Railfan Motels

Motels & Hotels with a railroad view

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Pittsburgh, PA - Springhill Suites Pittsburgh North Shore

Address:   223 Federal Street                 Phone: 412-323-9005

Location/ Directions:  Merge onto PA-60 S toward PGH. Merge onto US-22E/US-30E which becomes I-279N to PGH. Take Ft. Duquesne Blvd. Exit 6C-toward the Convention Center. Take the Ft. Duquesne Blvd ramp. Make a slight left onto Ft Duquesne Blvd. Turn left onto the 6th Street bridge. This will become Federal St. **Game Day Detour: Cross 7th St bridge left on Lacock St to left on Federal St.

Average Price (Checked Mar 2011):   $219.00                               AAA Rated:  N/A        Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 10-Floors, 198-Rooms, Interior Corridors, High-Speed Internet, Pets not allowed, On-site parking (fee), Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Coffee maker/tea service, Crib, Individual climate control, Iron and ironing board, Mini fridge, Hair dryer, Color Cable/satellite TV with HBO/CNN/ESPN, Wet bar, Microwave oven, Silverware, Speakerphone with voice mail, Coffee/tea in-room, Complimentary local calls time limit, Continental breakfast, Full-service business center, Room service, Restaurant on-site (open for lunch & dinner), Exercise room, Indoor Pool, Whirlpool.

Railroad View:  Excellent view from high floors.  Hotel is located between PNC Park (baseball field), and I-279.  The railroad is located on the other side of I-279 which is an elevated roadway.  A room on the parking lot side (front of hotel) will offer the best view of the railroad, though rooms on the rear of the hotel will also have a railroad view.  Ask for a high floor room on the I-279 end of the building.  

Railroads past Hotel:  Norfolk Southern / Amtrak.

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

Photo Comment:  The SpringHill Suites in the building in the center of the photo.  The 4-track railroad can be see to the left side of this picture.  PNC Park is home of the Pittsburgh Steelers.  This aerial picture was shot during a major track outage, a construction crew is seen working on the roadbed near the Federal Street underpass.

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Pittsburgh, PA - Residence Inn by Marriott North Shore

Address:   574 West General Robinson Street                 Phone: 412-321-2099

Location/ Directions:  PA Turnpike; East /1-79 ; merge onto US-22 E/US-30 E; US-22 E/US-30 E becomes I-279 N; take Fort Duquesne Blvd exit 70B,toward convention center/strip district; take the Fort Duquesne Blvd ramp: stay straight to go onto Fort Duquesne Blvd; turn left onto 6th Street Bridge/Roberto Clemente Bridge; 6th St Bridge/Roberto Clemente bridge becomes Federal St.; turn left onto West General Robinson St.; hotel on right.

Average Price (Checked Mar 2011):   $229.00                               AAA Rated:  N/A        Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: BRAND NEW.  10-Floors, 180-Rooms, Interior Corridors, High-Speed Internet, On-site parking (fee), Pets allowed (fee), Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Coffee maker/tea service, Crib, Individual climate control, Iron and ironing board, Hair dryer, Color Cable/satellite TV with HBO/CNN/ESPN, Dishwasher, Microwave oven, Pots, pans, serving dishes, Refrigerator with icemaker, Silverware, Stove, Table and chairs, Toaster, Cordless phone with voice mail, Buffet breakfast, Coffee/tea in-room, Evening reception, Exercise Room, Stationary Lap Pool.

Railroad View:  Good View.  Get a high floor room on the I-279 side of the building to see the railroad.

Railroads past Hotel:  Norfolk Southern.

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

Photo Comment:  (N/A)

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Pittsburgh, PA - Sheraton Station Square Hotel

Address:  300 West Station Square Drive                  Phone: (412) 261-2000

Location/ Directions:  Take Interstate 79 South to I-279 South to Fort Pitt Bridge. Stay in the far right lane and exit 69C (just before the tunnel). This will put you on Carson Street. (Route 837).  Turn right at the first light and follow the access road to the hotel.

