Railfan Motels

Motels & Hotels with a railroad view

Before heading to Fresno, read the article attached in this link.

A story of a recent visit to downtown Fresno Motel's  The area know as North Motel Drive has recently reverted back to its original name of North Golden State Blvd.  This is the ghetto of Fresno, several older motels remain in business.  Several of them have been in the news with drug rings and prostitution.  We do not recommend this area to visit, even during daylight.  We list the motels in this area with a railroad view for information purposes only, and to spread knowledge so tourists will not select these motels unknowingly.    

Update December 2015 - Due to the future High Speed Rail project, the motels on North Golden State Blvd. & North Parkway Drive will be closed & razed soon.  This is to make room for the new High Speed Rail line that will be built through Fresno.  The motels on both of these streets are not recommended by RailfanMotels (see above paragraph).

 on a lighter note...

For Fresno Visitors arriving by Amtrak - Although not considered a "railfan motel",  the La Qunita Inn on Tulare Street in downtown Fresno is 3 blocks east from the Amtrak station.  Its within walking distance.  The motel doesn't have a railroad view.  Please note that there are 3 La Quinta Inn Motel's in Fresno.  Not to confuse you, motel information is below:

Fresno, CA - La Quinta Inn Fresno Yosemite 

Address:  2926 Tulare Street       Phone: 559-442-1110          Average Price (Checked Feb 2011):   $79.00

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA

Fresno, CA - Sands Motel   (Not Rated)

Address:  1441 North Motel Drive (N. Golden State Blvd)                 Phone:  (559) 497-1446

Location/ Directions:  

Average Price (Checked Dec 2015):   n/a                                  AAA Rated:    NO      Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 1-Story, Exterior Corridors,(no other info provided).

Railroad View:  Poor to Fair View.  To start, only a handful of room's at this motel offer a railroad view.  Truckers usually park in front of the motel, completely blocking the railroad view from any room that could have a view.

Railroads past Hotel:  Union Pacific (Fresno Line).

Notes:    

Comments:    This motel has not been rated by RailfanMotels.com .  Due to local news items, we do NOT recommend this motel and several others on this street.  We list it only because of its location and view of the railroad.

Photo Comment:  (N/A)

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA

Fresno, CA - Parkland Hotel  (Not Rated)

Address:  3093 & 3095 N. Parkway Dr.                        Phone:  559-276-0467

Location/ Directions:  

Average Price (Checked Jan 2011):   $60.00                                  AAA Rated:   NO       Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 2-Stories, 85-Rooms, Exterior Corridors,Wifi Connection in Lobby, Truck/Bus Parking, Coffee Maker in some rooms, FREE Local Calls, Snacks, Drinks & Ice cream sold in Lobby, Free Coffee served 7am - 9am in Lobby, Front Office open 24 hours, Swimming pool - outdoor seasonal, Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Cable television service, Air-Conditioned, Free Local Calls, Guest Laundromat, No Pets Allowed, Lounge, Free Parking.

Railroad View:  Good to Fair View.  View looks across busy Route 99 into the Union Pacific Railroad Yard.  Mainline tracks are on the motel side of the yard, so cuts of rail cars shouldn't block the view of passing train's.  NOTE:  Often, trucker's park along North Parkway Drive at night (they stay in this motel), which can block the railroad view.  Get a 2nd floor room on the east side of the building.

Railroads past Hotel:  Union Pacific (Fresno Line).

Notes:    

Comments:    This is a former Travelodge Motel.  This motel has not been rated by RailfanMotels.com

Photo Comment:  The aerial view looks northward.  All 5 building's at the top of the picture belong to Parkland Hotel.  Any room on the highway end of the building, 2nd floor should provide a nice view of the railroad.  Photo by Bing Maps.

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA

Fresno, CA - La Quinta Inn & Suites Fresno Northwest   (Not Rated)

Address:  5077 North Cornelia Ave                        Phone:  559-275-3700

Location/ Directions: CA-99, Take exit 140 for Shaw Ave 0.3 mi, turn left at W Shaw Ave 0.3 mi, Turn left at N Cornelia Ave.

Average Price (Checked Jan 2011):  $89.00                                AAA Rated:          Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: BRAND NEW MOTEL 3-Stories, 72-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Free Bright Side Breakfast, Free High-Speed Internet Access, Free Local Calls, Free Newspaper , Free Parking, Business Center, Guest Laundry Facilities, Fitness Center, Pets Welcome, Microwave in all rooms, Refrigerator in all rooms, Premium Cable Channels, Whirlpool tubs available in select rooms, Coffee Maker , Hair Dryer, Iron with Ironing Board, Dataport Phones, Voicemail, Alarm Clock.

Railroad View:  Good View.  Get a room on the rear, 3rd or 4th floors will offer the best view.  Double track main will be off to the right.

Railroads past Hotel:  Union Pacific (Fresno Line).  Motel is located north of Union Pacific's Fresno Yard.

