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Reviewed 2 May 2017

...Just really hard to find
So...I found it online in a last ditch move to go to the Democratic
Convention last June....I waited til the last minute and my rez for the Airbnb downtown went to someone else...dang !
Shadeland sounded like a beautiful place near a northern section of Indy that I was familiar with....not !
Shadeland itself is a highly industrialized section of Indy that is however only about 15 minutes from downtown by freeway....and close to very wealthy shopping and residential sections of Indy if you arent afraid to move around by car....some parts are a bit scary
The Inn is a mixed bag of mostly poorer visitors...staying there with various problems that are very evident....if you are a scardy cat...dont go there....I stayed in one of the rooms in the front of the Inn....highly recommended....I was not afraid of the other guests coming and going, who on the surface, looked like 'gangsters and druggies'...many were visiting family from other states and could only afford Shadeland ...my room was large...big screen tv...refridg..bath..bed and clean....no bugs!
I arrived at midnight and decided to stick it out....inside...there is a big abandoned atrium with and abandoned pool....still nice but not usable...there is a glass enclosed restaurant attached that is also closed...so one time...it was the coolest
The front desk is Plexiglas enclosed lol omg but the Indian family owners are very kind to their guests, who I actually got to meet over 5 days...and I was actually glad I stayed...really....
If you are the luxury seeking type...no way...but if you want to save money and have a sense of humor.....stay in the front rooms...but go for it.....then spend the money you saved on horribly overpriced Indy hotels on a lovely restaurant not far from the Shadeland Inn.....ok

Room Tip: Front of the house
  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled on business
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Thank Donna K
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Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Rooms are filthy. Shower hardly worked with only cool/warm water. Shower ceiling not cleaned for years. Junk dripping down side of bed uncleaned. Sink drain was stuck down, so no draining. Prostitute's & homeless wandering parking lot at all hours. Hotel insisted on keeping side doors propped open all night. Lots of people walking in and out that were not guests. We were yelled at for closing it, my family felt UNSAFE Our reservations and my step sons reservations were both messed up. From reading others comments, this is very standard evidently. Clerk was VERY slow, and nobody spoke English to communicate with. No room services for 4 nights. No changes of sheets, clean towels, no garbage picked up. My husband was informed for clean towels he had to bring up to front desk for new ones. The ones we were given looked like they were used to wipe a truck tire down with. I am now very concerned that we may be bringing bugs home with us. This hotel IS unsafe,.it reminded me a hostel from a third world country. I am fairly certain this has to be the most run down hotel in Indianapolis. DO NOT STAY HERE! I Have already lodged a complaint with the BBB, and hope to hear back from them, this place needs to be shut down.

Stayed: August 2016, travelled with family
1  Thank Tippycatus
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Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

It's in a bad neighborhood! No air conditioning and bullet proof glass on front desk. After 10 minutes of boyfriend's license, and after he had to ask for it back, they said no refund : it had to be over 24 hrs! We booked on Priceline and they said we had to go through their sister company booking.com. We could never get a live person! Avoid this hotel at all cost!

Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank Ilovetoteach1219
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Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

Hotel is so rundown no one at front desk speaks no english no offense they just stare at you door on room doesn't close unless you slam it outlet in bathroom is "hanging" out room not really clean no pool no breakfast not even no coffee hotel very "old" and dirty no ice machines what is weird I walked around hotel alot of doors were "locked " i mean padlocked including bathrooms creepy the also the bathtub was leaning not a good place to stay not clean old & the front desk is not friendly website pictures are not what that place looks like very disappointed so i think travel websites need to know about this disaster so people are prepared

Stayed: May 2016, travelled with family
1  Thank Marlene C
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Reviewed 27 April 2016

WOW....where to start. We booked to attend a conference in downtown. Pictures looked nice so why not try it? Total scam. This place is a dump! It is dingy and seems unchanged since 1980s crack cocaine days. Run down looking and glassed in front desk. In its day was probably great place to be, but today.....Hell No!!! Pay by the hour is available. No food in the area, if you feel safe even venturing out. I am a Detroit boy so no big shocker, but those who are suburbanized.....stay away! Missing switch and outlet covers. Sandpaper towels. Sheets not tucked in when the bed was made. Door security device remounted after it seemed as if the door were kicked in before. Slept one night as we got in late then went elsewhere. Stay Away!!!!

Room Tip: Book elsewhere!
  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled on business
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