It began with the opening of the apartments at City Way, followed by the hot‐spot restaurant Cerulean, and in less than two weeks, the doors to Indy’s newest boutique hotel, The Alexander, will open, furthering the progress of the 14‐acre development at Delaware and South Streets. With an impressive collection of local and national art, sustainable architecture, and a unique mixology lounge, The Alexander is sure to be a favorable destination for visitors and locals. While the official grand opening party isn’t until February 23, The Alexander will open for service at 2 p.m. on Monday, January 21.

Here are a few things about the new hotel that caught our attention.

Free wireless internet

Asking guests to pay for the Internet is a prehistoric notion. When Wi‐Fi is available in every corner coffee shop, it’s no longer a luxury – it’s a part of daily life. At The Alexander, you don’t need to pay to log on, there’s complimentary wireless internet access throughout the hotel.

Homage to Indianapolis

The name itself pays tribute to one of the two architects who designed the circle city in 1821, Alexander Ralston. The hotel’s “mixology lounge,” Plat 99, offers a small section of locally sourced food while its name references the name of the parcel of land the property is located on. 

Even the wallpaper in the hallways of The Residences (The Alexander’s version of extended stay), is a graphic rendition of the city’s layout.

Healthy, eco‐friendly way of life

Mini bars are stocked with coconut water, V‐8 fruit drinks, and Jones Soda while two ‘nourishment hubs’ in the conference room halls offer oatmeal, fresh fruit, smoothies and other more health‐conscious snacks. 

Guests won’t have to worry about turning off their room lights when they head out on their complimentary bicycles to tour the town, a keycard‐activated system will handle that. We can all breathe a little easier knowing that low‐emitting adhesives, paint and flooring are used throughout the building to help enhance indoor air quality.

Emphasis on art

With work by 24 artists, four of which are based in Indianapolis, The Alexander boasts an impressive collection of art. Selected by Veronica Roberts, Adjunct Associate Curator of Contemporary Art and Dr. Lisa Freiman, head of the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Contemporary Art Department, twelve of the forty plus pieces in the collection are site‐specific commissions, including the Plat 99 space designed by acclaimed artist Jorge Pardo.

Guestroom walls are lined with pieces of art from the website 20x200, each of which is available for purchase through the site – information will be available in each room.

Attention to detail

From the artfully folded toilet paper and combination coffee/ espresso machines to the faint city blueprints drawing on the room number plaques, you’ll find plenty of small but thoughtful particulars. Have a dietary restriction? The kitchen staff is happy to accommodate your gluten‐lactose‐peanut‐free lifestyle.