This post was sponsored by Bottleworks Hotel, but all thoughts and opinions about my stay and the hotel are my own.
What an amazing addition to Mass Ave! This gorgeous art deco inspired boutique hotel was modeled after the old Coca-Cola Bottling plant from the 1930s. The original building, which sat where the hotel is now, was once the world’s largest Coca-Cola Bottling Plant, producing over 2 million bottles of the popular soft drink PER WEEK.
After Tony Hulman, the owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, bought it in 1964, he moved the operations to Speedway since aluminum cans were becoming more the norm for beverage packaging. Hulman then used the building to store his huge collection of vintage automobiles.
Eventually, Hulman sold the building to Indianapolis Public Schools, who used it as a central prep kitchen, bus service center and woodworking studio. In 2017, Hendricks Commercial Property Group took ownership of the building and began constructing Bottleworks Hotel. After several years of construction, the hotel opened, bringing retail shops, a theater, a food hall and eclectic culture to Mass Ave.
The interior and exterior of the hotel is stunning. It’s styled after the art deco era, but boasts all the modern conveniences of the 21st century. Even if you don’t stay here, be sure to stop in to look around at the beautiful interior and the details that have gone into making this look and feel like you stepped right out of the 1930s.
I stayed one night and had one of the best nights rest in a long time. The room was extremely clean, beautifully lit and that shower was so relaxing. The weather was nice enough that I could go out on the veranda attached to my room and enjoy the city views as well.
Parking is nearby or you can valet for $45 a night. It’s a text based service, so once you are ready for your car, you tap the link in a text that’s sent to you and the valet will bring your vehicle around the side.
Bottleworks is definitely the place to stay if you’re celebrating something special, looking for a girls night in (or out once the pandemic is over!) or passing through and wanting a unique hotel experience.
Looking for something to eat during your stay? Mass Ave has some of the best food options in the city, but if you don’t feel like going far, The Garage Food Hall is is your best bet.
The Garage Food Hall is conveniently located next door and other restaurants and shops are just steps away. We stayed opening weekend for The Garage, so there was a line to get in, mostly due to the social distancing procedures put in place to adapt to the pandemic. You will find a little bit of everything in the food hall: ice cream, lobster, Brazilian, poke and more on the way!
We decided to try Gaucho’s Fire, a Brazilian street food restaurant that was quite delicious! I didn’t feel like the food was extra spicy, so people with more milder taste buds should enjoy eating here. I did not see anything vegan or vegetarian unless you leave the meat off the sandwiches or fries, so if you are plant based, this might be one to skip.
I’m so excited Bottleworks is open and can’t wait to see all the phases of the project completed! Thank you so much to Bottleworks for sponsoring this post and allowing me to check out your beautiful hotel!