Enjoy all that Bloomington has to offer by staying in town for the whole Festival weekend!  Downtown Bloomington is known for its thriving arts scene, numerous galleries, farmers market, access to outdoor recreation, and an incredibly diverse selection of world-class restaurants.   It’s easy to stay and to get around — we’ve provided some helpful info below, or you can access additional resources via our local tourism bureau.


The following hotels are advertising special Lotus rates or packages for 2016.  We will add to this list if more specials become available.  For additional lodging choices, please contact Visit Bloomington at 800-800-0037 or 812-334-8900.

Comfort Inn: $99/night; click here to book this rate online.

Courtyard by Marriott: $159/night, two-night minimum; limited availability, book by 8/15. Click here to book this rate directly, or call and request the Lotus rate.

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott: $139/night; call and request the Lotus rate.

Hampton Inn: $109/night; limited availability.  Call and request the Lotus rate.

Hilton Garden Inn: $149/night; call and request the Lotus rate.  Rate does not include breakfast or parking.

Indiana Memorial Union – Biddle Hotel: $129/night Thurs, $149/night Fri-Sat; all rooms 1 queen, limited availability.  Call and request the Lotus rate.

TownePlace Suites by Marriott: $139/night studio suite; call and request the Lotus rate.


Most downtown parking in Bloomington, Indiana is metered (although it’s still reasonable by big-city standards). Some parking garages are indicated on the Festival venue map, but visit the City’s website for details and rates.

Observe residential (“Residents Only”) or campus parking (Permit required) restrictions when you encounter them in parking lots and on some street blocks.

In the past, First United Methodist Church has also opened their parking lot on a donation basis (entrance at the corner of Lincoln and 3rd St., across from Turkuaz Cafe).  Donated funds support church youth group activities.