It’s the heart of Winter and you’re looking to get away to somewhere the snow looks less “gray sludge” and more “storybook fantasy.” Denver – the Mile High City – sits in the center of a mountainous ring of picturesque peaks that can’t help but stoke your imagination. If Denver is the place you’ve been dreaming of, you’re in luck because there’s one hotel in Denver that is itself right out of a storybook. The Crawford Hotel in downtown Denver is a historic resurrection of the most beautiful parts of the past – wrapped in the conveniences of life in 2022.
The Crawford Suite
The Crawford Hotel is in the historic and charming LoDo neighborhood in Denver. This unique 112-room boutique style hotel is built in historic Denver Union Station – a hub of commerce and activity in a city buzzing with promise. The hotel opened in the space in 2014 and has since worked hard to preserve the historic beauty and class of the 1881 station building – but also bring all the modern conveniences to its guests looking to kick up their feet after a busy day of exploring Denver.
In the Crawford Hotel, there’s one room that stands head and shoulders above the rest in a field of already extraordinary rooms: The Crawford Suite. With soaring 16′ ceilings and an elegant, intimate Victorian-meets-modern feel, the Crawford suite is a luxurious escape from the bustle of urban life. The suite was commissioned and designed by the hotel’s namesake, Dana Crawford.
It’s situated on the third floor and includes a separate bedroom, lounge, and dining area along with 1.5 bathrooms. Relax in the luxurious spa-like bathroom, enjoy a fully stocked bar with a cocktail kit, or partake in some of the suite’s books and games for a fun night in. The room palette decor is in creams and golds, with striking rich reds to lend an air of elegance and chic you won’t find anywhere else in Denver.
The Crawford Hotel
But if the Crawford Suite isn’t your speed, there are still several other breathtaking options. Two of our favorites are the Loft rooms and LoDo rooms.
- Loft: Perched atop the forgotten attic space of Union Station, the Loft rooms balance contemporary classic with rustic exposed wooden timbers and brick. Each of these fourth-floor Loft rooms is completely unique, so your stay will feel like it is tailored to you alone. The Loft rooms embrace the space’s historic features, including the dormers and sloped ceilings, while fully integrating comforts such as iPads in every room, custom furnishings, and local artwork.
- LoDo: Found among the Loft rooms on the fourth floor, the LoDo spaces are some spectacular. They include a larger space than the Loft rooms, an elevated dining room, a larger spa-like bathroom with soaking tubs and a skylight for views of those crystal-clear Denver skies. Like the Loft rooms, the LoDo rooms embrace the building’s historic touches while being an oasis of ultimate comfort and convenience.
Each of the 112 rooms is its own unique and individually-designed space, brimming with unique comforts and artistic touches that will make you feel pampered.
The hotel offers throwback Polaroid cameras for guests to make fun memories with, and Gazelle E-bikes to rent to explore Denver from atop. You can enjoy a guided tour of the Denver Union Station or hop next door to any of the boutique retailers such as the Tattered Cover Bookstore or 5 Green Boxes.
While at the hotel, enjoy some local flavor in The Crawford’s Stoic & Genuine, Ultreia, Acme Delicatessen, or Mercantile dining. Or hop over to Pigtrain Coffee and wake up to locally-roasted perfection. The Milkbox Ice Creamery is an ice cream destination not to be missed, and at Snooze you’ll find the breakfast you were just dreaming of when you awake. If you’re looking to explore a little further afield, Denver is an exciting location year-round.
The dining options in Denver are endless, but it’s the outdoor activities that will tickle your fancy. Just a hop-skip away guests can find the Denver Zoo, Denver Botanic Gardens, Centennial Gardens and more. Red Rocks Park & Ampitheater is just around the corner as well – the heart of the country’s outdoor venues, unique and alluring for lovers of live music entertainment.
While Denver is not considered a ski town, it’s close enough to Colorado’s finest ski towns to be a perfect place to start from, and the view of the Rockies and your outdoor adventure to come will have you excited and ready to go. Start it all from your home base at The Crawford Hotel – your historic oasis in a vibrant urban destination.