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Motels & Hotels with a railroad view

CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS

Champaign, IL -  Hilton Garden Inn Champaign/ Urbana   (Not Rated)

Address:    1501 S. Neil Street                               Phone: 217-352-9970

Location/ Directions: Interstate 74, take the Neil Street South Exit follow 2.2 miles, hotel is on the right.

Average Price (Checked Jul 2016):   $111.00                        AAA Rated:   YES       Stars: ***3***

About Hotel: 6-Stories, Interior Corridors, Standard rooms consist of one King or two Queen Beds. They also feature adjustable sleep system bed, High Definition 32" TV, MP3 Clock Radio, Complimentary High-Speed internet access, microwave and refrigerator, Fridge, Microwave, Iron/Ironing Board, Safe & Coffee/Coffee maker in every room, No Pets Allowed, Fitness Room, Pool, No Smoking in Hotel.

Railroad View:  Fair > Good.  High floors on the east side will give you a railroad view.  The railroad is elevated, and can be seen as trains pass a few single story businesses.  Although the trains can be seen well, a clear view for more than a few seconds of a passing train is difficult, and prevents us from giving this hotel a good view rating.

Railroads past Hotel:  Canadian National (former IC Mainline) / Amtrak.  Expect about 20 trains past the hotel during a 24-hour period.

Notes:  Hotel is minutes away from the Monticello Railway Museum (Monticello, IL), its worth a visit.  Museum has a large number of locomotives & rolling stock displayed and stored.  Train rides are also offered - check museum schedule for details.

Comments:  Hotel has not yet been rated by RailfanMotels.com.

Picture Comments: The aerial picture looks west at the Hilton Garden Inn (green roof).  The single tracked Illinois Central mainline is located across the long parking lot and US-45 (S. Neil Street).  The Champaign Amtrak station is a short distance north of the hotel (not within walking distance).

CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS

Champaign, IL -  Homewood Suites by Hilton Champaign-Urbana   (Not Rated)

Address:    1417 South Neil Street              Phone: 217-352-9960

Location/ Directions: From I-57 - Exit at University Avenue. University Avenue to Neil Street. Turn right approximately 1.5 miles. Hotel is located on the corners of Neil Street and Birch Street.

Average Price (Checked Jul 2016):   $117.00                                      AAA Rated:   YES       Stars: ***3***

About Hotel: 4-Stories, 98 Suites, Interior Corridors, Fully equipped kitchen with refrigerator, stove-top cooker, microwave, dishwasher and coffeemaker, High-speed Internet access (both wired and wireless), Two telephones with data ports, Cable TV with HBO, Iron and ironing board, 24-hour hotel business center, 24-hour convenience store, with a complimentary grocery shopping service, Hotel fitness center, Laundry/valet service, Guest activity/recreation desk, Local area transportation, Multi-lingual staff, spacious studio or one bedroom suites feature separate living and sleeping areas. Each has a fully-equipped kitchen with full-size refrigerator, microwave, 2-burner stove and dishwasher, DVD Player, complimentary high-speed internet access, and two phones with voice mail. Enjoy a complimentary Suite Start hot breakfast seven days a week and a Welcome Home Reception featuring a complimentary light meal and beverages Monday through Thursday evenings, No Pets Allowed

Railroad View:  Fair.  3rd and 4th floors on the south side will give you a railroad view.  The railroad is elevated, and can be seen as trains pass a few single story businesses.  You will have to look at an angle to the left to get a view.  The Hilton Garden Inn (across the parking lot) will provide a slightly better view because the windows face the tracks directly.

Railroads past Hotel:  Canadian National (former IC Mainline) / Amtrak.  Expect about 20 trains past the hotel during a 24-hour period.

Notes:  Hotel is minutes away from the Monticello Railway Museum (Monticello, IL), its worth a visit.  Museum has a large number of locomotives & rolling stock displayed and stored.  Train rides are also offered - check museum schedule for details.

Comments:  Hotel has not yet been rated by RailfanMotels.com.

Picture Comments: The aerial view shows Homewood Suites (red roof), and the single tracked Illinois Central mainline to the very right of the photo.  The building with the green roof is the Hilton Garden Inn.  Champaign is served by Amtrak; the train station is just north of this hotel on US-45 (not within walking distance).

CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS

Champaign, IL - Hawthorn Suites By Wyndham Champaign   (Not Rated)

Address: 101 Trade Centre Drive, Champaign, IL   Phone: 217-398-3400

Location/ Directions:

Average Price (Checked Jul 2016): $94.00   AAA Rated:   YES   Stars: (***3***)

About Hotel: -Floors, 189-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Pets Allowed, Heated Indoor Swimming Pool, Vending Machines, Air Conditioning, 24-Hour Front Desk, Microwave, Coffee/tea maker, Alarm clock, Adjoining rooms, Baggage hold, Elevastor, Truck/Bus parking, Coin operated laundry, Complimentary continental breakfast, Cribs, Desk with lamp, Exercise gym, Free high speed internet connection, Free local calls, Free newspaper, Ice machine, Ironing board, Outdoor parking, Rollaway bed, Wake up service. 

Railroad View:  Expect a good but limited view.  High floor rooms on the rear (east side) of the building are best for a straight view of the railroad, high floor rooms on the north side will have a limited view looks out to the right.  Railroad is elevated through town which will help the view from the hotel.  Trees to the southeast block the view from other rooms.

Railroads past Hotel: Canadian National (former IC Mainline) / Amtrak.  Expect about 20 trains past the hotel during a 24-hour period.

Notes:

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

Photo Comment:The aerial view looks west.  The hotel is marked in red, view are drawn out in yellow.  The single track mainline car be seen along the bottom of the photo.  The railroad is elevated, that single story building along the track should not block the view.  The tree line to the left of the view will block it.

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