Indianapolis Site of Dolce's New Urban Hotel Model

A new hotel that it's building in downtown Indianapolis will serve as its model for future urban hotels, Dolce Hotels and Resorts announced this month, describing the new property as a "hybrid between a center-city lifestyle and conference hotel."

Expected to open in fall 2012, the new hotel will feature 157 guest rooms and 16 meeting rooms — including a rooftop boardroom — totaling 15,000 square feet, all of which will be certified by the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC).

To the benefit of meeting planners and attendees, other planned amenities include a Cisco TelePresence facility, two restaurants, a 1,200-square-foot lounge and a fitness center that will be complemented by access to a nearby, state-of-the-art downtown YMCA.

"We plan to create the kind of warm, welcoming feeling that individual and group travelers appreciate when they arrive in a city," said Dolce President and CEO Steven A. Rudnitsky. "We want people who live and work in Indianapolis to feel comfortable walking in and spending time in our stylish lounges and restaurants. We want this hotel to become their favorite place."

Dolce's hotel is a key component of a $155 million, mixed-use project being developed by national developer Buckingham Companies. It includes multiple mid-rise, mixed-use buildings on approximately 15 acres bracketed by Virginia Avenue, South Street and Delaware Street. The property is adjacent to four of Indianapolis' largest employers: Eli Lilly and Company, WellPoint Inc., Rolls Royce and Indiana Farm Bureau.

"This project has the potential to transform this area of downtown," said Scott Travis, senior development executive at Buckingham. "The final product will represent the best in mixed-use, livable communities and spur even more investment into this important downtown quadrant."