Railfan Motels

Motels & Hotels with a railroad view

RAWLINS, WYOMING -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Rawlins, WY - Days Inn Rawlins 

Address:    2222 East Cedar Street                  Phone: 307-324-6616

Location/ Directions: I-80 Westbound and Eastbound: Take exit 215. the Day Inn will be on your left as you enter Rawlins.

Average Price (Checked Apr 2011):   $88.00                                 AAA Rated:   N/A       Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 2-Floors, 116-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Free Deluxe Continental Breakfast, Computer with internet access in lobby available 24 hours, Coffee Maker in Room, 24 hour Front Desk, Free Parking, Free Local Telephone Calls, Hairdryer in Room, Pets Allowed, Television with Cable, RV or Truck Parking, Exercise area, AM/FM Alarm Clock, Heated Outdoor Pool.

Railroad View: Good to Excellent View.  Ask for a room on the south end of the building, 2nd floor is best for a railroad view.  The railroad is elevated in this area, which makes viewing trains from the room easy.  Note; all rooms that face the railroad directly are smoking rooms.  During my visit, the front desk clerk reported that all rooms were sold out; I ended up with a non-railroad view room.  During a walk around the outside of the motel at night I noticed drapes on those rooms wide open and all lights out, giving me the impression that no-one was in the rooms with the best railroad view.  Rooms needed for an excellent railroad view are: 257, 259, 261, 262, 263, 264,265.

Railroads past Hotel:  Union Pacific 

Notes:    Only smoking rooms face the railroad tracks.


Photo Comment:  This Google Street View shows a Union Pacific freight train passing the behind the Days Inn Rawlins.  Any room on the back side of the motel should provide a good railroad view.  The tracks are elevated, providing an effortless view of passing trains from your room.


Bottom Photo:  A morning view from room # 264 shows a clear look at the railroad.  Room numbers 257,259,261,262,263,264,265 will offer the best railroad view from a motel in town.  These are the only rooms in town that face the railroad directly, and Days Inn is located nearest to the railroad right-of-way.  Only drawback is these rooms are smoking rooms (unless your a smoker).  During my stay this chunk rooms were rented out during by a business under a corporate rate.  I was not able to stay in a room with a railroad view.  Taking this photo was possible thanks to the assistance from housekeeping who was currently stripping a vacant room.  I had no time to wait for a passing train while given the quick chance for a picture.


RAWLINS, WYOMING -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Rawlins, WY - 1st Choice Inn Rawlins   (Not Rated)

Address:    1904 East Cedar Street                  Phone: (307) 328-1401   

Website:  1st Choice Rawlins 

Location/ Directions:  Right off Interstate 80 (Exit 215)

Average Price (Checked Apr 2011):   $50.00                                 AAA Rated:   N/A       Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 2-Floors, 47-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Wireless High-speed Internet, Color TV with HBO, Free Continental Breakfast, Fresh Coffee 24/7, Laundry Facilities, Refrigerator, Microwaves, Vending and Ice Machines, Iron & Ironing Board Available, Cribs and Rollaways (Fee), Children Under 12 Stay Free, Pets Allowed.  

Railroad View:  Good View.  All rooms in this motel will have a railroad view.  Although rooms do not face the tracks directly, a look off to the south will give you a view of the elevated railroad line.  2nd floor rooms will keep you above the motels parking lot.  Trucks or high profile vehicles could foul the view from 1st floor rooms.

Railroads past Hotel:  Union Pacific. 


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

Photo Comment:  While no rooms face the railroad directly, a good view will be offered from most if not all rooms in the motel.  The railroad runs to the south side of the motel, room windows face east & west.  Pictured here, a shot of some rooms facing east, the elevated railroad can be seen behind the motel. 



RAWLINS, WYOMING -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Rawlins, WY - Comfort Inn & Suites       

Address:     2366 East Cedar St                 Phone:  (307) 324-3663 

Location/ Directions:  From I-80 East or West: Take exit 215 (Cedar Street), 1/4 mile on the left hand side.

