Railfan Motels

Motels & Hotels with a railroad view

NORTHFIELD, MINNESOTA ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Northfield, MN - Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Northfield  

Address:    300 South Highway 3                               Phone: (507) 645-2286

Location/ Directions: Hotel is located near the intersection of Highway 19 and Highway 3 Located approximately 35 miles south of Minneapolis off of I-35 From I-35 - Take exit 69 (Highway 19). Go east on Highway 19 for 8 miles. Turn left onto Highway 3. Hotel is on the left.

Average Price (Checked Jul 2010):   $87.00                                      AAA Rated:    YES      Stars: ***3***

About Hotel: 2-Stories, 54-Rooms, Interior Corridors, All rooms feature coffeemaker, hairdryer and iron and ironing board -Public areas of the hotel are fully accessible with widened corridors and ramps -Hotel offer accessible rooms -Jacuzzi suites available -Hotel offers cable TV.  Hotel has an indoor pool and whirlpool open year round -Fitness facilities are 1 mile from the hotel.  Hotel has a Breakfast Room featuring complimentary Continental Plus Breakfast daily -Full service restaurant located .5 mile from the hotel.  Hotel offers fax and copier services at a nominal fee. 

Railroad View:  Very Good.  A spread apart tree line gives most rooms some sought of view.  The tracks are only about 70-feet from the motel itself.  Train traffic is light, maybe only 10 trains during a 24-hour period.  Overnight trains do NOT blow their horns, daytime they do.  Train's roll past slow, maybe 20 mph the max.  Although they do not blow their horn, they will wake you up at night.  In my experiences, they pass by 2 or 3 times during the night.

Railroad past Hotel:  Union Pacific (former Chicago & North Western Spine Line) / Progressive Rail (former SOO Line branch line)

Notes:  Northfiled is located south of St. Paul, MN, its a small town with a busy Malt-O-Meal plant. 

Comments: I've stayed here 4 times, all 4 times SOO Line hosted cabooses on their local trains.  I haven't stayed here since Progressive Rail took over the service.

Picture Comments:  This picture was taken from a room on the second floor.  This is a single track well maintained line.  Although it looks like the train is cutting across the motel's back lawn, there is actually nicely formed ballast bed behind the grass line.  Looks can be deceiving!  Out of view to the right is the unrestored Northfiled train station.  UP use to use it as an MofW office - even with it boarded up!  Not sure if that is still the case.  That station is about 30 foot steps to the right.