St. Louis, MO - Sheraton St. Louis City Center Hotel & Suites
Address: 400 South 14th Street Phone: (314) 231-5007
Location/ Directions: Take Interstate 64/Highway 40 West to the 9th Street/Stadium Exit. At the light, turn left on Spruce Street and go 3 blocks to 14th Street and turn left, the hotel will be on the left hand side.
Average Price (Checked Jul 2010): $162.00 AAA Rated: YES Stars: ***3***
About Hotel: 13-Stories, 288-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Every room has two-line speakerphones, Internet access through the 27-inch television, iron/ironing board, coffee makers, and hair dryers, Sofa Bed, Cribs (Upon Request), Hairdryer, Desk, Coffee Maker, Refrigerator, The Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Dog Bed Available , Iron/Ironing Board, Video Check-Out, Sun Deck, Club Lounge, Indoor Heated Pool, Fitness Facility, Indoor Whirlpool, Presidents Casino, Shuttle Service within Surrounding Area (Limited), Guest Laundromat, Babysitting Service, Concierge Service, Luggage Storage, Business Center, Cash Machine (ATM), Wireless High Speed Internet Access in Lobby, Experience an innovative dinner in an upscale setting with American-styled entrees and daily chef specials at bistro 14, Or slow down and catch your breath at Column's Lounge and Piano Bar, a beautifully appointed piano lounge with dark woods, glass, and brass. There is a charge for parking (indoor garage).
Railroad View: Excellent. Hotel overlooks the St. Louis Freight Yard located on the south end of historic Union Station. The St. Louis Amtrak station is also across the street as well as a station for the Metro Link light rail system. Request a room on an upper floor on the south side of the building. Note; Only single bed rooms are located on the south side, rooms with two beds are on the east & west side of the building, however you can get a double (2 beds) room on the south end of the east or west side and have a nice railroad view. Upper floors are needed to be above Interstate-64 that runs elevated between the hotel & the train yard.
Railroad past Hotel: Union Pacific, BNSF Railway, Alton & Southern Railroad, Amtrak, and Metro Link light rail system. Its a busy train yard, not much time between trains.
Notes: The Transportation Terminal (Amtrak, Merto Link light rail, and Greyhound) is across the street. This hotel is in the middle of the city, everything is reachable without an automobile. The historic Union Station (shopping mall) is a few blocks west of the hotel. From the front entrance, you can walk across a bridge over the train yard (sidewalks on both side of the bridge). Nice place to take pictures, the hotel itself makes a nice backdrop. As with any big city be careful of your surroundings. Although my visit in 2009 was pleasant, I remember 25 years ago this was not the area to be walking around with a camera by yourself on a bridge over the train yard.
Comments: If visiting the area, be sure to visit the Museum of Transportation located about 20-minutes west of the hotel. There is a lot of locomotives & rolling stock displayed; a double track Union Pacific (and Amtrak) line passes the museum. A nice place to spend the afternoon.
Picture Comments: Photo's from the hotel room. Center photo shows the view from a room on the east/south side (view looks southeast). West side room will overlook the Amtrak station area. With a pair of binoculars, you can watch trains coming across the Mississippi River railroad bridge from Illinois, you can also see trains approaching from the south and north, several minutes before they arrive the yard. Speed limit in the yard is likely 10-mph, all train's that I saw didn't move any quicker. Left photo: The westbound Amtrak train is the Texas Eagle arriving the station. Photos & videos can be captured from the hotel room window with little effort.
St. Louis, MO - Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark (Not Rated)
Address: 1 South Broadway Phone: 314-421-1776
Location/ Directions: I-70 to Broadway Exit-Stay straight on Broadway. Hotel is on right, just past Market St.
Average Price (Checked Feb 2013): $169.00 AAA Rated: n/a Stars: (n/a)
About Hotel: 25-Floors, 670-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Pets allowed (fee), Parking (fee), Restaurant On-Site, Business Center, Room Service, Fitness Center, Indoor Pool, Whirlpool, High-Chairs, Cribs, Wireless Internet (fee), This hotel is 100% non-smoking, Air Conditioning, Alarm Radio, Black-Out Curtains, Clock Radio w/ MP3 Connection, Curved Shower Rod, Ergonomic Desk Chair, Cable TV, Thermostat (adjustable), Workstation, Coffee Maker, Hairdryer, Iron/Ironing Board, Newspaper M-F (USA Today), Tea/Coffee Making Facilities, Two Line Telephone with Voice Mail.
