DENVER—Sage Hospitality announces that The Crawford Hotel is now open in Denver’s Lower Downtown neighborhood. The Crawford honors its home inside the historic Denver Union Station while offering a contemporary lodging experience.
Housed inside Denver’s 120-year-old station, which just completed a $54 million transformation, Crawford guests are met by a hotel ambassador who will check them in on an iPad. The stately Denver Union Station Great Hall, which features 65-foot ceilings and houses 13 Colorado restaurants and retailers, will serve as the hotel’s main entrance and lobby.
Named for Denver urban preservationist and Union Station partner Dana Crawford, The Crawford’s 112 guestrooms reflect the different eras of the building’s 100+ year history.
The “Pullman-style” rooms evoke train travel at its heyday. With a subtle Art Deco nod, these rooms offer a modern take on the private sleeping cars of train travel. The “Classic” guestrooms are inspired by the building’s Victorian era beginnings, with a contemporary twist on traditional design styles, high ceilings, and expansive windows. The contemporary “Loft” rooms occupy Denver Union Station’s former attic and feature exposed wood timbers and high vaulted ceilings and were inspired by Denver’s urban LoDo neighborhood.
The Crawford also offers four one-bedroom LoDo Suites and the spacious Crawford Suite, which features hand-selected design details from the hotel’s namesake. The Crawford Suite offers a butler’s pantry, separate living and dining rooms, a powder room, and a master bedroom with a sitting area.
Amenities at the dog-friendly Crawford include an in-room iPad mini loaded with The Crawford app; a 46 inch Smart LED HD TV; free WiFi and high-speed tiered Internet service; a 24-hour fitness center; Tesla car service (within a 2 mile radius); Panda bicycles available for rental; concierge service; valet parking; and complimentary access to The Oxford Club, Spa & Salon.
Crawford guests will be able to enjoy access to the new Denver Union Station, including Mercantile Dining & Provision by Chef Alex Seidel, Stoic & Genuine by Chef Jennifer Jasinski, The Kitchen Next Door Community Pub, Snooze, an A.M. Eatery and Pigtrain Coffee. The building also houses the Terminal Bar, which pours more than 30 Colorado craft beers, and the Cooper Lounge, which channels a Hollywood vibe with high-end cocktails and an extensive wine and spirits list.
The Crawford offers its guests an evolved in-room dining experience. Providing a take-out style room service from some of Denver’s best restaurants, Snooze, an A.M. Eatery and The Kitchen Next Door Community Pub, guests will receive their food items in recyclable containers and bags.
Denver Union Station and The Crawford also feature more than 600 pieces of Western art, curated by Denver’s NINEdotARTS. Pieces include vintage family pictures and travel postcards, inherited objects and a “found objects” collage, and a collection of items found under the station’s benches during construction, including 1940s celebrity trading cards, wallet photos, and tokens.
Named to the National Register of Historic Places, Denver Union Station expects to achieve LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The Crawford Hotel also offers more than 3,000 square feet of downtown meeting space, including six private event spaces and a 40,000-square-foot outdoor plaza.
“The revitalization of Denver Union Station has been a labor of love for so many people; we are thrilled that The Crawford Hotel is finally welcoming guests,” said Walter Isenberg, CEO and president of Sage Hospitality. “This is a modern lodging experience unlike anything else in the United States—and it’s an opportunity to experience the new heart of downtown Denver.”
Denver Union Station is the centerpiece of the $500 million redevelopment of downtown Denver’s transportation hub, with RTD rail lines and buses connecting downtown to its surrounding communities. Direct light rail access will be available to/from Denver International Airport in early 2016.
Local Colorado companies involved in the Denver Union Station project include Larimer Associates, McWhinney, REGen LLC, Sage Hospitality, and Urban Neighborhoods. The project was overseen by construction company Milender White and the hotel design was created by JG Johnson Architects and Tryba Architects. The Great Hall, Cooper Lounge, and Terminal Bar were designed by New York’s AvroKO.