Railfan Motels

Motels & Hotels with a railroad view

Colorado Springs, Colorado -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Colorado Springs, CO - Antlers Hilton Colorado Springs 

 Address:   4 S. Cascade Avenue                                     Phone: 719-955-5600

Location/ Directions: I-25, exit 142 (Bijou St). Turn left heading east for ½ mile. At 3rd light, Cascade Ave, turn right (S). Entrance to the hotel is 2 blocks on the right.

Average Price (Checked Aug 2010):   $189.00                  AAA Rated:  YES        Stars: ****4****

About Hotel: 13-Stories, 292-Rooms, Interior Corridors, A work area with 2 phone lines, Voicemail, Complimentary high speed Internet access and a data port, Iron/ironing board and hair dryers, Coffee makers with free coffee & tea, Complimentary USA Today each weekday morning, Cable TV, A full service restaurant, Colorado Spring's original micro brewery, Room service, Air Conditioning, Balcony, Easy to Set Alarm Clock Radio, Non-Smoking, Thermostat, Coffee Maker, Hairdryer, Hand Held Shower, Pets Allowed (up to 75 lbs, fee), Parking (fee).

Railroad View:  Expect a Semi-Fair view as long as you are on the 11th, 12th, or 13th floor, otherwise poor or NO view.  You must have a room on the west side of the building (mountain side) to have a railroad view.  Behind the hotel is Antlers Park (many trees), and the Colorado Springs train station, these two things obstruct the view, but looking out to the north and south may give you a glimpse of passing trains.  Union Pacific stations local power out of Colorado Springs, they usually park the power just north of the station.  The beauty of this hotel to earn its place on this web site is that it's a short walk past the city park (Antlers Park) to be trackside at the train station.  The Colorado Springs train station is a nice place to watch passing trains, some trains stop here to change crews.  A Rio Grande steam locomotive is displayed in Antlers Park. 

Railroads past Hotel:  Union Pacific / BNSF Railway (Joint Line), nearly 40 trains during a 24-hour period pass through Colorado Springs.  Mostly coal & merchandise freight trains.

Notes:  Due to meetings, weddings, and other affairs, this hotel can be difficult to get a room.  Upper floor rooms are set up as suites.

Comments: Don't expect a railroad view when staying at this hotel.  I wasn't able to get one.  There is no view from the 5th floor!

Photo Comment:  Antlers Hilton is the building in the lower center of this picture.  The long building with the red roof (near top of photo) is the former train station, it?s also a restaurant. Antlers Park is a hangout for locals, complete with homeless people (seen during my visit).  Walking around the park on using sidewalks seems safe.  The hotel doesn't have an access door into the park (maybe for the above reason).

Colorado Springs, Colorado -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Colorado Springs, CO - Hyatt Summerfield Suites

 Address:   5085 Delmonico Drive                                   Phone: 719-268-9990

Location/ Directions: I-25, Exit # 148 (Rockingham Blvd.), just northwest on Rockingham Blvd, entry around the bank.

Average Price (Checked Oct 2010):   $107.00                  AAA Rated:  YES        Stars: ***3***

About Hotel: 3-Stories, 158 Rooms, Interior Corridors, Smoke Free, Cancellation fee imposed, DVD Player, High Speed internet, Duel phone lines & voicemail, Iron, Hair dryer, Refrigerator, Microwave, Indoor heated pool, Whirlpool, Exercise room, Coin laundry, Business Center, Full Breakfast, Pets allowed (fee).

Railroad View:  Excellent / View Good view.    East side rooms preferred (3rd floor best view on east side) trees along railroad tracks are spread apart enough to view the passing trains.  South side rooms also have good view (2nd & 3rd floors will have good view on south side).  1st Floor rooms on east side look out under trees, but autos in the parking lot will likely block the railroad view.  At night, it’s too dark to get a good look at the passing trains.

Railroads past Hotel:  Union Pacific / BNSF Railway (Joint Line). Single track main is about 70 feet from the motel.  Trains pass quietly, no horns or heavy working locomotive past the motel.  I had to open window to hear the trains.  Windows open about 6" with a screen.  25 trains passed the motel during my 17 hour stay.  Expect about 40 trains during a 24 hour period.  Trains consist of loaded & empty coal trains, and regular freights.  No intermodal trains were seen during my stay.  Most trains have DPU engines on the rear. 

Notes:  Motel is new, and kept in perfect condition.  Rooms with the best view are 301,302,303,305,307,309,311,312,313,314,214,315,215,317,217.

Comments:   Staff is very helpful, polite, and made sure I had a room with a great railroad view.  They were glad to give me a room near the tracks (I suppose guests complain about the trains).  2 Thumbs up to the staff!

Photo Comments:   A northbound BNSF train is seen from room # 301.  Note the reflection of the train in the glass building across the way.  One snap give you a picture of both sides of the train!  Photo on the far right shows the distance between the tracks and the motel.  The row of trees along the motel limit views from the 1st floor, eventually 2nd floor rooms will lose the view as well; ask for the 3rd floor when visiting.