6th annual Stella Artois New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball is complete with live music by Yellow Rickshaw and host Paul Poteet to keep the party hopping!  There will be costume contests and prizes that you don’t want to miss!  The event goes from 8:45 pm until 2:00 am and is 21+ only.  

Circoc the New Year
One of Indy’s biggest New Year’s events, Ciroc the New Year will take place at the top of Regions Bank Tower, where guests will be able to have a 360 degree view of downtown.  For only $125, you will have access to live DJs, hors d’oeurves, and the premium top shelf bar.  For more information on special VIP packages, call 317-658-0085 or email info@image-first.com. 

Are you coming to Indy for one of these events and need a hotel room Indianapolis?  Or were you thinking that if you could find a hotel deal Indianapolis then you might spend a special night out with your sweetie?  If so, we can help.  Please contact us to learn more about our hotel accommodations.

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Circle of Lights 50th Anniversary Event Adds Spark to the Holidays

What’s better than the Circle of Lights event in Downtown Indy? The 50th anniversary of this much loved holiday tradition, that’s what!

After having your fill of turkey, stuffing and apple pie on Thanksgiving Day, join thousands of Indy residents and visitors at this special celebration to kick off the special winter season on Friday, November 23, 2012. The Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW 481 put on this joyful gathering each year at Monument Circle when they turn on the holiday lights at the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument. With live shows featuring Santa and his elves, children delight in the toy soldiers, candy, ornaments and trains that decorate the entire area.

The lights shine in all their brilliant glory from the Friday after Thanksgiving until January, and families from all around share every year in this beautiful tradition including the coloring contest for kids. Not to be missed is the talent search audition, which takes place September 25th and September 29th. Visit the Circle of Lights website to learn more about auditions and participation rules.

Downtown Indy hotels share in the holiday festivities with plenty of decorations and lights to complement the holiday spirit found in the Circle of Lights event. For hotels near Indianapolis holiday attractions throughout the season, you need look no further than our newly renovated hotel Indianapolis Hilton Garden Inn. Give us a call today at (317) 955-9700 to reserve your room or visit our hotel reservations site online.

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Stay with Us for Second Thursdays on Georgia Street

Downtown Indy always offers great events that people of all ages may enjoy, and the Second Thursdays on Georgia Street is one of those free activities that really bring the city to life. From August to November on the second Thursday of the month, Georgia Street comes to life from 11 in the morning until 8 in the evening with events sure to delight everyone who attends.

Whether you want to take a long lunch break or enjoy an early evening of fine dining and music, the Downtown area is the place to be. Drum Corps International performs every hour and even allows the crowd to join in with some drum beating fun of their own. Pacers and Fever players offer some hoop shooting excitement, and Colts cheerleaders sign autographs daily from 11 a.m. to 1 pm. and again between 3:30 and 5:30 each afternoon.

Staying in an Indianapolis area hotel makes adding this fun event to your travel plans quite easy. Our Indianapolis hotel packages offer affordable accommodations right near all the action and local attractions. All you need to do is join us as we celebrate the fun and spirit of Downtown with delicious food, cooling drinks and entertaining music for all.

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Set the Pace with the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon 2012

The Indianapolis Monumental Marathon 2012 brings racers to a beautiful city for a scenic racing event for runners of all levels. For the 5th year, the Indianapolis Marathon will begin and end in Downtown Indy at the Indiana State Capital. Scheduled for November 3rd, racers and spectators alike will enjoy the scenic highlights of the city on this Boston qualifying course.

With last year’s participation at record levels, this year’s event promises to set the pace even higher. Participants may register online or by mail for the marathon, half marathon or 5K. The course features flat, level ground with very few hills and is certified by the USA Track & Field. Runners and walkers will see all the major buildings and historic monuments that add distinction to Downtown Indy.

The Marathon donates to local charities to aid in youth health education, combat delinquency, promote community and fundraise for charities that align with their mission. Over $250,000 has been donated to charities that benefit Indianapolis public schools.

