Railfan Motels

Motels & Hotels with a railroad view

DETROIT LAKES, MINNESOTA ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Detroit Lakes, MN - Best Western Plus Hotel Holland House 

Address:    615 Highway 10 E                Phone: 218-847-4483

Location/ Directions: On U.S. Highway 10, half mile east of downtown. Two miles east on 10 Junction of Highways 59, 34 and 10, towards the BEST WESTERN PLUS Holland House.

Average Price (Checked May 2011):   $76.49                                AAA Rated:   YES       Stars: ***3***

About Hotel: 2-Floors, 56-Rooms, Exterior & Interior Corridors, Complimentary Breakfast, Pets Allowed, Indoor Pool, Hot Tub, High Speed Internet, free parking (includes bus/truck/trailer), Cold weather hook-ups, Cable satellite television including HBO®, CNBC, CNN, ESPN, ESPN2, Fox News, Coffee/tea maker, Free local calls under 30 minutes, Refrigerator, AM/FM alarm clock, Hairdryer, Iron/ironing board, Voice mail, High-speed Internet access (includes wireless/hardwired), Microwave, Desk/work area, Air-conditioning. 

Railroad View:  Excellent View.  Any room on the front of the motel will offer a railroad view.  The railroad is located just across Route 10. 

Railroads past Hotel:  BNSF Railway / Amtrak.

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DETROIT LAKES, MINNESOTA ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Detroit Lakes, MN - AmericInn Lodge & Suites Detroit Lakes

Address:   777 Hwy 10 East                 Phone: 218-847-8795

 

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Average Price (Checked May 2011):   $100.00                                 AAA Rated:   YES      Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 2-Floors, 45-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Complimentary breakfast, Free Local Phone Calls, Cable TV, Free High-Speed Internet Access, Complimentary Weekday USA Today Newspaper, Cribs Available (fee), Fitness Room On-site, Free Parking, Guest Laundry Facilities, Indoor Heated Pool, Parking for Buses, Trailers, etc., Roll-Away Beds (fee), Sauna, Whirlpool, Microwave, Refrigerator, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, voice mail. 

Railroad View:  Poor? / Fair?  Ask for a 2nd floor room on the back side of the building on the street end of the motel.  From your window, the railroad is off to the left, across Route 10.  A car dealership next to the motel may block view the view from room further back in the building due to cars parked in the dealerships parking lot.

Railroads past Hotel: BNSF Railway / Amtrak.

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DETROIT LAKES, MINNESOTA ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Detroit Lakes, MN - Budget Host Inn 

Address:     895 Highway 10 East                Phone:218-847-4454 

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

About Hotel: 1-Floor, 23-Rooms, Exterior Corridors, Internet Access - Wireless, Continental Breakfast, Miniature Golf, Cable TV, Small Pets Allowed, Refrigerator, Ice Machine, Coffeemaker, Temperature Control, Iron/Ironing Board, Picnic Area/Tables, Cribs Available, Air Conditioned, Housekeeping, Truck Parking.

Railroad View:  Excellent View.  Most rooms in this single story motel  should offer a railroad view.  The railroad is just across Route 10, there is a grade crossing in front of the motel.  I expect the trains will blow their horns for the crossing.

Railroads past Hotel: BNSF Railway / Amtrak.

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DETROIT LAKES, MINNESOTA ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Detroit Lakes, MN - Holiday Inn of Detroit Lakes 

Address:    1155 HWY 10 EAST                 Phone:  218-847-2121

Location/ Directions:  FROM HIGHWAY 59 NORTH TAKE RIGHT ON HWY 10 EAST. PROPERTY IS ON YOUR RIGHT SIDE APPROXIMATELY 2.5 MILES.

Average Price (Checked May 2011):   $119.00           AAA Rated:    n/a      Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 4-Floors, 103-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Pets Allowed, Free Morning Newspaper Delivered to Room, Color Cable / Satellite TV, Work Desk w/ Lamp, Two-line Phone with Voice Mail, Free Local Phone Calls, High-speed Internet Access, Bathtub, Hairdryer, Private Bathroom, Coffee Maker, Mini Refrigerator, Connecting Rooms, Crib, Double Glazed Windows, Individually Controlled Air Conditioning, Iron / Ironing Board, Rollaway Bed (fee), All rooms non smoking, Business Center, Health and Fitness Center (On-site), Sauna, Whirlpool, Indoor Pool, Dedicated Lounge, Ice Machine, Porter/Bellman, Icehouse Restaurant (on-site).  

Railroad View:  Excellent View! The best view of the railroad will be from high floor rooms on the front of the hotel. The tracks are in clear view just across Route 10.  Rooms on the rear overlook the lake.  The rear rooms have balconies, while occupying the balcony you can get a fair view of the BNSF Railway, and with binoculars / zoom lens you can see the Canadian Pacific line which is about 2-miles across the lake.  Rooms 415 & 417 on the rear offer views of both lines and the lake. You can also view passing trains from the hotels pool area and the beach out back.

Railroads past Hotel: BNSF Railway / Amtrak.  Expect as many as 50-60 trains a day through here with a good mix of traffic, double stack, coal, oil and merchandise trains to name some.

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 Second Photo from top:  A picture taken from  room 415 (room on the rear of hotel, overlooking lake) shows a late afternoon view of an eastbound BNSF coal train with a DPU locomotive shoving on the rear. 

 

 

 

Third photo from top:  A photo taken from the beach shows shows another eastbound freight passing the hotel.  Watching trains from the beach or lake is a great way to do two things at once, enjoy the water and watch trains!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bottom photo:  A CITIRAIL leased locomotive leads another eastbound freight past the Holiday Inn.  The photo was taken from the pool area inside the hotel, another great place where you will not miss a train.

 

 

 

 

    All three photos:  Dusty Bjornstad

DETROIT LAKES, MINNESOTA ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Detroit Lakes, MN - Country Inn by Carlson Detroit Lakes 

Address:    1330 Highway 10 East                 Phone:  (218) 847-2000  

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Average Price (Checked May 2011):   $75.00                                  AAA Rated:    n/a      Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 2-Floors, 42-Rooms, Interior Corridors,  Free High-Speed Internet, Free Breakfast, Indoor Pool, Fitness Center, Pets Allowed, Cable TV, Coffee and tea maker with complimentary coffee, Hair dryer, Iron/ironing board, Free Local telephone calls, Microwave, Radio/alarm clock, Refrigerator, Suites available, Weekday USA Today newspaper, Business Center, In-room microwave, Laundry facilities, Free Parking, Whirlpool.

Railroad View:  Fair View.  Ask for a room on the front of the motel.  Rooms do not face the tracks, but the railroad can be seen in to the right.  Next to the motel there are trees along the railroad, but you will not be able to see that area from the room windows anyway.  A grade crossing is located near the motel, the train horns will alert you to passing trains.  Of the 5 motels we have found in Detroit Lakes, this has the least of a railroad view.

Railroads past Hotel: BNSF Railway / Amtrak.

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