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The Crawford exterior © Ellen Jaskol

The Crawford Hotel. © Ellen Jaskol

The Mile High city got a new beauty mark this summer: The Crawford Hotel, a luxury property in the heart of Denver’s Lower Downtown (“LoDo”). Set inside the newly revitalized Denver Union Station—with the Great Hall doubling as the lobby—the 4-star gem put a fresh twist on the hotel landscape since its grand opening in July, with tongues wagging from Architectural Digest to Travel Weekly. Let’s take a peek at what’s inside…

The Great Hall. © Ellen Jaskol

The Great Hall. © Ellen Jaskol

The lowdown:

  • 112 guest rooms
  • Located inside Denver Union Station, above the main terminal
  • Tesla courtesy car service within a 2-mile radius
  • Complimentary access to the Oxford Club, Spa & Salon
  • In-room spa and salon services
  • Dog friendly

3 don’t-miss features:

  • Prime people watching at Terminal Bar, which has over 40 Colorado craft beers on tap, a cool walk-up window, and expansive patio overlooking Wynkoop Plaza.
  • In-room iPad mini you can use to request valet service, check in to your flight, order room service and more.
  • The hotel offers ticketed tours of the train station on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of every month at 2 p.m. You’ll also score a voucher for a beer flight, glass of wine or soft drink at the Terminal Bar.
Left to Right: Loft, Classic and Pullman rooms. © Ellen Jaskol

Left to Right: Loft, Classic and Pullman-style rooms. © Ellen Jaskol

The look: Overall, the Crawford is equal parts earthy and pretty (this is Colorado after all), but the look changes from floor to floor. Pullman-style rooms, on the second floor, are inspired by old-school sleeping cars, with steamer trunks and Art Deco details. Classic rooms, the next floor up, have a glamorous feel, with tufted leather headboards, tall windows and clear glass table lamps. On the top floor, the Loft suites channel a glamping vibe, with exposed wood timbers, vaulted ceilings, and artwork handpicked by a local curator.

Loft suite © Ellen Jaskol

Loft room with dormer, and Loft bathroom. © Ellen Jaskol

Room to book: The LoDo Suite. The one-bedroom loft features groovy stylings, like soft fabrics in bold patterns, an amber chandelier, dark wooden trusses, and a shiny bathroom with a rain showerhead, footed tub and warming towel rack.

Denver Union Station in LoDo. Credit: Denver Union Station

Denver’s newly renovated station in the heart of Lower Downtown. Credit: Denver Union Station

In the neighborhood: For starters, you’re in the thick of Union Station, where you can go out for the night without really leaving the hotel. The station is home to great retail, bars and eateries specializing in everything from pancakes and ice cream, to organic pub grub and trendy artisanal fare. For sports fans, Coors Field is a short walk away, as are many of the city’s top microbreweries.

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Kristin Dillon

Kristin Dillon

Kristin Dillon is a Chicago-based editor with a serious thing for hotels. In addition to her ever-growing collection of books about hotels from around the world, she loves the show "Hotel Impossible," and once lived in a 14th century hotel in Florence, Italy.