Average Price (Checked Mar 2011):   $190.00                               AAA Rated:  N/A        Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: -Floors, 399-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Cable Television, Cribs (Upon Request), Roll-away Beds, Hairdryer, Dual-Line Speakerphone with Voice-mail, Refrigerator, Coffee and Tea Maker, Room Service, Connecting Rooms Available, Suites Available, 100% Non-Smoking Guestrooms, River/City View Room, Pets Allowed, Wake-up Service, Individual Climate Control, Iron/Ironing Board, Free Newspaper on Weekdays, Air-Conditioned, Wireless High Speed Internet Access in All Guest Rooms, Sauna, Fitness Facility, Sun Deck, Indoor Pool, Indoor Whirlpool, Gift/Sundry Shop, Self Parking Facility with In and Out Privileges, Airport Transportation (fee), 24-Hour Front Desk, Shopping Adjacent to Hotel, Vending Machine, Bellstand/Porters, Laundry/Valet Service, 100% Non-Smoking Rooms and Facilities, Ice Machine, Doorman, Restaurant & Lounge (on-site).

Railroad View:  Excellent View.  Any "River View" room will also be a track-side room!

Railroads past Hotel:  CSX. (former P&LE RR).

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

Photo Comment:  Left photo was shot from a room further back in the building.  Many rooms are located track-side, those would be the preferred rooms.  Aerial photo shows how close the railroad really is the the hotel.  The Monongahela River is no the north side of the hotel.  Of all the hotel's in the Pittsburgh area with a railfan view, this hotel is the closest to the tracks, and provides the very best view!

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Pittsburgh, PA - Hampton Inn & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown

Address:   1247 Smallman Street                 Phone: 412-288-4350

Location/ Directions:  From 376 West/76 West/Monroeville - Take I-376 West/22 West through Squirrel Hill Tunnels. Take the Grant Street Exit - Exit 71B- on the left. Turn slight right onto Grant St. Grant St becomes Liberty Avenue. Turn left onto 11th St. Turn right onto Smallman Street. Hotel is on the left.

Average Price (Checked Mar 2011):   $186.15                               AAA Rated:  N/A        Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: BRAND NEW. 8-Floors, 143-Rooms, Interior Corridors, No Pets Allowed, Self Parking, Easy to Set Alarm Clock Radio, TV - 26 Inch HD, Coffee Maker,  Complimentary Hot Breakfast, Hairdryer, High Speed Internet-No Charge, Iron/Ironing Board, Lap Desk, Complimentary Beverage Area, Complimentary Breakfast Area, Coin Laundry, Elevators, Gift Shop, Room Service, Business Center, Fitness Room, Pool, Cribs, High chairs. 

Railroad View:  Excellent View.  Any room on the north, or better "West" side room will give you a railroad view.  The Capitol is the only Amtrak train that operates west of Pittsburgh.  The section of railroad that is viewed this this motel is just west of Pittsburgh Amtrak station.

Railroads past Hotel:  Norfolk Southern / Amtrak.

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

Photo Comment:  Located within walking distance to Pittsburgh Amtrak station, the Hampton Inn motel is circled in yellow.  The railroad is located across the large parking lot, as you can watch train coming onto, and off the bridge that crosses the Alleghney River.

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Pittsburgh, PA - Springhill Suites Pittsburgh Bakery Square Hotel

Address:  134 Bakery Square Blvd.                  Phone: 412-362-8600

Location/ Directions:  Take 376 East toward Pittsburgh- 19 miles / Take Exit 72A FORBES AVE/OAKLAND / Merge onto Forbes Ave, stay for 1.7 miles / Turn left on Morewood / Turn Right on 5th, stay on for 1.7miles / Turn Left on Penn Avenue / Destination on Left.

