The Crawford Hotel

Client
Union Station Alliance
Scale
112 Guestrooms
Location
Denver, Colorado
Year Complete
2014

Design

The redevelopment of Denver’s historic Union Station rejuvenates the station as a multi-modal transportation hub. A truly mixed-use project, The Crawford Hotel energizes the historic terminal with “Denver’s Living Room” (transportation waiting areas), Amtrak and RTD services, restaurants and retail shops, and the boutique hotel.

The concept of the hotel is based on the energy and vitality that a hotel brings to a space, making it a 24/7 operation. The station’s Beaux Arts-style Great Hall serves as both the hotel’s lobby and as a place for people to shop, eat, hang out, or wait for their bus or train.

The structure posed another challenge. The building is not entirely symmetrical as one might expect and consequently, none of the guestrooms stack. In order to create the number of keys necessary to make a hotel financially successful, we inserted a mezzanine level in the wing buildings and created rooms in the former attic. The transformed attic space is experienced in the unique “loft rooms” at this level, with exposed elements of the historic heavy timber structure, adding to the design of the luxurious, spa-like bathrooms.

Tremendous efforts were made to maintain the essence of the space and meet the requirements for the historic tax credits. The design of the guestrooms finds a balance between the old building and the new spirit of the project. An eclectic collection of 112 guestrooms inspired by Denver’s history, travel and the urban experience unveil the iconic personality of the hotel, an extraordinary contemporary reinterpretation of the past.

LOFT ROOMS

Located in the attic level, the Loft rooms reflect the urban experience particular to Lower Downtown Denver. With spaces carved out of the attic featuring exposed heavy-timber beams, these rooms highlight the urban grit within the luxurious context of the hotel. Spa-like bathrooms feature sculptural soaking tubs.

GALLERY ROOMS

The Gallery rooms reflect the classic detailing and grandeur of the station. High ceilings, a muted palette and luxurious finishes define the experience of these rooms.

PULLMAN ROOMS

Located on the mezzanine level, the Pullman rooms draw inspiration from the historic train cars of the 1930s/1940s with all the luxuries of train travel. Sleek lines, cozy spaces and an expansive vanity make this experience authentic to the station.

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Awards

2015 11th Hospitality Design Awards
The Crawford Hotel
Finalist Open Category

2015 IIDA RMC
The Crawford Hotel
BEST of the BEST Award

2015 AIA Merit Award
The Crawford Hotel
Built Architecture

2015 Urban Land Institute
The Crawford Hotel
Global Awards for Excellence

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