Railfan Motels

Motels & Hotels with a railroad view

SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Scranton, PA -  Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel  

Address:    700 Lackawanna Avenue                                      Phone: (570) 342-8300  

Email: mailto:[email protected]

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Average Price (Checked Aug 2010):   $128.00+                       AAA Rated:   YES       Stars: ***3***

About Hotel: 6-Stories, Interior Corridors, Fitness Center, 24-hour Business Center, Ice and soda machines on each guest floor, Wake Up Service, Parking (fee), Coffee maker with coffee and tea (complimentary), Data port telephone with local and long distance access, Comfortable desk and chair, Full complement of cable TV with pay-per-view movies, Hair dryer, High-speed, wireless Internet access (complimentary), Iron/ironing board, Radio/alarm clock, Radisson's famous Sleep Number® bed, Voicemail, Weekday newspaper, Located in our Grand Lobby, Carmen's Restaurant & Wine Bar.

Railroad View:  Very Good.  Would be an excellent view if the windows were cleaned inside & out.  Any room on the rear of the building will have a railroad view.  Rooms on the sides of the building maybe ok as well.

Railroads past Hotel:  Delaware-Lackawanna RR / Steamtown tourist trains.  Beside the scheduled tourist trains, only a small number of D-L freights pass the hotel daily. 

Notes:  We do not recommend this hotel; we list it only because it does have a railroad view.  Our experiences with this property go back to when this was first turned into a hotel in the early 1980's - "Hilton at Lackawanna Station".  Though Hilton did a better job than the Radisson, even then it was below par.  The design that was used to turn this former train station into a hotel was its biggest flaw.  They kept the majestic feel of the station by keeping the high ceiling in the lobby, and I mean high, from the lobby you can look straight to the roof 6-stories above.  The hotel rooms are located on the 2nd-6th floors. The interior corridors on each floor overlook the lobby & the Lobby Restaurant.  This is a problem, every piece of silverware that drops, every dish that clangs, and any music is heard right in every room through the paper thin walls.  Add a couple of echoes to every decibel, and you will be wishing you had a noisy exhaust fan to muffle the sound.  With the down-graded condition of the hotel, you may just have the noisy exhaust fan or A/C.  These noises continue on ALL NIGHT.  If there is a loud guest(s), you will hear them also.  The hotel allows smoking in the lobby; the cigarette smell travels throughout the hotel as well as a cheap fragrance to hamper the smell.  The two odors just don't fit well together.  Window sills are extremely dusty, and windows need a major cleaning inside & out.  Photos of trains from the windows are very poor due to the dirty windows.  Many other areas of the hotel could use a make-over.  The hotel tacks on a $5.00 "parking fee" for a "FREE" parking lot.  Good luck trying to get your $5.00 back even if there is no parking spot to park in… the lot fills up fast, used by non-hotel people.  It maybe the best deal in town, unless you’re a hotel guest!  Rooms are very small, and really need to be reinvented!  Never mine refreshed.  The price at this hotel is high compared to other hotels in the area.  During major local events, the price may easily double. 

Comments:  The only positive thing I can say is the hotel is about a 10-15 minute walk to Steamtown.

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