Railfan Motels

Motels & Hotels with a railroad view


Reading, PA -  Comfort Inn (PA115)    (Not Rated)

Address:    2200 Stacy Drive                                    Phone: 610-371-0500 

Location/ Directions: From State Route 422 West: Take State Route 12 East to exit 222 South Business (5th Street Highway), left at off-ramp. Hotel on the right. From I-78: Take exit 49A State Route 100 South to 222 South to 222 South Business. Hotel on the right. From Pennsylvania Turnpike: Take exit 298 to I-176 North to 422 West to 12 East, left off 5th Street exit. Hotel on the right.

Average Price (Checked Dec 2010):   $73.00                       AAA Rated:   YES       Stars: **2**

About Hotel: 2-Stories, 60-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Free breakfast with hot waffles, Free wired and wireless high-speed Internet access, Free local calls, Free USA Today newspapers (Monday-Friday), Fitness center, Bus Parking, Cold Weather Hook-up, No Pets Allowed, Outdoor Parking, Truck Parking, Cable/Satellite TV, Computer Hook-up, Hair Dryer, Iron & Ironing Board, Microwave, Refrigerator.

Railroad View:  Fair.  Any room on the second floor in the rear of the motel should provide a fair view.  Winter may provide a good view when the brush isn't in bloom.  

Railroads past Hotel:  Norfolk Southern. The four active tracks is actually the east lead to NS's Reading Yard (Spring Street Yard).  Only about 10-15 train's use this line daily, some train's may use this area for headroom while switching Reading Yard.

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

Comments:  Several years ago I stayed a few time across the road at Econo Lodge.  Although you can see the trains from the Econo Lodge, the view is not as good as the Comfort Inn.  Train's passing this area come past slowly since this is the east lead into the once busy Reading Yard.  Reading Yard is still active, with several road trains working the yard daily, and several local freights originate in the yard.  Spring Street Tower in the yard is still active and manned with a Yardmaster.  This motel is about 5-minutes away from the former Blue Mountain & Reading RR's Temple station (Temple, PA), a popular hang-out for train watchers where about 40 NS trains pass daily.

Picture Comments:  The aerial photo shows a Norfolk Southern freight passing the motel.  Its not uncommon for train's to use this area for headroom while switching Reading Yard.  Blocks of cars may also get held on some of these tracks which may block the view of train's passing.


Reading, PA - Candlewood Suites Reading   (Not Rated)   

Address: 55 South 3rd Ave      Phone: (610) 898-1910

Location/ Directions:  Located on US-422 Business in West Reading, PA.

Average Price (Checked Jan 2016): $75.00   AAA Rated:  n/a  Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 3-Floors, 74-Rooms, Interior Corridors, On-site Guest Self-Laundry Facilities, Housekeeping Full Service, Standard Wireless Internet service, On-site Fitness Center Available, Pets Welcome, Free Parking, Outdoor Gazebo Grill, On-Site Business Center, Weekly Housekeeping, Picnic Tables, Stove, Microwave Oven, Toaster, Full Refrigerator, Icemaker In Refrigerator, Dishwasher, Pots/Pans/Serving Dishes, Plates/Glassware, Silverware, Dining Table, Flexible Workspace, Work Desk With Lamp, Wireless Internet Available in Rooms, Two-Line Phone with Voicemail, Flat Screen Cable / Satellite TV, DVD Player.

Railroad View:  Expect a fair to good railroad view from high floor rooms on the rear of the building.  Hotel is located on a hill, tracks are "down" the street.  The hill should help guests view the passing trains beyond other buildings between the hotel and the railroad. 

Railroads past Hotel: Norfolk Southern Railway.  I am unsure of train frequency on this stretch of track in Reading.


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

Photo Comment: The Google Street view is taken from Route US-422 Business looking west.  Although the hotel address is Reading, this is actually West Reading, PA since its on the west side of the Schuylkill River.  The town name is proudly painted on the railroad trestle using the colors of the once popular Reading Railroad that called this area home until 1976.