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“Denver should be proud”
Review of Union Station

Union Station
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Owner description: Formerly the hub of transit in Lower Downtown, this grandiose three-story train station now best serves enthusiasts of railroad nostalgia.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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“Denver should be proud”
Reviewed 28 August 2014

WOW! Union Station is VASTLY different than my last purposeful visit here over a decade ago. Back then, I was waiting for a train to Chicago, and this great hall was pretty sketchy and dead with vast, unused areas.

This past Saturday, it was lively and wonderful. We even saw a classy-looking wedding party make their way through the great hall. The hall is outfitted with plenty of hard benches, cushy chairs, and loungy sofas for both passengers and patrons of the tenant businesses. You can even drink alcohol in this area if you bought it from the Terminal Bar. Immediately outside on the southwest part of the station, fountains shoot out of the ground for the kiddoes with even more seating available.

You don't have to hold a ticket to enjoy the station's offerings: boutique shops like the tiny version of the Tattered Cover bookstore, restaurants like ACME Burger & Brat Corp, the locally-owned Stoic & Genuine by James Beard Award winner Jennifer Jasinski, and Snooze A Daytime Eatery, a new hotel in the form of the Crawford, and other businesses like Milkbox Ice Creamery and Pigtrain Coffee Co. Two real shuffleboard tables are featured in the center of the hall.

One of my major disappointments is that the women's restroom is TINY. 6 stalls, 4 sinks, and hardly any room for people to maneuver, much less maneuver luggage if they're a train/bus rider or a hotel customer. I'd expect that for its foreseen popularity, Union Station would have doubled the restrooms in size.

Security is vigilant. While we were there, two guards stood over some unattended luggage as they waited for the owner to return. The owner never did while I was there, and the guards remained for at least half an hour.

I'm interested to learn what Union Station can offer during the holidays and hope it can hold a candle to Kansas City's - those flatlanders have a pretty darn nice station (with a HUGE, seemingly endless women's restroom to boot), and they deck it to the max during Christmas. It also has a few historic exhibits, which I did not find at Denver's.

Anyway, CONGRATS, Denver - we can be proud of our train stop now!

Visited August 2014
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Pub Crawl”
Reviewed 21 August 2014

While pleased it has been restored, we were underwhelmed by recently re-opened Union Station in the heart of Denver's funky old town. Indeed the main waiting room is strikingly handsome, but it seems to be little more than a series of pubs w/ lots of people sitting around (on tasteless couches) with drinks in their hands. Where's the history w/ stories & exhibits that convey Denver's & the railroad's role in the development of the West?

At least a small branch of renowned Tattered Cover bookstore offers some solace & food for the brain; but it's just as easy to walk around the block to the iconic home emporium, where you can browse & read in comfort, while sipping a latte instead of soaking up booze & staring into space at the station.

Visited August 2014
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Kalamazoo
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“New station”
Reviewed 20 August 2014 via mobile

What an incredible piece of history. Newly renovated - step back in time and enjoy a great coffee shop as well.

Staff at the Amtak train window are very helpful and the new track waiting area is beautiful. Still more finishing touches outside and one more restaurant.

A must see location and take the train west for beautiful vistas.

Visited August 2014
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“New and nice”
Reviewed 19 August 2014 via mobile

Great bus system. You can take the bus to the airport. You can catch a greyhound bus to Raton. You can take the california Zypher Amtrack train to Glenwood springs. Great services. The restraunts and hotel is a nice touch. Thank you from Rita Bennett and Steve Nordstrom from Westminster Colorado

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Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
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“Very poor history protection!”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

I went to see the station with my Aunt and she was one of the first women and possibility the first black woman to work for the C&S Railroad (The Colorado and Southern Railway). So i expected to get a small history lesson but what i found was a huge bar and a few boutique stores. I asked several people if there was any railroad history areas and nobody knew including a cop,security guard, Amtrak worker, hotel manager and a bartender ARGH! Finally a waitress from the restaurant at the end of the station pointed us to a hallway (Amtrak Baggage Area) that had maybe 20 pictures and a large plaque. It would have been nice to dedicate a room to the history of the station but i guess its just another sad ending to how this country was built!

Visited August 2014
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