Notes:    

Comments:    This motel has not been rated by RailfanMotels.com

Photo Comment:  (N/A)

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA

Fresno, CA -  Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Fresno Northwest  (Not Rated)

Address:  7191 West Kathryn Ave.                        Phone:  559-277-0004

Location/ Directions:  CA HWY 99 (SACRAMENTO); EXT HERNDON AVE, YIELD RIGHT & LEFT ON GOLDEN STATE BVLD. LEFT ON W. KATHLYN AVE. HTL ON RIGHT

Average Price (Checked Dec 2015):   $94.00                                 AAA Rated:          Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 4-Stories, 88-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Business Center, Free Morning Newspaper Delivered to Room, Free Continental Breakfast, Color Cable / Satellite TV,  Work Desk w/ Lamp, Two-Line Speaker Phone with Voice Mail, Free Local Phone Calls,  High-speed Internet Access,  Bathtub, Hairdryer, Coffee Maker, Microwave Oven, Mini Refrigerator,  Crib, Individually Controlled Air Conditioning, Iron / Ironing Board, Windows Open by Guest, All rooms non smoking,  Business Center, Fitness Center On-Site, Whirlpool, Outdoor Pool, On-site Guest Self-Laundry Facilities (washer/dryer), Ice Machine.

Railroad View:  Very Good View.  Any room on the front side of the building should provide a railroad view.  There is a grade crossing near the motel, I expect you will hear the train horns from the room.  

Railroads past Hotel:  Union Pacific (Fresno Line, single track). Motel is located north of Union Pacific's Fresno Yard. 

Notes:    There is a Starbucks & Subway eatery located in front of the motel.

Comments:    This motel has not been rated by RailfanMotels.com

Photo Comment:  (N/A)

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA

Fresno, CA -  Hampton Inn & Suites Fresno-Northwest   (Not Rated)

Address:  7194 West Kathryn Ave.                        Phone:  (559) 276-9700

Location/ Directions:  Traveling Highway 99 North - exit at Herndon Avenue. Turn right at stop sign onto Herndon Avenue. Turn left onto Golden State Blvd and first left onto Kathryn Avenue. Hotel is on left hand side.

Average Price (Checked Dec 2015):   $129.00           AAA Rated:          Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: BRAND NEW MOTEL 4-Stories, 94-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Business Center, Cribs, Free Breakfast, Fitness Room, Pool, Coin Laundry, Elevators, Snack Shop, asy to Set Alarm Clock Radio, Flat Panel 32 Inch LCD HDTV, Coffee Maker, Hairdryer, Free High Speed Internet, ron/Ironing Board, Lap Desk, Microwave, Mini Refrigerator, Newspaper M-F (USA Today), Free Self Parking, Non-smoking Hotel, No Pets Allowed.

Railroad View:  Very Good View.  Any room on the front side of the building should provide a railroad view.  There is a grade crossing near the motel, I expect you will hear the train horns from the room.  

Railroads past Hotel:  Union Pacific (Fresno Line, single track). Motel is located north of Union Pacific's Fresno Yard. 

Notes:     There is a Starbucks & Subway eatery located in front of the motel.

Comments:    This motel has not been rated by RailfanMotels.com

Photo Comment:  (N/A)

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA

Fresno, CA - Fresno Motel    (CLOSED)

Address:  1325 N. Golden State Blvd  (1325 N. Motel Drive)      

Phone:  (559) 441-0996

Average Price (Checked Jan 2011):   n/a       AAA Rated:   NO       Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 2-Stories, 70-Rooms, Exterior Corridors, (no other info provided)

Railroad View: Good View.  Any facing the front should give you a railroad view.  The railroad is located just across the street.  Clear view. 

Railroads past Hotel:  Union Pacific (Fresno Line)

Notes:    

Comments:    This motel has not been rated by RailfanMotels.com .  Due to local news items, we do NOT recommend this motel and several others on this street.  We list it only because of its location and view of the railroad.

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FRESNO, CALIFORNIA

Fresno, CA - Holiday Motel    (CLOSED)

Address:  1407 N. Golden State Blvd                       Phone:  559-268-9636

Location/ Directions:  

Average Price (Checked Dec 2015):   $55.00                 AAA Rated:    NO      Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 2-Stories, 50-Rooms, Exterior Corridors, 24-Hour Front Desk‎, Air conditioning‎, Billiards‎, Bowling‎, Business Center‎, Casino‎, Free Parking‎, Free Wi-Fi Internet Access Included‎, Golf Course (within 3 km)‎, Heating‎, Internet Services‎, Non-Smoking Rooms‎, Parking‎, Tennis Court‎, Wi-Fi/Wireless, Free breakfast each morning, Microwaves and refrigerators in each guestroom.

Railroad View: Good view, Tracks are just across the street.  Some bushes along the railroad planted by the city prevent an excellent view.  A 2nd floor room will keep you above that parking lot and local traffic.  A room close to the road may also expand your view.

Railroads past Hotel:  Union Pacific (Fresno Line).

Notes:    

Comments:    Reviews on the internet are very poor.  This motel has not been rated by RailfanMotels.com.  Due to local news items, we do NOT recommend this motel and several others on this street.  We list it only because of its location and view of the railroad.

