Looking for a unique overnight experience? Head to Indianapolis and stay in the Crowne Plaza Union Station downtown. The building served as a train shed of Union Station and was converted to a hotel in 1986 and is still connected to active railway tracks.
Located on the second floor of the hotel are thirteen train cars and are original 1920s Pullman Train Cars. They were brought from Southern Indiana and driven into the building using the existing railway tracks. After the cars were locked into place, construction of the west wing of the hotel was continued around them. Each car was renovated and turned into a guest room. Each car has 2 rooms for a total of 26 available Pullman Car rooms. There is no other hotel in the world that has train cars inside the actual structure of the hotel.
Within the Crowne Plaza Union Station, you’ll see ghost statues that were once located in the old Festival Market Place. The mannequins are dressed in authentic clothing from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s and fiber glassed over to give them a ghost look.
The hotel is a half mile from Monument Circle which features a shining light display nightly. At Monument Circle, you can climb 331 steps to the observation deck for fantastic views of the city. The Monument is 284′ tall, just 1.5 feet shorter than the statue of liberty. It is also conveniently located 1.8 miles to the Indianapolis Zoo.
Interesting fact: In 1861, Thomas Edison worked as a telegraph operator at the Crown Plaza at Union Station.