On our latest trip to Indianapolis, we stayed at the city’s longest running luxury hotel, The Omni Severin Hotel. With its prime downtown location, great hospitality, and comfy bedrooms, we had a great stay with the family. The historic hotel retains a sense of grandeur as you would expect from that era along with today’s modern amenities.
We stayed in a Plaza Suite with an adjoining double room on the 7th floor.
- Spacious. We had 378 sq. feet all to ourselves, since the kids essentially had their own room.
The living area with couch, table, and TV were perfect. The kids loved hanging out here.
- Comfy rooms. The adjoining room was comfy, cozy, and clean. Perfect for my boys.
- Spectacular views. We loved staring at historic Union Station just across the street. Can you imagine train-goers getting off the train, and making their way to the hotel for an overnight stay?
- Location, location, location. Located in the heart of the downtown Wholesale District, we were seconds away from an awesome coffee shop and many other restaurants. In fact, we were connected to the Circle Centre Mall via walkway. Pretty cool! If the weather was in our favor, we would have walked everywhere!
- A pretty and cozy lobby area.
- Historic. So many features of the historic hotel can still be seen today. For instance, the beautiful Austrian crystal chandelier located in the Severin Ballroom is a hotel original. They also have an original 1913 brass mailbox that still serves as the working mailbox in the hotel today.
The solid mahogany dressers seen on each floor were from the guestrooms of the original Hotel Severin.
- Indoor pool. Although the pool wasn’t too large, it was still quite fun for the kids. And yes, the pool was actually warm!
- Gym. Mostly everything you need for a quick workout – cardio equipment and machines.
- Kids treated like VIP. The hotel has a program just for kids, the Omni Kids Crew. Upon check-in, kids are given a backpack full of fun items. Unfortunately, during our stay, they ran out of the backpacks. They did, however, ensure me that the kids would get something special instead. A few hours later, we saw a few activity books in our room. What a nice surprise!
They also went crazy for the milk and cookies waiting for them.
- Adults felt special, too! We were very surprised to find a little something for us adults. How thoughtful!
Fun Facts about Omni Severin Hotel:
- The Severin opened in 1913 as the Grand Hotel of Indianapolis. Until the late 1930s, the Severin thrived on the passenger trains coming in and out of Indianapolis on a daily basis. It was built by Henry Severin Jr. with help from the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway founders Carl G. Fisher and James A. Allison. The building now stands as one of the last remaining structures in the Indianapolis Union Station Wholesale District and is part of the historic district.
- The ornate railings above the Severin Lobby were removed by the former owners. Amazingly, the Omni renovation team found them in a barn 30 miles from the hotel and restored them to their original location.
- The chairs located in the boardroom lobby were from the original Hotel Severin restaurant and are carved with an ornate and stately letter “S”.
What a great stay! If you’re looking for a hotel with a convenient downtown location, comfy rooms, and a pool, a stay at The Omni Severin Hotel won’t disappoint!
Location: 40 W. Jackson Place, Indianapolis, Indiana
Check-in and Check-out: 3 p.m. and 12 p.m.
Parking: Valet parking; parking garage located across the street.
Disclosure: Our family was provided a complimentary stay at Omni Severin Hotel Indianapolis. I was not required to express a particular point of view, and all opinions are my own.