Railfan Motels

Motels & Hotels with a railroad view

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Pierre, SD - Capitol Inn & Suites 

Address:      815 E. Wells Ave                Phone:  800-658-3055 

Website: Capitol Inn & Suites

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Average Price (Checked May 2011):   $45.00                  AAA Rated:   n/a       Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 2-Floors, 81-Rooms, Exterior Corridors, Free High Speed Wireless Internet, Free hot Breakfast, 24 Hour Desk Service, TV-27" with 70 Plus Cable Channels, Guest Laundry Facilities, Outside Plug-Ins, Free Boat and Trailer Parking, Refrigerator & Microwave in all rooms, 28 Suites Available with Kitchenette, Living Room & Bedroom, 11 Designated Pet Rooms (NO Extra Charge for Pets!), Outdoor Swimming Pool with BBQ Grill by Pool side. 

Railroad View:  Excellent View!  Any room on the south side of the motel will offer a clear railroad view.  Best Rooms are # 201 to 208, 2nd floor.  The train's run right next to the motel.  Just ask for a room on the railroad side of the building.

Railroads past Hotel: Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad (Canadian Pacific owned).  This is not a busy railroad.  Expect less then 4 train's during a 24-hour period.

Railroad Radio Frequency:  160.395 (DM&E Pierre Radio).

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Pierre, SD - Comfort Inn (SD 024)

Address:    410 W. Sioux Ave.                  Phone: (605) 224-0377

Location/ Directions: I-90 ex. 212, go N. 32 Mi. to US 14 to hotel.

Average Price (Checked May 2011):   $100.00                                 AAA Rated:   n/a       Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 2-Floors, 57-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Free breakfast, Free local calls, Free coffee, Free High-speed Internet access, Indoor heated pool, Pets Allowed, Bike Path, Bus Parking, Cold Weather Hook-up, Exercise Room, Iron & Ironing Board, Outdoor Parking, Cable/Satellite TV, Free Local Calls, Hair Dryer, In-Room Air Conditioning, Coffee Maker, Individual A/C & Heat.

Railroad View: Good View from east side rooms.  Rooms do not face the tracks, but the view is clear.  Ask for a 2nd floor room near the rear of the building, near the railroad. 

Railroads past Hotel:  Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad (Canadian Pacific owned).  This is not a busy railroad.  Expect less then 4 train's during a 24-hour period.

Railroad Radio Frequency:  160.395 (DM&E Pierre Radio).

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Photo Comment:  A photograph from Comfort Inn's parking lot shows the clear view of the railroad.  2nd floor rooms near the rear of the building will provide the best railroad view.
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Pierre, SD - Days Inn Pierre 

Address:   520 West Sioux Ave                  Phone: 605-224-0411

Website: Days Inn Pierre

Location/ Directions: I-90 to exit 212, highway 83 North to Pierre, to Sioux Ave. The hotel is on the left. 

Average Price (Checked May 2011):   $58.39                                 AAA Rated:   n/a       Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 3-Floors, 79-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Free Daybreak Breakfast, Free High Speed Internet, Gym/Fitness Center, Pets Allowed, Truck/Bus Parking,
Cable TV With Over 60 Channels Featuring HBO, CNN & ESPN, Coffee Available In Lobby 24 Hour, Clock/Radio, Hairdryer, Work Desk, Iron/Ironing Board, Microwave, Refrigerator & Recliner, Free Access To YMCA Aquatic Center & Water Slide, Roll-away & Crib Available (Fee), Free RV & Truck Parking On Site, Secure Boat Parking With Electrical Hookups, Ice & Vending Machines On Site, Wake Up Call & Message Alert Service, 24-hr Desk Staff, Free Local Calls.  

Railroad View:  Excellent View!  The rear of the motel provides a clear, excellent view of the railroad.  The South Popular Ave railroad crossing in next to the motel.  Train's blow their horn for the crossing.  During my 15-hour stay, only one train passed (at 11:00pm) .  Light from the motel illuminates the trains well enough to video a passing trains after dark.  Best rooms to view the railroad are #'s 325, 327, 329, 331, 333, 335, 337, 339, 341, 343.  Motel is built into a hill, Room's with # 100's have no railroad view.  Windows do open, protected by a screen.

Railroads past Hotel:  Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad (Canadian Pacific owned). This is not a busy railroad.  Only 1 train passed during my 15-hour stay.  Expect less then 4 trains during a 24-hour period.  

Railroad Radio Frequency:  160.395 (DM&E Pierre Radio)

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Comments:  A Subway sandwich shop is the only fast food within walking distance.  Pierre is flooded with restaurants, all within a short drive of the motel. 

 

 

 

Photo Comment:  Photo from grade crossing:  Looking eastbound on the DM&E mainline, the Days Inn motel can be seen on the right.  The clear view of the railroad is easy to see in this picture taken from the South Popular Avenue grade crossing.  Night Photo:  The one and only train that passed during my stay was this DM&E covered hopper train powered by a pair of SD40-2's.  Photo was captured from a video I shot.  Right photo: A view from room # 333 shows the clear view of the railroad from the motel.  

