Eat, sleep and play in the shiny new neighborhood of Indy Bottleworks
News of new hotels is constant and food halls have been popping up across the country for years, but bring the two together, add boutiques, spas and entertainment, and you’ll experience the new trend in urban revitalization: the district. While the rise of mixed-use buildings continues, the most avant-garde developers and planners have already switched to mixed use. blocks (and sometimes multiple blocks), creating entire micro-neighborhoods with all the businesses needed to entertain around the clock, all with a unified design that becomes its own destination within a destination. Among the chicest of these new neighborhoods, Indianapolis recently celebrated the opening of the Bottleworks District, breathing new life into the aging historic buildings from the city’s past and returning them to their full glory with modern uses. Here are some highlights of the beautiful new neighborhood of Bottleworks in Indy.
Inside the former Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Indianapolis, Bottleworks Hotel opened in December, making the city one of the region’s sexiest new places to stay. With a dramatic deco exterior and meticulously restored interior storefronts like an ornate rotunda housing a dramatic spiral staircase and terrazzo floor reception with original and painstakingly matched ceramic tiles lit by globes reused from Paris streetlights, it’s worth the look. worth stopping to ogle a revived. piece of history (and grab an Instagold) even if you don’t stay. Stay however.
Where offices and a sprawling bottling plant once stood, 139 modern rooms and suites are dressed in black, white, and gray with bold accents of Coca-Cola Red and shiny metallic hardware, all under ceilings sensual blacks. Some rooms include a private rooftop space and others include original floor and wall tiles, but all are adorned with original photographs that echo the vibe of the monumental portraits that line each hotel lobby. (take a close look at these glam images: many of them are crew members who worked on the construction and restoration of the property). From plush textiles and serious mood lighting to the evocative scent that permeates the property, a Coke lifestyle has never been so jet-set.
Right across the quaint brick street from the Bottleworks Hotel, The garage opened in January as the city’s first food hall and community-driven market. Housed in a pair of commercial garages that once housed Coca-Cola trucks (and later buses for the city’s school district), 38,000 square feet of revitalized space is home to more than a dozen food vendors, a bar and a handful of community businesses, including a chic hair salon alongside specialty retailers, all closely tied to the city. Look for everything from American fare at Clancy’s Hamburgers and Venezuelan arepas at Azucar Morena to Asian fusion tacos at La Chinita Poblana and Peruvian pasta at Abbiocco Pizzeria. Or go straight to dessert with teaspoons at Lick Ice Cream, where you’ll find perfectly paired flavors like Gingersnap & Lemon Curd, Earl Gray Peppermint, and Cedar & Whiskey. Speaking of whiskey, sample a flight from the Hard Truth Distillery, just across from Lick.
The opening in mid-March of Woodhouse Day Spa in the Bottleworks District will make it the only current spa in Indianapolis. The Woodhouse brand is known for its accessible luxury and wide variety of treatments, and while there are already a few around town, Bottleworks location will be the first in the country to include a salt cave in the city. halotherapy, including salt chairs heated to 0 gravity. . The microclimate of these caves is touted for its potential skin and respiratory benefits, but the ambiance alone is worth a visit for a unique Zen escape (inquire about renting the room for yourself or for a small group for total exclusivity). Whether you come for a therapeutic stone massage, organic seaweed wrap, or Lavender Dreams sleep treatment, your blissful relaxation will always begin with a fluffy bathrobe and reflexology sandals to cradle your body as you sip hot tea in the pool. designated quiet room and gently inhale the oil infused air throughout the spa. Pro tip: While the front door is open to everyone, hotel guests have private interior access, so don your hotel robe if you’re already comfortable.
If eating, sleeping and pampering isn’t enough, you’ll be happy to know that the Bottleworks District has plenty of entertainment to offer as well. Among the most impressive are Lounge theaters, bringing the theater to new levels of comfort (and safety). The theaters here are fully equipped with automated recliners and, because they stretch out so comfortably, the rows are naturally spaced over 6 feet apart, so social distancing is built in. If you’re worried about neighbors next door, rest assured that the theater ticketing software will automatically block necessary seats on either side of you (or your party) to keep you properly separated. The technology continues with cutting-edge audio, visual and lighting systems for a fully immersive experience that begins before you even step on your show. The on-site restaurant and bar offers appropriate meals as well as beer, wine and cocktails, all of which can be consumed with table service before or after a movie or in the cinema on sliding tables at each seat (no deliveries are made once the film has started, to preserve the viewing experience). Don’t worry, traditional movie concessions are also available.