A stay at the Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Downtown Union Station
Sometimes plans change and it makes for the best travel experience. For instance, I had been eyeing the Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Downtown for some time knowing that they had train car hotel rooms. Luckily, we were able to add a night in Indianapolis and make this happen. Staying in a unique accommodation created a memorable experience for young and old and this was definitely one we won’t soon forget!
The Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Downtown is housed in historic Union Station. The station was the first Union Station to be constructed in the US in 1888. Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, FDR, Harry Truman, and Dwight Eisenhower were just a few of the VIPs that walked through Union Station. Now, the station has been fully converted into a hotel and event space. You can learn more about the history HERE.
As I mentioned above, we chose a train car room with 2 double beds. The hotel also offers rooms with one king. The rooms are definitely smaller than a typical hotel room, measuring just under 300 square feet. There were five of us, but thankfully Cecilia was small enough to sleep on the two chairs pushed together! If you’re traveling party has five and there are older children, you may want to get two train cars.
The hotel also offers regular hotel rooms, so if someone in your party requires a handicap-accessible environment, the train car would not be the way to go!
If you want to see a more thorough tour of the train car, watch my Facebook Live below:
Throughout the hotel are numerous white statues! I thought these added to the historic ambiance of the hotel, but my Instagram followers overwhelmingly agreed that they were a little creepy! The kids liked finding all of the different ones! If we had stayed for more than one night, I think I would have created a Scavenger Hunt of Statues to keep them busy!
Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Downtown Amenities
The hotel offers an indoor pool and an on-site restaurant. The pool is a great size!
We dined for breakfast at the Crowne Plaza’s restaurant, 123 West. I was happy with the serving sizes and prices. Kids’ meals were only $6 but did not include a beverage.
I’m glad we chose a train car room at this historic Indianapolis hotel! It was a different travel experience that we will talk about for a long time!
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Looking for more things to do in Indianapolis? Check out my list of kid-friendly things to do in Indy plus everything you need to experience at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis! You may also be interested in a 48-hour getaway to Fort Wayne, Indiana or Richmond, Indiana.
Want to stay at other train-themed lodgings? Check out my whistlestop tour of the best train hotels and Airbnbs or the Hocking Hills Caboose.