The Crawford Hotel

Client
Union Station Alliance
Year
2014
Status
Complete
Scale
112 keys

About

The Crawford Hotel is part of the $54 million transformation of the historic Union Station in the heart of downtown Denver.
Designed as Denver’s living room, this historic re-use project began construction in December 2012 and opened in July 2014. It has profoundly changed the landscape of the city and spurred new development.

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.

One of the biggest challenges was to bring a 100-year old building up to code. Air conditioning was non-existent, and the heating system was outdated. The electrical system had to be replaced, there were no adequate fire exits, and it was not accessible.

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.

Design

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.

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.

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.

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.

Awards

2015 Design Awards – Merit Award for Built Architecture
Denver Union Station
AIA Colorado

2015 ULI Global Awards for Excellence
Denver Union Station
ULI (Urban Land Institute)

2015 IIDA RMC | BEST of the BEST
The Crawford Hotel at Denver Union Station
IIDA Rocky Mountain Chapter

2015 Real Estate Champion | Catalyst Award
The Denver Business Journal

2015 – 11th Hospitality Design Awards | Finalist Open Category
HD Magazine

2015 Best of Denver 2015 | Best Reuse of a Historic Building
Westword

2014 Impact Awards | Innovation Award Winner
ULI Colorado