Gensler designs The Alexander, a Dolce Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana

The Alexander, a Dolce Hotel opened. Located in CityWay, a 14-acre neighborhood development in downtown Indianapolis, The Alexander is Dolce Hotels and Resorts' 18th property in North America and will be the first LEED and only International Association of Conference Center (IACC) certified hotel in the state of Indiana.

Developed by Indianapolis-based Buckingham Companies and designed by architectural firm, Gensler, The Alexander has 209 guestrooms; a dining scene with three destinations; and public spaces where more than 40 artworks will be on view, selected by Dr. Lisa Freiman, head of the Indianapolis Museum of Art's (IMA) Contemporary Art Department, and Veronica Roberts, adjunct associate curator of contemporary art for the IMA. The 12 works are site-specific commissions for The Alexander.

The Alexander guestroom amenities include rain-head showers, wireless Internet access, dimmable lighting controls, 47-inch flat screen TVs, wireless telephones, iHome entertainment systems with Bluetooth connectivity, and international convenience outlets. Room types offered include 146 traditional double-queen and California king guestrooms, 10 junior/extended suites, 36 one-bedroom residential studios, 16 two-bedroom residential suites and a presidential suite with direct house-service access. ADA accessible units are available in each unit type.


Designed by artist Jorge Pardo, Plat 99 mixology bar blends local ingredients into cocktail creations in an upper level bar with views of Indianapolis skyline. Pardo is a 2010 recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship. The Alexander's Market Table and Nourishment Hubs has an open kitchen. Dishes are prepared to order from fresh produce, natural meats and local artisanal goods, while menus change seasonally. Meanwhile, Cerulean was fashioned by owner and chef Caleb France.

The Alexander has 16,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event function space. The 17 meeting and conference rooms have been designed to meet the IACC standards, including in audio/visual infrastructure, sound isolation and amenities. The 3,520-square-foot Alexander Ballroom is a venue for gala receptions, while the 806-square-foot Ralston Executive Penthouse Boardroom is for exclusive executive meetings with its 1,008-square-foot wraparound terrace. Many of the hotel's Breakout Rooms have natural light and three offer access to the hotel's terrace overlooking the 2,400-square-foot Outdoor Plaza.

All onsite meeting spaces are equipped with audiovisual technology and Wi-Fi high-speed Internet access, while on-staff service personnel are available. As an IACC-certified address, the hotel adheres to the standards for meeting and conference facilities around the globe. The Alexander also offers a variety of leisure and team building activities, such as originally customized art-based experiences. The hotel has a fitness center that spans 800 square feet, as well as two massage rooms.


Like this story? Subscribe to Hotel Design!

Hospitality professionals turn to Hotel Design as their go-to news source for the latest products, projects, and trends for hotel interior designers and architects. Sign up today to get news and updates delivered to your inbox and read on the go.