Railroad View: Good View of the TRRA High Line coming off the MacArthur
Bridge. You need a room on the south side of the hotel overlooking Busch
Stadium. Zoom lens / binoculars are best for train viewing.
Railroads past Hotel: TRRA / A&S / UP / BNSF / Amtrak - All share tracks in St. Louis.
Notes: For train buffs looking to attend a Cardinals game; seats on the upper floor of the south side of the park offer a view of the railroad.
Comments: This motel has not been rated by RailfanMotels.comPhoto Comment: A set of TRRA light power moves across the TRRA High Line's North Leg which passes in front the Arch to TRRA's Bermen Yard. Trains on this trackage will stay on the west side of the Mississippi River. Beyond the location where the locomotives are is the busier elevated rail line which crosses the MacArthur Bridge (bridge out of view to the left). You will notice two spans; the first one which is slightly lower is the rail line which leads onto the lower level of the bridge. The second span above that is the former highway that once traveled across the upper level of the bridge. The 1917 bridge was closed to highway traffic in 1981, and today only railroads use the bridge. The photo looks south from a south side room of the Hilton. [Photo by: Robby Gragg].
St. Louis, MO - Residence Inn St. Louis Downtown (Not Rated)
Address: 525 S. Jefferson Avenue Phone: 314-289-7500
Location/ Directions: Take Highway I-70 East (15 min) to I-55 South (I-55 S/Memphis/I-44 W). Get in the right lane and continue on I-44 W (1 min). Take Exit 289 Jefferson Ave. Turn right onto Jefferson Ave. Hotel will be on the left (3 min).
Average Price (Checked Jul 2013): $143.00 AAA Rated: n/a Stars: (n/a)
About Hotel: 8-Floors, 188-Rooms, Interior Corridors,Free Breakfast, Free High-Speed Internet Access, On-site parking (fee), 100% Smoke-free Hotel, Pets Allowed (fee), Coffee/tea in-room, Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Coffee maker/tea service, Crib, Individual climate control, Iron and ironing board, Pull-out sofa bed, Rollaway bed, Hair dryer, Separate tub and shower, Color Cable/satellite TV, Conventional oven, Dishwasher, Microwave oven, Pots, pans, serving dishes, Refrigerator with icemaker, Silverware, Stove, Table and chairs, Toaster, Two-line speakerphone with voice mail, Bar-B-Q and/or picnic area, Exercise Room, Indoor Pool, Whirlpool.
Railroad View: Expect an Excellent View! High floor rooms on the west / south side of hotel (overlooking large hotel parking lot) will offer a clear view of the Metrolink yard & shop, and a distant view of the railroads.
Railroads past Hotel: Metrolink (light rail, yard & shop) / Union Pacific / BNSF Railway / Amtrak. UP / BNSF / Amtrak share tracks in St. Louis. The Metrolink yard & shop is next to hotel, the railroad tracks of UP / BNSF /Amtrak are located behind the Metrolink facility. The South Jefferson Avenue bridge passes over all the rail lines. There is sidewalks and bicycle paths on both sides of the bridge. This area of St. Louis has been cleaned-up quite a bit. As recent as 10+ years ago, I would not recommend walking alone in this area with a camera. That may have changed for the better. Still, I would ask the hotel staff about area safety before wondering too far from the hotel grounds; as with any major city, use caution and don't railfan alone.
Comments: This motel has not been rated by RailfanMotels.comPhoto Comment: The aerial photo shows the Residence Inn outlined with yellow (top left). Across the street from the motel is the Metrolink yard & shop. The actual railroad lines are seen to the right side of the picture. This location is just west of Union Station and Union Pacific's 23rd Street Yard. Binoculars and zoom lens will be needed for good views of the railroad trains (UP/BNSF/Amtrak).
