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Crawford Hotel to Open at Denver Union Station

The next step in the rebirth of Denver Union Station is about to begin with the July 12 opening of the 112-room Crawford Hotel and several new stores and restaurants in the station building.

The renovation of Union Station, including the opening of the hotel, is part of the Denver Regional Transportation District’s (RTD) multi-year FasTracks program, which also includes several new light rail lines and the scheduled launch of commuter rail in 2016.

RTD has entered into a complex ­partnership with the Denver Union ­Station Project Authority, along with leasing and other firms, to bring restaurants and other businesses to the first floor of the station.

“We are excited to share Denver’s Union Station with the Crawford Hotel and all of the exciting restaurant and retail options inside. It is a fantastic offering for those traveling with RTD to have so much available to them as they arrive in Denver,” said General Manager Phillip Washington. “This project is an exciting addition to Colorado as a whole and really a fantastic example of what a public-private partnership can offer to a city.”

The hotel—named in honor of urban preservationist and Union Station partner Dana Crawford—occupies the upper floors of the north and south wings of the station. Each floor offers a distinct design theme for its guest rooms: the second-floor “Pullman” rooms provide a modern version of the Art Deco private sleeping cars of train travel; the third-floor “Classic” rooms, inspired by the station’s origins in the Victorian area, offer high ceilings and expansive windows; and the contemporary “Loft” rooms on the top floor, the station’s former attic, echo the appearance of the surrounding Lower Downtown neighborhood with exposed wood timbers and high vaulted ceilings. Art throughout the hotel showcases Colorado artists.

The station’s great hall also serves as the hotel’s main entrance and lobby. Guests can even check in online using their mobile phones before they leave their RTD light rail vehicle or Amtrak train. In addition, hotel guests can order room service from the restaurants located on the first floor of the station.

The original Union Station opened in 1881 and underwent extensive rebuilding after a fire in 1894. An exterior redesign in 1914 brought the structure to its current appearance. As a newly renovated transit center, it is a cornerstone of RTD’s expansion. RTD held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in May to open the new bus concourse of the multimodal facility and plans a grand opening celebration for the station later this month. 

Photo by Ellen Jaskol
The "Pullman" rooms in the new Crawford Hotel take their inspiration from private sleeping cars on Art Deco-era trains.

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