Dolce to open Indianapolis hotel emphasizing art, sustainability

The Alexander, a Dolce Hotel, is slated to open in January as part of CityWay, a new 14-acre neighborhood that also includes residential, office and retail space in the heart of downtown Indianapolis.

The 209-room luxury property is placing an emphasis on art, sustainability and unparalleled service”. In collaboration with the Indianapolis Museum of Art, more than 40 works of contemporary art will be on view throughout the hotel's public spaces. Twelve works are site-specific commissions for The Alexander.

In addition, the Plat99 mixology cocktail lounge space inside the hotel was designed by artist Jorge Pardo, who is also creating a chandelier for the grand staircase leading from the first floor to the second floor lobby area. A 2010 recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, Pardo's work spans the intersection of art, design and architecture.

The eco-friendly hotel will be LEED-certified, with a commitment to environmental sustainability. Outfitted with fixtures designed to conserve water and energy, like LED lighting, occupancy controls and energy efficient appliances, The Alexander will also employ a storm water collection system. The hotel roof drain system will collect storm runoff in a 2,500 gallon cistern that will be used for irrigation for the green spaces around the property. Any excess water collected will be treated and returned into the city's storm water system, reducing impact on the city's sewer system.


Additionally, recycling bins will be placed around the property and recycled materials have even been utilized in construction. Crushed concrete and asphalt from the former parking lot on the site was used for clean backfill and base for the foundation, and chunks of limestone from old building foundations on the site will be used for retaining walls and decorative landscaping.

The Alexander has a total of 209 rooms, including 157 deluxe guestrooms and 52 extended-stay suites. The Pardo-designed Plat99 lounge will feature artisan cocktails, while the Market Dining restaurant concept will showcase locally sourced ingredients. For events, the hotel has a total of 16,500 square feet of space available, including a 3,520-square-foot ballroom, breakout rooms, and a 2,400-square-foot outdoor plaza.

The hotel is named for Alexander Ralston, the city planner who laid out the original plan for Indy's downtown in the early 19th century.

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