Railfan Motels

Motels & Hotels with a railroad view

DANIA BEACH, FLORIDA ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Dania Beach, FL - Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port 

Address:     400 Gulf Stream Way                  Phone:  954-342-8333

Location/ Directions:   I-95 South to Griffin Road exit. Right on Griffin. Left on Anglers Ave. /Ravenswood Rd. (first light). Left on Gulf Stream Way, follow around half a mile, hotel is on Left. 

Average Price (Checked Apr 2011):   $139.00                              AAA Rated:   N/A       Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 6-Stories, 174-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Complimentary on-site parking, High-Speed Internet, Pets not allowed, Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Crib, Individual climate control, Iron and ironing board, Mini fridge, Hair dryer, Color Cable/satellite TV with HBO/ESPN/CNN, Mini-bar, Microwave oven, Two-Line Speakerphone with voice mail, Coffee in lobby, Coffee/tea in-room, Restaurant & Lounge (on-site), Coffee House, Fitness Center, Outdoor Pool, Whirlpool.  

Railroad View:  Excellent View!  Any room on the front of the building will give you a railroad view. 

Railroads past Hotel:  CSX / Amtrak / Tri-Rail (commuter railroad).  Expect 60-trains during a 24-Hour period.  The breakdown is as follows: Tri-Rail = 50 trains (5am to 10pm), Amtrak = 4 trains (all during daylight), CSX = around 6 trains daily.  Most freights pass between 10pm and 4am - overnight.  Mid-morning, I was able to catch a local freight heading northbound on most days during my one-week visit.  The local freights I saw ranged from 2 cars to 20 cars, and were powered by a single EMD (GP38-2 or similar).

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

Photo Comment:  Some palm tree's get in the way of a clear railroad view, otherwise videoing trains from the hotel works out just fine!  A short walk across the street will land you at the train station, as well as a sidewalk that runs along the railroad tracks, all this puts you in the first row for photographing passing trains! 

 Walking distance to Tri-Rail Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood Airport train station.

DANIA BEACH, FLORIDA ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Dania Beach, FL - Hilton Fort Lauderdale Airport  

Address:     1870 Griffin Road                 Phone: 954-920-3300 

Location/ Directions: I-95 Southbound: Take Exit 23/Griffin Rd. Proceed East (left) onto Griffin Rd. and turn left at the second set of lights.  From I-95 Northbound: Take Exit 23/Griffin Rd. Proceed East (right) onto Griffin Rd. Turn left at the next light.  

Average Price (Checked Apr 2011):   $135.00                              AAA Rated:   N/A       Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 8-Stories, 388-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Pets Allowed, Air Conditioning, Alarm Radio, Bathrobe, Black-Out Curtains, Clock Radio w/ MP3 Connection, Connecting Rooms, Ergonomic Desk Chair, Thermostat (adjustable), 27-Inch TV-Cable with HBO,CNN,ESPN, 24-Hour Housekeeping, Coffee Maker, Evening Room Service Available, Hairdryer, High Speed Internet Access, In-Suite Coffee/Welcome Caddy, Iron/Ironing Board, Newspaper M-F (USA Today), Rollaways, Self Laundry Available, Tea/Coffee Making Facilities, Two Line Telephone with Speakerphone & Voice Mail, Business Center, Cribs, High chairs, Bar Area, Elevators, Gift Shop, Lounge, Multi-Lingual Staff, Room Service, Fitness Room, Pool.

Railroad View:   Excellent to Good View.  Get a room on a high floor on the I-95 side of the building (near south end), or high floor on the front of the building may work as well.  The railroad is located across Interstate-95.

Railroads past Hotel:  CSX / Amtrak / Tri-Rail (commuter railroad).  Expect 60-trains during a 24-Hour period.  The breakdown is as follows: Tri-Rail = 50 trains (5am to 10pm), Amtrak = 4 trains (all during daylight), CSX = around 6 trains daily.  Most freights pass between 10pm and 4am - overnight.  Mid-morning, I was able to catch a local freight heading northbound on most days during my one-week visit.  The local freights I saw ranged from 2 cars to 20 cars, and were powered by a single EMD (GP38-2 or similar).

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

Photo Comment:  The Hilton Hotel is seen to the top right of the aerial view photo, the railroad can be seen to the left side of the picture.  The train station is just out of view to the lower left side of this picture.

 Walking distance to Tri-Rail Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood Airport train station.

DANIA BEACH, FLORIDA ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Dania Beach, FL - Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port Hotel 

Address:    1825 Griffin Road                Phone:   (954) 920-3500

Website:  Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport

Location/ Directions:  Take Interstate 95 South to Exit 23 (Griffin Road) and turn left off the exit (east).  The Hotel is located on the right side of Griffin Road.

Average Price (Checked Apr 2011):   $149.00                                 AAA Rated:    N/A      Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 12-Stories, 250-Rooms, Interior Corridors,  High Speed Internet Access (fee), Wake-up Service, Individual Climate Control, Radio/Alarm Clock, Free Daily Newspaper, Iron/Ironing Board, Pets Welcome, 100% Non-Smoking Guestrooms, Dual-Line Speaker Telephone, Data Port, Ergonomic Desk Chair, Desk, Suites Available, Connecting Rooms Available, Hairdryer, 37" Flat Screen Television, Free shuttle (to/from FLL), Sheraton Club Lounge offers free breakfast, outdoor pool, whirlpool spa, Self Parking Facilities, Concierge Desk, 24-Hour Front Desk, 24-Hour Security, Shopping Nearby, Luggage Storage, Bellstand/Porters, Business Center, Restaurant & Lounge (on-site).

Railroad View:  Good to Fair distant view.  Get a room on a high floor on the front side of the hotel.  Tracks will be off to the left, across Interstate-95.  No rooms face the tracks directly.

Railroads past Hotel:  CSX / Amtrak / Tri-Rail (commuter railroad). CSX freight train operate mostly at night.  4 Amtrak trains daily, and frequent commuter trains operate during daylight hours. 

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

Photo Comment:  The Sheraton Hotel in circled in yellow, the railroad is marked in red.  Higher floor room will be needed for a clear view of the railroad.  Note the train station to the right side of the picture.

 Walking distance to Tri-Rail Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood Airport train station.