Railfan Motels

Motels & Hotels with a railroad view

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Indianapolis, IN - Courtyard Indianapolis Downtown  

Address:    601 West Washington Street                   Phone:  317-822-9029

Location/ Directions:  I-70 East towards Indianapolis to Exit 79A, West Street to Washington Street and make left. Hotel entrance is on left.

Average Price (Checked Feb 2013):   $96.00             AAA Rated:    YES      Stars: ***3***

About Hotel: 15-Floors, 297-Rooms, Interior Corridors, High-Speed Internet, On-site parking (fee), This hotel has a smoke-free policy, Pets not allowed, Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Coffee maker/tea service, Crib, Individual climate control, Iron and ironing board, Mini fridge, sofa bed, Hair dryer, Color Cable/satellite TV, Phone with voice mail, Coffee/tea in-room, Full-service business center, Local restaurant dinner delivery, Fitness Center, Indoor Pool.

Railroad View:  Excellent Distant View from south side rooms.  You need a room on the 11th floor or above to view the trains.  These higher floor rooms are above shorter buildings between the hotel and the elevated railroad tracks.  For those of you that keep track of locomotive numbers, you will need binoculars to read numbers.  Trains can be seen at night, there is enough light to video passing trains at night.  Windows do not open, so recording sound on video can be limited to the chatter of a radio scanner tuned to 160.800 - the CSX dispatcher on this line.

Railroads past Hotel:  CSX Transportation / Amtrak (trains # 50 & 51).  Former Conrail / Indianapolis Union Railway. (Once joint NYC / PRR ownership)

Railroad Radio Frequency: 160.800 - CSX Road / Dispatcher

Notes:    TGI Friday's is located next door to the hotel.

Comments:  This hotel offers much more than a great view of the trains.  Its within walking distance of the Indianapolis Indians Victory Field, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Zoo, White River State Park, Indiana Convention Center (don't need to leave building), an IMAX theater, and downtown Indianapolis.

Photo Comment:  The aerial photo shows the Courtyard hotel circled in yellow.  The elevated railroad can be seen near the bottom of the picture with cars of a passing coal train strung out over the bridge crossing the White River. The railroad view is marked in orange.  High floor rooms (11th floor and above) on the south side will have a railroad view.  

The view from room # 1420:  When reserving the hotel room, I requested a high floor room on the south side, and stated I like watching the trains.  The hotel gladly honored my request and gave me a room on the 14th floor.  The view was excellent, and so was the room!  The railroad was busy during my stay, I will guess there are about 30-40 trains during a 24-hour period on this line. 

Center Left photo: A view from the hotel room shows Victory Field (home of Indianapolis Indians) with a eastbound CSX freight passing behind it. View looks southeast from the room. 

Center Right Photo:  The same eastbound CSX freight crosses the White River, roadway in the photo is Washington Street. The parking lot in the photo is part of the White River State Park.  This photo was captured with a standard 50mm lens. 

Bottom Right Photo:  A zoom lens will score you a more detailed image of passing trains.  Here CSX engine # 555 is about pass under the old signal bridge.  Although there are better spots to capture a better photo from the rooms, this was a straight shot from the window.  The zoom lens came in handy for some special and odd freight cars that passed during my stay.  The parking lot in this photo is for Victory Field.  Railfans may enjoy a ball game, without missing a train!

Reviewed June 2013 - RailfanMotels.com

 

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Indianapolis, IN - JW Marriott Indianapolis    (Not Rated)

Address:   10 South West Street                   Phone: 317-860-5800

Location/ Directions:  I-70 East to West Street exit 79A. Turn left (north) onto West Street to Washington Street, turn left (west) onto Washington Street and into hotel entrance.

