Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

JAN-FEB 2012

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"Naughty Boy" by folk art sculptor Mark Perry is positioned just inside the hotel's entrance. would be invaluable in securing reservations and pointing out hidden gems I would have otherwise overlooked. As a result, our relatively modest itinerary grew in spades, greatly enhancing our stay. Another unique facet of the guest experience is that there is no set time for check-in/check-out. Since we utilized the services of Ultimate Jet Charter, we knew that we would be reliably at the hotel by mid-morning and were thrilled to be able to check-in within minutes of arrival. Our Premiere Room was outfi tted in the same clean, contemporary chic style consistent throughout the development. Ample closet space is concealed behind Italian walnut paneling, and similar wood tones are found as part of a large built-in workstation and armoire containing a flat-screen television, stocked complimentary mini-bar and Nespresso espresso machine. Te sumptuous, low-platform, upholstered bed from Duxiana was dressed with Pratesi linens. Te push of a button allowed us to regulate the amount of light flooding the room from the expanse of windows. A spa-like oasis, the bathroom was outfitted with a deep Zuma Collection soaking tub with Grohe fixtures, dual Calcutta marble vanities, glass- enclosed rain shower, and custom lavender-and-fig scented 42 bath products created by L Lorenzo Villoresi for La Bottega dell'Albergo. The hotel's 54 apartment suites continue the same design scheme and finishes as the guest rooms. Each has a separate bedroom, living room and a well-furnished kitchen with generous cabinetry, a full-sized refrigerator, stove and other appliances, all by Miele. In-room private chef services are available. After unpacking, we took advantage of the complimentary pressing service (up to five garments) and set out to explore the rest of the hotel's amenities. Commandeering the entire fourth floor of the tower (more than 11,500 square feet), the Auriga spa transcends the typical urban wellness facility by developing treatments focused on the phases of the moon. Signature treatments are dedicated to a particular phase of the moon – New, Waxing, Full and Waning – and are only offered when the treatment corresponds to the moon's particular stage. The spa features 11 private treatment rooms and a unique co-ed Aqua Lounge composed of Experiential Showers (oversized showers with multiple jets, changing lights and changing sound), a Vitality Pool, a Turkish Hammam and a Chill Room. The spa also features a Julien Farel Salon with individual men's and women's salons.

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