• Sage Hospitality Announces The Crawford Hotel at Denver’s Union Station

    Named after urban preservationist and Union Station partner Dana Crawford, the hotel will be located on the upper floors of the north and south wings of the station when the building opens in summer 2014. 

     
    POSTED November 20, 2013
     

Sage Hospitality, along with its partners in Denver’s Union Station, announced the name for the 112-room hotel within Denver’s Historic Union Station as The Crawford Hotel. Named after urban preservationist and Union Station partner Dana Crawford, the hotel will be located on the upper floors of the north and south wings of the station when the building opens in summer 2014. Local Denver companies redeveloping the building with Sage include Larimer Associates, McWhinney, REGen, LLC and Urban Neighborhoods.

"Dana Crawford deserves this honor," said Walter Isenberg, CEO and president of Sage Hospitality. "She started historic redevelopment before it was popular, she’s had her hand in so many great Denver restorations, including Larimer Square, The Oxford Hotel and now Union Station."

Located in the heart of the LoDo District, The Crawford Hotel’s 112 guest rooms will reflect different eras of the building’s history. The overall hotel design was created by JG Johnson Architects and Tryba Architects. The property will feature art specifically curated from local Colorado artists by Denver company NINE dot ARTS as part of the project’s local art program. The redevelopment project will protect the distinctive architecture of the 100-year-old structure.

The hotel will offer three different types of rooms. The Pullman rooms on the second level are a modern take on private sleeping cars of train travel. The Classic guestrooms on the third floor are inspired by the building’s Victorian era beginning and the Loft rooms reflect a downtown Denver loft with exposed wood timbers and vaulted ceilings.

The Crawford Hotel will feature major Colorado-based restaurants on the first floor. The Crawford’s room service will be provided by all restaurants within the building, including The Kitchen Next Door, Snooze an a.m. Eatery, and a new concept by Fruition creator, Alex Seidel.

Union Station’s Great Hall will serve as the hotel’s main entrance and lobby. Guests will be able to check-in via their mobile phones in advance to access the hotel’s concierge.

"We are excited to share Denver’s Union Station with The Crawford Hotel and all of the exciting restaurant and retail options inside," said Phil Washington, general manager of RTD. "It is a fantastic offering for those traveling with RTD to have so much available to them as they arrive in Denver."

As part of the partnership between The Crawford Hotel and The Oxford Hotel, located one block from Union Station, amenities at The Oxford Club, Spa and Salon will be available to all guests. The station will also offer a fitness center and 3,000 square feet of downtown meeting space.

The roughly 125,000 square-foot redevelopment of Denver Union Station will provide local and national train and bus services. The RTD rail lines and buses will connect downtown and its surrounding communities as well as provide a direct railway from Union Station to Denver International Airport in 2016.

On Nov. 1, global hospitality group, Benchmark added Manor Vail Lodge to its Colorado portfolio. Established in 1965 and situated at the base of Vail Mountain’s Golden Peak, its location offers picturesque views, yet is within walking distance from the ski slopes, shops and restaurants, giving guests the perfect mix of fun and relaxation.

 

A wise ski instructor once said his favorite resort was the one with the most snow and the least people. When it comes to bringing a group up for the day from a nearby city or going all-in and planning an event in a ski resort’s base village, there are several mountains that fit that description across the West. 

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Tourism and skiing didn’t give birth to many of the West’s sweetest mountain towns. Instead, mining and early-day settlers were the drivers behind development that left behind character-filled downtown districts that are the community treasures of today. It’s important to note that sometimes downtown lodging properties don’t have enough guest rooms or function space to host groups, but options are typically available nearby (frequently ski resorts) for a win-win combination.

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