Resort Spas: Conrad Indianapolis Hotel and Chakra Spa

A Sumptuous Getaway at Conrad Indianapolis Hotel and Chakra Spa

On a beautifully warm spring weekend, my husband and I spent treasured time enjoying everything Indianapolis has to offer. We found a delightful city to walk around and savor with many cultural and aesthetic attractions. But the crown jewel of this Midwestern destination is the Conrad Indianapolis, one of the first three Conrads in the United States and one of only twenty or so in the world. In fact, Conrad is the Hilton Group’s most luxurious, award winning, new brand.

Conrad LobbyConrad Indianapolis is set in the heart of Downtown Indianapolis. With a build out rumored to have cost over one-hundred million dollars, Conrad Indianapolis is opulently appointed featuring furniture from Italy, carpeting from Ireland, and a breathtaking chandelier in the lobby weighing 1,650 pounds. Fabricated in the Czech Republic and made from 624 components of Preciosa crushed glass, the chandelier was crafted of the same glass used in the Presidential Palace in Moscow. It’s these and other sumptuous details that make Conrad Indianapolis a work of art.

Representing all that a luxury hotel should be, our stay here was perfect. Not only is the hotel magnificent, but the friendliness, helpfulness and efficiency of every member of the staff we met was unmatched. Our dining experience at Vitesse, one of two gourmet restaurants at Conrad Indianapolis, uncovered wonderful food that was creative and of the highest class, with the accompanying unrivaled service that permeates the hotel.

An indoor swimming pool, work out and fitness center, business center, plus over 10,000 square feet of meeting space, are located within the hotel. The Capitol Grille on the ground floor level has outside seating so guests can enjoy dining al fresco when weather permits. During inclement weather, the hotel’s enclosed skyway connects to the indoor Circle Centre Mall, The Artsgarden, and the Indiana Convention Center. It’s no surprise that the Conrad Indianapolis received an award for the project that most enhanced the city in 2006.

For this spa connoisseur, the pièce de résistance is found on the sixth floor of Conrad Indianapolis, in an upscale retreat known as Spa Chakra.

Spa Chakra continues the Conrad tradition of excellence. It is part of a worldwide network of luxury spas offering exclusive Guerlain therapies. In fact, Spa Chakra offers more than 60 beauty and health therapies that nurture mind, body and spirit.

Entering Spa Chakra, I was graciously welcomed by two staff members and offered a cool glass of spring water. It was my pleasure to book two spa services, the Guerlain Imperiale Massage and the Spa Facial. Next, I was introduced to the esthetician who would administer my facial. She led me through the warmly lit halls of the spa where soft music played complemented by the sensual scent of aromatherapy.

Chakra SpaThe esthetician reinforced the culture of service instilled in every staff member we met at Conrad Indianapolis, as if one is the only person in the world - for just a moment in time. She escorted me to one of the treatment rooms where I was given a gown to change into and a pair of soft slippers to embrace my feet. After changing, I was taken to a treatment room where I completed a Self Assessment Questionnaire while being treated to a rejuvenating foot bath and foot massage. The Self Assessment Questionnaire is an essential first step in all treatments offered at Spa Chakra. Developed to assess each guest's lifestyle concerns and stressors, Spa Chakra calls upon the results of this questionnaire to customize treatments and therapies that benefit each guest’s individual needs.

The 90 minute Spa Facial ($180) features Guerlain's detoxifying and firming facial massage, a deep cleansing, eyebrow shaping, eyelash and eyebrow tinting, exfoliation, paraffin hand treatment, pore extractions, plus footbath and foot massage. For me, the treatment was ultra-relaxing, and the experience itself was surpassed only by the results.

My next treatment, the Guerlain Imperiale Massage, was given in the same room as the Spa Facial. What may seem a small detail to some, illustrates the level of excellence at Spa Chakra. Without ever changing rooms, I was treated to a continuous stream of relaxation and indulged by staff members who made me feel as if their only purpose on that day was catering to me.

The 90 minute Guerlain Imperiale Massage ($180) eliminated tension and stress areas in my back and legs. Designed to stimulate blood and lymphatic circulation, this massage kneads muscles into complete bliss while detoxifying the body and melting stress.

Sadly, after three hours, it was time to leave the intoxicating magic of Spa Chakra. I was given the results of my Self Assessment Questionnaire along with home care advice. A skin care regime and product recommendations were also included, all in writing so that I could call upon the expert advice of the Spa Chakra staff at a moment’s notice. The staff’s heartfelt goodbyes were as sincere as their welcomes had been. I headed back to my room to pack my bags, our weekend at Conrad Indianapolis over, but not soon to be forgotten.

As Oscar Wilde once said, “I have simple tastes. I am only satisfied with the best.” Wilde would have found, as we did, that Conrad Indianapolis is simply the best.

Conrad Indianapolis Hotel and Chakra Spa
50 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 713-5000

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