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Motels & Hotels with a railroad view

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Ventura, CA - Vagabond Inn  

Address:     756 E. Thompson Blvd.                  Phone:  805-648-5371    

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Average Price (Checked Feb 2011):   $69.00                                 AAA Rated:   YES       Stars: **2**

About Hotel: 2-Stories, 82-Rooms, Exterior Corridors, Free Continental Breakfast, Bus/Truck Parking, Free WiFI Internet Access, Cable TV, Heated Swimming Pool, Free Weekday Newspaper, Free Parking, Spa, Free Local Phone Calls, In-Room Hair Dryer, Microwave Oven, Refrigerator, Iron/Board in Some Rooms, Baby Cot Available, Pet Friendly Rooms, Handicapped Accessible Rooms, Family Suite Available, Connecting Rooms On Request, Safes Available, Rollaways.

Railroad View: Excellent View.  Any room on the ocean side will have a railroad view. However, bring your step-stool.  View looks out the small bathroom window with screen.  A grade crossing located behind the motel will alert you of an approaching train.  Train's do blow their horns for the crossing.  Great photo's can be had, if your behind the motel during a train's passing.  Some wide open area's open photography range.

Railroads past Hotel:  Union Pacific / Amtrak "Coast Line". About 20 train's over a 24-hour period use this line.

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

Photo Comment:  The aerial view shows the south side (the rear) of the Vagabond Inn.  Those small windows are bathroom windows, with a screen, so photo's and video's will not turn out, especially very well.  If you can get to the open area behind the motel while a train is passing, you should be able to get some good pictures of passing train's.  The closest audible hot-box detector is about 6-miles away, its not likely to heard with an everyday scanner.

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Ventura, CA - Best Western Inn of Ventura

Address:     708 E Thompson Boulevard                 Phone: 805-648-3101

Location/ Directions:  From Highway 101. Take the California Street Exit, turn right on Thompson Boulevard. Continue 3 blocks to the BEST WESTERN.

Average Price (Checked Feb 2011):   $75.00                                 AAA Rated:   YES       Stars: ***3***

About Hotel: 2-Stories, 75-Rooms, Exterior Corridors, No pets allowed, 100% Smoke-free hotel, Complimentary continental breakfast, Outdoor pool heated, Spa, 24-hour front desk, Complimentary coffee, Free parking, High-speed Internet access, Business center, Laundromat, Free in-room wireless internet access, Cable satellite television with 75 channels including HBO/CNN/ESPN, AM/FM alarm clock, Coffee/tea maker, Hairdryer, Iron, ironing board, Microwave, Refrigerator, Free local calls under 30 minutes, Free long distance access, Air-conditioning, Roll away beds available (fee).  

Railroad View: Excellent View from room's on the rear of the motel.  You need a room with an ocean view to see railroad. There are only about 10 of those in the motel).  Also, about 3 rooms on the southeast side of the motel should have a railroad view.  

Railroads past Hotel:  Union Pacific / Amtrak "Coast Line". About 20 train's over a 24-hour period use this line.

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

Photo Comment:  Aerial view shows the rear of the Best Western.  The 2nd floor rear windows are larger then those in the Vagabond Inn (next door), although, the Country Inn & Suites next door has picture windows.  Unlike the two motels on either side, the Best Western doesn't provide access to walk trackside.  Train's blow their horn for a grade crossing just east of the motel.  The west side room's would have a railroad view, but they are blocked by tree's (see left side of the motel).

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Ventura, CA - Country Inn & Suites 

Address:     298 Chestnut Street                  Phone: (805) 653-1434

Location/ Directions:  US-101 [Ventura Fwy], Exit 70A, Turn RIGHT (North) onto S California St, then immediately turn RIGHT (East) onto E Thompson Blvd.
Turn RIGHT (South) onto S Chestnut St. 

Average Price (Checked Feb 2011):   $104.00                                 AAA Rated:   YES       Stars: ***3***

About Hotel: 3-Stories, 120-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Complimentary high-speed Internet access, cable TV, mini-refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker with coffee, hair dryer and iron/ironing board. Luxurious suites with cozy fireplaces are also available, Complimentary pass to Club Hollywood Fitness Center (only four blocks away), Guest computer in lobby with free Internet access, Guest laundry facility (coin-operated), Heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, Free Hot American breakfast, Free Parking on site.

Railroad View: Excellent View.  Any room on the rear (south side) will give you a railroad view / ocean view.  50% of the room's in this motel have a railroad view.  The view captures the railroad crossing Highway 101 via a steel trestle.  Train's blow their horn for grade crossing's both east and west of the motel.  They will not sneak up on you.

Railroads past Hotel:   Union Pacific / Amtrak "Coast Line". About 20 train's over a 24-hour period use this line.

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

Photo Comment:  Lower left photo: The aerial view looks north at the rear of the motel.  The steel trestle is within feet of the motel, directly behind it!

Lower Right photo: This photo was taken from an automobile on Highway 101.  Country Inn & Suites can be seen just across from the railroad bridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ventura, CA - Crowne Plaza Hotel Ventura Beach 

Address:   450 EAST HARBOR BOULEVARD                  Phone: 805-6482100 

Location/ Directions: Take 405 south to 101 North, pass Camarillo, Oxnard, off California St. make a left and you will end at Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach. At the end of California street, make a left and drive into the parking structure.

Average Price (Checked Feb 2011):   $131.00 to $ 357.00                                  AAA Rated:  YES        Stars: ***3***

About Hotel: 12-Stories, 260-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Health & Fitness Center (On-Site), Outdoor Pool, Playground and beach activities located 17 ft from hotel on the San Buena Ventura Beach, surf lesson, and Whale Watching, Unstaffed Business Center, Free High Speed Internet Access, Wireless Data Connection, Ice Machine, Dedicated Lounge, Porter/Bellman, Free Morning Newspaper Delivered to Room, Color Cable / Satellite TV, CD Player, Coffee Maker, Work Desk w/ Lamp, Phone with Voice Mail, Free Local Phone Calls, Bathtub, Hairdryer, Connecting Rooms, Crib (Upon Request), Double Glazed Windows that can open by guests, Individually Controlled Air Conditioning, Iron / Ironing Board, Roll away Bed, Pets welcome (fee, Dogs only). 

Railroad View: Excellent View.  Any room will give you a railroad view, east side rooms are the best (less tree's).  West side rooms have numerous tree's . The train's blow their horn for road corssings, the horn can be very loud from inside the hotel.

Railroads past Hotel:    Union Pacific / Amtrak "Coast Line". About 20 train's over a 24-hour period use this line.

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

Photo Comment:  The tall building is the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  The beach can easily be seen to the left side, and the railroad is right side.  The single track railroad host about 12 Union Pacific freight train, the rest Amtrak passenger trains.  The east side of the hotel is what you see in this picture.  This side will be best for viewing passing train's.  The hotel is convenient to the beach, no major streets to cross to access it.