Conrad's top suite gets $350K fine art makeover

August 14, 2012
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Conrad Indianapolis Gallery SuiteThe Conrad Indianapolis this year completed a $350,000 renovation of its most luxurious suite, landing the 2,000-square-foot Gallery Suite on an Elite Traveler magazine list of the top 23 hotel suites in the U.S. Among those who have stayed at the $3,000-per-night suite this year: Lil Wayne, Patrick Dempsey and David Letterman. The suite includes art pieces from Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Alexander Calder. The art consumed about $250,000 of the budget for the renovation of what had been known as the Presidential Suite. The suite also boasts a Bose sound system, custom light fixtures detailed with smoked crystal glass, silver leaf and a polished stainless steel finish, and modern Noguchi furnishings. The local master screen printer and painter Walter Knabe designed and installed a custom wall covering in the master bedroom. The project also transformed a dining area into a media room/library and eliminated a desk workspace so the suite can be used for parties and small receptions with up to 50 people. The Picasso etching in the Gallery Suite is just a preview of what's coming for the Conrad: A Picasso exhibition of 25 etchings, lithographs and linoleum cuts is planned for Sept. 4 through Oct. 14. The exhibit, unlike the suite, will be open to the public. (Photo/Conrad)

  • Photoshopped View?
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but that's not an actual view from the Conrad is it? Looks more like One America to me.
  • Chase
    Yes, that is the view. It's the Chase Tower you see in the background, not AUL/OneAmerica.
    • Ben May Be Correct
      I think Ben meant that may be the view from One America, and I think he is correct. Unless the Conrad had a sudden growth spurt of 10 stories that view would be unlikely. It does seem a bit disingenuous though.
    • Very 'shopped
      Ben is right that the image is photoshopped into the window. We can see the western side of Chase Tower, and the M&I Plaza building can be seen behind it. The photo must be taken from the OneAmerica tower because of the height and location. I don't know whether the suite looks northeast onto the Circle, but it certainly isn't 34 stories up.
    • Rendering
      My guess is that this is a very high end rendering. I don't know why else you would take a real photograph of the room, then photoshop in the view out the window. Also check out the lens flare on the can light in the upper left. As well, the overall view is a little skewed.
      Look on google earth, the wrong angle of the chase building is showing!
    • who cares?
      All of you people have way too much time on your hands. Why on Earth would you care if that's the real view? Are you all shopping for $3,000, Warhol-clad birthday party venues? Sheesh.
    • Conrad Crap
      The comments about the views just add to the idea that the Conrad doesn't have a clue or care to join the actual city of Indianapolis.
      • Joe
        You are correct sir.
        • Who's the Conrad?
          well a view sells a room, which this one obviously doesn't have (it's Indy, people). So the Conrad uses art as a desperate attempt. LOL: Welcome Race Fans!!!!!
        • Conrad Room
          This may be just a bit picky but Klipsch makes every bit as good a sound system as Bose (Buying Overpriced Stereo Equipment)....better in the eyes of many experts who know much more than me. Would be nice to feature a local brand. And no, I don't work for Klipsch...I had to google the spelling.

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