Railfan Motels

Motels & Hotels with a railroad view

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Oklahoma City, OK - Courtyard Oklahoma City Downtown 

Address:    2 West Reno Avenue                             Phone: 405-232-2290  

Location/ Directions: Interstate 40 East to Exit 150B (Harvey Ave.) Exit right on Harvey and go 2 blocks to Reno. Turn right on Reno and go two blocks. The hotel is located just past the Ford Center Arena on the right side.

Average Price (Checked Jul 2010):   $150.00                                      AAA Rated:    YES      Stars: ***3***

About Hotel: 8-Stories, 225-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Downtown Oklahoma City adjacent to the Cox Convention Center and Ford Center, walking distance from the Bricktown Entertainment District only ten minutes from Will Rogers World Airport. At the crossroads of all major interstates. Free High-speed Internet, Business center, Pool, Room Service, Fitness center, Restaurant on-site, Pets Welcome (fee), On-site parking (fee), Complimentary weekday newspaper delivered to your door, Large, well-lit work area, hair dryer, iron and safe, Voice mail, Premium cable channels, Smoke Free Hotel, Coffee/tea in-room, Laundry on-site, Gift/newsstand, Vending machines.        

Railroad View:  Excellent View.  Any room on the east side (odd room #'s x19 or higher) have a railroad view.  The higher the floor, the better.  Some trees may diminish view from 4th floor or lower.  I had room # 623, view was great.  Trains pass by quietly; they will not wake you up.  The windows do open about 7" max.  Trains can be seen at night with little effort. 

Railroad past Hotel:  BNSF / Amtrak.  The Amtrak station is 1-block away, station platform is across from the hotel.  About 20 trains, per 24-hours pass the hotel.  Only 2 Amtrak trains per day serve Oklahoma City (one each way), arrival at night, departure in the morning.  

Notes:   Although I didn't have one, some rooms do have balconies!  That would improve an already good view.  Motel room windows are tinted, which in turn makes photos a little more difficult.  Opening the window will fix that problem since there are no screens on the windows. 

Comments:  Front desk had trouble finding a room on the railroad side; a sharp bellhop corrected the problem!

Picture Comments:  Views from room # 623 shows northbound BNSF trains passing the hotel.  In the left photo, you can see the train station platform.  The former Santa Fe station building is just out of view to the left of the picture.  Note tracks are elevated which help improve the view.

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Oklahoma City, OK - Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel 

Address:   10 North Broadway Avenue                   Phone:  405-228-8000

Location/ Directions:  From I-35/take I-35 to I-40W. .Exit downtown Robinson. Turn Right and go 2 blocks to Sheridan. Turn right.

Average Price (Checked Oct 2012):   $143.00                                 AAA Rated:  YES        Stars: ****4****

About Hotel: 15-Floors, 258-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Air-conditioned, Connecting rooms are available, Newspaper delivered to room on request, Marble bathroom, Oversized Shower/Tub combination, Hair dryer, Chair with ottoman, Alarm Clock, Desk with ergonomic chair, Iron and ironing board, Room service, In roon Coffee maker/tea service, Instant hot water, 2 Phones with voicemail, speaker phone, High speed Internet (fee), Cable/satellite TV, Radio, iPod dock, Pets Allowed, Smoke Free Hotel, Off-site parking, (fee), Indoor Pool, Whirlpool, Fitness Center.

Railroad View: Excellent View!  High floor rooms on the east or south side of the hotel are needed for a railroad view.  East side rooms are best (ending room #'s x13, x14, x15 - see floor map below).   Trains make little noise as they pass, the windows open enough take a clear picture / video of passing trains.  At night you can see trains from the hotel, video maybe dark but manageable.  At night binoculars are needed to read locomotive numbers of passing trains.

Railroads past Hotel:  BNSF Railway / Amtrak / (Union Pacific is in the distance).  Expect about 30 trains on the BNSF line during a 24-hour period.  Amtrak's only daily train arrives late evening, and departs usually just after sun-up.  The Amtrak train ties up for the night on the north side of the station within view of the hotel.  The UP line is best seen using binoculars.  Unless you have a high powered zoom, photography is not possible of the UP trains. During my most recent visit, I logged 16 trains past the hotel during my 17-hour visit.  I may have missed some during the night.

Railroad Radio Frequency: 160.560 BNSF Railway.

Notes:    The hotel has a restaurant, otherwise there is a nearby Subway (sandwich shop), or a 10-minute to Sonic and other food options.

Comments:  Parking in this hotel is an issue.  The hotel doesn't have a parking lot, offsite parking (located on the other side of the railroad) or valet parking are the two options. I enjoyed my stay at this hotel, and will return again in the future.  The price I paid was much lower than the price posted on this page; it’s always worth checking the rates, even if you don't expect it to be in your budget.

 Photo Comment:  Floor Plan Map: The front desk clerk that checked me in did a great job of picking a great room to view the railroad.  In case you need help picking the prefect room to watch trains, this diagram should help.  The two-digit numbers on the map represent the second two numbers of the room number, the first digit(s) will be the floor number.  Rooms that end with 13-21 are needed.  Rooms that end with a number 13 have a balcony (extra money, I'm sure).  On this diagram; rooms with a blue dot face the tracks directly, orange dot rooms are on an angle.  I recommend the 10th floor or higher.  Lower floors maybe blocked by the power plant located next to the hotel (railroad side).     

Below Left Photo: The night photo shows Amtrak's Heartland Flyer ties up for the night at the former Santa Fe Railway building.  The three car train usually operates with an engine at each end.  The three Superliners are sandwiched by a pair of Genesis locomotives.  Below Right Photo:  Using a 600mm zoom lens the Union Pacific Oklahoma City Yard can be seen.  This is the former Rock Island Harter Yard.  The yard is located on the south side of NE 4th Street, UP has a small engine facility and yard office on site.












Above Left Photo: Late afternoon provides great light for pictures from the hotel.  Looking east from room # 1115 gave me a great view of the BNSF line.  A southbound coal train roams past the hotel.  The railroad is elevated in this area which helps provide an excellent railroad view from the hotel, as well as achieving great pictures.  Above Right Photo: Looking southeast from room # 1115 a southbound coal train passes the Amtrak station with DPU locomotives on the rear.  The Santa Fe Railway building is seen.  The station building is used by Amtrak's Heartland Flyer twice daily.   This view is the only view for rooms that end with the following numbers: x16, x17, x18, x19, x20, x21.