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FRESNO, CALIFORNIA

Fresno, CA -Flamingo Inn  (CLOSED & Demolished)

Address:  1487 North Motel Drive (N. Golden State Blvd)                   Phone: (559) 268-1595

Location/ Directions:  

Average Price (Checked Dec 2015):   n/a                          AAA Rated:   NO       Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: -1Story,  Exterior Corridors, (no other info provided)

Railroad View:  Good View.  You must be in one of the few rooms on the north end of the building facing the railroad to have a view.  Automobiles in the parking lot may block the view from any given room.  Looking at the picture above, my back is towards the railroad, meaning you have to be in one of the rooms to the right to have a view.  Several other motels in town provide a much better view.

Railroads past Hotel:  Union Pacific (Fresno Line).

Notes:    This motel is situated behind Paradise Inn Motel.

Comments:    This motel has not been rated by RailfanMotels.com.  Due to the nature of the surrounding area, we do not recommend this motel.

Photo Comment:  (N/A)

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA

Fresno, CA - Relax Inn  CLOSED

Address:  1425 North Motel Drive (N. Golden State Blvd)                        Phone:  (559) 485-3242

Location/ Directions:  

Average Price (Checked Jan 2011):   $40.00                        AAA Rated:    NO      Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 1-Story, 14-Rooms, Exterior Corridors, (no other info provided).

Railroad View:  Excellent View.  Track are just across the street, all rooms face tracks.  Automobiles in parking lot may take away from a clear view.

Railroads past Hotel:  Union Pacific (Fresno Line).

Notes:    

Comments:    This motel has not been rated by RailfanMotels.com.  Due to local news items, we do NOT recommend this motel and several others on this street.  We list it only because of its location and view of the railroad.

Photo Comment:  (N/A)

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA

Fresno, CA - Paradise Inn Motel  CLOSED

Address:  1485 North Motel Drive (N. Golden State Blvd)                        Phone: (559) 266-8090

Location/ Directions:  

Average Price (Checked Jan 2011):   n/a                                  AAA Rated:   NO       Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 1-Story, 14-Rooms, Exterior Corridor.  (no other info provided). 

Railroad View:  Good View.  All rooms have a railroad view, track are just across the street.

Railroads past Hotel:  Union Pacific (Fresno Line).

Notes:    

Comments:    This motel has not been rated by RailfanMotels.com.  Due to the nature of the surrounding area, we do not recommend this motel.

Photo Comment:  (N/A)

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA

Fresno, CA - Del-Mar Motel  CLOSED

Address:  1849 N. Golden State Blvd                        Phone:  (559) 237-9243

Location/ Directions:  

Average Price (Checked Jan 2011):   n/a                        AAA Rated:  NO        Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 1-Story, 22-Rooms, Exterior Corridors, (no other info provided)

Railroad View:  Good-Fair View.  The city planted bushes along the railroad, but all rooms do have a railroad view.

Railroads past Hotel:  Union Pacific (Fresno Line).

Notes:    Only one user review was found on the internet, it was poor.

Comments:    This motel has not been rated by RailfanMotels.com.  Due to the nature of the surrounding area, we do not recommend this motel.

Photo Comment:  (N/A)

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA

Fresno, CA - Starlite Inn  CLOSED

Address:  3335 N Parkway Dr                        Phone:  (559) 275-9380

Location/ Directions:  

Average Price (Checked Jan 2011):   n/a                     AAA Rated:   NO       Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 1-Story, Exterior Corridors, (no other info provided).  Motel is well kept, its one of the better looking "mom & pop" motels in this area.

Railroad View: Fair View.  View looks east across busy Route 99 into Union Pacific's Fresno Yard.  Some low bushes shouldn't hinder the view, traffic on Rt.99 is the reason that you will not have a good view of the railroad from this motel.  All rooms on the south building should offer a railroad view, auto's in the parking lot may also block the railroad view.  

Railroads past Hotel:  Union Pacific (Fresno Line).

Notes:    

Comments:    This motel has not been rated by RailfanMotels.com

Photo Comment:  (N/A)

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA

Fresno, CA - Astro Motel  CLOSED

Address:  3393 N Parkway Dr                       Phone:  (559) 277-4518

Location/ Directions:  

Average Price (Checked Jan 2011):   n/a                             AAA Rated:  NO        Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 1-Story, Exterior Corridors, (no other info provided).

Railroad View:  Fair - Poor View. View looks east across busy Route 99 into Union Pacific's Fresno Yard.  The mainline tracks are on the motel side of the yard, so you shouldn't miss any through train's.  Some low bushes shouldn't hinder the view, traffic on Rt.99 is one reason that you will not have a good view of the railroad from this motel. The other is automobiles in the motel's parking lot.

Railroads past Hotel:  Union Pacific (Fresno Line).

Notes:    

Comments:    This motel has not been rated by RailfanMotels.com

Photo Comment:  Looking south down North Parkway Drive, the Astro Motel is on the right side of the photo.  Looking left across Route 99, you can see a passing freight train.