What are the five best places to stay in Indianapolis?

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Indianapolis is home to a handful of full-service modern hotels — many built as part of the city’s sports-fueled downtown revival — along with some quirkier choices. These are our Forbes Travel Guide editors’ picks for the five best places to stay in Indianapolis:
1. JW Marriott Indianapolis. This outpost of Marriott’s top tier brand is the largest of the chain in the U.S., with over 1,000 rooms. Opened in February 2011, the hotel’s rooms come equipped with LCD TVs and colorful décor.
2. Conrad Indianapolis. This 23-story hotel contains several floors of private residences — considered some of the best apartments in the city. It is home to Tastings, a wine bar with automated wine dispensers, as well as an outpost of The Capital Grille and a spa and salon. 
3. Historic Canterbury Hotel. This traditional property combines the atmosphere of a grand hotel (you’ll notice when you walk through the large brass doors) with intimacy and modernity. The Canterbury sits in the middle of downtown and boasts five two-level luxury suites.
4. The Villa Inn. With just six rooms, this one-of-a-kind urban bed and breakfast has the  charm of a private home — but with a full service spa and one of Indianapolis’ better restaurants, all in an Italianate brick mansion.
5. The Westin Indianapolis Hotel. With a downtown location, this is one of the city’s top business hotels, but also gets a fair share of leisure guests, especially for Colts games at nearby Lucas Oil Stadium. The contemporary hotel houses a Shula’s Steakhouse and offers in-room spa treatments.

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