Allow us to start with the bottom line: Overall, we like this property, which opened in early 2013. But visiting on business with an aging parent along for the part of the time allowed us to see The Alexander through two different lenses, and both are valuable. It's hip. The boxy glass architecture, long gray hallways, tall stairways leading from the street level, dance club music in the contemporary lobby, and modern art curated by the Indianapolis Museum of Art combine to announce that this place is cool, and you're cool for staying here. And if you want to be cool, that works well. But if you're a senior citizen who doesn't like lots of stairs or long hallways or dance music, you don't feel particulalry at home.
But the guest rooms can allay just about all of those concerns. Though the couch in our suite was about as hard as we imagine a sofa can be, the bed was supremely soft and topped with a half-dozen perfect pillows, and the enormous bath boasts granite counters, marble floors, a glass shower, separate water closet and two sinks with makeup mirrors.
This hotel, which has 209 rooms and suites, is ecofriendly, too; guests leave their key cards in a slot by the door to activate the lights, and the temperature in the room adjusts for vacancy during the day. Fluffly towels and bowls of fresh fruit await in the on-site fitness room. Open for breakfast and lunch, the ground-floor Market cafe feels like an upscale food market, with a flat $14.95 fee per person to dine at breakfast. Our cooked-to-order omelet didn't melt the cheese inside, and the French toast and turkey sausage we chose from the pretty serving skillets on the buffet were in fact cold.
In addition to the rooms, we really loved the staff. The front desk clerks smile, make eye contact, act as concierge and chat; a maintenance worker was even able to fish out a pendant that had dropped off of a necklace and down our room's bathroom drain. And the price will wow you: Rooms from $249 (though attached parking is $28 a day to self-park).