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Choo Choo! Denver's Union Station Hotel Scheduled For 2014 Arrival

April 8, 2013 at 9:16 AM | by | ()

Lots of new hotels are on their way to Denver (Renaissance, Aloft and a second Westin at Denver Int'l Airport), but perhaps the most exciting is a 112-room hotel opening in the city's iconic Union Station.

Originally built in 1894, the station is crowned with a vintage sign reading, "Union Station: Travel by Train" in giant red neon letters, harking back to the station's heyday in the 1920s and 1930s, when it was serviced by 80 trains a day.

Now, almost one hundred years later, Union Station is set to become a hive of activity once more.

Most of the 112 guest rooms will be housed in two pavilions attached to the main terminal. One category of lower floor rooms will be more on the narrow side, with a design inspired by the interiors of old Pullman railroad cars (cool!). Meanwhile, upstairs, another category of loft-like rooms will boast exposed brick, timber beams, and 17 foot high ceilings.

Best of all, the rooms will all feature double-paned windows and soundproofed walls to keep out any "choo choo" noises traveling up from the station below.

As if all this wasn't exciting enough, the main terminal (also known as the "Great Hall") will house a complex of four restaurants (all run by the team behind Denver's popular Larimer Square area), 10 boutique shops, and a massive beer hall, serving a wide variety of local Colorado brews.

Outside, an area that used to be a parking lot in front of the train station will be converted into a park with fountains, trees, and outdoor restaurant seating.

Though the hotel isn't set to open until summer 2014, the refurbished train station will begin operating later this year, with eight train tracks in the rear of the station serving light rail trains heading to parts of Denver's south and west metro areas. In 2016, a commuter rail line will connect to Denver Int'l Airport (good news if you don't feel like waiting for taxis and shuttle buses after landing).

Though it will have a separate name, the Union Station Hotel will be a sister property to nearby The Oxford Hotel, another historic property that's been around since 1891, offering guests access to the Oxford's spa, fitness center and meeting space.

[Photo: DowntownDenver]

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