For Downtown Indy hotels the Monumental Marathon housing manager offers reservations on their site in order to book your stay during the racing events and expo. As a participating Indianapolis Downtown hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Downtown offers a convenient location near the Capital Building and marathon activities. Reservations may be booked directly through the Marathon lodging site, and for stays any other time of year, contact the hotel directly online or by phone at (317) 955-9700.


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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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The Beat Goes On in Downtown Indy

Downtown Indy will be moving to the beat when the Drum Corps International visits the city for its annual Drum Corps World Championship 2012. The weeklong festivities kick off on August 6th and end on August 11th to bring the Drum Corps version of marching music to Indy.

Celebrating 40 years of competition, the championships begin at Lucas Oil Stadium with the preliminaries on August 9th and the winners of that day move on to the semifinals on August 10th. The semifinal winners will compete in the World Championship Finals on August 11th. Over 100 live competitions are held throughout the U.S. until 40 drum and bugle corps arrive in Indianapolis to compete for titles in the Open and World Class Championships.

Drum enthusiasts, relatives and fans may purchase tickets at the Drum Corps International Box Office, and the world championship event tickets at the Lucas Oil Stadium may be purchased from Ticketmaster locations nationwide or online.

If you’re looking for hotels near Lucas Oil Stadium our discount hotel Indianapolis Hilton Garden Inn is a convenient location to be nearing the drumming action as well as local area attractions. For Indianapolis hotel packages for the DCI event or any time of year, give us a call or visit our hotel site to learn more.

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Circle City Classic 2012 Brings Football Action to Indy

There’s nothing like football to get the fall sports season started, and this year Indianapolis is sure to bring on the action with the Circle City Classic 2012. Lucas Oil Stadium will be center stage October 6th when South Carolina State University competes against North Carolina Central University in what promises to be a thrilling football game honoring the 28 year tradition of the Classic.

Founded in 1984, the Circle City Classic has lived up to its reputation of offering competitive football challenges with year round programming for youth development and opportunities. Tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster or at the ticket offices of Lucas Oil Stadium or the Indiana Black Expo.

For hotels near Lucas Oil Stadium, the Circle City Classic housing manager offers lodging and hotel information right on their website. The housing deadline is set for August 30th so it is important for locals and visitors to reserve rooms as soon as possible. For information about reserving a room at any of the Downtown Indy hotels that are part of the convention housing block, visit the lodging page on the Classic’s website. Our historic hotel Indianapolis Hilton Garden Inn is part of the lodging program so reservations to stay for this event may be made directly on the Circle City Classic page.

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Home Tech Professionals Delight in CEDIA Expo 2012

This September home technology professionals will enjoy visiting Indianapolis for the latest in home security, entertainment, health, energy and automation. The CEDIA Expo 2012 will host their trade show September 5th to September 8th at the Indiana Convention Center in Downtown Indy.

This event promises to be the learning and networking adventure in residential electronics. Attendees will find information about the new technology in environment control, home security, lighting and theater. Professionals that work in this industry will also benefit from the experience of attending this leading trade conference especially for free training and CEDIA University coursework. Online registration is open through August 31st on the Expo website.

For hotels near Indianapolis Convention Center and the event, the convention housing manager also offers reservations on their site as well.  Our star hotel downtown Indianapolis is included in the trade show’s reservation block. Local residents and guests to the area can plan on staying in our luxury accommodations that are nearby the event and local area attractions including fine dining, historic sites, theater and shopping. Our Hilton Garden Inn Conference Hotel Indianapolis offers full service restaurant and lounge, a fitness center, swimming pool, hot tub and free internet.  

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Experience Gaming Action with Gen Con Indy 2012

There’s nothing like gaming to wind down the fun-filled summer days, and this August, Gen Con Indy 2012 will bring on the gaming action at the Indiana Convention Center. This long running, 44 year old gaming convention brings gamers and enthusiasts back year after year with all the great exhibits, costumes and games. The event runs from August 16th to August 19th with plenty of activities for gaming fans, families and serious gamers.

