That 33-story tower of glittering blue glass dominating the Indianapolis skyline … that’s the JW Marriott hotel, which opened in 2011 as part of the Marriott-branded hotels connected to the Indiana Convention Center and convenient to downtown shopping, dining and sporting events. In keeping with its intended function as the crown jewel of Marriott Place, the JW Marriott boasts high-end touches and a price tag to match (nightly rates generally start at $249, though you can find the occasional sale price of $149). Sleek and modern, the standard-size rooms (980 rooms and 25 suites) feature walk-in showers with three shower heads, a single cotton waffle-weave robe, coffeemaker, 40-inch LCD HD TV, and whimsically designed furnishings in navy and maroon. The rooms are nice, but didn't convey any particular wow factor, especially considering we paid $260/night.
In-room Wi-Fi costs an additional $14.95/day; you can get free Wi-Fi in the public areas. On-site dining options are abundant and include the attractive Osteria Pronto for breakfast, lunch and dinner; the high-energy High Velocity sports bar; a lunch-only TGI Friday’s; and Starbucks. In warm weather, Tavern on the Plaza serves grilled fare on an outdoor patio. The expansive lobby bar features cozy seating groups and a fireplace encased in glass, and guests take take advantage of a small on-site exercise room and indoor pool.
Overall, we were disappointed in the value, and we felt a little out of place among the convention crowd. And remember that in a big city, you'll pay primo rates for parking; overnight self-parking in the connected garage is $28; valet parking is $35/day.