Midwest Living Review
Like the old real estate mantra, location, location, location may be the number-one reason to stay at this Indianapolis inn. Just nine miles from downtown, the inn enjoys a serene, green setting within the boundaries of 1,700-acre Fort Harrison State Park. The state acquired the former federal military post in 1995, converting it into a recreational complex featuring several miles of trails through forest and meadow, the Pete Dye-designed Fort Golf Resort, a conference center and two historic districts of early-20th-century military buildings. Renovated officer's quarters became the Fort Harrison State Park Inn and is worth a stay. Be sure to specify the main lodge or one of the officer's homes when you make your reservation. An auxiliary building a couple of blocks away--called the Harrison House--lacks any charm and is in dire need of some upgrades. If the Harrison House is all that's available, you'll find more comfortable lodging at one of the well-kept franchise hotels along 56th Street. In the main lodge, simple and comfortable guest rooms with private baths, coffeemakers and small refrigerators start at $72. The higher-end guest rooms (about $150 to $200, depending on season) feature officer-worthy accommodations, with fireplaces, Jacuzzis and four-poster beds. Downstairs, the main lodge offers comfortable sitting areas with marble fireplaces. Larger groups may appreciate the conveniences of the four nearby officer's homes, each complete with living areas, full kitchens, three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths.