Railfan Motels

Motels & Hotels with a railroad view

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Council Bluffs, IA - Harrah's Council Bluffs Casino and Hotel  (Not Rated)

Address:    1 Harrah's Blvd.                                         Phone: (712) 329-6000

Location/ Directions: Take I-80 to I-29 North, Exit 9th Avenue, turn left.

Average Price (Checked Aug 2010):   $100.00                              AAA Rated:   YES       Stars: ***3***

About Hotel: 14-Stories, Interior Corridors, Fitness Center, Nightlife, Shopping, Golf.

Railroad View:  Expect a Fair view. Tracks are to the south side of the hotel (where there isn't room windows).  High floors are needed to see above trees and parking garage.  Rooms on the east side (front of building) would have a better view then the back due to angle of the building.  However, rooms on the west side / highest floors (rear of building) look out across the river, BNSF tracks are located across the river (west side).  Binoculars / zoom lenses are needed for any a good look at the trains. 

Railroad past Hotel:  Union Pacific / BNSF Railway

Notes:  Due to "railroad view vs. price", only stay here if you are expecting to gamble.  I don't expect the hotel to have a prize view of the railroads, though the parking garage offers a nice view of the trains crossing the Missouri River that could be worth a picture.  If in Council Bluffs, visit the RailsWest Museum, a local railroad museum that features some locomotives & rolling sock on display, plus a rail viewing platform lets you watch the UP / BNSF / Iowa Interstate / and Council Bluffs Railway that pass the train station.  It’s worth the stop.

Comments: This hotel hasn't been reviewed / rated by RailfanMotels.com

 Picture Comments: Aerial view looks westward, Missouri River seen behind hotel.

 

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Council Bluffs, IA - Fairfield Inn Council Bluffs

Address:   520 30th Avenue                    Phone: 712-366-1330

Location/ Directions:   I-480 east to I-29 south to I-80 east to exit #3. Continue Straight ahead on 30th Avenue 3, we are 3rd business on the left.

Average Price (Checked May 2011):   $190.00                                  AAA Rated:   n/a       Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 3-Floors, 62-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Complimentary on-site parking, Pets not allowed, High-Speed Internet, Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Crib, Individual climate control, Iron & ironing board, Rollaway bed, Hair dryer, Color Cable/satellite TV, Microwave oven, Coffee in lobby, Continental breakfast, Indoor Pool, Whirlpool.

Railroad View: Good Distant View.  Rooms on the front of the motel face the railroad tracks.  A clear distant view is best from 3rd floor rooms, 2nd Floor room may have tree tops fouling some of the view. A grade crossing will alert you to passing trains.  Although train horns were heard often, only 1-local train passes the motel during my 17-hour stay.

Railroads past Hotel: BNSF Railway.  Train frequency is very minimal, I only saw 1-local train during my 17 hour visit.

Notes:  This motel is close to the RailsWest Railroad Museum in Council Bluffs.  The museum is also a fine place to watch passing freight trains. 

Comments:    The motel is kept very nice, its clean, and seems new.  Its walking distance to Cracker Barrel, located next door.

Photo Comment:  The aerial view shows the Fairfield Inn circled in yellow.  To the left side of the photo you can see the railroad tracks crossing 30th Street at grade.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Council Bluffs, IA - Motel 6 Council Bluffs # 1153   

Address:   3032 South Expressway Street                   Phone: (712) 366-2405

Location/ Directions: I-29/I-80 at Manawa Avenue, Exit #3 

Average Price (Checked May 2011):   $39.99                                  AAA Rated:   n/a       Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 3-Floors, 84-Rooms, Interior Corridors,  Free Local Calls, Free Morning Coffee, Free Expanded Cable, Kids Stay Free, Pet Allowed, Coin Laundry, Elevator, Indoor Pool, Restaurant Nearby, Truck Parking, Wireless Internet (WiFi) (fee).

Railroad View: Excellent View.  All rooms in the motel will have a railroad view.  2nd & 3rd floor will be best to see above the parking lot.  

Railroads past Hotel: BNSF Railway.  During my 17-hour visit, only one local train passed at 10:10am with 15-cars.  I didn't get a picture of it from the motel. 

Notes:    This motel is close to the RailsWest Railroad Museum in Council Bluffs.  The museum is also a fine place to watch passing freight trains.

Comments:    

Photo Comment:  The aerial photo shows the 3-story Motel 6 to the upper right of the picture.  The railroad tracks can be seen to the left crossing 30th Street.  This view faces south, you are looking at the north side of the motel.  Some trees along the north side of the motel property may obstruct some of the view when they are in bloom.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Council Bluffs, IA - Western Inn Motor Lodge   (Not Rated) 

Address:   1842 Madison Avenue                  Phone: (712) 322-4499

Web Site: Western Inn Motor Lodge

Location/ Directions: Located just off of I-80 at the Madison exit #5  

Average Price (Checked Jan 2012):   $55.00                            AAA Rated:  YES        Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 2-Floors, 51-Rooms, Interior Corridors, 24-hour front desk, Business Center, Free Breakfast, Free High-Speed Internet, Free Parking, Pets Allowed (fee), Swimming Pool, Clock radio, Cribs available, Daily housekeeping, Desk, Free local calls, Iron/ironing board (on request), Shower/tub combination, Wake-up calls, Cable television service, Climate control, HBO, Complimentary newspapers in lobby.  

Railroad View: Excellent View!  Any room on the rear of the motel will have a railroad view.  Its a clear view, no obstructions.

Railroads past Hotel:  Iowa Interstate Railroad (IAIS).  This is not a busy railroad.  Expect around 4 trains during a 24-hour period.

Notes:    

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

Photo Comment:  The aerial view faces north.  The rear of the Western Inn can be seen with the Iowa Interstate Railroad single track main right behind it.  This is the former Rock Island Railroad mainline between Chicago, IL and Ohama, NE.  A few miles west of here is IAIS western terminal in Council Bluffs.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Council Bluffs, IA - Value Place   (Not Rated) 

Address:   3541 14th Avenue            Phone: (712) 388-8000

Location/ Directions:  I-29 & 14th Avenue

Average Price (Checked Jan 2014):   $269.00 per week (Weekly rentals only)                            AAA Rated:  n/a        Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 4-Floors, Interior Corridors, Full-size refrigerator with freezer, Two-burner stove, Cable TV, Room cleaning every two weeks, Onsite laundry room. 

Railroad View:  Expect a Fair to Good View.  Most rooms in this motel will offer a railroad view.  

Railroads past Hotel:  Union Pacific Railroad.

Notes:    

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

Photo Comment:  The aerial photo shows the Value Place motel circled in yellow.  The view is shown in yellow.  Although the rear rooms look to have a larger spread, the front rooms may have a better clear view due to trees and brush along the railroad.  The railroad is elevated past the motel which will help the view.

RailfanMotels.com