With important days for the trades, very important gamers and family fun, the convention covers every genre including fantasy, sci-fi, adventure and hobby gaming so there’s a little bit of something for everyone. At the event, the gaming industry also offers sneak peeks of new games and the latest releases so that fans will be in-the-know before all their friends. For registration information, see the Indy Gen Con website.

For Downtown Indy Hotels that are part of the Gen Con Indy hotel & housing bureau, see the convention’s hotel registration site information to book reservations through the housing manager.  Our Indianapolis Downtown Hotel is one of the premier hotels near Indianapolis Convention Center and also part of the convention housing blocks so be sure to check for our information on the convention’s site.

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Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Downtown Now Smoke Free

It’s official. As of June 1st, our hotel becomes a 100 percent non-smoking facility. Back in April, 2012 the Indianapolis mayor signed a smoking ban, which restricts smoking in all Downtown Indianapolis hotels,  restaurants, bars, entertainment centers and pretty much any public venue in the city.

The public smoking ban in Indy isn’t entirely new. Dating back to 2006, the city already banned smoking in the work place and restaurants. As of June 1, 2012, smoking is also banned in bars, bowling centers, nursing homes and hotel rooms in Marion County.

Smoking is allowed in Indianapolis cigar bars and hookah lounges, but owners will have to obtain a specialty bar license from the city. Cigarette smoking will also still be banned in these facilities even with the permit.

This newly issued Smoke Free Downtown Indy law was signed about a month after the State of Indiana instituted statewide smoking restrictions. Governor Mitch Daniels signed the smoking law, which goes into effect July 1st. The state law does provide exemptions for Indiana private clubs, tobacco stores, casinos and bars.

When looking for hotel accommodation Indianapolis visitors will now find that all of our luxury rooms are non-smoking. Give us a call today to find affordable Indianapolis hotel packages near all the popular Downtown Indy attractions.

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Hotels Near Indianapolis Speedway and Important Events for the 2012 Race

With just days left until this year's Indianapolis 500, you might be looking for last minute hotel accomodations Indianapolis.  There's good news because our three star hotel downtown Indianapolis still has a few rooms left.

While you're in town, you might want to take advantage of some of the great Indy 500 events happening, Indianapolis 500 May 2012leading up to the race.

  • Wednesday, May 23 - 500 Festival Community Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - for $8 in advance and for $10 at the gate, you can buy tickets to get autographs from your favorite Indy racers.
  • Thursday, May 24 - Practice/Qualifications for the Firestone Freedom 100 - this event is FREE.  From 9am - Noon is the Firestone Indy Lights Practice, then from 1:15pm - 2:15pm the Firestone Indy Lights Qualifications Begin and from 2:30pm - 4pm are the Vintage Car Laps.
  • Friday, May 25 - Miller Lite Carb Day - for $20 (kids 12 and under are FREE) you can enjoy the IZOD Performance Pit Stop Challenge, the Firestone Freedom 100, the Final Indianapolis 500 Practice and a concert in the afternoon headlined by legendary rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd.
  • Saturday, May 26 - Legends Day at the Indy 500 presented by Shell V-Power - for $10 (kids 12 and under are FREE), come and enjoy a full field autograph session and the public drivers meeting.  Gates open at 8am and the autograph session begins at 9am.
  • Sunday, May 27 - RACE DAY! The 96th Running of The Indianapolis 500 Mile Race - Tickets start at $30 and the snake pit opens at 7am! 

What are some of your favorite traditions when it comes to the Indy 500?  Does your family go every year or do you go every year with a friend?  Where do you come from?  We want to hear your stories and favorite memories!  Please share them in the comment section below.

