When visiting Indianapolis, you should have no problem finding a hotel located right in the downtown area within walking distance to almost everything.  I was actually surprised with the number of hotels in the center of the city; it seemed as if there were more hotels than businesses.   This is a good thing for a visitor because you’ll surely find a wide range of accommodations suitable for all budgets.  However, if you are looking for something different than the typical humdrum hotel, then the search should be short.  The obvious place to stay is the Crowne Plaza Indianapolis, Downtown Union Station hotel.


An upscale, yet comfortable hotel, it is located in a historic train station, a building listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  Moreover, it has an exceptional location in the downtown area.  You’ll have no problem getting to the arenas, stores, bars, restaurants and convention center (across the street) when staying at this unique hotel.

What I especially love about the Crowne Plaza hotel is that the train station theme can be found throughout, from the lobby to the rooms.  Whether you are a railroad fan or simply love a good themed hotel, you’ll be impressed with the beauty and charm of the Crowne Plaza at Union Station.


Although most of the hotel rooms are the standard cookie-cutter room (albeit on the modern/updated side), they do offer some unique rooms located in authentic pullman train cars.  These hotel rooms are built in 13 retired 1920’s era passenger carriages that rest on their original tracks on the 2nd floor of the hotel.  Each of these rooms is named after famous personalities from the 1900’s such as Charlie Choplin and Winston Churchill.

There are only 26 pullman train car rooms in the hotel, and they are very popular for obvious reasons. If you want to stay in one, I recommend you book early. Sadly, there were none available during my brief one-night stay, so I was not able to photograph the interiors.  (That’s what I get for planning a trip on short notice).  However, I was told that the rooms are decorated similar to the standard rooms, except you can expect it to be somewhat narrower due to the shape of the carriage car.

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Know Before You Go

  • If you are driving to the hotel and are on a budget, opt to park your car in the underground parking lot directly across from the hotel.  It’s super convenient and a lot less expensive than valet parking.
  • The hotel has an executive lounge , but it’s rather small with no windows.  I think it’s great for grabbing a bottled water or soft drink or a snack, but it wasn’t the type of lounge that you’d want to linger in unlike some other hotel lounges I’ve been to.
  • The hotel is connected to an active train station. As such, you might hear and feel the rumble of the trains pulling in and out of the station.  I had a room in the northwest corner of the hotel, and I did not hear any train noise at all during my stay.  However, they do leave ear plugs in the room just in case!
  • You’ll find a small complimentary “relaxation” packet in your room that includes face cream, calming mist and foot cream.  I really liked having this “Rest, Relax and Recharge” packet after a long day of sightseeing around Indy.
  • The hotel is spotless – from the lobby and common areas to the room.  It was so clean, I felt as if I was in a brand new hotel.
  • The staff at this hotel are exceptional.  They go above and beyond to ensure you have a comfortable, relaxing stay. I especially loved the valet, Patrick.  As the valet, he was the first person I spoke to at the hotel, and the last one, too.  Upon arrival, he helped us unload our car.  When we first left the hotel, he ensured we knew where we were going and even gave us so helpful tips.  And when we were leaving, he made sure we had directions and waved to us as we drove away.  He was extremely friendly, very helpful and as a result, helped make our short stay a very memorable one.

Crowne Plaza Indianapolis – Downtown Union Station
123 W Louisiana Street
Indianapolis, IN 46225

Disclaimer:  My overnight stay was provided by Visit Indy, but my opinions are my own.