Railfan Motels

Motels & Hotels with a railroad view

DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Durham, NC - Durham Marriott City Center   (Not Rated) 

Address:   201 Foster Street           Phone: 919-768-6000

Location/ Directions:  Follow I-40 West to the "Durham Freeway" (hwy 147 North), exit 279-B, for approximately 6 miles. Take the Duke Street exit 12-C. At the 2nd traffic light turn right onto Chapel Hill Street. At the 4th traffic light turn left on Foster Street and the Marriott is immediately on the left.

Average Price (Checked Jul 2012): $179.00         AAA Rated:   n/a          Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 9-Floors, 188-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Pets not allowed, Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Coffee maker, Crib, Individual climate control, Internet browser/Web TV, Iron and ironing board, Mini fridge in some rooms, Bathrobe, Hair dryer, Color Cable/satellite TV, Cordless phone with voice mail, Room service, 6:00 AM-10:30 PM, Restaurant on site, Fitness Center.

Railroad View:  Expect a fair distant view from a high floor on the south side of the building.  South side face the railroad, note the hotel is located a couple blocks from the tracks.  Shorter building across the street from the hotel will completely block a view of the railroad on lower floor rooms.

Railroads past Hotel: Norfolk Southern Railway / Amtrak (NC DOT). 

Notes: The hotel is located near the Durham Amtrak station.

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

Photo Comment:The Marriott Hotel is circled in yellow, the double track railroad is marked in red.  This hotel is NOT an ideal "railfan motel".  We list it for information purposes since this immediate area is light on railfan motels.  Its also a 10-minute walk from the Durham Amtrak train station.  The hotel is a bit too far to recommend it as a convenience to the train station, however, maybe the hotel has a shuttle to help.  A high room floor on the south side (East Chapel Hill Street side) is needed for a chance of a railroad view.

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Durham, NC - Quality Inn    (Not Rated)

Address:    3710 Hillsborough Road              Phone: (919) 382-3388

Location/ Directions: From I-85 take exit 173 (Cole Mill Rd), make right off ramp, at light make right onto Hillsborough Rd. We are 1/4 mile on right beside Cracker Barrel From I-85 S take exit 173 (Cole Mill Rd) make left off of exit ramp, at 2nd light turn right onto Hillsborough Rd, we are 1/4 mile on right beside Cracker Barrel. From RDU airport take I-40 W to Durham Freeway and merge right onto Hwy 147 N, take exit 16A (15-501 North), immediately take exit 108D (Hillsborough Rd), make a left at light, we are 1 mile away on the right beside Cracker Barrel. From Hwy 15-501 and Chapel Hill, take 15-501N to exit 108D (Hillsborough Rd), and make a left at the light, we are one mile down on the right beside Cracker Barrel.

Average Price (Checked Jul 2012):    $70.00            AAA Rated:   n/a          Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 3-Floors, 114-Rooms, Interior & Exterior Corridors, Free continental breakfast, Free high-speed Internet access, Free local calls, Free weekday newspaper, Free coffee, Elevator, Bus & Truck Parking, Business Center, Fitness Center, Free Newspaper Mon-Fri, Guest Laundry, Outdoor Parking, Outdoor Pool, Pet-friendly Hotel (fee), Cable/Satellite TV, Free Local Calls, Hair Dryer, In-Room Coffee Maker, Individual A/C & Heat, Iron & Ironing Board, Microwave, Refrigerator, Wake-Up Service.

Railroad View:  Expect a poor to fair railroad view.  Tree's along much of the railroad prevent a better view.  High Floor rooms on the east side of the motel may be the best choice.

Railroads past Hotel:  Norfolk Southern Railway / Amtrak.


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

Photo Comment: The Quality Inn is seen to the lower right.  The railroad can be seen to the upper left, crossing over Neal Road.  The area of the railroad that you see in this photo is the best area for a view, tree's block the rest of this railroad that is not pictured in this aerial image.  Photo looks westward.

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Durham, NC - Hilton Garden Inn Durham/University Medical Center    (Not Rated) 

Address:    2102 West Main Street           Phone: 919-286-0774

Location/ Directions: I-40 W via EXIT 81 toward Raleigh. Merge onto NC-147 N via EXIT 279B toward Durham/Downtown. Take the Swift Ave exit, EXIT 14, toward US-70-BR/Ninth St/Duke Univ East Campus. Turn right onto Swift Ave. Take the 2nd left onto W Main St/US-70-BR. Continue to follow W Main St.

Average Price (Checked Nov 2014):    $149.00            AAA Rated:   n/a          Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 6-Floors, 128-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Free Parking, No Pets Allowed, No Smoking Hotel, Business Center, Cribs, High chairs, Bar Area, Coin Laundry, Elevators, Lounge, On-Site Convenience Store, Room Service, Fitness Room, Pool, Air Conditioning, Arm Chair with Ottoman, Black-Out Curtains, Clock Radio w/ MP3 Connection, Ergonomic Desk Chair, LCD Flat Panel TV 42 Inch Flat Panel HD, Thermostat (adjustable), Work Desk with Adjustable Lamp, Coffee Maker, Hairdryer, Free High Speed Internet, Iron/Ironing Board, Microwave, Mini Refrigerator, Newspaper M-F (USA Today).

Railroad View:  Excellent View!  Railroad is located across the street.  Any room on the front of the hotel will offer an excellent railroad view.

Railroads past Hotel:  Norfolk Southern Railway / Amtrak.  Amtrak's Durham train station is less than a mile east of this hotel.


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

Photo Comment:   The Google Street view looks west down West Main Street.  The new hotel can be seen to the right, and the single track railroad to the left.  Guests of this Hilton garden Inn have a clear view of the railroad.