First, I wish I had stayed in a train car! I had no idea it was an option to stay in a train car when I booked the hotel so ask, if that's your thing. I just didn't know they existed so it was a complete surprise when I walked to my boring hotel room and saw an awesome train car across the hallway.
There are sculptures everywhere of yesteryear, when trains were popular modes of transportation. They are cool and a little creepy but they make for a great representation of who used train services when the old station was in operation.
Complaints: It could sometimes be noisy, depending on where your room was in the building. My room windows were over the vestibule area AND the door was on a main hallway so I got noise from both sides. This was not pleasant. However, I never heard a train...just felt some rumbles.
Pros: The staff was truly fantastic and friendly. The lounge staff, in particular, and greeted me with my drink each day I went in without me saying a word. The hotel is comfortable. It is in a good location, close to lots of eateries and the convention center downtown. While I was there for a conference, the stadium is right next door so anyone here for a game would want to stay here, ideally.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Take a video tour. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places and located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center at Historic Union Station is 'housed within America's first Union Station.' Our hotel s downtown Indianapolis location is ideal. We re just steps away from both the Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts & convenient to Bankers Life, home of the Pacers, Circle Centre Mall, The Indianapolis Zoo & White River Gardens, The Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis Motor Speedway & Hall of Fame Museum, NCAA Hall of Champions, The Children s Museum & downtown nightlife. Our Romanesque revival-style hotel features 273 guestrooms, Pullman's Restaurant & Lounge and over 50,000 sq ft of meeting space. We're best known for our 26 authentic Pullman traincar guestrooms named after prominent personalities from the early 1900's. Another popular feature of the hotel is the white fiberglass ghost travelers dressed in period clothing, and still lovingly haunting the premises. Our hotel is still an active train station, which enhances its ambiance and authenticity. ... more less
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