Railfan Motels

Motels & Hotels with a railroad view

BOSSIER CITY, LOUISIANA

Bossier City, LA - Courtyard Shreveport-Bossier City/Louisiana Boardwalk  (Not Rated)   

Address: 100 Boardwalk Boulevard  Bossier City, Louisiana 71111   Phone: 318-742-8300

Location/ Directions: I-20 traveling East towards Monroe, 6.8 miles and exit 19B Traffic Street. Stay straight and loop around to Light and turn left onto Traffic Street,LA-72. Travel .01 mile to Riverwalk Boulevard (next light) and turn left. Take road to the Entrance of the hotel.

Average Price (Checked Jul 2016): $179.00   AAA Rated:   NO  Stars: (***3***)

About Hotel: 3-Floors, 128-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Well-equipped rooms, high-tech amenities, on-site dining and a top-notch location are highlights of the Courtyard Shreveport Bossier City Louisiana Boardwalk. Each of the three-story Courtyard's 119 non-smoking rooms features free Wi-Fi, a 37-inch flat-panel TV, premium cable channels, a refrigerator, coffeemaker and seating area with sofa bed and desk. Stay connected in the business center or the high-tech lobby, which offers a touch-screen computer and media pods with flat-panel TVs. If it's food you're after, you'll be happy to know there's a coffee shop, restaurant and the lounge on the premises. Fitness fiends appreciate the on-site workout room, outdoor pool and hot tub. Located directly on the bustling Louisiana Boardwalk, the Courtyard is surrounded by shops and restaurants. It's less than three miles from the riverboat casinos, including the Horseshoe and DiamondJacks. Drive 15 minutes east for a day at the races at Harrah's Louisiana Downs or to visit Barksdale Air Force Base. Shreveport attractions — including the convention center, Red River Entertainment District, Sci-Port and historic Strand Theatre — are five minutes away, across the river. Shreveport Regional Airport is nine miles. our guests love the "great design" and "wonderful" amenities at this "spectacularly clean" Courtyard, set "in a great part of town" along the Boardwalk. All in all, "It's the best spot in town." 

Railroad View: Excellent View!  Any room on the south or west side of the building will provide a railroad view.  South side rooms face the railroad directly.

Railroads past Hotel: Kansas City Southern Railway.

Radio Scanner Frequency:  160.260

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

Photo Comment: The aerial photo of the Courtyard shows what is a clear view past the hotel.  Don't those few trees in the photo do not take away the view, tracks are elevated past the hotel.

 

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BOSSIER CITY, LOUISIANA

Bossier City, LA - Quality Inn & Suites   

Address: 2717 Village Lane, Bossier City, LA, 71112  Phone: (318) 742-7890

Location/ Directions: Exit 22 off of I-20, 1 block to the south.

Average Price (Checked Jul 2016): $69.00   AAA Rated:   NO  Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 4-Floors, 102-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Free continental breakfast, Free WiFi, Fitness center, Laundry facility, Outdoor Pool, Microwave Rental, Windows Open, Truck/Bus Parking, Business Center, Free Coffee, Rental Refrigerator. 

Railroad View: Excellent View!  Most rooms in this hotel should offer a railroad view.  High floor rooms will be best to see over some trees planted along the hotel.

Railroads past Hotel: Kansas City Southern Railway.

Radio Scanner Frequency:  160.260

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Photo Comment: A photo taken from the exit ramp of I-20 shows both the motel and the single track railroad which has a clear view from most windows in the motel. 

BOSSIER CITY, LOUISIANA

Bossier City, LA - Microtel Inn & Suites  

Address: 2713 Village Lane, Bossier City, LA 71112   Phone: (318) 532-4589

Location/ Directions: Exit 22 off of I-20, 1 block to the south.

Average Price (Checked Sep 2015): $70.00   AAA Rated:   NO  Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 4-Floors, 101-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Free Breakfast, Elevator, Business Center, Ice Machine, Laundromat, Vending Machines, Wake-Up Calls, High Speed Internet Access, Pets Allowed (fee), Crib (fee), Rollaway Bed (fee).