Average Price (Checked May 2012):   $249.00                   AAA Rated:   NEW       Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: BRAND NEW!  33-Floors, 1005-Rooms, Interior Corridors, High-Speed Internet, This hotel has a smoke-free policy, Pets not allowed, On-site parking (fee), Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Coffee maker/tea service, Crib, Individual climate control, Iron and ironing board, Rollaway bed, Bathrobe, Hair dryer, Color Cable/satellite TV with HBO, Two-line cordless speakerphone with voice mail, Concierge desk, Full-service business center, Restaurants & Lounges (on-site), Exercise Room, Indoor Pool, Whirlpool.

Railroad View:  Excellent View! Either side of the hotel will be fine for a railroad view.  South side of the west end of the building should be ideal.  East side of the hotel overlooks Union Station, but the station is enclosed and you will not be able to see the trains at the passenger platforms.

Railroads past Hotel:  CSX Transportation / Amtrak.  

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

Photo Comment:  The aerial picture shows the 33-story JW Marriott to the right of the photo, the multi-track railroad is seen to the left side of the picture with a grain train passing through the area.  This is a busy rail line, mostly freight trains.

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Indianapolis, IN - Holiday Inn Express Indianapolis      (Not Rated)

Address:  410 South Missouri Street                    Phone: 317-822-6400

Location/ Directions:   I-70. Exit 79a. Turn north (toward downtown). Hotel 1/4 mile on the left.

Average Price (Checked May 2012):   $145.00                          AAA Rated:   YES       Stars: ***3***

About Hotel: 6-Floors, 108-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Pets not allowed, Business Center, Free Morning Newspaper Delivered to Room, Free Continental Breakfast, Color Cable / Satellite TV, Stereo, Work Desk w/ Lamp, Speakerphone with Voice Mail, Free Local Phone Calls, High-speed Internet Access, Bathtub, Hairdryer, Private Bathroom, Coffee Maker, Microwave Oven, Mini Refrigerator, Connecting Rooms, Crib, Double Glazed Windows, Individually Controlled Air Conditioning, Iron / Ironing Board, Rollaway Bed (fee), Sofa-bed, Windows Open by Guest, Health and Fitness Center (On-site), Whirlpool, High-speed Internet Access, Indoor Pool, On-site Guest Self-Laundry Facilities (washer/dryer), Ice Machine.

Railroad View:  Excellent View from high floors on the Lucas Oil Stadium (next door) side of the hotel.  I'd like to bet this is the side of the motel that all guests would like to be on since it overlooks the stadium, keep that in mind when reserving this motel for a railroad view. 

Railroads past Hotel:  CSX Transportation / Amtrak. 

Notes:    

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

Photo Comment:  The aerial picture shows the Holiday Inn Express to the top left of this photo, the elevated railroad line can be seen along the right side of the picture.  The only obstruction could be the single story building across the street, if you have a room on the 3rd floor or above, this shouldn't be an issue.

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Indianapolis, IN - Crowne Plaza Hotel Indianapolis Downtown at Historic Union Station  (Not Rated)

Address:     123 WEST LOUISIANA ST                Phone: 317-631-2221

Location/ Directions: I-70, exit 79b (Illinois McCarty St. exit). Continue North on Illinois St to Georgia St. Turn left on Georgia and left on Capital Avenue. Hotel 1st left before overpass.

Average Price (Checked Aug 2011):   $137.00             AAA Rated:    YES      Stars: ***3***

About Hotel: 3-Floors, 273-Rooms, Interior Corridors, The hotel is located in Union Station, complete with a railroad theme!  Color Cable / Satellite TV, CD Player, Work Desk w/ Lamp, Two-Line Speakerphone with Voice Mail, Free Local Phone Calls, High-speed Internet Access, Bathtub, Hairdryer, Private Bathroom, Coffee Maker, Connecting Rooms, Crib, Individually Controlled Air Conditioning, Iron / Ironing Board, Rollaway Bed/Cot (fee), All rooms non smoking, Business Center, Health and Fitness Center (On-site), Whirlpool, Indoor Pool, Ice Machine, Pullman's Restaurant (in hotel), No Pets Allowed, Parking garage (fee).