Average Price (Checked Sep 2011):   $159.00                               AAA Rated:  N/A        Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: BRAND NEW.  6-Floors, 110-Rooms, Interior Corridors, High-Speed Internet, Complimentary on-site parking, Pets not allowed, Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Crib, Individual climate control, Iron and ironing board, Mini fridge, Roll-away bed, Hair dryer, Color Cable/satellite TV with HBO/ESPN/CNN, Microwave oven,
Speakerphone with voice mail, Hair dryer, Coffee/tea in-room, Buffet Continental breakfast, Swimming Pool, Urban Active Pool, Room service.

Railroad View:  Fair distant view.  Best view will be from the 5th & 6th floors on the north side (rear) of the building.  West end of building is slightly better.  4th floor is ok as well (higher the better).  A bus yard and bus maintenance complex located between the hotel and the railroad blocks much of the railroad view from the  hotel.  Binoculars / zoom lens are best for viewing / photographing passing trains.  At night its almost impossible to see passing trains.  Trains are too far from the hotel for you to hear them, windows do not open.  A eye out the window is needed to catch passing trains.  At night you are unable to see passing trains due to low light in the area of the railroad.  Odd number rooms face the railroad tracks.

Railroads past Hotel:  Norfolk Southern / Amtrak (Amtrak Pennsylvanian passes twice daily)  Located on the Pittsburgh Line near CP-HOME. Expect around 30-trains during a 24-hour period.  No high-cars were noted on trains past motel.

Railroad Radio Frequency:  160.800 

 

Photo Comments:  Left Photo:  An eastbound Norfolk Southern intermodaltrain is photographed using a 300mm zoom lens.  This is the best shot I could achieve from the 4th floor room # 423.  I was on the east end of the building, west end rooms will give you a much better view of the railroad.  Right Photo:  Cars of a merchandise freight are seen in the distance (circled in yellow).  The is a straight view from the motel window.  Binoculars or a zoom lens are needed to get a better view.  Behind the motel is the city bus yard & garage.  If your a bus fan, the Pittsburgh bus system is different, no two buses are painted the same, and you will see everyone of them from your room window!  This motel is better suited for bus viewing, than train viewing.  As far as railfan motels go, this was a disappointment.

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Pittsburgh, PA - Springhill Suites Pittsburgh Southside Works  (Not Rated) 

Address:    2950 South Water Street                Phone:  412-488-8003

Location/ Directions:   I-376 East/US-22E/US-30 East via Exit 6A. Take the Forbes AVE exit, Exit 2A, toward Oakland. Turn slight right onto Forbes Ave. Turn right onto McDevitt PL. Turn left onto Boulevard of the Allies/PA-885. Turn Left onto 2nd Ave/PA-885. Turn right onto Hot Metal St. Turn left onto South Water St. Hotel is on the right.

Average Price (Checked Mar 2013):   $179.00                               AAA Rated:  N/A        Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: BRAND NEW.  6-Floors, 115-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Free high-speed Internet, Free breakfast, Fitness center, Business center, Kitchen/kitchenette, Smoke-free Hotel, Pets not allowed, Parking (fee), Coffee/tea in-room, On-site fitness center, Indoor Pool, Whirlpool, Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Coffee maker/tea service, Crib, Individual climate control, Iron and ironing board, Mini fridge, Pull-out sofa bed, Hair dryer, Color Cable/satellite TV, Microwave oven, Silverware, Speakerphone with voice mail.

Railroad View:  Good to Excellent View.  You need a room overlooking the parking lot (east side) or a south side room for a railroad view.  Trains are below grade and enter a tunnel located right behind the hotel.  Trains blow their horn entering the tunnel which many guests have mention on internet reviews.    

Railroads past Hotel:  CSX Transportation.

Notes:    

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

Photo Comments: The aerial image shows SpringHill Suites, the railroad can be seen to the left side of the building.  Rooms overlooking the parking lot will likely be the best rooms to watch passing trains.  A tunnel portal is next to the motel.