Railroad View: Excellent view from odd number rooms only.  All odd number rooms only have a single bed in the.  All even numbered rooms have 2 beds per room and will not offer a railroad view.  Rooms have double pane glass, my room had internal steamed up glass (in the center of the panes) and was hard to view outside.  Trains can be seen at night thanks to the parking lot lighting.  4th floor rooms are all smoking rooms.  Aim for a 3rd floor room if you’re not a smoker.  The higher floors will keep you above the parking lot.  Trains do blow their horns past the hotel, so catching passing trains is rather easy. 

Railroads past Hotel: Kansas City Southern Railway.  During my 14+ hour stay I recorded 10 trains, I did sleep 7-1/2 hours straight, so I’m sure I missed plenty.

Radio Scanner Frequency:  160.260

Notes: During my visit in 2015, I wasn’t happy with cleanliness or care of the motel.  Since I needed 2-beds, I wasn’t able to able to have a room with a railroad view, however I was able to get room # 331 which is located next to a hallway window on the railroad side.  I jumped into the hallway to view passing trains as I heard them coming.  Next time I visit the area, I’ll choose the Quality Inn next door, it has a better railroad view and better guest ratings on the internet.

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Photo Comment: For those who like the KCS Railway or are looking to railfan it, all the hotels/motels listed on this page will offer a great show.  These photos were shot from the 3rd floor hallway window since my 2-bed room didn't offer a view.  My room was # 331, located at the end of the hall next to this window.  With the sound of the train horns outside, I was able to access this window quick enough to get some photos.   While most trains did have KCS power, an all Union Pacific lash-up rolled by in the morning with a stack train.  One of the trains also had a Canadian National unit on it.  Shreveport is a main terminal for the KCS, which includes a large yard & shops in North Shreveport.  Although the yard is closed to visitors, fans can do a "drive by" to observe locomotives in the area of the locomotives shop from Route 173 (Exit # 5 off I-20, then north).  This is a busy high speed roadway (50 mph), I don't recommend stopping to photograph equipment from the roadside.  The yard is also protected by a chain link fence which hampers photography anyway.  The night photograph shows the view from the same hallway window at night.  Parking lot lights illuminate the trains well.  I also included the hotels floor plan.  For other floors, just substitute the first "3" of the room number with the floor you plan to stay on.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BOSSIER CITY, LOUISIANA

Bossier City, LA - Horseshoe Bossier Casino & Hotel  (Not Rated)

Address:  711 Horseshoe Boulevard, Bossier City, LA 71111 Phone: 1-866-503-5494

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Average Price (Checked Jul 2016): $69.00   AAA Rated:   NO  Stars: (****4****)

About Hotel: 25-Floors, 606-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Located off I-20, this resort hotel features an on-site casino, health spa and luxury shops. Floor-to-ceiling windows in rooms provide an open view of the city or surrounding area.Rooms at the Horseshoe Bossier Casino & Hotel feature pillow beds made exclusively for the hotel. Bathrooms offer marble decor and include a TV and phone. A refrigerator and coffee maker are also in every room.The Horseshoe's casino houses more than 1,500 slots and 60 table games. The Indulge Day Spa boasts a variety of massage and body treatments and an on-site fitness center includes saunas. Upscale men's and women's clothing stores are found within the hotel.The DARE Dayclub pool area is open to those 21 and older seasonally, replicating a Vegas style VIP experience and offering private cabanas and daybeds to guests and general public with surcharge with admission.Guests of the Horseshoe Bossier may dine on-site at The Spread Buffet or choose from the 8oz Burger Bar, Jack Binion's Steak House or Four Winds Asian cuisine. Two bars, including CMT Crossroads, serve drinks nightly.The hotel is 3.3 miles from Shreveport Downtown Airport. Veterans Park is 7 minutes' drive away. 

Railroad View: Excellent View!  Any room on the rear will offer a railroad view.  Trains cross a bridge outside the hotel.

Railroads past Hotel: Kansas City Southern Railway.

