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A hybrid between a centre-city lifestyle and conference hotel

Dolce to unveil its new Urban Hotel model in downtown Indianapolis

Dolce Hotels and Resorts has signed an agreement to manage a 157-room hotel soon to be constructed in downtown Indianapolis designed to be the company’s model for future urban hotels: a hybrid between a centre-city lifestyle and conference hotel.

Steven A. Rudnitsky, Dolce president & chief executive officer, said the hotel – expected to open in the autumn of 2012 – will cater to individual business and leisure travellers, provide group clients with a specialised meetings venue and become a “compelling, sophisticated social gathering point” for people who live and work in downtown Indianapolis.

Indy Exterior Rendering 3-30-2011.jpgEmbedded between the first-floor retail and third-floor guest room levels, the hotel will feature 16 meeting rooms totalling 15,000 square feet of function space including a rooftop boardroom offering vistas of the city, all to be certified by the International Association of Conference Centres.

The hotel’s conference centre is expected to include a significant investment in top-of-the-line audio-visual technology. Additionally, a Cisco TelePresence facility is expected to be developed within the hotel complex. High-speed, wireless Internet service will be available throughout the building, a Dolce brand standard.

Planned dining facilities include a full-service restaurant, an American-style brasserie and 1,200-square foot lounge with a commanding view of the downtown skyline. The hotel’s fitness centre is expected to be complemented by access to a nearby, state-of-the-art, 75,000-square-foot downtown YMCA. A centrepiece public plaza is contemplated as part of the overall project.

“We plan to create the kind of warm, welcoming feeling that individual and group travellers appreciate when they arrive in a city,” Rudnitsky said. “We want people who live and work in Indianapolis to feel comfortable walking in and spending time in our stylish lounges and restaurants. We want this hotel to become their favourite place.”

The hotel is a key component of a $155 million, mixed-use project being developed by national developer Buckingham Companies. It includes multiple midrise, mixed-use buildings on approximately 15 acres bracketed by Virginia Avenue, South Street and Delaware Street. The property is adjacent to four of Indianapolis’ largest employers: Eli Lilly and Company, WellPoint Inc., Rolls Royce and Indiana Farm Bureau.

“This project has the potential to transform this area of downtown,” said Scott Travis, senior development executive at Buckingham. “The final product will represent the best in mixed-use, liveable communities and spur even more investment into this important downtown quadrant.”

Founded in 1984, Buckingham is a full-service, fully integrated, national real estate company providing a platform that includes the development, acquisition, management and construction of a wide variety of property types including multifamily, student housing and mixed-use communities. Buckingham manages nearly $1 billion of real estate assets for its own account and third-party owners and institutional partners. More than 100 properties consisting of nearly 20 million square feet of property and approximately 20,000 rental units nationwide comprise the managed portfolio.

Dolce Hotels and Resorts, headquartered in Rockleigh, New Jersey, manages 27 other hotels, resorts and conference hotels in North America and Europe. The company is majority-owned by Broadreach Capital Partners and employs more than 4,000 worldwide. Additional information is available at

Dolce’s portfolio includes properties in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado, California, Texas, Nevada, Ontario, Belgium, France, Spain and Germany. This will be Dolce’s first property in Indiana.

As a leader in the meetings industry, Dolce hosts some 30,000 events and 4 million group clients globally every year. The company’s founder pioneered the conference centre concept and Complete Meeting Package, both now embraced as standards by the International Association of Conference Centres.

The company’s vision is to create inspiring environments that bring people together, and its mission is to delight its guests, challenge its associates, reward its owners and serve as a role model in its communities.