Union Station in Denver was thought by many to have seen its final days, until it was announced the unused train station will be transformed into a trendy new hotel.
The station was originally built in 1894 and frequented by 80 trains a day at its peak during the 1920s and 30s. It’s giant red neon sign reading “Union Station: Travel by Train” might no longer be relevant, but it still serves as a testament to the building’s history.
Plans for the hotel include 112 guest rooms which will be attached to the station’s main terminal. Half of them designed to resemble old railway cars, the other half a more rustic feel, including features such as high ceilings, exposed brick and wooden beams. The main terminal will become home to a series of four restaurants, as well as a huge beer hall, planning to serve a slew of different beers, not forgetting local Colorado brews.
The hotel is set to open in the Summer of 2014, with light rail services commencing later this year to bring the station back to life. There’s also plans for a commuter railway service from Denver international airport to provide easy access for those interested in staying at the hotel.