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HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Hollywood, FL - Holiday Inn Hotel Hollywood 

Address:   2905 SHERIDAN STREET                   Phone:  954-925-9100

Location/ Directions:  I-95, Exit #21 is Sheraton Street, exit on the right. Keep to the right and enter the right turn lane(west). There is a traffic light here as you merge onto Sheridan Street. At the second light ( immediately following) turn right at 29th Avenue, Hotel is on the left. 

Average Price (Checked Apr 2011):   $102.00                                  AAA Rated:   YES       Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 6-Stories, 150-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Business Center, Free Morning Newspaper Delivered to Room, Color Cable / Satellite TV, Stereo, Work Desk w/ Lamp, Two-Line Direct Dial Phone, Free Local Phone Calls, High-speed Internet Access, Bathtub, Hairdryer, Private Bathroom, Coffee Maker, Conventional Oven, Mini Refrigerator, Crib, Double Glazed Windows, Individually Controlled Air Conditioning, Iron / Ironing Board, Rollaway Bed (fee), All rooms non smoking, Health and Fitness Center (On-site), Whirlpool, Outdoor Pool, On-site Guest Self-Laundry Facilities (washer/dryer), Daily Housekeeping, Lounge, Ice Machine, Porter/Bellman, Hotel Restaurant.

Railroad View:  Poor View for pictures / video, but you can see the trains.  You need a room on the 6th floor on the rear of the building (west side) for a railroad view.  All even numbered rooms face the railroad.  The only clear view you will have is in the open area near the highway overpass.  The trees along the tracks are too tall for a railroad view, this includes any view looking northward.  You can see the trains approaching from either direction, but photo's from the hotel are not feasible. At night, its too dark to see the passing trains.  The windows in the hotel do NOT open, the hotel is very insulated, its very difficult to hear the passing trains, even though they do toot the horn behind the hotel to warn passengers on the Sheridan station platform that a train is approaching the station.  Don't worry it will not wake you up!  Rooms on the 5th floor or below may have tops of palm trees blocking the only clear railroad view the hotel offers.  I was in room 610, likely one of the best rooms in the hotel for a railroad view.  For those with radio scanners, the main road radio channel is 161.100.

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).

Notes: Although the railroad view is not the best, I do give this hotel two-thumbs up!  The hotel & property is beautifully kept, very quiet, everything was found in perfect working order.  The pool & sauna are located outdoors in a perfect setting.  The rooms were found to be extremely clean, and well cared for.  The buffet breakfast in the hotel restaurant is NOT free, and a bit pricey for the offerings.  A Denny's across 29th Street is within walking distance, and may save you a couple dollars.  The hotel is centrally located, with an automobile is minutes to several restaurants, food stores, etc.. 

Comments:  Reviewed by RailfanMotels.com  May 2011

Photo Comments:  The aerial view shows the Holiday Inn Hotel located along Sheridan Street. The railroad can be seen along the rear of the of the hotel property.  Don't worry, those tires you see in this aerial photo can't be seen from the hotel....but then again neither can the railroad in that direction.  The Tri-Rail Sheridan Street train station is located just out of the picture to the left, across the street.  There is an open area to the southeast side of the train station parking lot where you can achieve nice pictures of trains during morning hours.  Across from the hotel is a Denny's!  Photo Below left: Taken with a wide angle lens from room 610, the view is wonderful for scenery, however, the only glance of passing train's is offered in the area circled in yellow.  Photo below right:  With the naked eye, this is about the distance the the trains are from the room, not too far.  It was easy to read locomotive numbers on the passing trains.  Also, Tri-Rail trains pass slowly to make a station stop on the other side of this bridge.  Bottom Right Photo:  Shot with a zoom lens, TRCX 811 is shoving its 3-car commuter train northbound pass the hotel.

 

 

 

 

 

Walking distance to Tri-Rail Sheridan Street Station