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World's Largest JW Marriott Leads an Urban Renaissance
in Indianapolis

JW Marriott Indianapolis Downtown Hotel
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

“This has got to be one of the best hotels I’ve ever seen.
We are so proud to be associated with it.”

J. Willard “Bill” Marriott Jr.
Chairman and Chief Executive, Marriott International

The JW Marriott Indianapolis Downtown is the capstone of a multi-billion-dollar reinvention of the city.

As the largest JW Marriott in the world, this five-star, 34-story hotel houses 1,005 guest rooms and more than 100,000 square feet of meeting space. It serves the Indiana Convention Center, Lucas Oil Stadium and numerous downtown attractions.

HOK’s design strikes a delicate balance between the hotel’s proximity to natural resources and its urban setting. The glimmering, water-like facade reflects the movement of the sun, clouds and the city skyline.

An iconic, jewel-like glass tower rises above a podium to create a memorable new landmark that redefines the Indianapolis skyline. The crescent-shaped tower fronts the city and is pivoted within the site, reinforcing the downtown grid to the east while acknowledging the museum campus gardens and White River to the west and north.

A low-rise masonry and limestone podium wraps the west and south facades, contextually recognizing the adjacent museums and ballpark. The tower interlocks with the podium and presents itself in full height along the east and north facades adjacent to the central business district. A two-story, glass canopy and podium define the main entrance on West Street.

“A simple concept – a dramatic tower rising above the city-scaled plinth,” commented the jury in the AIA Indiana Design Awards. “The curve of the tower was just enough to create a bold presence on the skyline while the articulation of the curtain wall seemed to moderate the scale of the structure; the combination of the opaque podium mass and the glass tower create a building that simultaneously belongs to the earth and the sky; an articulated façade employs subtle, repetitive fins that change with the passing sun; this is a large and complicated program which is well executed both in plan and in massing.”


1 million sq. ft. / 92,900 sq. m.
1,005 guest rooms


Master Planning


America’s Lodging Investment Summit – Development of the Year

AIA Indiana – Citation Award, New Construction

ACI Indiana – Project of the Year in the Outstanding Achievements in Concrete

Hotel Business magazine – New Construction Deal of the Year


Size, in square feet, of the Grand Ballroom, the largest hotel ballroom in the Midwest


Number of guest rooms