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Motels & Hotels with a railroad view

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Osceola, IA - Americas Best Value Inn  (Not Rated)

Address:    1520 Jeffreys Drive                 Phone: 641-342-2123 

Location/ Directions:  Located from US 69 turn west onto US 34. Continue approx. 1 mile. At the light make a left turn. Make a immediate left turn onto Jeffreys Dr. The property is located on the left side. I-35 exit 33.

Average Price (Checked May 2011):   $63.00                                  AAA Rated:  n/a       Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 1-Floor, 35-Rooms, Newly renovated, Air Conditioning, Restaurants Nearby, Limited Pets, Outdoor Plug-In, Truck and Bus Parking, Business Center, desk, free wireless high-speed Internet, cable TV with HBO, coffeemaker, hairdryer, iron with ironing board, AM/FM radio alarm clock, free local calls, voice-mail messaging, and wake-up service. Free continental breakfast, In-room dining is provided by The Family Table Restaurant, adjacent to Americas Best Value Inn.

Railroad View:  Fair to Good View.  The railroad is located just across Route US-34 from the motel.  Some trees which are spread apart, and traffic stopped for a traffic light on the corner of Jimmy Dean Ave could diminish the view of passing train's.  Otherwise expect a good view from this motel.  All rooms are on the 1st floor. 

Railroads past Hotel:  BNSF Railway / Amtrak.  This is a busy line, populated by a fair share of coal trains.  Expect 40+ BNSF freights during a 24-hour period.  Amtrak's California Zephyr (# 5 + # 6) passes twice daily.  Osceola does have an Amtrak station in town.

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

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Osceola, IA - Days Inn Osceola IA 

Address:   710 Warren Ave                  Phone: 641-342-6666

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Average Price (Checked May 2011):   $50.39                                 AAA Rated: n/a         Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 2-Floors, 45-Rooms, Interior Corridors,  Free Daybreak Breakfast, Free High Speed Internet, Pets Allowed, Pool, Truck/Bus Parking, Indoor Heated pool, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, AM/FM Alarm Clock, 24 hour Front Desk, Free Parking, Free Local Telephone Calls, No Smoking Rooms, Television with Cable.

Railroad View: Excellent View.  Most rooms on the 2nd floor located on the north side (US-34 / railroad side) should offer a railroad view.  Try for a room on the west end of the building to keep away from the gas station.  I stayed in the Super 8 located behind this motel while the Days Inn was under construction.  I got lucky in the Super 8 as there was only one room left that offered a railroad view.  I said next time I will try the Days Inn since most rooms will offer a view, plus its several feet closer to the railroad.

Railroads past Hotel:  BNSF Railway / Amtrak.  This is a busy line, populated by a fair share of coal trains.  Expect 40+ BNSF freights during a 24-hour period.  Amtrak's California Zephyr (# 5 + # 6) passes twice daily.  Osceola does have an Amtrak station in town.

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

Photo Comment:  With the photographers back to the railroad, this photo shows both the Days Inn & the Super 8.  Marked in blue, the Days Inn should have an excellent view from most rooms on the north side.  Rooms from the center of the building to the west end are preferred.  Rooms on the east end of the motel may have the gas station overhang to deal with.  The Super 8, marked in yellow shows the only section of the motel that will offer a railroad view.  In Super 8, west end rooms are needed for a view.  Only about 4 rooms offer a view from the Super 8.

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Osceola, IA - Super 8 Osceola 

Address:    720 Warren Ave                 Phone: 641-342-6594

Location/ Directions:  Take Hwy US-34 to Osceola. Turn south on Warren Ave. Property is located on the Right.

Average Price (Checked May 2011):   $59.40                                 AAA Rated:  n/a        Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 2-Floors, 51-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Free Continental Breakfast, Free High Speed Internet, Pets Allowed (fee), Children 17 and Under Stay Free with Adult, Free Parking RV/Truck/Bus, Pool Passes Available Next Door, Cable TV with HBO, Clock Radio, Coffeemaker, Crib (fee), Hairdryer, Iron/Iron Board, Microwave, Refrigerator, Rollaway (fee).

Railroad View:  Excellent View....but only from 3 rooms (maybe 4), most other rooms do not have a view at all.  You need a room on the 2nd floor on the far west end, north side of the building (US-34 / railroad side).  Note, during my stay several trucks parked in the open lot in front of the motel blocking the railroad view during the night.  When I woke up, the trucks were gone, and I was able to enjoy a nice morning watching trains from my window!

Railroads past Hotel:  BNSF Railway / Amtrak.  This is a busy line, populated by a fair share of coal trains.  Expect 40+ BNSF freights during a 24-hour period.  Amtrak's California Zephyr (# 5 + # 6) passes twice daily.  Osceola does have an Amtrak station in town.

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Photo Comment:  A westbound BNSF train passes the Super 8 motel.  Photo is taken from a second floor room on the west end of the building.  During the night several trailer trucks were parked in this area blocking my view of the railroad.  The next morning many of the trucks were gone (at least the ones blocking my view).  Just out of view to the right is the Days Inn motel which was under construction during my visit.  See the Days Inn section (above) for a picture of both the Super 8 & the Days Inn taken from the road (US-34).  You will see how few rooms in Super 8 actually offer a railroad view.  US-34 is a great road to drive on in southern Iowa, it follows the BNSF Railway across the state.