Fodor's Expert Review
The sumptuous Crawford Hotel sits atop the top three floors of Denver’s recently re-imagined Union Station. Opened in 2014, following a major remodel of the building, The Crawford feels like a luxury hotel without any pretension. The hotel is also a favorite among local residents who need a relaxing place to unwind and rest after an exciting night on the town.
You Should Know A Destination Amenity fee is automatically included in each reservation, so guests can enjoy items from several of the different vendors also housed in Union Station. These add-ons—a cup of coffee from Pig Train Coffee Co., an ice cream cone at Milkbox Ice Creamery, and a craft beer at Terminal Bar—help you experience all of Union Station in one go.
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The rooms are the definition of luxury. There’s nothing “cookie cutter” here—no two rooms have the same layout or furnishings, so you’ll experience a different and unique aesthetic each stay. Each room includes high-speed Wi-Fi, a Nespresso™ espresso maker, and refrigerated bottles of Voss water.
You Should Know Because the hotel rooms surround an atrium, guests can hear the first floor energy in the hallways but won’t be able to hear noise in their rooms; the sound separation is excellent.
Standard rooms include a large shower space with rainwater shower head. In addition to the shower, suites have giant tubs. Everything here is high quality and very clean. Guests can’t get enough of the good-smelling soaps and other C.O. Bigelow products!
The Great Hall on the main floor pulls double duty as both lobby and city community space (it’s nicknamed “Denver’s Living Room” for a reason!). You’ll find oversized chairs and leather sofas, long benches reminiscent of the glory days of train travel, desks with lamps for working or meeting, and even a large shuffleboard table. Guests check in at the counter on the north side of The Great Hall.
There’s no spa on-site, but all guests are encouraged to book services at The Oxford Club, Spa & Salon, directly across the street in The Oxford Hotel annex on 17th St. Guests of The Crawford Hotel receive 10% off services and 20% off products at The Oxford Club, Spa & Salon.
The on-site 24-hour fitness center, in the basement, includes basic machines, free weights, and other light equipment. For yoga, spin, and other classes, guests are able to attend any classes and also use the equipment at The Oxford Club, Spa & Salon.
Union Station offers eight restaurants within the building, including quick-serve and to-go counters as well as sit-down and fine dining establishments. For a quick meal or snack, try ACME Delicatessen, Milkbox Ice Creamery, or Pigtrain Coffee Co. Though Snooze, an AM Eatery, is only open for breakfast and lunch (or brunch), it’s one of the most sought-after spots in town. Lunch and dinner options include farm-to-table fare at Mercantile Dining & Provision, sustainable eats from Next Door American Eatery—which also has a late-night menu, fresh seafood at Stoic & Genuine’s oyster bar, and delightful tapas at Ultreia. Those last two restaurants are helmed by Jennifer Jasinski, a James Beard Award-winning chef.
Room service is provided by two restaurants: Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, beginning and 7 a.m. and Next Door Eatery until 10 p.m. All room service can be ordered using the in-room iPad. Charcuterie boards from Mercantile Dining & Provisions can also be arranged for delivery by contacting the concierge.
Tip The Crawford might be the only place in town to get the ever-popular food from Snooze without a crazy long wait, because you can order Snooze’s delicious fare as room service *and* hotel guests receive priority seating when dining at the restaurant.
Two bars, the main floor Terminal Bar and the mezzanine Cooper Lounge, offer spots for guests and travelers to whet their respective whistles. The Terminal Bar, with it’s moody, dark wood and tufted chocolate leather seating, is the spot to grab beer, wine, spirits, or straight up cocktails. Housed within the station’s former ticket window, patrons can also order from the window outside and partake the drink of their choosing anywhere in The Great Hall. Directly upstairs, The Cooper Lounge’s expansive cocktail program, deep cuts wine list, and snack offerings are the verifiably swank.
Union Station itself is Denver’s main train and city bus depot, as well as still serving as the station for ski trains and Amtrak services. Light rail and bus pick-ups are within a 1-minute walk and an on-site taxi stand offers cab or rideshare service directly outside the hotel.
For powerful margaritas, terrific tacos, a quad of spicy house-made salsas, and extensive gluten-free options, head across the street to Machete (1-minute walk), open for lunch and dinner. Just around the corner from The Crawford is critical darling Tavernetta (4-minute walk), the latest concept from the James Beard Award-winning team behind sister restaurant Frasca. To feel the full weight of Denver’s history as the gateway to the West, grab dinner or drinks at the Denver ChopHouse & Brewery (4-minute walk), housed in the former Union Pacific railroad headquarters.
Nothing beats a beer at Wynkoop Brewing Company (2-minute walk), Denver’s original brewpub, often credited with helping revitalize the Lower Downtown area. Try Patty’s Chili Beer, a flavorful treat named for the founder and editor of the local alternative weekly newspaper. Beyond their wood-fired foods, Hearth & Dram (5-minute walk) boasts more than 300 whiskeys from around the world, so you can toast to Denver’s old wild west ways.