Railfan Motels

Motels & Hotels with a railroad view

ATLANTA, GEORGIA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Atlanta, GA -  JW Marriott Hotel Buckhead Atlanta 

Address:    3300 Lenox Road                                 Phone: 404-262-3344   

Location/ Directions: Take I85 N to GA 400 N. Take exit 2 (Lenox Road). Turn right onto Lenox Rd. Go 3 traffic lights to entrance of Lenox Square Mall. Turn right into Mall and immediate left on access road. Follow signs to hotel. Hotel on right. Also, MARTA Lenox Station (Gold Line) is located outside main entrance - a direct link to Hartsfield (ATL) Airport.

Average Price (Checked Jul 2010):   $329.00                                      AAA Rated:    YES      Stars: ****4****

About Hotel: 25-Story, 367-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Deluxe hotel room amenities include plush bathrobes, in-room safe, mini bar, and bottled water, Air-conditioned, Windows are soundproof, Newspaper delivered to room on request, 1 Rollaway bed permitted, 1 Crib permitted, Marble bathroom, Shower/Tub combination, Hair dryer, Chair, oversized with ottoman, Alarm Clock, In room safe, Desk, writing / work, with ergonomic chair, and electrical outlet, Iron and ironing board, 24-Hour room service, Coffee maker / tea service, Mini-bar, 3 Phone's with voicemail and speaker phone, High speed internet (fee), 27-in TV with Cable channels CNN, ESPN, and HBO, Radio, iPod dock, Pets not allowed, Full-service business center, Restaurants: Lenox Grill (American), Lobby Bar (American), Coffee Corner (sandwiches), Fee for parking in indoor garage.  Hotel is connected to the Lenox Square Shopping Mall (largest mall in the southeast).

Railroad View:  Excellent, Request city view and upper floors for the best views of the railroads.  (Don't worry; you don't have to go too high for a nice view)

Railroads past Hotel:  Norfolk Southern / Amtrak (# 19 + # 20) / MARTA light rail (both Northeast "Gold" & North "Red" Lines).

Notes:  NS runs about 20 trains during a 24-hour period, Amtrak 2, and MARTA runs minutes apart.  The hotels pool, sauna, and steam room are also nicely planned out.  For those whom fly into Atlanta and take MARTA to the hotel, Hertz has a rental car desk in the hotel, cars are on site.

Comments:  First Class Hotel, very pricey, try for discounts.  Rate shown here is the regular price. 

Picture Comments: Left: picture of NS northbound train taken with a 55mm lens, middle photo taken with a 70-300mm zoom lens.  Video is fine, but you will not hear the trains.  I was in room # 2016 on the 20th floor



ATLANTA, GEORGIA ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Atlanta, GA -  Omni Hotel at CNN Center            (Not Rated)

Address:    100 CNN Center                 Phone:  (404) 659-0000

Location/ Directions: Follow I-75/85 S into downtown Atlanta. Take exit 249-C (Williams Street) and continue straight at exit. Go to the 5th traffic light and turn right onto Andrew Young International Boulevard. Turn left onto Centennial Olympic Park Drive and go 3 blocks to Marietta Street and turn right. The Hotel Motor Lobby will be on your left.

Average Price (Checked Jan 2014):     $129.00    AAA Rated:     YES    Stars: ****4****

About Hotel: 1,070-Rooms, Interior Corridors,100% non-smoking luxury hotel, Plush bathrobes, Marble floors and Chinese granite countertops in all baths, Coffeemaker, Iron and full-sized ironing board, Complimentary newspaper (Mon - Fri), Hair dryer, Cribs available upon request, High-speed wired and wireless Internet access, Dual-line telephones, Voice mail, CD/radio alarm clocks, Cable TV, Individual climate control, Restaurant (on-site), Complimentary full-service health club, Outdoor heated pool, Tanning deck, Spa, CNN Studio Tour located within hotel complex, Running and walking trails at Centennial Olympic Park, Salon, Business center (open 24 hours), Coffee shop, Concierge, Cyber Café automated 24 hours, Pets under 25 lbs. allowed (fee), Parking (fee). 

Railroad View: Excellent View!  You will need a room on the north side of the North Tower of the Hotel to have a railroad view.  CSX Trains enter/exit a tunnel and run underneath the hotel & CNN Center.   Medium to high floor rooms should be best for a view.  High floor rooms will offer a view of the Norfolk Southern.  See photo comments below for explanation

Railroads past Hotel: CSX Transportation / Norfolk Southern Railway (in the distance).


