Midwestern travelers often look first to the coasts when planning their family vacations, ignoring some of the top-notch, affordable escapes in their own backyard. When making your own plans for that family holiday, steamy couples getaway, or business conference, consider spending some time in Indiana. When making your hotel reservations, book your comfortable room at one of these four favorites.
Affordable Business Lodging in Indianapolis
If your business trip takes you to Indianapolis, and travel funds are limited, take a look at a modern, comfortable suburban hotel like the Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing. Free parking, high-speed Wi-Fi, and a fitness center make this a perfect choice for those whose trip is more work than play. Low-maintenance guests can take advantage of a special program and earn rewards for each night of their stay that they decline housekeeping services.
Inexpensive Louisville Alternative
If your business travels take you to Louisville, Kentucky, consider staying at a low-cost, commuter-friendly hotel like the Best Western I-64 across the Ohio River in New Albany, Indiana. After your meetings in downtown Louisville, you’ll be just a 10-minute drive from your comfortable room, with everything you’ll need to unwind or keep the work going into the night: in-room microwave and refrigerator, free Wi-Fi, and a writing desk. If your visit is planned during basketball season, don’t miss your chance to see the University of Louisville men’s and women’s basketball teams play at the KFC Yum! Center; if your sporting preference leans a bit more high-end, see if the ponies are running at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby.
Wet & Wild
To beat the summer heat with the kids without the hassle of expensive admission fees, crowded parking lots, and long lines, consider an all-in-one hotel and water park like Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park & Resort in French Lick. Let the family hit the water slides — like the pirate-themed Jolly Roger Jetty — while you relax on the sundeck with that summer paperback you’ve been waiting to read. If the kids get restless, they can enjoy an afternoon of laser tag and mini golf at Shotz; if the grown-ups get restless, they can enjoy slots, table games, and live entertainment at the French Lick Casino.
Old-School European Luxury
The classic German resort village of Baden-Baden has long been a destination for wealthy travelers to get away from their cities to relax and “take the waters” of the natural mineral hot springs —baden translates from German to “baths.” But you don’t have to fly to Germany to enjoy Victorian luxury; simply make a reservation at the famous West Baden Springs Hotel and let them do the rest. Book a massage, a facial, or a wrap at the on-site spa; hit the links on one of the world-class golf courses; take a historical tour; or just kick back in your spacious, elegant room with all the trimmings.
Indiana has something to offer travelers of every taste and every budget. When you’re booking your next trip, take advantage of low prices and Midwestern friendliness in the Hoosier State.
Cory Hanson is an American travel writer specializing in American and European travel. This is part of a series of American destination posts brought to you by travel search engine and booking service Hipmunk. Find more Hipmunk posts here, and a full sponsored content disclosure here.