As you know, I have a thing for historic hotels, so when I learned about the newly renovated Bottleworks Hotel in Downtown Indianapolis, we couldn’t wait to check it out. Located in the newly developed Bottleworks District in Mass Ave, one of Indy’s trendy cultural district, the boutique Bottleworks Hotel embraces its rich history while offering guests a luxury hotel experience.
Disclosure: A huge thank you to the Bottleworks Hotel for hosting our stay. As always, all opinions are my own. Read full disclosure policy here.
The Bottleworks Hotel is part of the Bottleworks District, the site of the former Coca-Cola bottling factory built in 1931. At one time it was the largest in the world pumping out over 2 million bottles a week! The Bottleworks District has transformed the 12-acre space into what it is today with a food hall, independent boutiques, and of course the Bottleworks Hotel. The hotel itself is located on the site of the Coca-Cola Bottling factory admin building. Today, Bottleworks Hotel occupies two floors of the historic building and offers a chance for visitors to experience a bit of the rich Coca-Cola history seen throughout.
Getting Started at Bottleworks Hotel
We pulled into the brick-lined Carrollton Street then waited our turn at the valet. While waiting we couldn’t help but gawk at the beautiful building. Back in the days, the Coca-Cola sign topped this roof.
The shiny red doors welcomed us to our Landmark King and Queen on the second floor. (I love the black and white photos in the hallways!)
Rooms at the Bottleworks Hotel are spacious, trendy, yet cozy. (The kids fell in love with the tweed swivel chairs.) Our king room felt more like a loft apartment with high ceilings and exposed brick. The queen room provided front-row views to the action in the greater Bottleworks District, although it could get a bit loud at night.
Quite honestly when it comes to a stay at Bottleworks it’s all about the details: Cool clocks, tassel ottomans, Delta® spa bathroom treatments, Plush bath robes and towels, Keurig® single cup maker with Starbucks® coffee and tea, stocked in-room minibar with local flavors if you wish, Klipsch® Bluetooth speaker system, an umbrella in each room for guest use
Every night we snuggled into the pillow top mattresses and super plush duvets. The dual shower sprays with awesome water pressure were the perfect treat after a long day exploring.
Explore the hotel
Early mornings call for exploration. And how fun was it to explore the Bottleworks Hotel! Even though they renovated the building, they did a wonderful job keeping the art deco architecture alive. For instance, the original exterior and terrazzo floors shine like new. Find plaster detailing, brass art deco patterned doors, and my personal favorite the colorful ceramic tiles. I love how they brought in some modern pieces that complement the Art Deco past beautifully.
Get your work out on
Feel like working out? The hotel has a great fitness center with plenty of cardio equipment, weights, medicine balls, and even a punching bag. If you want to run outside, the Cultural Trail is just steps away from the hotel.
Get Your Coffee On
Mornings started off great with a coffee downstairs from Blue Collar Coffee Co. with beans roasted by Wisconsin-based Ruby Coffee Roasters. The coffee shop offers plenty of seating and quite spacious so it was nice to enjoy by coffee in silence. Their signature special honey lavender latte was one of the best I’ve had. I also grabbed breakfast here both mornings. While they weren’t fans of the overnight oats, the kids absolutely devoured the breakfast sandwiches. No doubt if I lived in the area I would frequent this spot.
The kids were bummed there was not a pool, but believe me the kids totally forgot about that the minute they stepped into their room. Other things to do in the hotel? Get an all-nature mani or pedi at The W Nail Bar or you can shop at the Good Neighbor. Bottleworks Hotel also has a restaurant, Modita or if you prefer room service. We tried the charcuterie board but I’ve heard the French toast was awesome.
Explore the Bottleworks District
Since you are in the Bottleworks DIstrict, you are literally steps away from food and fun! Pamper yourself at The Woodhouse Day Spa or energize with YogaSix. Had we more time we would have loved to watch a movie at Living Room Theaters or try duck pin bowling at Pins Mechanical. Tip: It’s adults only after 8 p.m. and unfortunately that timing didn’t work with us. The main highlight though is The Garage Food Hall, Indy’s first food hall. We loved it so much that we basically ate here our entire stay. Read all about The Garage and Bottleworks District here.
Final Thoughts of Bottleworks Hotel
For a hip art deco stay that even kids can appreciate, the Bottleworks Hotel is perfect!
Address: 850 Massachussetts Avenue, Indianapolis, IN
Parking: You have the option of valet parking or self-parking. Cost is $45 for overnight stays. Additional garage parking is located on the North West Corner of Carrollton and Massachusetts Ave. Rates may vary.
Check-in: 3pm and check-out is 11am.