Dolce's Alexander Hotel Opens in Indianapolis
By Matt Alderton
January 21, 2013
Its highly anticipated art-themed hotel, The Alexander, finally opened its doors today in Indianapolis, according to Dolce Hotels and Resorts.
Announced in 2011, the hotel — intended to be the company's new model for urban hotels — was envisioned as a "hybrid between a center-city lifestyle and conference hotel." The company's 18th property in North America, it will be the first LEED and only International Association of Conference Center (IACC) certified hotel in the state of Indiana.
Part of a $155 million mixed-use community known as CityWay, The Alexander — named in honor of Alexander Ralston, the engineer and architect who spearheaded Indianapolis' city plan in 1820 — includes 209 guest rooms and 16 meeting rooms totaling 16,500 square feet, not to mention a Cisco TelePresence facility, two restaurants, a 2,200-square-foot lounge and a fitness center.
Thanks to a partnership with the Indianapolis Art Museum (IMA), the hotel features more than 40 works by more than 20 contemporary artists, each of which were selected by Dr. Lisa Freiman, head of the IMA's contemporary art department, and Veronica Roberts, adjunct associate curator of contemporary art. Site-specific works, inspired by and created for the hotel's public spaces, were commissioned from the likes of Jorge Pardo, who designed The Alexander's second-floor bar-lounge, including the furniture, lighting and surface treatments, as well as a "monumental" chandelier for the hotel's grand stairway; Alyson Shotz, who created a "luminous" floor-to-ceiling abstract sculpture; and Jaume Plensa, who designed a special outdoor installation.
"Dolce Hotels and Resorts is entering an exciting period in its history, with the opening of The Alexander, as plans move forward to increase our portfolio over the next few years," said Dolce President and CEO Steven A. Rudnitsky. "The Alexander will reinforce the brand's strong reputation of providing top service at its tasteful, well-designed properties located in key cities worldwide."
For more information, visit the hotel's website, www.TheAlexander.com