Short stay: Nestle Inn, Indianapolis, USA

The Nestle Inn is a grand Victorian home off of the artsy shopping and dining hub, Massachusetts Avenue, in Downtown Indianapolis. It’s an iconic landmark in the area, and provides a truly customized stay different from mainstream hotels, while offering more conveniences than your average Inn or Bed and Breakfast.

The welcome

Lush landscaping and a traditional wrap around porch hug the entrance, and a convenient key pad allows guests to enter without a traditional check in. A pass code is provided in advance after booking is confirmed, and your key is already waiting in your room. No fuss, stress free, and quite easy; this is great for late night arrivals. After entering through the beautifully preserved wooden door, timeless decor, two grand staircases and the aroma of baked goods welcome vacationers to this historic retreat.

The room

Just like a cozy room at grandmas, but with more modern touches, each suite brings warm feelings and comfort to even the most weary traveler. Beds are simply dressed with soft cotton sheets, plush down comforters and cloud-like pillows, assuring a heavenly night’s sleep.

In room 3, two towering windows overlook the adorable surrounding neighborhood composed of restored historical homes and bricked sidewalks, which weave toward the iconic Mass Avenue, known for its diverse restaurants, quirky shops, and art. Bazbeaux Pizza, The Eagle and Ball & Biscuit are great places that offer unique twists on traditional American dishes. Subzero is the local go-to for dessert, serving nitrogen frozen ice cream with an endless list of delicious mix ins.

The bathroom

Simple yet homey; special accents like bronze bird towel hooks, red tile designs, plush linens and freshly clipped flower arrangements bring thoughtful elements that make you feel more as if you are staying at a friend’s home. Straying from the typical inn, every guest room features its own private bath, none of which are exactly the same, as they are decorated with a diverse but fun flare.

The facilities

Various parlors and lounges are strewn about the inn; soft drinks, teas and fresh baked treats are always available on small antique buffets tables. Cozy reading nooks encapsulated with fully stocked book shelves are the perfect environment if you find yourself needing to wind down with a cranberry biscotti and earl grey tea. Fireplaces adorned with classic decor are situated in many of the common areas, and I can only imagine how relaxing a cup of coffee by a crackling fire would be on a winter morning in Indy.

Other nice touches

Treats, treats everywhere! There’s always an opportunity to snag fresh baked goodies. Cookies, truffles, morning cinnamon rolls and popcorn are generously served throughout the day. A breakfast voucher at the eclectic coffee shop next door is included during the stay, but on the weekend you have a few more options, like the local town favorite Louie’s Wine Dive. We opted to stick with neighboring Henry’s Coffee Bistro, and indulged in creamy lattes and a waffle with sweet cinnamon butter with a side of vanilla yogurt.

The best bit

Nestle Inn has a breathtaking porch with bistro tables and cushioned chairs. Colorful flowers and plants wisp over the grounds, and the September weather was simply lovely. Lounging on the porch with a cup of tea while chatting with my mom, whom I’m so thrilled could join me on this adventure, was perhaps the most beautiful and fulfilling part of staying at this home away from home.

The final verdict

Personal touches, and a classy, yet simple elegance, made this an absolutely refreshing place to unplug, while still keeping us close enough to the bustle of town so we could enjoy the vibrant culinary scene of Indianapolis. There’s nothing quite like feeling so welcomed and comfortable, while exploring a brand new sight. Nestle Inn is the Indy home for all those visiting “The Circle City”.

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  1. Sarah says:

    Absolutely love the Victorian decor of these rooms. Incredibly charming, and the fresh baked goodies would go down a treat too. I really like that outside area and the sounds of the gardens. This is somewhere I would definitely consider when in the area.

  2. Jenni says:

    Oh wow, the entry process seems ever so futuristic and yet the building is so beautifully old looking! That bed definitely looks cosy and appealing. A room with a cosy reading nook is always a great room to me. I love how the outside of the Inn looks SO American to me, even down to the little hanging sign – I love it

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