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

Photo Comment: (See below photo)  The Omni Hotel (North Tower) is the tall building in the lower left side of the aerial photo.  You need the north side of the North Tower to view trains.  Mid-High to High floor room should help improve the view.  CSX Trains enter/exit a tunnel as they pretty much run right under the hotel and CNN Center.  The large building in the photo is the Georgia World Congress Center, Norfolk Southern another CSX track run on the west side of the building.  All tracks merge just north of the hotel (just out of view to the right at Simpson Street).  A Norfolk Southern grain train can be seen on the NS line.  Binoculars / zoom lens may help with viewing / photography of Norfolk Southern trains.  This aerial photo faces westward.


ATLANTA, GEORGIA ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Atlanta, GA -  Embassy Suites Atlanta - At Centennial Olympic Park           (Not Rated)

Address:    267 Marietta St                Phone: (404) 223-2300 

Location/ Directions: Take I-75/I-85 South to Exit 249C-Williams Street. Follow Williams to Baker Street and turn right. Go through four stop lights and turn left onto Marietta Street. The Embassy Suites Centennial Park is at 267 Marietta Street.

Average Price (Checked Jan 2014): $189.00         

About Hotel: 8-Floors, 321-Rooms, Interior Corridors, 100% Non-Smoking hotel, Self parking is not available, Valet Parking Only (fee), No Pets allowed, Business Center, Cribs, Baggage Storage, Bar Area, Free Breakfast, Car Rental Desk, Coin Laundry, Concierge Desk, Elevators, Room Service, Fitness Room, Pool, Air Conditioning, Black-Out Curtains, Clock Radio w/ MP3 Connection, Sofa Bed, 32" HD-Cable TV, Hairdryer, High Speed Internet Access, In-Suite Coffee/Welcome Caddy, Iron/Ironing Board, Microwave, Mini Refrigerator, Newspaper (M-F), Two Lines Speakerphones with Voice Mail, Ruth's Chris Restaurant (on site).

Railroad View:  Currently (Jan 2014) a good view is offered of the CSX line.  Higher floors are best.  A new College Football Hall of Fame is currently under construction between the hotel and the railroad.  Once this new building is in place the railroad view may disappear. 

Railroads past Hotel: CSX Transportation


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

Photo Comment:  (See photo above)  The Embassy Suites is located in the lower part of this westward facing photo.  The trees between the hotel and railroad are gone which increases the railroad view, however the outdoor parking area seen in the photo is now a construction site for the future College Football Hall of Fame.  Once built the railroad view will likely be gone.  The Omni and Hilton Garden Inn will be better choices for railroad views.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Atlanta, GA -  Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Downtown      (Not Rated)

Address:    275 Baker Street Northwest               Phone:  (404) 577-2001

Location/ Directions: Take I-75/I-85 South to exit 249C-Williams Street. Turn right at Baker St. The Hilton Garden Inn is on right.

Average Price (Checked Jan 2014): $116.00            AAA Rated: YES            Stars: n/a

About Hotel: 13-Floors, 242-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Business Center, 100% Non-Smoking hotel, Self parking (fee, garage), Valet parking (fee), No Pets allowed, Cribs, 24 hr Pavilion Pantry Market, Baggage Storage, Bar Area, Coin Laundry, Concierge Desk, Elevators, Lounge, On-Site Convenience Store, Room Service, Fitness Room, Indoor & Outdoor Pools, Large work desk, 1 dual line telephone with data port and voicemail, Flat panel television, High-Speed Internet access, Refrigerator, Microwave, Coffee Maker, Iron and Ironing Board, Air Conditioning, Clock Radio w/ MP3 Connection, Thermostat (adjustable), Hairdryer, Newspaper M-F (USA Today).

Railroad View:  Good View.  Rooms on the west or North sides of the building will be best for a railroad view.  South side rooms may loose the railroad view in 2014 due to a new College Football Hall of Fame which is under construction across the street. Ask for a high floor room.  Any room on the west or north side 4th floor or higher should be fine. This hotel is #2 in this immediate area for views of the railroad, behind the Omni Hotel which has the best view for trains.

Railroads past Hotel: CSX Transportation / Norfolk Southern Railway. 


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

Photo Comment:  This view from the 6th or 7th floor looks north.  The rear end of a empty coal train can be seen passing under the Ivan Allen Jr Blvd. overpass.  A BNSF locomotive operating as a DPU (distributed power unit) shoves on the rear.  Both CSX and Norfolk Southern trains pass under this bridge.  A zoom lens may achieve a better photos of passing trains, although there are several obstructions such as poles which limit clean shots.  For an aerial view of the area, see the photo mid-page (above the Embassy Suites listing) which may help you better understand the track layout within view from this hotel.