Average Price (Checked Sep 2013):   $125.00                       

AAA Rated:   YES       Stars: ***3***

About Hotel: 3-Floors, 65-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Free hot breakfast, Free high-speed Internet access, Free weekday newspapers, Free coffee, Free local calls, Business Center, Cold Weather Hook-up, Computer w/ Internet, Courtesy Transportation, Elevator, Fitness Center, Free Newspaper Mon-Fri, Indoor Heated Pool, Indoor Whirlpool/Hot Tub, Outdoor Parking, Pet-friendly Hotel, 100% Smoke Free Hotel, Bus & Truck Parking, Cable/Satellite TV, Hair Dryer, In-Room Coffee Maker, In-Room Desk, Individual A/C & Heat, Iron & Ironing Board, Microwave, Refrigerator, Voice Mail, Wake-Up Service. 

Railroad View:  Good View.  Ask for a room on a high floor, south end of the building.  No rooms face the tracks directly, but most rooms will give you a railroad view.  Trains make no noise at all, so you need to keep a eye out the window for the slow moving trains.  Windows open 5-1/2 inches.  At night you can only see headlights of passing trains, area too dark for nighttime train watching.  The railroad is elevated past the motel.  The Comfort Inn is located next to the Days Inn, also listed on this web site.

Railroads past Hotel:  Union Pacific Railroad.  You can expect around 40-50 trains a day on this line during a 24-hour period.


Comments:    Motel is kept in excellent condition, but pricey.  Area food choices include Burger King next door, and KFC/ Taco Bell across the street.  Other dining choices are a short drive away.

Photo Comments:  The Floor Plan will help you know which rooms are closest to the railroad.  Honestly; most all rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors should offer a railroad view.  Due to growing trees, 3rd floor rooms maybe best.  Note map is not drawn to scale, railroad is about 200 feet from the motel.



Middle photo:  Seen from room # 327, a westbound Union Pacific empty coal train is about to pass the motel.  My room was on the east side of the building.  The view is good.  West side rooms should give the same view.  There is a hallway window, so if you see something you really want to photograph, jump out into the hallway for a broadside view!  As you can see, my visit was during a couple rainy days. During sunny days; lighting for great train photographs is best in the late afternoon sun.



Bottom Photo:  A photo taken outside the east side of the motel shows the clear view of passing trains.  Notice trees planted along the motel will foul some of the view from first floor rooms.  As the trees grow, second floor room may also be blocked.  Higher numbered rooms on the rear of the building should be best for train-watching.



RailfanMotels.com - Reviewed September 2013

RAWLINS, WYOMING -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Rawlins, WY - Holiday Inn Express  

Address:      201 AIRPORT ROAD                Phone:  307-324-3760 

Location/ Directions:  I-80 West Exit 215 Right on ramp turn Left to Hotel

Average Price (Checked Apr 2011):   $118.00                                 AAA Rated:          Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: NEW. 3-Floors, 72-Rooms, Exterior Corridors, Business Center, Free Buffet Breakfast, Free Morning Newspaper Delivered to Room, Color Cable / Satellite TV, Work Desk w/ Lamp, Speakerphone with Voice Mail, Free Local Phone Calls, High-speed Internet Access, Hairdryer, Private Bathroom, Coffee Maker, Microwave Oven, Mini Refrigerator, Individually Controlled Air Conditioning, Iron / Ironing Board, Windows Open by Guest, Health and Fitness Center (On-site), Whirlpool, Indoor Pool, On-site Guest Self-Laundry Facilities (washer/dryer), Daily Housekeeping, Ice Machine, Pets Allowed (fee).

Railroad View:  Good View.  Ask for a 3rd room on the south end of the building, south end will be the closest to the railroad.  Rooms on the front of the motel (West Side) will be the preferred side for train watching.  The tracks are elevated in this area which increases the view of the railroad.

Railroads past Hotel:  Union Pacific Railroad.


Comments:    Burger King is next door.  KFC and Taco Bell are across the street.

Photo Comment:  (N/A)