St. Louis, MO - Four Seasons Hotel (Not Rated)
Average Price (Checked Jul 2013): $355.00 AAA Rated: n/a Stars: (n/a)
About Hotel: 19-Floors, 200-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Bathrobes, Hair dryer, Slippers on request, Flat-Screen/LCD screen television, Cable Television, iPod docking station, CD clock radio, CD Player, DVD Player, Wireless Internet access, Multi-line telephone(s) with voicemail, In-room safe suitable for a laptop computer, Refrigerated private bar, Coffee maker, Flashlight(s) on request, Humidifier and air ionizer on request, Iron and ironing board on request, Mini refrigerator on request,
Twice-daily housekeeping service with evening ice delivery, Evening turndown service, 24-hour access to the Business Center, Complimentary newspaper, Pool,
Fitness Facilities, Business Services, Restaurants, Lounge, In Room Dining.
Railroad View: Excellent View! Rooms on either side of the hotel will offer a railroad view. Afternoon hours provide the best lighting for taking photographs of passing trains from the hotel. An rooftop outdoor pool and restaurant also offers a railroad view. Higher floor rooms always help improve the view!
Railroads past Hotel: Union Pacific / TRRA (Terminal Railroad Association of St. Luois - owned jointly by UP-BNSF-NS-CSXT) / Amtrak / Metrolink (Light Rail).
Comments: This motel has not been rated by RailfanMotels.com
Photo Comment: The aerial picture shows the Four Seasons Hotel to the lower left side of the photo (green glass building). The single track railroad is seen near the right side of the photo. This single track is the closest track to the hotel, but is not the only line you will see from the rooms. Across the river, another very active TRRA line runs along the river on the Illinois side. With rooms on the Arch side of the hotel you will be able achieve a distant from of the busy MacArthur Bridge (TRRA ownership, and used move trains across the river).
St. Louis, MO - Holiday Inn - Forest Park - St. Louis (Not Rated)
Address: 5915 Wilson Avenue Phone: (314) 645-0700
Location/ Directions: I-44, Exit # 286, hotel nearthe corner of Hampton Ave. & Wilson Ave.
Average Price (Checked Jan 2014): $76.00 AAA Rated: YES Stars: (n/a)
About Hotel: 7-Stories, 119-Rooms, Interior Corridors,Outdoor Pool, Free Wireless High-Speed Internet, Business Center, Health and Fitness Center (On-site), On-site Guest Self-Laundry Facilities (washer/dryer), Daily Housekeeping, Dedicated Lounge, Ice Machine, Porter/Bellman, Free Morning Newspaper Delivered to Room, Color Cable / Satellite TV, Work Desk w/ Lamp, Speaker Phone with Voicemail, Free Local Phone Calls, Bathtub, Hairdryer, Private Bathroom, Coffee Maker, Microwave, Mini Refrigerator, Connecting Rooms, Crib, Double Glazed Windows, Individually Controlled Air Conditioning, Rollaway Bed (fee), Windows Open by Guest, All rooms non smoking, Pets Allowed (fee).
Railroad View: Good Distant View from high floor rooms on the north side of the hotel. In case anyone has trouble finding the north side of the hotel, its the side that overlooks Interstate 44.
Railroad past Hotel: BNSF Railway / Union Pacific / Amtrak. Hotel is located just north of BNSF's Lindenwood Yard (former Frisco Railway). From the hotel two lines can be seen. BNSF is located on the west side of I-44. About 100 feet further is former Missouri Pacific mainline, now used by Union Pacific and Amtrak. Both of these lines are busy, a good deal of trains should be seen from this hotel.
Comments: Be sure to visit the National Museum of Transportation located a short drive west on I-44. Hardcore railfans will enjoy train-watching at the nearby Kirkwood, MO train station, its a popular local handout for train-watchers.
Picture Comments: Looking south down the Sulphur Avenue extension. Photo is taken next to the Union Pacific line, look hard for the crossing gates of the BNSF Railway just down the street. The Holiday Inn is located up on the hill. Its located next to Exit # 286 of I-44.