Railroad View:  Excellent View? (from one report)..  Its reported that rooms facing west have an excellent view.  Tracks are about 30 feet away from the hotel, and there is a clear view looking west for about a half mile.  You can hear the trains as they rumble past.  Please note; Looking at this hotel by an aerial photo posted on Bing Maps, I do not see how there can be much of a railroad view.   

Railroads past Hotel:  CSX Transportation / Amtrak.  This is a very busy line, one recent visitor states about 5 trains per hour pass on this line.

Notes:    

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

Photo Comment:  Pullman photo show one of the hotel hallways, several of the station platform tracks are now part of the hotel.   Right photo; The aerial photo shows the Union Station building to the upper right.  A CSX freight train is seen passing through the Union Station platform tracks, some cars of the train are seen to the lower left.  The hotel have rooms in both the actual station building, and also the Pullman coaches located on the platform level.  Rooms in the building are needed for a chance of a railroad view.  Amtrak also stops at this station.

Walking Distance from Amtrak Indianapolis, IN station. (Same building).

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Indianapolis, IN - Value Place 

Address: 8045 Rockville Rd.                  Phone:   317-271-9300  

Location/ Directions:  

Average Price (Checked Aug 2011):   Weekly rates only, $179.00 per week.                                  AAA Rated:   NO       Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: New building.  3-Floors, 121-Rooms, Interior Corridors,  Full-size refrigerator with freezer, Two-burner stove-top, Microwave oven, Bedroom/Living Room, Dresser and nightstand, Color TV with cable and at least one premium movie channel, Dining table with two chairs, Housekeeping every two weeks, Vending machines, 24-hour on-site laundry room, Internet (fee), Coffee Maker (fee), Linen Exchange (fee), Housekeeping (fee).

Railroad View:  Excellent View!  Any room on the rear of the motel will overlook the railroad tracks.  An internet review state "train's screech as they go past".

Railroads past Hotel:  CSX (former Conrail)

Notes:    For those who have not stayed at a Value Place, its  VERY basic economy suites.  We list this property as information purposes only.  If your in the area for a week or more, and looking for a inexpensive place to stay, this may just work, and it has a great railroad view as well. 

Comments:  Internet reviews are poor from guests.  One review says its a step up from a Motel 6.  This motel has not been rated by RailfanMotels.com

Photo Comment:  The new Value Place building is seen to the right.  Looking east down Rockville Road (US-36) you can see the railroad bridge.  The tracks are elevated which helps the view from the motel.

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA (Castleton area) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Indianapolis, IN - Days Inn & Suites Indianapolis Castleton   (Not Rated)

Address:      8275 Craig Street               Phone: 317-841-9700

Location/ Directions:  I-69, exit 1 turn right, go 3 stop lights,turn right on Craig St. Hotel is on right. Hotel is between I-69 intersection and Castleton Mall on North side of 82nd Street.

Average Price (Checked Mar 2013):   $43.00                                AAA Rated:   n/a       Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 2-Floors, 154-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Elevator, Business Center, Ice Machine, Laundromat, Vending Machines, wake-Up Calls, Fitness Center, High Speed Internet Access, RV/Bus/Truck Parking, Outdoor Parking, Pets Allowed, Shower/Bath Tub, Hairdryer, Local Telephone Calls (Free), Air Conditioning, Alarm Clock, Cribs Available, In Room-Coffee/Tea Maker, Mini-Refrigerator, Cable/Satellite TV. 

Railroad View: Excellent View!  There are about 20 rooms that face the railroad directly, these rooms are on the east side of the building.  2nd Floor room will offer a better view.

Railroads past Hotel:  Indiana Transportation Museum - Tourist trains only on this line, seasonal / limited schedule.  Visit ITM website for schedule.  This line has been severed on both ends limiting trains to equipment owned by the Indiana Transportation Museum only.    

Notes:    This motel is a good choice for visitors to the Indiana Transportation Museum in Noblesville, IN.