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Hotel Accommodations Indianapolis and the Miller Lite Carb Day Concert

This Friday May 25 is Miller Lite Carb Day, an Indy 500 event.  The concert that takes place in the afternoon is free to those who purchased a $20 ticket for the Miller Lite Carb Day.  The concert takes place at the Miller Lite Stage in the IMS infield.

Lynyrd SkynyrdThis year rock legend and Rock n Roll Hall of Famer, Lynyrd Skynyrd will be the main attraction. 

Here's a run down of the events of Miller Lite Carb Day:

  • 10:30am - Q&A with INDYCAR Crew Members, Coke Stage, Plaza
  • 10:45am - Firestone Pin Distribution, Pagoda Plaza
  • 11am - Practice Begins
  • Noon - Firestone Indy Lights Pre-Race Begins
  • 12:30 - Firestone Freedom 100
  • 1:35 - IZOD Performance Pit Stop Challenge
  • 3:30 - Miller Lite Carb Day Concert Begins, Lynyrd Skynyrd

HURRY! Tickets are still on sale for Miller Lite Carb Day - purchase your Miller Lite Carb Day tickets here (scroll down until you see a drop down menu to choose your number of tickets).

Our discount hotel Indianapolis has limited rooms still available at this time.  If you are still looking for hotels near Indianapolis where you can stay while you are in town for the Indy 500, please get in touch with us directly.

Will you be in town for this year's Indy 500?  Do you have plans on attending the Miller Lite Carb Day Concert?  We want to hear what you plan on doing!


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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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Make Your New IndyCar at The Dallara IndyCar Factory

Indianapolis Group TravelThere's no doubt when you think of Indianapolis, Indiana that one of the first things that comes to your mind is the Indy 500, which happens to be just around the corner on May 27th.

Now you can make your Indy 500 experience more complete by visiting the Dallara IndyCar Factory.  Opening Summer 2012, the Dallara IndyCar Factory will have an opportunity for guests to create their very own IndyCar on an interactive basis.

Some of the other fun things that you can do at the Dallara IndyCar Factory include:

  • Race your companion in IndyCar simulators'
  • Watch IndyCar chassises made by the Dallara staff
  • Enjoy daily rides around the Speedway

If you're looking for a great venue for a private event,  The Dallara IndyCar Factory might be the perfect place since it bodes 30,000 square feet of event space.

Whether you are looking for hotels near Indianapolis or trying to plan Indianapolis group travel, you will love our newly renovated hotel Indianapolis because not only our are accomodations clean and new, but you will also be near plenty of downtown attractions.

What's your favorite part of Indy when you come to visit?  We want to hear about your experiences - please leave a comment and tell us!

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Keeping Pace with the Indy Pacers NBA Playoffs

The heat is on for Miami to keep up with the pace of Indy’s very own Pacers in the second round of the NBA Playoffs. Indianapolis natives are rooting for their hometown team to take this game series starting on Sunday, May 13th when the first game tips off in Miami. But Indy fans won’t have to wait too long before seeing their very own Pacers at home for game 3 and game 4.

The NBA Second Round Playoff Schedule is as follows:

Sunday, May 13th    Game #1    at Miami (loss)
Tuesday, May 15th    Game #2    at Miami
Thursday, May 17th    Game #3    at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Sunday, May 20th    Game #4    at Bankers Life Fieldhouse

If needed:
Tuesday, May 22nd    Game #5    at Miami
Thursday, May 24th    Game #6    at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Saturday, May 26th    Game #7    at Miami

Single game ticket sales to Round 2 games begin Monday, May 14th with limited availability. Home game tickets may be purchased through the Pacers Ticket Center or Ticketmaster.

Basketball fans will find hotel rooms still available at Downtown Indy Hotels. For hotel reservations Indianapolis Pacers fans may call our reservation hotline for luxury accommodations conveniently located near the Fieldhouse and all Downtown attractions.

With our Playoffs hotel deal Indianapolis residents will even find it refreshing to have their very own stay-cation weekend downtown just in time for the games without having to worry about driving home after a long day and night of celebration.


