This hotel without a doubt is one of the most spectacular places I have ever stayed. Not because of the food, the staff, or the rooms. But because of the historical aspect that it brings. It is the original train station that was built in the early 1900's. And when Holiday Inn purchased and restored it in the 70's they kept almost all of the original structure. It is absolutely beautiful! My husband and I ventured out of our room one evening, we stumbled upon the actual Pulman train inside the building. We then realized that this was more than just a train to look at...they had converted the cars into hotel room you could stay in. At was awesome! As we explored more of the hotel, we found ourselves where the ballrooms were located. We made our way through corridors and found the original Union Station lobby. Very spooky at night, i must say. The bar area resembled something out of The Shining, although very beautiful. The lobby itself was vast with balconies now remodeled into offices. A security guard checked on us and was able to turn on lights for us so we could see this beautiful place in it's glory. In the hallway part of the lobby still stood old ticket booths. I could just picture ladies in their large hats and gentlemen in their suits or immigrants arriving. It was really a magical place. As we walked through the hallways near the grand hall the hotel had numbered standing boards with pictures and writings telliing the history of this building from the time it was built to when it was closed as a train station all the way to when it was purchased and renovated as a hotel. It was quite a treat to realize where I was and the history that had passed through this place.
Our room was neat, clean and spacious. My husband is a gold member with Holiday Inn so upon arrival they upgraded us to the club level. Staying at this level you have the privlege of receiving continental breakfast in the morning and appetizers in the early afternoon. A nice suprise to us. The hot tub and pool were clean and well maintained. The only thing about the hotel that people may find annoying is that another part of it still serves as a train station. So you will hear and feel the rumbling of the trains passing by. To us it just made our trip that much more memorable.
- 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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- Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Downtown (Union Station) Hotel Indianapolis