Reviewed September 2011 - RailfanMotels.com

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Pierre, SD - Governor's Inn 

Address:   700 W. Sioux Ave.                   Phone: 605-224-4200 

Website:  Governor's Inn

Location/ Directions: The Governor's Inn is located in Pierre, South Dakota. 1 block from the Convention Center, the Missouri River and Pierre's 52 miles of walking and biking trails. 8 blocks from South Dakota's State Capital. Also close to downtown and several restaurants.

Average Price (Checked May 2011):   $80.00               AAA Rated:   n/a       Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 2-Floors, 80-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Deluxe Continental Breakfast, Exercise Room, Indoor Pool, Hot Tub, Internet Access - Wireless, Coffeemaker, Refrigerator, Microwave, Cable TV with HBO, Iron/Ironing Board, Voice mail, Business center, guest laundry.

Railroad View:  Excellent View!  Any room on the Northwest or Northeast sides will give you a railroad view.  There is a railroad grade crossing just east of  the motel.  Some tree's behind the motel may foul the view from some rooms.  First floor rooms that face the railroad are room #'s 117-133 odd numbers only.

Railroads past Hotel:  Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad (Canadian Pacific owned).  This is not a busy railroad.  Expect less then 4 train's during a 24-hour period.

Railroad Radio Frequency:  160.395 (DM&E Pierre Radio)

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Pierre, SD - Kings Inn Hotel 

Address:    110 East Sioux Avenue                    Phone:  (605) 224-5951

Website: Kings Inn Hotel

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Average Price (Checked May 2011):   $90.00                                 AAA Rated:   n/a       Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 2-Floors, 100-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Complimentary Deluxe Continental Breakfast, Complimentary Airport Van Service 7am-7:00pm, Largest guest rooms in town, Hair dryers, Coffee makers with courtesy coffee, Irons/ironing board, Voice mail and Free wireless high speed Internet, Refrigerator/microwave in all rooms, Free boat and trailer parking, No Pets Allowed, All of our rooms are non-smoking.

Railroad View:  Excellent View!  Any room on the rear of the motel will have a railroad view.  Tracks are elevated past motel.  Automobiles may block view from first floor rooms.  Motel is next to a grade crossing.

Railroads past Hotel:  Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad (Canadian Pacific owned).  This is not a busy railroad.  Expect less then 4 train's during a 24-hour period.

Railroad Radio Frequency:  160.395 (DM&E Pierre Radio)

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Pierre, SD - Pierre Inn & Suites 

Address:    205 West Pleasant Drive                  Phone: (605) 224-5981

Website: Pierre Inn & Suites

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Average Price (Checked May 2011):   $60.00                                 AAA Rated:   n/a       Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 2-Floors, 70-Rooms, Exterior Corridors, No Smoking Rooms/Facilities‎, Refrigerator‎, Coffee Maker in Room‎, Microwave‎, AM/FM Alarm Clock‎, Telephone‎, Air Conditioned‎, Kitchen‎, Heated Guest Rooms‎, Free Local Telephone Calls‎, Pets Allowed‎, 24 Hour Security‎, High Speed Internet‎, Roll-away Beds‎, Smoke Detectors‎, Family Plan‎, Kitchenette‎, Adjoining Rooms‎, TV Remote Control‎, Television with Cable, Pets Allowed.

Railroad View:  Excellent View!  50% of all the rooms at this motel have an clear, excellent view.  You need a room on the rear of the motel for a railroad view. Room numers 152 to 164 are best for a railroad view.

Railroads past Hotel: Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad (Canadian Pacific owned).  This is not a busy railroad.  Expect less then 4 train's during a 24-hour period.

Railroad Radio Frequency:  160.395 (DM&E Pierre Radio)

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Photo Comment:  A photo taken from South Central Avenue shows the motel to the left, and the DM&E mainline to the right.  The clear view between the motel and the railroad is ideal for train watching.  Only thing, this is not a busy railroad.

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Pierre, SD - Super 8 Hotel Pierre 

Address:   320 W Sioux                   Phone:  605-224-1617

Location/ Directions: Hwy 14 downtown 

Average Price (Checked May 2011):   $46.00                                 AAA Rated:   n/a       Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 3-Floors, 78-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Free Continental Breakfast, Free High Speed Internet, Pets Allowed, Truck/Bus Parking, Expanded Cable TV with HBO, ESPN, Fox News, Disney, Free Local and 800# access Telephone Calls, Guest Laundry, Hairdryers in all rooms, Outside Outlets, Wake Up Calls, 24 Hour Front Desk. 

Railroad View:  Fair View.  Clear view of the railroad for the most part, but no rooms face the tracks.  Some trees may also spoil photo's of trains from west side rooms in this motel.  

Railroads past Hotel:  Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad (Canadian Pacific owned).  This is not a busy railroad.  Expect less then 4 train's during a 24-hour period.

Railroad Radio Frequency:  160.395 (DM&E Pierre Radio)

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Photo Comment:  A photo taken from the Super 8 parking lot shows the hill which supports the railroad.  Trees along the railroad limit the view of passing trains.