Bismarck, ND - Radisson Hotel Bismarck
Address: 605 East Broadway Avenue Phone: 701-255-6000
Average Price (Checked Oct 2013): $119.00 AAA Rated: n/a Stars: n/a
About Hotel: 9-Floors, 215-Rooms, Interior Corridors,High-speed Internet, Pool, Fitness Center, Airport Shuttle, Suites, Pets Allowed (fee), 100% non-smoking facility, Cable TV with HBO, Hair dryer, High-speed Internet access (complimentary), In-room coffee, Iron/ironing board, Voicemail, Work desk.
Railroad View: Excellent View. Any room on the rear of the hotel on the 5th to 9th floors will offer a excellent railroad view. Only ODD number rooms overlook the railroad. Windows do not open. At night; lights from McDonald's parking lot illuminates the passing trains very well, enough so to capture them on video at night. Once McD's closes for the night, all light go out as well making overnight train watching difficult. Trains blow their horn through town (for now), which makes it easy to hear an approaching train. Bismark is working on making the city a quiet zone.
Railroads past Hotel: BNSF Railway. Expect 15-20 trains during a 24-hour period. Most trains are either coal or oil trains. A local freight maybe seen late morning. I recorded 10-trains during my 16-hour stay.
Notes: Food options; The hotel restaurant is wonderful, I had a good, filling meal! Other options include McDonald's across the street, and Pizza Hut a block to the east. Other food options are a short drive away.
Comments: I found the hotel to be kept to excellent, and current standards. Everything in the room was clean and new. Gave me the feeling that I was the first guest to use the room!
Photo Comments: Floor Plan will help you make sure you will get the perfect room to watch trains. Rooms on the 5th to 9th floor and end with an odd number will give you a railroad view. Higher floors will be best.
Taken with a 55mm zoom lens, a westbound empty coal train is seen passing the McDonald's parking lot. This area is the best spot to get a clear view of the passing trains. At night, parking lot lights keep the area well lit making evening train watching excellent. Photo was taken around 9am.
A view looking south from room # 827 shows the late afternoon sun ready to set on this westbound train. Coal and oil trains make up the majority of rail traffic on this line. The new McDonald's is seen in this photo. A grain mill just out of the photo to the left is in use, and is a stop for the local freight that passes here in the late morning. The bottom of this photo includes the roof of the pool area. This shorter part of the building blocks the railroad view from 3rd & 4th floors.
RailfanMotels.com - Reviewed Sept. 2013