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

Photo Comment:  The Google Aerial image shows the Days Inn with the red roof.  This is the end of the building with a railroad view, but don't expect much rail traffic on this line.  The only trains past this motel are run by the Indiana Transportation Museum - when scheduled.

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA (Fishers area) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Indianapolis, IN - SpringHill Suites Indianapolis/Fishers   (Not Rated)

Address:   9698 Hague Road                   Phone: 317-841-0416

Location/ Directions:  Follow 465 North to 465 East to I-69 North; take Exit 3 (96th Street). Turn left (west) onto 96th to Hague Road, approximately 0.3 miles. Make a right turn onto Hague Road. The hotel is 0.5 miles on the left.

Average Price (Checked Mar 2013):   $119.00                                 AAA Rated:   n/a       Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 4-Floors, 130-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Free Breakfast, High-Speed Internet, smoke-free hotel, Pets not allowed, Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Coffee maker/tea service, Crib, Individual climate control, Internet browser/Web TV, Iron and ironing board, Mini fridge, Rollaway bed, Hair dryer, Color Cable/satellite TV, Microwave oven, Speakerphone with voice mail, Coffee/tea in-room, Exercise Room, Indoor Pool, Whirlpool.

Railroad View:  Excellent View!  Any room on the 2nd, 3rd or 4th floor should have an excellent view of the railroad.  Rooms on the rear of the motel are likely a bit better for a clear view.  

Railroads past Hotel:  Indiana Transportation Museum - Tourist trains only on this line, seasonal / limited schedule.  Visit ITM website for schedule.  This line has been severed on both ends limiting trains to equipment owned by the Indiana Transportation Museum only.   

Notes: This motel is a good choice for visitors to the Indiana Transportation Museum in Noblesville, IN.

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

Photo Comment:  The aerial image shows the front of the SpringHill Suites.  The railroad is seen to the left of the building.  A fence along the parking lot will limit views of the railroad from ground level and first floor rooms.  Rooms on the rear of the building may have a little better railroad view.  This is a very quiet railroad, only sees scheduled tourist trains - on days they operate.

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Indianapolis, IN - Country Inn & Suites        (Not Rated)

Address:  5630 Flight School Dr                     Phone: (317) 821-1100

Location/ Directions:  

Average Price (Checked Jul 2013):  $90.95                                 AAA Rated:          Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 4-Floors, 109-Rooms, Interior Corridors,High-speed internet, Indoor Pool, Fitness Center, Airport Shuttle, Suites, 32" HD Flat screen TVs, Cable TV, Coffee and tea maker with complimentary products, Cribs available, Local calls free, Hair dryer, Iron/ironing board, Radio/alarm clock, Rollaway beds available, Two-line speaker phone with voice-mail, Free Weekday USA Today newspaper, Work desk with lamp, 100% non smoking facility, Free Breakfast.

Railroad View:  Good Distant View.  A high floor room on the rear of the motel will offer a railroad view.

Railroads past Hotel:  Indiana Southern Railroad (owned by Genesee & Wyoming); A shortline railroad, traffic consists of merchandise and coal / empty coal hoppers.  This isn't a busy rail line.  Only expect a handful of trains during a 24-hour period.  The line is a former Conrail / Penn Central / Pennsylvania Rail Road.

Notes:     

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

Photo Comment:  The photo looking south from I-74, has Route 67 in view with the single track railroad running along the west side.  The Country Inn can be seen across the open field.  Rooms on the back of the motel face the railroad tracks.  

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Other Indianapolis hotel's with a possible railroad view.

 The two hotel's listed below are not expected to have much of a (if any) railroad view.  We do not recommend either for a railroad view, but if you happen to be in Indy and staying at either location.  These short notes may help you.  Both are located in downtown Indianapolis, near JW Marriott.

- Indianapolis Marriott Downtown - High floor room on the west side of the building may provide a railroad view.

- Hyatt Regency Indianapolis - High floor rooms on the south side of the building may provide a railroad view.

If anyone happens to stay at either one of these hotels, drop us a note here, let us know what kind of railroad view these hotel's have. Thanks.