Radio Scanner Frequency:  160.260

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

Photo Comment: The view from the high floor rooms on the west side of the building offer an excellent railroad, river and city view of Shreveport. This view from the hotel looks northwest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BOSSIER CITY, LOUISIANA

 

Bossier City, LA - Residence Inn Shreveport-Bossier City/Downtown (Not Rated)

Address: 501 Traffic Street   Bossier City, LA 71111   Phone: (318) 584-7125

Location/ Directions: I-20 E to 3. Take exit 19A from I-20 E. Take Texas St to Traffic St in Bossier City. Merge onto LA-1 N/US-71 N/N Spring St. Turn right onto Texas St. Turn right onto Traffic St. Destination will be on the right.

Average Price (Checked Jul 2016): $129.00   AAA Rated: NO   Stars: (***3***)

About Hotel: BRAND NEW  4-Floors, 131-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Free Wireless Internet, Free Parking, Pets Allowed (fee), 24-Hour Front Desk, telephone, alarm clock, Air conditioning individually controlled in room, AM/FM radio, BBQ/Picnic area, Free Buffet breakfast, Cable television, Coin operated laundry, Complimentary coffee in lobby, Complimentary newspaper in lobby, Elevators, Fitness center on-site, Free local calls, Full service housekeeping, Gym, Hairdryer, Iron/Ironing board, Laundry, On-site business center, Outdoor pool, Voice mail, Wake-up service. 

Railroad View: Excellent View!  While most rooms in this hotel will offer a railroad view, high floor rooms on the railroad end of the building are best. 

Railroads past Hotel: Kansas City Southern Railway.  KCS’s Bossier Yard is just east of the hotel.

Radio Scanner Frequency:  160.260

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

Photo Comment:Looking north along the rear of the building, a Kansas City Southern double stack train passes the hotel.  As you can see a clear view of the railroad is easy to see.  Rooms on the front of the hotel are just as good!

BOSSIER CITY, LOUISIANA

 

Bossier City, LA - Budgetel Shreveport/Bossier  (Not Rated)

Address: 4300 Industrial Drive, Bossier City, LA 71112   Phone: (318) 746-5050

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Average Price (Checked Jul 2016): $50.00   AAA Rated:   NO  Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 2-Floors, 133-Rooms, Exterior Corridors, Pool, Free Parking, Free Breakfast, Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ), Self-Serve Laundry.

Railroad View: Good View.  Rooms on 2nd floor on the railroad side are best.  Brush prevents an excellent view of the railroad.

Railroads past Hotel: Kansas City Southern Railway.

Radio Scanner Frequency:  160.260

Notes: Formerly Econo Lodge Inn & Suites

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

Photo Comment: A view at the rear of the motel seen from Miller Road shos the railroad in the foreground. 2nd floor rooms on the south side of the property are needed for a railroad view.

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BOSSIER CITY, LOUISIANA

 Bossier City, LA – Red Carpet Inn  (Not Rated) 

Address: 1968 Airline Drive Bossier City, LA, 71112  Phone: (318) 746-9400

Location/ Directions: I-20 W'bound: Exit 22, turn left under expressway, inn is on left. I-20 E'bound: Exit 22 S'bound, inn on left.

Average Price (Checked Jul 2016): n/a   AAA Rated:   NO  Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 2-Floors, 42-Rooms, Exterior Corridors, Just off I-20, on Mardi Gras Parade Route. Minutes from Barksdale AFB, racetrack, casino, & shopping. Walking distance to lounge. Inn offers outdoor pool, free continental breakfast & premium movie channels.

Railroad View: Excellent View!  Any room trackside will give you an excellent view of the railroad. 

Railroads past Hotel: Kansas City Southern Railway.

Radio Scanner Frequency:  160.260

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Comments: Very poor internet reviews.  This motel has not been rated by RailfanMotels.com

Photo Comment: An aerial view of the Red Carpet Inn (building with red roof) shows the motel along the railroad.  North side facing rooms are best for viewing passing trains.

 

 

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