As an extra perk to the quirky convention I was attending, I decided to stay in one of the vintage train cars instead of a regular room. Although I'd heard that they were noisy and narrow, I couldn't find any fault with them at all.
The entire hotel is very pretty, exceptionally clean and actually really quiet for being housed in a train station. I can't say that I was bothered by the train noise even once. I felt the vibrations as they passed by but that was about it. Another really neat thing about the Crowne Plaza is that it's physically attached to the Historic Union Station which is absolutely beautiful and a delight to explore.
Staff at the hotel bent over backwards to make sure everything was perfect for my stay even though they were booked solid and had their hands full with accommodating thousands of Gencon attendees.
I definitely plan to return next year if not sooner.
- 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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