We recently stayed at the Crowne Plaza Union Station in Downtown Indianapolis. We met family and stayed on a Saturday night. I'd read some reviews that the hotel was run down or shabby and that it was in the midst of a construction project and refurbishment. While we did find that they were in the middle of a refurbishment, the accessible areas of the hotel were clean and the staff was friendly and helpful.
Several people have mentioned in their reviews that the rumble of trains coming through was a problem, we didn't really see it as such. That said, if you are awakened easily, etc, ask for a room away from the train station side. The people in our group who stayed on the other side of the hotel didn't notice the trains at all.
We stayed in the Winston Churchill train car with our kids. We found it clean and neat. The photos make the room look smaller than it really is. The bathroom is tight, but everything was clean and well kept, despite the fact that this side of the hotel is yet to be remodeled. The beds were custom made for the train cars. At over 6' tall, I was able to sleep on the bed without my feet hanging off, but the beds are narrow. Having a fridge in the room was a plus, though we didn't use it.
The swimming pool was clean and not crowded. I liked that it was in a gated area in the atrium and not in a steamy, noisy, closed room like many seem to be going to. The whirlpool has been removed, but no problem. Plenty of chairs and towels around the pool.
I brought a couple of minor details to the manager's attention after we left and he responded very quickly.
The front desk staff recommended a good pizza joint for us and showed us a good common area to eat in.
We slept late, so we ate at Pullman's restaurant, just inside the hotel entrance. A $16/person breakfast buffet seemed steep, but we were pleasantly surprised to learn that children 5 and under eat free and older kids ate for half price. Selection was decent.
We will absolutely consider staying here again when in downtown Indy. The kids loved the train car and pool, but the overall experience was great.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Downtown (Union Station) Hotel Indianapolis