When I heard that Fair Oaks Farm, the modern working farm off I-65 was building a hotel, I couldn’t wait! In the past, we enjoyed learning more about farming, seeing all the cows and pigs, and stopping by The Cowfe for awesome grilled cheese or ice cream. Now that there’s a new hotel with options like a family suite with bunk beds as well as a pretty fun pool area, you’ll now have another great opportunity for staycation fun.
We had a chance to check out the new hotel during the Art of Hospitality Event, a fundraiser/grand opening. Not only did we get to preview the new hotel, but we learned more about the 3 commissioned artists and the amazing artwork that is displayed throughout the hotel.
Disclosure: Our family was provided a complimentary stay at Fairfield Inn & Suites Fair Oak Farm. I was not required to express a particular point of view, and all opinions are my own.
- Convenient. Halfway between Chicago to Indianapolis, the hotel has a great home at Fair Oaks Farm. Not only is Fair Oaks Farm a must-visit, but it gives you more of a reason to stay and take your time. (Just follow the many billboards from Chicago and take exit 220)
- A cool exterior. With the hotel being at Fair Oaks Farm, it made total sense to have the hotel shaped like a barn complete with silos.
- A pretty and cozy lobby area. The whole lobby is modern yet comfortable with the inviting fireplace.
- A variety of rooms. With 31 suites, 11 of which are totally unique to Fair Oaks Farms and include 4 Silo Family Bunk Suites, 2 Silo Bridal Suites, 2 Silo Business Suites, and 3 Entertainment Suites. We stayed in the Silo Family Suites — totally loved!
During the Art of Hospitality event, we got to peruse the hotel and check out the rest of the hotel including the Entertainment Suites and the Bridal Suite.
My favorite room by far was the Bridal Suites. I fell in love with all the bling! The mirrors, the glitzy chandelier, and those chairs. OMG those chairs in creamy velvet! Also loved how they incorporated the photography art (again by J.D. Dennison) into cool frames.
- Indoor pool. The pool area, appropriately named pool pARTy is tons of fun. My daughter was obsessed going down the “Cow’s Tongue” slide, while the boys just hung out in the saltwater pool.
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Care for a game of hoops? Kids have the option to enjoy that as well. The indoor/outdoor tub was my personal favorite. Nothing like going outside in the 30-degree weather and not feeling cold at all! If you go at night, there is a fireplace to get you in the mood. While kids are enjoying themselves, you can take time to enjoy the full tile mosaic on one wall. It’s so much fun and whimsical!
- Outdoor. We didn’t get to go outside because of the weather but there is a Fireplace Patio. It would have been fun to just sit out by the fire and enjoy the countryside.
- Great breakfast. This is not your typical boring continental breakfasts. At Fairfield, we found a variety of hot and cold breakfast options as well as healthy options which we always appreciate when we’re on the road. We had oatmeal with all the fixings, a waffle station that cooked 4 mini circle waffles (which were the perfect size for my kids), omelets, scrambled eggs, fruit, greek yogurt, pastries, coffee, and more. I even saw agave syrup.
- Little touches. As you know, it’s always the little things that are offered. The hotel had water infused with fruit readily available. If you walk down the hall past the pool and fitness center, you’ll even find a whole wall dedicated to the Got Milk? ads. When breakfast is over, the hotel offers the Great Room as a place to hang out. Care for a game of billiards? You can do that too! It was pretty neat that the pool table doubles as a regular long table during breakfast time.
- Gym. They have a nice gym which looks straight out into the highway. I wish they had weight machines but was satisfied with their 3 treadmills and 3 ellipticals. Yoga mats and weights are available as well. It’s even more convenient since it’s open 24 Hours, 7 days a week.
We stayed in a Family Bunk Silo Suite on the first floor while the grandparents stayed next door in an adjoining room.
- Super cozy. We loved our rooms! It was cozy, the beds comfortable, and plenty of space to move around. Our rooms technically slept 4, but we all fit just fine in our bunk bed suite. If available we would have tried the other silo where they have an option for a sleeper sofa.
- Bunk beds! Whenever we have an option for a bunk bed, we always jump at the chance. Because what kid doesn’t love bunk beds? They were over the moon excited for these bad boys. Just a little warning — the bunk beds are full-sized and maybe a little too high (or intimidating) for those tiny tots (unless they prefer to stay on the bottom bunk.) The bunk beds are located in their own little area with a tv.
- Bean bag chairs. These bean bag chairs were also a hit. They could hang out and lounge on them or provided a cozy spot to read.
- Custom art. Every room has a customized piece of art from an artist. In our rooms, we saw the art incorporated into our headboard. So neat! Read more about the unique art below.
- I’m not sure if it was because we were in a Family suite that was handicap accessible, but we had a pretty large bathroom with a stand-in shower. Loved having two showerheads!
- Conveniences. Loved that they had complimentary high-speed Internet access as well as a fridge and microwave in each room.
Art found at Fairfield Inn & Suites Fair Oaks:
You really wouldn’t expect customized art in each room, but that’s where this Fairfield Inn differs than most. When making this hotel, they intentionally wanted this property to stand out so they called in 3 different artists. Now, their art can be found everywhere in the hotel celebrating the American Countryside. During the grand opening, we had a chance to learn more about the artists and the art located throughout the hotel.
- Nature-based abstraction. The artist, Michael Kessler, gains inspiration from his work on nature –, especially through the colors and texture. He provided three pieces of artwork for the hotel. The artist grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania so working on the paintings for the modern farm has in a way brought him back to his roots. Learn more about Michael here.
- Unique Photography. Chicago-based artist J.D. Dennison brings his unique photographic-based art perspective using flash photography and inversion. You can appreciate his work even more since all his photos are taken from around the farm. His work can be seen in public spaces like the Great Room as well in each room. Learn more about JD here.
Surrealism. The artist R. Tom Gilleon is no stranger to Fair Oaks Farm — he had painted the colorful cow located across the parking lot at the gas station. He has once again brought his creative talents with a whimsical piece located in the pool party. Here’s the original artwork that was replicated as a huge mosaic tile on one wall. Read more about Tom Gilleon here.
Here’s the closeup.
- More art. Take the time to look around. You’ll find art everywhere you turn.
One of my favorite areas was the hallway that connected the hotel and The Farmhouse Restaurant. Look at the beautiful woodwork!
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We had a fantastic time at the hotel at Fair Oaks. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone, especially those with families.
Location: 708 North 600 East, Fair Oaks, Indiana 47943 USA
Check-in and Check-out: 3 p.m. and 12 p.m.
Parking: Plenty of free parking.
Marriott Rewards: Category 3
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