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Remembering Heroes This Memorial Day

If the Indy 500 is on your travel agenda this coming Memorial Day weekend, then you’ll definitely want to plan to see a little of Downtown Indy while you’re here. Of course with it being Memorial Day, there’s not better place to visit than the numerous city memorials in Downtown to honor our fallen heroes.

Some of the most place memorials to visit include:

  • Admiral Raymond Spruance Memorial Basin – honoring Indianapolis Navy officer for his success in the Battle of Midway, 1942.
  • American Legion Mall – home to memorials for World War II as well as the Korean and Vietnam wars.
  • Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum – Relive the Civil War at this museum located at the Solders and Sailors Monument lower level.
  • Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial – recognizes those who have received this highest military honor.
  • Firefighters Memorial – Tribute to those who died in the 1890 Indianapolis fire.
  • Indiana Law Enforcement & Firefighters Memorial – honors those police and firemen who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
  • Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument – dedicated in 1902 in tribute to the soldiers and sailors of Indiana who served during the Civil War and Spanish & American War. Recently restored and returned to its downtown home in September 2011.
  • Indiana War Memorial & Museum – Honors those who fought in the Korean and Vietnam Wars as well as WWI and WWII.
  • Project 911 Indianapolis- in remembrance of those killed during 9/11/2011.
  • University Park – part of the Indiana War Memorial Plaza and one time drilling grounds for Union troops.
  • USS Indianapolis Memorial – to honor the fallen of this Navy Ship, the last to sink during WWII in 1945.
  • Veterans Memorial Plaza – honors Indiana veterans.

For hotels near Indianapolis Speedway and all the memorials, there’s no better location when choosing between Downtown Indy hotels than our Indianapolis Downtown hotel Hilton Garden Inn. We offer deluxe amenities, room service, fitness center and pools so that when you return from your day (and night) out on the town, you can rest in comfort and luxury. Book your rooms today for Memorial Day weekend by calling us at (317) 955-9700.


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Free Fun in Downtown Indy

Visiting downtown Indy hotels promises to bring great accommodations and close proximity to plenty of great activities for all ages. If you’re on a budget, you might think your options for entertainment will be limited. Fortunately, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Give your budget a break with the following fun activities that also happen to be free for both residents and visitors alike.

  • Take a free tour of the Indianapolis Childrens Museum of Indianapolis. Family nights happen the first Thursday evening of every month, and they also offer free admission on El Dia de Los Ninos, President’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Christmas Eve.
  • General admission to the Museum of Art and Lilly House is free during the months of April through December. The Fairbanks Art and Nature Park offers 100 acres for walking and picnicking.
  • Easley Winery offers free tours on the weekends, and the Mass Avenue Wine Shoppe features free wine tastings on Tuesdays.
  • The Soldiers and Sailors Monument offers free visits to the Civil War Museum located in the monument’s basement from Friday to Sunday.
  • Stroll through Downtown’s four cultural districts: the Canal & White River State Park, the Wholesale District, Indiana and Mass Avenues.
  • The Indy City Market is open daily Monday through Saturday with plenty to see and do, and in the summer, the Farmer’s Market makes its debut each Wednesday from May to October and in the winter on Saturdays from November to April.
  • Walking the Central Canal’s scenic pathway will take you near fine examples of contemporary architecture and historic churches along the Canal Walk.
  • Circle Centre Mall offers plenty of opportunities for window shopping.
  • The War Memorial Museum is the place to visit to view city memorials.
  • The first Friday of every month, 35 art galleries associated with the Indianapolis Downtown Artists & Dealers Association sponsor an after party where visitors can meet local artists.

For more dozens of additional activities in Downtown Indy, visit the Indianapolis Downtown website to learn more about the schedule of events.

And for premiere accommodations in the heart of all the action, be sure to visit the Historic Hotel Indianapolis Hilton Garden Inn. Our Indianapolis hotel packages offer affordability, convenience and deluxe amenities.

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