Few hotels can say its main lobby is a train station, but, then again, The Crawford Hotel isn’t like most hotels. Located in the heart of Denver inside the historic Union Station, The Crawford has consistently ranked as one of the top luxury hotels in the Mile High City since opening its doors in 2014. A stay at The Crawford Hotel is like turning back thehands of time. Channeling a bygone era, just like in 1914, secret speakeasies and fully functional transit stations are the norm here. They just come with a few modern upgrades and creature comforts. If you’re looking for a place that will let you embrace Denver through the ages, make The Crawford your home base.
The Lowdown on LoDo
With The Crawford Hotel as your hub for exploration, the star attractions of downtown Denver, or LoDo ("Lower Downtown"), are right at your fingertips. Guests are within easy walking distance of the shops along 16th Mall, posh restaurants in Larimer Square, the trendy bars of Market Street, and the Colorado Rockies Stadium at Coors Field. Even if you decide to stay in, you wouldn't be missing out on the fun as Union Station is a destination within itself (there's no "Netflix and Chill" here...). The train station has more than a dozen bars, restaurants, and shops for both visitors and guests. Start the night with drinks at The Terminal Bar (which still has the original ticket windows), before moseying over to Mercantile Dining & Provision (formerly voted "Best Restaurant of the Year") for dinner, and finish with a sweet treat or boozy shake from Milkbox Ice Creamery (which serves ultra-popular Little Man Ice Cream). Fancy a nightcap before you turn in? Look for the Cooper Lounge desk in the lobby so you can get behind the velvet rope into the second floor speakeasy.
Victorian Glam Meets Modern Chic
As if residing in one of the oldest and grandest train stations in the US wasn’t enough, all 112 guest rooms include chic industrial design touches like exposed brick and wood beams. It’s a nod to the golden age of train travel and to the huge role Union Station played in its heyday. But don't worry, the hotel doesn’t scrimp on modern amenities either. Rooms include iPads, huge soaking tubs, and epic views of the downtown area. For the full experience, treat yourself to a stay in one of the Pullman Rooms, each designed to model a Victorian sleeper car.
Leave with an Experience
At its core, Denver is a city for urban adventurers, and guests are assured a true Colorado experience with their stay. Day or night, there’s a constant hum of activity and infectious spirit in the bustling lobby below. Guests are encouraged to explore; it’s why you can score a complimentary rental of two Panda Bikes to tour downtown with your stay. When it’s time to bid farewell, grab a souvenir from one of the local shops before you catch the — what else? — train to the airport, too.