East Peoria, IL - Super 8 Peoria East
Address: 725 Taylor St Phone: 309-698-8889
Location/ Directions: I-74, exit 95B, Camp St. Turn right onto Washington St. then right on Taylor St.
Average Price (Checked May 2011): $50.14 AAA Rated: YES Stars: **2**
About Hotel: 3-Floors, 64-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Business Center, Free Continental Breakfast, Free High Speed Internet, Pets Allowed, Truck/Bus Parking, Free local telephone calls, Guest Laundry, Pets With Permission Smoking Rooms Only, AM/FM Alarm Clock Radio, Coffee makers, Iron & Ironing Boards in some rooms, Hair Dryer, Microwaves, Refrigerator, 24 Inch TV with Expanded Cable / Free HBO.
Railroad View: Excellent View. Get a room on the rear of the motel, 3rd floor is needed for a railroad view. 1st & 2nd floor rooms will be blocked by the building behind the motel. Nightime; it will be simple to see passing trains, but video and capturing locomotive numbers in the dark maybe difficult. Windows open all the way, protected by a screen. NOTE: All 3rd floor rooms are smoking rooms - and they do smell.
Railroads past Hotel: Toledo Peoria & Western. The TP&W East Peoria Yard is just east of this motel, this is TP&W's main yard. The west end of the yard can be seen from the motel using binoculars, or a strong zoom lens. Not too far off to the west is the P&PU Creve Coeur Yard, the main yard of the P&PU.
Notes: Food; It's a short drive to Hardee's and Subway, other food places are a bit further. The motel offers free breakfast.
Photo Comment: Aerial Photo: The southward facing photo shows the Super 8 motel circled in yellow. Across Farm Creek is the railroad. Rooms on 3rd floor on the rear of the motel provide a clear view of the railroad.
Pictures from room # 313 - During my 16-1/2 hour stay, not one train past the motel. The visit was a Saturday night to Sunday morning; maybe weekends aren't good for rail activity? My third floor room was a smoking room, as are all the rooms on the third floor. Both of these photos show the clear view of the railroad. At night it will be too dark to video or capture locomotive numbers off passing trains.
East Peoria, IL - Motel 6 Peoria - East #80 (Not Rated)
Address: 104 West Camp Street Phone: (309) 699-7281
Location/ Directions: Located 2.7 miles southeast of downtown Peoria and 0.5 miles northwest of downtown East Peoria. Traveling on I-74: Exit at SR 116, exit #95-A and turn right at the first light. The Motel 6 is visible.
Average Price (Checked May 2011): $37.99 AAA Rated: NO Stars: (n/a)
About Hotel: 2-Floors, 78-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Free Local Calls, Free Morning Coffee, Free Expanded Cable, Kids Stay Free, Pet Allowed, Restaurant Nearby,
Wireless Internet (WiFi) (fee).
Railroad View: Excellent View. Any room on the front of the motel facing the main parking lot (parking lot by the lobby) will offer a railroad view.
Railroads past Hotel: Toledo Peoria & Western. Just southwest of the motel is the P&PU Creve Coeur Yard, the main yard of the P&PU Railway.
Comments: This motel has not been rated by RailfanMotels.comPhoto Comment: The Motel 6 is the "T" shaped building to the top right of the photo (brown roof). The railroad is just across West Camp Street. The single track railroad crosses "Farm Creek" in front of the motel.