Nashville, TN - Union Station Hotel, Marriott Autograph Collection
Address: 1001 Broadway Phone: 615-726-1001
Location/ Directions: Take Interstate 40 into downtown Nashville. Get off at the Broadway exit. Turn east onto Broadway. The hotel is located at the second traffic light, on the right-hand side of the street.
Average Price (Checked Apr 2012): $209+ AAA Rated: YES Stars: ***3***
About Hotel: 7-Stories, 113-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Elegant atrium lobby, Covered outdoor Veranda (good place to watch trains), Smoke Free, High-speed wireless Internet access in all guest rooms, High-definition flat screen televisions, Ergonomic Herman Miller Aeron work chair, Cordless, dual-line telephone, Voicemail and data port, Coffeemaker with coffee, Complimentary weekday newspaper, Concierge service, Full-service business center, Room service, Valet and dry cleaning service, Valet and Self Parking available (fee), the hotel restaurant - "Prime 108" creates a dining experience as unique as the elegant surroundings.
Railroad View: Excellent. Trains can be seen well from 3 of the 4 sides of the building. Higher floors would be best, railroad side would be preferred. Trains pass often. CSX's Kayne Avenue tower is located along the hotels parking lot which was once the "Train Shed" (platform & station track area). It doesn't take too much imagination to see how the platforms were laid out since the platform concrete is still visible, platform track areas were filled in with new concrete creating a parking lot. Many trains stop at Kayne Avenue tower to change crews. Local trains usually use EMD end cab switchers (SW-1500's), some of which are tied up outside hotel in between assignments.
Railroads past Hotel: CSX
Notes: The hotel is beautiful, guest rooms have 18' high ceilings creating a unique experience. Trains pass by slowly, they are quiet enough not wake you even though the closest track is only about 25 feet from the building. Photos from the hotel window are excellent. You can improve on photos (and video) by watching trains from the outdoor covered Veranda. It gets you up close to the action, also provides a view down the track in both directions. This is the ideal hotel to stay at if in the Nashville area.
Photo Comments: Left: A CSX road freight passes Kayne Ave Tower, picture taken from the hotels Veranda. Middle: Photo taken from my hotel room window. Right: Hotel lobby.
Nashville, TN - Clarion Hotel Downtown Nashville - Stadium (Not Rated)
Address: 211 North First Street Phone: 615-254-1551
Location/ Directions: I-24, exit 47 (Jefferson Street) at first traffic light take a left. Hotel is one block on the left.
Average Price (Checked Jan 2014): $80.00 AAA Rated: N/A Stars: (n/a)
About Hotel: 8-Stories, 180-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Business Center, Free high-speed wireless internet, Free daily newspaper, Free breakfast and coffee, Guest laundry services, Bus Parking, Lounge/Bar, Elevator, Fitness Center, Indoor Heated Pool, No Pets Allowed, Outdoor Parking, 100% Smoke Free Hotel, Sundry Shop, Hair Dryer.
Railroad View: Expect a Very Good view from the south and west sides of building. East side of building may give you a view, but you'll stretch your neck to get it. High floors are best to be above local businesses, though tracks are somewhat elevated, there should be a view from all floors.
Railroads past Hotel: CSX
Notes: For those who don't want to spurge on the Union Station Hotel, this motel is located just off I-24 in the center of Nashville. Many of the same trains that pass Union Station also pass this Days Inn.
Comments: Hotel not yet rated by RailfanMotels.com.
Photo Comments: This aerial view looks eastward. Clarion is the light colored building to the left of the picture. Double track line becomes single track just west of here. I'm not sure of the train frequency on this line, though I can say it's one of the busier lines in Nashville.
Nashville, TN - Red Roof Inn - Nashville South (Not Rated)
Address: 4271 Sidco Drive Phone: (615) 832-0093
Location/ Directions: Traveling on I-65 south- Exit at harding pl, exit 78-a. Turn left onto sidco dr, which is 1 block east of the exit ramp.
Average Price (Checked Mar 2012): $53.00 AAA Rated: n/a Stars: (n/a)
About Hotel: 3-Floors, 85-Rooms, Exterior Corridors, Free Wireless Internet (WiFi), Pets Stay Free, Free Parking, Free Truck Parking, Elevator, Mini-Refrigerators,
Microwaves, Free Newspaper, Kids Under 17 Stay Free, Free Local Calls, Free Expanded Cable, Complimentary Coffee, Alarm/Clock Radio, Portable Cribs.
Railroad View: Excellent View. You need a room on the front of the motel to have a railroad view. 2nd & 3rd floor rooms may give you a view of the south end of CSX's Radnor Yard.
Railroads past Hotel: CSX Transportation. (Busy Line's), CSX Radnor Yard is within viewing distance from the motel, bring your zoom lens & binoculars!
Comments: This motel has not been rated by RailfanMotels.comPhoto Comment: The Red Roof Inn is the building with the _____ roof! Fill in the blank! Railroad wise, looks are deceiving. In the photo you see two seperate rail line (single track closest to the motel, then a double track main). Just out of the picture is the south end of the large CSX Radnor Yard, a busy hump yard in Nashville. Binoculars or a zoom lens would be best to take in all the action.