A wonder renewed

Full story: The Indianapolis Star

Seventy-five years after the West Baden Springs Hotel closed its doors on its last guest, the National Historic Landmark is once again open for business.
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Jesse

Greenwood, IN

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May 24, 2007
 
BEN wrote:
HEAR THE RATE IS $200-$300 A NIGHT,AFTER NOVELTY WEARS OFF,GOOD LUCK
Agreed!, I don't care how much money I have,$300 to spend one night in a hotel is just way too much!

Not to mention, every employee you encounter is going to have their hand out wanting a tip!

What a joke!
shopper in Indy

Peapack, NJ

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May 24, 2007
 
been there and the novelty will not wear off. It will become a destination for those who can afford these accomodations. In the real world $250.00 a night is acceptable. But for the cynic's who regularly contribute to these comments it would be difficult to understand how the rest of the world lives. Their vision is only as far as they can see from the front porch of their double wide.
Cemell

Beachwood, NJ

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May 24, 2007
 
I say all the best to them. there are tons of people out there with that kind of money and appreciate that type of accomodations; so i say, "great".
Destination

Indianapolis, IN

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#5
May 24, 2007
 
It will become a destination hotel. Plenty of people who will go back after the first visit. The Pete Dye course as well as the old Hill course are a drwaw in and of themselves.
olivia

New Palestine, IN

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May 24, 2007
 
Jesse wrote:
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Agreed!, I don't care how much money I have,$300 to spend one night in a hotel is just way too much!
Not to mention, every employee you encounter is going to have their hand out wanting a tip!
What a joke!
Well Jesse, no one said you had to stay there. Have you ever seen the building in person? It is an amazing structure, once nearly in ruin, that has been brought back to life by historians who cared enough to do it right. I hope that someday you might at least step inside and appreciate this rare gem.
Impressed

Newark, OH

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May 24, 2007
 
Absolutely, people will return to West Baden. I was there for the soft opening and it is amazing. Plan to return on June 23, when Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana hosts the opening gala. Will be a great event!
Ben

Mundelein, IL

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May 24, 2007
 
Jesse wrote:
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Agreed!, I don't care how much money I have,$300 to spend one night in a hotel is just way too much!
Not to mention, every employee you encounter is going to have their hand out wanting a tip!
What a joke!
It's a resort, not just hotel. You should stick to Motels.
The Red

Mount Eden, KY

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May 24, 2007
 
BEN wrote:
HEAR THE RATE IS $200-$300 A NIGHT,AFTER NOVELTY WEARS OFF,GOOD LUCK
The Conrad in downtown Indy is more expensive than that. Those prices are competitive for luxury hotel rooms.
Chickpea

Schaumburg, IL

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May 24, 2007
 
I visited West Baden several years ago just as the restoration was starting, and even in ruins (part of one of the outer walls had even collapsed) it was an amazing place to see. I'm glad they were able to save this building and return it to its former glory. If it realy is only 200-300 per night to stay there, that's really a pretty good deal for being able to spend a night in a "Wonder of the World"! And it's right here in our own back yard!
JBP

United States

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May 24, 2007
 
Jesse wrote:
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Agreed!, I don't care how much money I have,$300 to spend one night in a hotel is just way too much!
Not to mention, every employee you encounter is going to have their hand out wanting a tip!
What a joke!
Dear Ben and Jessie,
You obviously aren't in this hotel's target market. That's OK. Stick to Motel 6, your pop-up camper or sleeping in your car.

This spectacular hotel is a national treasure. My thanks to the Cooks for investing their time and money to restore this fantastic facility.

Marketing will be key to the hotel's success. There are plenty of people within this hotel's target market market to make it profitable. I hope they do a good job getting out the word.

My first boss once told me, "It doesn't cost any more to go first class, you just can't go as often." Anyone with a sense of history and appreciation of beauty should visit the hotel at least once. I can't wait to go!
dibaby

Midland, MI

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May 24, 2007
 
Ben and Jessy needs to take a trip to see this lovely building. You are overwhelmed with the beauty of the atrium and how the dome works and that was before it was restored. I can't wait to spend a night as a guest and to explore how it was restored to what it is today.

The history of this building is amazing and should be viewed as "The Eighth Wonder of the World".
Bed

Indianapolis, IN

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May 24, 2007
 
This is a tremendous building that deserved to be rehabed and used. I remember when it was Northwood Inst. What a great place for people to have attended school.
cyby

Indianapolis, IN

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#14
May 24, 2007
 
Now the state legislators need to get that interstate from Evansville to Indy constructed to go close to FLS and West Baden. That would increase the ease and accesibility to this beautiful area.
terry

Jasper, IN

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May 24, 2007
 
shopper in Indy wrote:
been there and the novelty will not wear off. It will become a destination for those who can afford these accomodations. In the real world $250.00 a night is acceptable. But for the cynic's who regularly contribute to these comments it would be difficult to understand how the rest of the world lives. Their vision is only as far as they can see from the front porch of their double wide.
your the one from KY
Gag Me

Cincinnati, OH

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May 24, 2007
 
shopper in Indy wrote:
been there and the novelty will not wear off. It will become a destination for those who can afford these accomodations. In the real world $250.00 a night is acceptable. But for the cynic's who regularly contribute to these comments it would be difficult to understand how the rest of the world lives. Their vision is only as far as they can see from the front porch of their double wide.
It will strain our budget, but my husband and I WILL spend at least one night there sometime soon. The thought of being in that beautiful place is irresistable. History is worth more than money. And, who knows, I might even see a ghost or two.
myarber

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#17
May 24, 2007
 
I would like to correct the story, in saying that I stayed at the Hotel in the summer of 1970 for a week. It was a part of a Journalism Conference for High Schoolers. I believe there were about 50 of us there. I don't know if we were considered "guest" or not but we really were amazed at the beauty of it. My Dad was borned and raised there in West Baden, move to Salem were I was borned. We made many visits there when I was growing up.
My Dad would be smiling today (died in 96') to see it up and running again.
LikeNailsonaChal kboard

Indianapolis, IN

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May 24, 2007
 
There is no such word as borned.
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/borned
ghosts

Collinsville, MS

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May 24, 2007
 
The place is as haunted as they come. Its eiry to have this out in the middle of hillbillie heaven. It's like putting a piece of chocolate in a cow pie. The chocolate looks good, but I think I will pass. The sulfer water stinks, strange how people were drawn to it.
Been there done that

Collinsville, MS

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#20
May 24, 2007
 
The area is beautiful, we stayed at the French Lick Inn a few years ago. Be sure to watch "The Shining" before you go. Spooky isn't the word for it. Igot the feeling we were the only ones there. Even though the parking lot was filled. I hardly ever saw another person. The hallways were big enough to drive a semi truck. If you haven't experienced it you should. The West Baden springs Hotel is close by. Spectacular is all I can say and I only saw it from 1/2 mile away at the gate.
jane doe

Bloomington, IN

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#21
May 24, 2007
 
Having been a part of this awesome project, I can certainly say it is amazing how it was restored in such a short period of time (less than 2 years). It is a 5 star hotel so those of you who are complaining about the cost can compare this price to other 5 star hotels. The Star failed to disclose the hotel is part of the French Lick Springs Resort which is owned equally by entities of both Lauth Property Group and Cook Group. This piece of history is well worth the drive even if it's a day trip....tours are $10 last I knew.

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