Railfan Motels

Motels & Hotels with a railroad view

Newton, MA - Crowne Plaza Hotel    (Not Rated) 

Address:  320 WASHINGTON STREET         Phone: 617-969-3010

Location/ Directions: Mass Pike (I-90). Take the Newton/Watertown, exit 17 and go through four lights - hotel on the left.

Average Price (Checked Nov 2010):   $135.00                 AAA Rated:   YES       Stars: ***3***

About Hotel:   12-Stories, 270-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Health & Fitness Center (On-Site), Daily Housekeeping, Dry Cleaning Pickup/Laundry, Business Center Staffed (24-hours), Unstaffed Business Center, High Speed Internet Access, Ice Machine, Dedicated Lounge (or 24 Hour Lounge), Porter/Bellman, Pets are allowed (fee / deposit), Car Parking - Registered Guests Only, Color Cable / Satellite TV, CD Player, Coffee/ Tea Maker , Work Desk w/ Lamp, Two-Line Phone with Voice Mail and Speaker Phone, Free Local Phone Calls, Bathtub, Hairdryer, Private Bathroom, Connecting Rooms, Crib (Upon Request), Individually Controlled Air Conditioning, Iron / Ironing Board , Rollaway Bed, All rooms non smoking, Room Service Available 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM, Hotel Restaurant: Martha's - Serves:  Breakfast  |  Lunch  |  Dinner, 24-Hour Lounge.

Railroad View:  Fair.  Trains can be seen very well as long as you like head-on & going away views.  Trains pass under north side of the motel (I-90 passes under the south side). Get a room on a high floor on the south side of the building, either side (east or west) should be fine.  A zoom lens would be best for pictures.

Railroads past Hotel: CSX / MBTA / Amtrak (# 448 + 449, Lake Shore Ltd).  CSX's Beacon Park Yard is a few miles east of this hotel, its CSX's main hub in the Boston area.  Expect about 50-55 trains during a 24-hour period pass this hotel.  MBTA runs 42 scheduled commuter trains daily through here, CSX about 10 trains daily (includes locals), and Amtrak just 2 trains daily.  

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

Comments: This is a former Sheraton Hotel.

Photo Comment:  Left Photo: The Crowne Plaza Hotel is the building to the left side of the picture (white roof). Railroad tracks are seen along the north side of I-90.  Right Photo: Hotel is at the top of the picture, you can see I-90 going right under the hotel.  The railroad to the right side of the photo exits from under the hotels parking garage.  Note; some trees and brush along the south side of the railroad will not help the eastward looking view during "green" season. 

Newton, MA - Hotel Indigo Boston-Newton Riverside    (Not Rated) 

Address:    399 Grove Street                  Phone: 617-969-5300

Location/ Directions: TAKE THE TED WILLIAMS TUNNEL TO MASSACHUSETTS TURNPIKE I-90 WEST TO EXIT 15 ONTO I-95 SOUTH. FROM I-95 SOUTH TAKE EXIT 22 ONTO GROVE STREET. FOLLOW SIGNS FOR GROVE STREET/MBTA RIVERSIDE AND HOTEL WILL BE ON THE LEFT. or ROUTE 95 NORTH TO ROUTE 128 NORTH TO EXIT 22 ONTO GROVE STREET. BEAR RIGHT AND HOTEL WILL BE ON THE LEFT.

Average Price (Checked Nov 2010):   $177.00                 AAA Rated:   YES       Stars: ***3***

About Hotel: 8-Stories, 191-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Health & Fitness Center (On-Site), Housekeeping, Outdoor Seasonal Pool (June, July, August) Outdoor Pool, Business Center, High Speed Internet Access, Wireless Data Connection, ATM/Cash Machine, Ice Machine, A/C Public Areas, Dedicated Lounge (or 24 Hour Lounge), Americans with Disabilities ACT ADA Compliant, ATM/Cash Machine, Bath Tub, Business Center, Car Rental Desk, Coffee Maker in Room, Concierge Desk, Connecting Rooms, Cordless Phone, Handicapped Rooms/Facilities, Desk with lamp, Free Local Telephone Calls, Hairdryers Available, Ice Machine, High speed Internet Access, Wireless Internet Access, Ironing Board, Ironing Board, Lounge, In Room Movies, Multi-line Phone, No Smoking Rooms/Facilities, Pets Allowed, Phone with speaker, Outdoor Pool, Private Bathroom, Room Service, Sofa Bed, Temperature Control, Satellite TV.

Railroad View:  Good.  Any room on a high floor in the rear (north side) of the building should provide a good view of the MBTA Light Rail shop complex. 

Railroads past Hotel:   MBTA Light Rail

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

Comments: This is a former Holiday Inn Hotel.

Photo Comment:  Hotel Indigo is the building to the left side of the photo.  Looking across the MBTA employee parking lot, guests get a clear view of the light rail vehicles.  No heavy-rail passenger or freight trains will be seen from this hotel.

 

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