Major Renovation on Denver’s Crawford Hotel

The Crawford Hotel in downtown Denver is excited to unveil a major refresh, including a luxurious design update to each of its 112 magnificent guest rooms. 

Originally opened in 1881, the iconic Denver Union Station reopened to great fanfare in July 2014 after a $54 million renovation that included the creation of The Crawford Hotel, which is named for renowned urban preservationist and Union Station Alliance member Dana Crawford. The hotel was recently honored with a Michelin Guide One Key in the first-ever awards highlighting the most outstanding hotels in the country.

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, The Crawford is elevating the guest arrival experience with the creation of an inviting new lobby space, The Parlour, that is separate from the Great Hall and will offer private elevator access to the guest floors. The Crawford Parlour will feature ongoing lobby programming including live local music, welcome cocktails, and private experiences. Guests can expect to enjoy exclusive events, amuse-bouche tastings and more. 

The Crawford Hotel refresh was inspired by elegant train trips on the Orient-Express and designed to embrace the grand architecture of Denver Union Station. Designed by DLR Group and Sage Studio, The Crawford guest rooms now feature opulent custom-made furniture and window treatments in rich jewel tones of emerald green, deep rose, cobalt blue and burnt orange, with an eclectic mix of locally sourced art and gorgeous floral ceiling coverings. Arched doorways were added to honor the Mizpah Arch that welcomed guests to Denver Union Station in the early 1900s. The guest beds are anchored by large, scalloped headboards with pearl-inspired sconces and dressed with fine linens. Upgraded amenities include an in-room Cooper Lounge cocktail experience and Grown Alchemist bath products.

Technology upgrades include the addition of chic Loftie alarm clocks, the multiuse smart alarm clock designed by sleep scientists to help guests put down their phones and get more sleep. The Crawford has partnered with Loftie to be the first hotel to share custom content to guests. Both adult and children’s bedtime stories will be available – with each version celebrating Dana Crawford’s life and her important legacy as a trailblazing female leader for downtown Denver. 

The Crawford Hotel features three different room types that reflect the different eras of the landmark building’s history. The “Pullman-style” rooms on the second level evoke train travel at its heyday. The “Classic” rooms are inspired by the building’s Victorian era beginnings, with a touch of modern elegance. “The Loft” rooms in the former attic feature exposed wood timbers and vaulted ceilings. The Crawford also offers four 1-bedroom LoDo Suites and the 726 square foot Crawford Suite, which features a Butler’s pantry, separate living and dining rooms, a powder room and a master bedroom with a sitting area. 

Denver Union Station’s Great Hall, Cooper Lounge and 8,000 square feet of meeting & event space are also being reimagined with new furniture, light fixtures and more. The current $11 million renovation will be completed this July to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the revitalization of Denver Union Station.

The Crawford has also created several unique overnight offerings for guests to explore the Mile High City, including new partnerships with Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. 

“We are very excited to share this luxurious new Crawford experience along with the unveiling of the newly refreshed Great Hall within Denver Union Station,” said Denver Union Station Area General Manager Ed Blair. “Our team has worked hard to create special new Denver opportunities for visitors to enjoy. We want all guests to delight in a truly one-of-a-kind stay and savor the grandeur of Denver Union Station.”

The Crawford has earned extensive accolades over the past decade, including being named one of the “Top 5 Hotels in Denver” for 2023 by Travel + Leisure and one of the “Best Denver Hotels” for 2024 by U.S. News & World Report

Crawford guests can continue to enjoy unparalleled access to the fantastic local shops and chef-driven restaurants found at Denver Union Station, including the acclaimed Mercantile Dining & Provision by James Beard award-winning Chef Alex Seidel and Ultreia and Stoic & Genuine by Chef Jennifer Jasinski.  

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