Railfan Motels

Motels & Hotels with a railroad view

HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Hagerstown, MD -  Country Inn & Suites

Address:    17612 Valley Mall Road                                         Phone: 301-582-5003

Email:  mailto:Cx_hgtn@countryinns.com

Location/ Directions: I-81, exit # 5A.

Average Price (Checked Jul 2010):   $93.00                                      AAA Rated:    YES      Stars: (***3***)

About Hotel: 4-Story, Interior Corridors, Cable TV with HBO, Coffee and tea maker with coffee (complimentary), Data port, Hair dryer, High-speed, wired and wireless Internet access (complimentary), In-room safe, Iron/ironing board, Large work space with desk, Local phone calls (complimentary), Microwave oven, Radio/alarm clock, Refrigerator, Telephone with voice mail, USA Today weekday newspaper (complimentary), 24-hour coffee, cookies and candy (complimentary), Business Center, Children 18 and under stay free in the same room as an adult, Fitness Center, Heated indoor pool, Hot breakfast buffet (complimentary), In-room hair dryer, iron/ironing board and coffeemaker, On-site parking (complimentary). 

Railroad View:  Excellent view.  All rooms on the 4th floor are smoking rooms.  Most rooms on the 2nd & 3rd floors also have an excellent view.  Rooms in the center of the building on the 2nd & 3rd floors maybe blocked by the canapé over the front door.  Front desk gave us a choice of rooms, the first choice was a good choice, room # 228.  Exterior lighting from nearby mall & other local stores provide enough light to view trains at night.  Window does open, with a screen.

Railroads past Hotel:  Norfolk Southern. Train frequency is very low.  Front desk clerk said only about 2 trains pass in daylight, sometimes they stop in front of the motel to grab a bite at Burger King located across from the motel. 

Notes:  I stayed here on a Memorial Day holiday.  No trains passed the motel during my 16 hour stay. 

Comments:  Very nice motel, Excellent staff & breakfast!  Within walking distance of the motel is Burger King, Golden Corral, Chucky Cheese, Popeye’s, and a large shopping mall.

Picture Comments:  This view looks at the single track line from room # 228.  Trains run along the tree line.  The view was excellent, but no trains passed the motel during my 16-hour Memorial Day holiday stay.  Motel clerk said only about 2 trains a day pass the motel.  I expected this line to be a bit busier than that.  Anybody with correct info on train frequency, please drop me a note at fieldscout@railfanmotels.com .