Recently, I was able to escape for a quick girls’ getaway to the Ironworks Hotel in Indianapolis. As busy working mamas, peace and quiet is a rarity for us. The chance to enjoy uninterrupted conversations in a hotel with aesthetic charm around every corner? Rarer still! This staycation put us in close proximity to one of the region’s most popular shopping malls… and just steps away from high-end dining. Thinking of booking a stay? This Ironworks Hotel Indy review will answer all the FAQs, as well as touching on the rooms, eateries, logistics of visiting, and overall experience.
Spoiler alert: 100% recommend!
From its exteriors to its rooms, this is hotel is unique. The name clues you in to what Ironworks is all about. It evokes the industrial heyday of the Midwest, feeling historic even though its a new build. Brick, iron, aged barn wood, the hotel’s signature fragrance – It’s a feast for the senses with all the modern comforts you’d expect in a high-end hotel.
As a content creator, it really filled my cup with inspiration. The spaces, including a natural-light filled lobby, prompt you to dream a bit. Cozy leather sofas and long, extended tables invite you to lounge or reconnect with friends. I could spend days taking photos here!
And I’m not the only one hooked on the industrial vibe… When we stayed, a film crew from Los Angeles was using the space for a documentary film. So yes, this place is beautiful everywhere you look. My favorite element is the grand staircase as you enter. It’s a showstopper!
Of course, we don’t generally choose hotels solely on aesthetics… When I book a stay, location is usually the deciding factor. Consequently, I wanted to be sure to emphasize the convenience-factor in this Ironworks Hotel Indy review. This luxury boutique hotel is just north of Downtown Indianapolis.
It’s right off the highway, so you don’t have to fight traffic. It’s also super close to The Fashion Mall at Keystone – a premiere shopping destination. In fact, you can walk to the mall if you want. It takes about 15 minutes. Here’s a directory of the stores, so you know what’s in store for you there.
However, the real beauty of staying at the Ironworks is that fact that you don’t need to leave the hotel property at all to have a great time. There is a 24-hour fitness center and eight restaurants within steps of the hotel, including two right off the main lobby.
The address? Ironworks Hotel Indy: 2721 E 86th Street | Indianapolis, IN 46240
It’s hard to go wrong with any of the room configurations at the Ironworks, as all are quite spacious. We stayed in a Heritage Room. Slightly larger than the Traditional Room, it has a deliciously inviting tufted leather sofa, long table if you need a space to get some work done, and two pristine queen beds with the softest sheets! I slept like a baby.
The bathroom is equally luxurious and continues the industrial theme, offsetting crisp white with shiny chrome. It has rainfall showerheads and excellent lighting. You know those hotel bathrooms that are so dim you struggle to put your makeup on? Ironworks is the opposite and does lighting right!
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The rooms are clean and modern, with a clear focus on comfort. Even with four ladies in our group, we had ample space to kick back and hang-out before and after dinner. There’s a 60-70″ flat-screen TV to watch a movie or show, a Keurig coffee maker (which we definitely took advantage of), free Wi-Fi, and super plush robes.
Need more space? Ironworks also offers a Legacy Suite with expansive windows, a king bed, and queen-size sleeper sofa. This is available with or without a terrace, where you can gather outside by your own gas fire pit. Or you can go really grand and book the Founder’s Suite! This is the hotel’s most specious option with a privet bedroom, community table and lounge area. It comes with a large, private rooftop terrace.
Now, let’s talk about the dining options… In my opinion, this is a huge strength for the hotel and no Ironworks Hotel Indy review would be complete without touching on these gems. We dined at two restaurants and experienced one of the hotel’s special offers – the Shaken & Stirred package.
When you check in, you place an order for a hand crafted cocktail, and hotel staff will have it waiting for you in your room. It’s a super fun way to kick off a ladies getaway!
After some shopping and reconnecting we dined at Provision. It’s an upscale eatery, focusing on locally sourced ingredients, right on the hotel’s second floor. Make sure to try the appetizers – They’re perfect for sharing. I recommend the Burrata and bread basket. Unlike most typical bread baskets, Provision provides house naan, pretzel rolls, cereal bread, baguette, and dipping oil. Such variety!
Additionally, if it’s a nice evening, venture out to the restaurant’s large deck. Nothing beats a delicious meal outside!
Main course options run the gamut from an elevated burger to seabass with a truffle fondue. I ordered the snapper on coconut sticky rice with shiitake mushrooms and mango relish. Makes my mouth water just thinking of it.
In the morning, feeling rested and refreshed, we ventured to Rize. Just off the main Lobby, this breakfast and lunch spot has a cozy and intimate vibe. The food is fresh and light.
Craving something healthful? You’ll find organic and farm-to-table fare like a Chia Seed Pudding Bowl or Chicken Grain Bowl (what I ordered) with brown rice, quinoa, lentils, cauliflower, spinach, basil pesto and a fennel-radish slaw. Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t list the other dining options on the Ironworks campus. In addition to Provision and Rize, you can explore…
Check-in begins at 3 p.m. and check-out is at 11 a.m. If you need an early check-in or late check-out, you can ask about it when booking.
Yes! As you might have guessed from the photo above, Ironworks Hotel Indy is very pet-friendly. They do ask you to give them a heads-up that your furry friend is traveling with you when you book. There is also a non-refundable pet fee of $20 plus tax.
Free! The hotel offers free self and valet parking. The lot surrounding the hotel is big, so I had no issue finding a convenient spot.
To wrap things up, our stay was a delightful experience. Moreover, it’s one I would recommend to anyone looking to shop and dine the weekend away. The hotel is comfortable and well-appointed with exceptionally friendly (and knowledgeable) staff. If you have questions about the area, they have the answers.
Meanwhile, if there’s anything you want to know that I did not cover, please drop a note in the comments below. Have you stayed at the Ironworks Hotel in Indy? Would love to hear your thoughts!