Railfan Motels

Motels & Hotels with a railroad view

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Westminster, CO - Comfort Inn Northwest (CO200)

Address:    8500 Turnpike Dr                 Phone:  (303) 428-3333 

Location/ Directions:  I-25 North or South: Take Highway 36 exit towards Boulder, exit Sheridan, left on Sheridan, 2nd light turn left onto Turnpike Drive, hotel 1 block on the left.

Average Price (Checked Sep 2011):   $76.49              AAA Rated:    YES      Stars: **2**

About Hotel: 3-Floors, 66-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Free wireless high-speed Internet access, Free breakfast, Indoor pool and hot tub, Free weekday newspaper, Free local calls, Business Center, Elevator, Exercise Room, Free Coffee, Guest Laundry, Indoor Parking, Pet-friendly, Popcorn Machine, Truck & Bus Parking, Cable/Satellite TV, Hair Dryer, Individual A/C & Heat, Iron & Ironing Board, Microwave, Multiple Phone Lines, Refrigerator, Voice Mail, Wake-Up Service.

Railroad View:  Good View.  Ask for a high floor on the back (southwest side) of the motel.  Any odd numbered room on the 2nd or 3rd floor will provide a railroad view.  Tracks are across the road, the view looks across a parking lot between 2 buildings. 

Railroads past Hotel:  BNSF Railway.  This is not a busy line, during my 16 hour stay, only 3 trains passed, one double stack train, and two merchandise freights, one which may have been a local judging by the 4-axle power.

Railroad Radio Frequency: 161.160 (BNSF Front Line Dispatcher)

Photo Comment:  In the aerial photo the Comfort Inn is the building with the blue roof in the upper left hand side of the picture.  The railroad tracks can be seen in the lower right.  Left photo:  Photographed from room # 307 the railroad view I had was good.  The only thing missing was the trains.  During my visit only 3 trains passed, two during darkness, and one in thick early morning fog.  A photo of a train from the room didn't happen during this visit.  Note the nice view of the Rocky Mountains in the distance!  Any odd number room on the 2nd or 3rd floor will offer a similar view.
                                                                                             

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Westminster, CO - La Quinta Inn Westminster Mall  

Address:    8701 Turnpike Dr.                 Phone:  303-425-9099 

Location/ Directions: Denver-Boulder Turnpike (Hwy. 36): exit Sheridan Blvd. south to Turnpike Dr. Turn left. 

Average Price (Checked Jun 2011):   $59.00                  AAA Rated:  n/a        Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 3-Floors, 130-Rooms, Exterior Corridors, Free Bright Side Breakfast, Free Wireless High-Speed Internet Access, Free Local Calls, Free Parking, Guest Laundry Facilities, Outdoor Swimming Pool, Pets Welcome, Cable Television, Coffee Maker, Hair Dryer, Iron with Ironing Board, Voice-mail, Alarm Clock.  

Railroad View:  Excellent view from the 2nd & 3rd floor exterior corridors, these higher floors will keep you above the parking lot between the railroad and the motel.  Poor View from the room windows due to the angle of the view (you need to step outside).  No rooms face the railroad directly, you need a room  on the west side of the south building, 3rd floor rooms will be best for a fair view.  The best rooms for a railroad view are # 349, 347, 345, 343 (typed in order) these rooms are on the west side (better of the two sides).  East side rooms that are closest to the railroad are room # 348, 346, 344, 342 (typed in order). 

Railroads past Hotel:  BNSF Railway.  This is not a busy line, during my 16 hour stay, only 3 trains passed, one double stack train, and two merchandise freights, one which may have been a local judging by the 4-axle power.  

Railroad Radio Frequency: 161.160 (BNSF Front Line Dispatcher)

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Photo Comment:  Above: The aerial view shows the south building of the LaQuinta Inn motel.  This view looks west.  Rooms near the south end of this building are the closest to the railroad.  Below Left:  Taken from outside room # 348, the photo shows one of the best locations for photographing passing trains, the yellow railing continues along to the west side of the building, this is the area to be in while trains pass, photo's and video should turn out fine here.  Below Right: The view of the railroad from outside room # 349, located on the west side of the building.  The west side will offer a slightly better view of the railroad, even from the room.