All aboard, train lovers! There is a hotel in Indianapolis where you can sleep in a real train car, located right in downtown Indy! While some people call it the Indianapolis Train Hotel, the Pullman Train Car hotel rooms are located inside of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Union Station.
Here’s your chance to embark on a one-of-a-kind staycation, or fulfill that lifelong dream of spending a night on a train. The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Union Station, located right in the heart of downtown Indianapolis.
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Step Back in Time at Union Station
Imagine staying in the first Union Station in the United States, where history and charm come together to create an unforgettable experience. At the Crowne Plaza Hotel, you’ll find yourself surrounded by 13 meticulously converted train cars that now serve as unique hotel rooms.
Each train car belongs to one of three lines – the blue line, green line, and red line. But what sets these rooms apart are their names, inspired by famous personalities from the early- to mid-20th century. During our stay, we had the pleasure of calling the P.T. Barnum room our home. Just like the character himself, our stay felt like a whirlwind circus of excitement!
Step into Your Train Hotel Room
As you step into your train car room, you’ll be greeted by a cozy and well-designed space that still maintains the train car’s unique rectangular shape. Look out the windows and let the outside world become a backdrop to your adventure. With the option of two double beds or one king bed, rest assured that there’s plenty of space for your family of four to relax and unwind.
One of the most special aspects of staying at Union Station is the authentic train station ambiance. As a working station, you may feel the gentle vibrations of passing trains. But fear not, these vibrations only add to the atmosphere and lull you into a peaceful sleep. It truly feels like you’ve stepped back in time to the golden age of train travel.
Inside the Pullman Train car, we found a cozy and streamlined hotel room. Because the room is inside a real train car, the room is more rectangular than a typical hotel room, with several windows lining one wall. You can request a Pullman Train Room with either two double beds or a room with one king bed. Our family of four had more than enough room with our double-bed room.
Make a Splash at the Indoor Pool
Located at the center of the hotel on the ground floor, this indoor pool is a haven of relaxation and enjoyment, accessible to guests from 9 am to 10 pm daily. While it is gated in for security, there are no solid walls separating the pool from the rest of the hotel. This creates an exciting and energetic environment where water enthusiasts can dive into the action while feeling connected to the hotel’s vibrant atmosphere.
Ghosts and History
We discovered an abundance of activities right within the hotel. Our favorite was an enchanting quest to find the “ghosts” statues sprinkled throughout the three stories of the hotel. These life-sized, white statues pay homage to the rich history of Union Station, featuring figures from flapper girls to nuns, shoe-shiners, and even mischievous boys attempting to hitch a ride on a passing train. They provide a window into the vibrant past of this iconic space.
Speaking of history, Union Station itself is a treasure trove waiting to be explored. Established in 1888, this historic station has seen the arrivals of presidents such as Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Even Abraham Lincoln graced its platforms twice – once during his renowned inaugural address and later during his somber journey to lie in state after his tragic assassination. Strolling through these hallowed halls will transport you to a time gone by and ignite your imagination.
Discover the Best of Downtown Indianapolis
The Crowne Plaza Hotel’s prime location in downtown Indianapolis means that the adventure doesn’t stop at the hotel door. You’ll find yourself just a stone’s throw away from popular attractions such as The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Zoo, Lucas Oil Stadium, and Bankers Life Fieldhouse. From educational experiences to thrilling sports events, there’s something to captivate every member of your family.
Located only a block from The Crowne Plaza Hotel is one of Indy’s top family-frienly restaurants, The Old Spaghetti Factory. This is a perfect dinner location to keep the train theme going during the whole trip.
As you bid farewell to the Crowne Plaza Hotel, you’ll be left with memories that will stay with you forever. The opportunity to sleep in a real train car is a rare gem, and one that is not to be missed. So, hop on board and let the magic of Union Station and downtown Indianapolis transport you to a world of adventure and wonder!
The Crowne Plaza Hotel is located at 123 W Louisiana St., Indianapolis. Book your Pullman Train Hotel Room at crowneplazaindydowntown.com.