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Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven
Ranked #6 of 51 Hotels in Springfield
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 November 2013

We stayed on 29 Sep 13 and it was our first time in a motel, I don't think I would choose to do so again; having just stayed at the Omni Majestic in St Louis perhaps we were expecting too much. The bed was too small for us and the decor was somewhat tatty, additionally the passing of people by the window meant we had to have the curtains drawn even in daylight. The upside, if you are an Elvis fan is that you can stay in the room he used for an additional $120. The breakfast was very hearty even if the room was somewhat cramped for the number of people there.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Nate K, Front Office Manager at Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven, responded to this reviewResponded 12 November 2013

Peter A: Thank you for your review of the hotel. Some of our rooms are smaller than others, since the hotel is 75 years old. I apologize that you weren't satisfied with the size of the room. We appreciate the compliments on breakfast and hope the rest of your trip was enjoyable.

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Reviewed 29 October 2013

We stayed one night. Room was mostly clean however we found a small clump of hair in the shower. Bed was comfortable. However two of us in the King was a problem when one got up night and easily disturbed the other. Our bed at home allows one to move without disturbing the other. We stayed in room 2xx. Although hotel is on rather busy street we slept fine. There are many well known restaurants a couple miles further south from hotel such as Chilies, Olive Garden, Cheddars, etc. The breakfast room was very small. I was looking forward to a egg/cheese/muffin in the microwave. It did NOT taste good. I tossed half of it and I don't normally waste food. Maybe the sausage one would have been better.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Nate K, Front Office Manager at Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2013

charger1970rt:

I sincerely apologize about the condition of your shower. This is not typical here, but I have passed this review on to my head housekeeper anyway so that she is aware of the situation. I hope you give us another chance to exceed your expectations.

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Reviewed 28 October 2013

We've stayed at the other Best Western in town in the past and decided, based on price and good reviews to try this one. This one isn't as convenient for someone traveling west on 1-44 like we were but we weren't in a hurry so that was fine. Got to the motel and checked in quickly but found they had given us a room with no refrigerator. Plus it was very close to the street and the traffic noise was quite noticeable. The staff quickly changed the room and apologized, saying that the website reservations didn't tell them that we wanted a refrig. Whatever. The new room was farther from the street and we had no problems with traffic noise.

Our room, a king, was quite small compared to what we are used to. But it was very clean and the bed was comfortable. We were disappointed that there were no restaurants very close since we had been on the road for many hours and didn't relish driving again. But it was only a couple of miles so it didn't take long.

Breakfast was a typical continental. We were there early so had no problems with seating but we could see that it would get crowded very quickly due to the size.

In the future, we'd stay at the other BW. A little more money but more convenient and more room.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Nate K, Front Office Manager at Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2013

kglen1:

I am sorry to hear that you have decided not to stay with us again. We obviously can't do much about our location within town, but we do have rooms that are larger than our standard king rooms. They cost a little more because they come with a whirpool tub, but it sounds like the extra cost wouldn't be an issue for you.
We do have restaurants located very close to the hotel, so I'm not sure why you had to drive a few miles unless you just weren't in the mood for the selection close in proximity. George's Restaurant (Variety) is less than 100 yards from our parking lot and they offer a discounted meal to Rail Haven guests. Many of our guests walk there from their room. El Maguey, Mexican Villa, and Jose Loco's (all Mexican), Hong Kong Garden and Pacific Kitchen (both Chinese) are all less than a quarter mile. Also within a quarter mile are McDonalds, Taco Bell, Steak 'n' Shake, Mr. Goodcents, Burger King, Hardee's, Chipotle, Domino's, and Braums; but I understand if you'd prefer something other than fast food for dinner.
We hope you reconsider staying with us. Next time we can get you a bigger room and some directions to restaurants nearby. Regardless, thank you for reviewing your stay and for rating us four stars.

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Reviewed 28 October 2013

THe hotel was very clean for the price, the air unit was a bit tricky, the room was either very cool or warm but overall room experience was great. However in this hotel the breakfast room is way to small and as you will have happen their were other quest that forget everyone else is trying to do the samething getting their breakfast also. Had a family that would not let anyone else use the waffle maker nor did the seem to care that others might want to use it. Overall though I do recommend this hotel for the price

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Nate K, Front Office Manager at Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2013

Thank you for reviewing your stay with us! I'm sorry that the breakfast area was crowded. It can be a bit cramped when we sell all or most of our rooms. We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 28 October 2013

when we come we stay for a week or more.Enjoy this hotel for convenience and comfort.The staff is very helpful and pleasant to deal with.the rooms are well equipped for a extended stay.ialso find the price very reasonable.would recommend this motel for all.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Nate K, Front Office Manager at Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2013

Cherylann K:

Thank you for rating the Rail Haven five stars! I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your accommodations.

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Reviewed 27 October 2013

Old motor inn setup but impeccably clean and comfortable. Had not a single problem, and our king size bed was extremely comfortable. Lots of channels on tv, also. Check-in and check-out were incredibly smooth. Quiet where we were. Didn't use the breakfast option. The dining area was cute but very small and crowded when we came in.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Nate K, Front Office Manager at Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2013

Matthew C:

Thank you for rating us five stars! Our housekeeping and maintneance staff works very hard to keep our rooms "impeccably clean and comfortable." Thank you for taking notice. We hope to see you again.

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Reviewed 21 October 2013

I have nothing but praise for this little treasure on Route 66. We would have loved to have stayed for more than one night. It was great fun parking our Camarro outside our door beside the Harley Davidson motorbikes. The room itself was delightful and we enjoyed looking at the photographs. Breakfast was excellent even if a little crowded at the start. But we found a great spot outside to enjoy watching the world go by and eat our breakfast without being rushed. Definitely worth a return visit on day

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Nate K, Front Office Manager at Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2013

nialliam:

I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your stop at the Rail Haven during your Route 66 trip. I hope the rest of your visit to the States was as enjoyable. Thank you for telling us about your stay.

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Address: 203 S Glenstone Ave, Springfield, MO 65802-3102
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Region: United States > Missouri > Springfield
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Springfield
#3 Business Hotel in Springfield
#7 Romantic Hotel in Springfield
#13 Family Hotel in Springfield
Price Range: £51 - £78 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven 2.5*
Number of rooms: 92
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
BEST WESTERN Route 66 Rail Haven is a top-rated TripAdvisor hotel where you can experience a classic piece of Historic Route 66 Americana. Eight sandstone cottages built in 1938, known as the Rail Haven Motor Court, evolved into what is today BEST WESTERN Route 66 Rail Haven. Proud recipient of the Best Western Director's Award and the National Registry of Historic Places. Be our guest at this historic hotel nestled on acres of beautifully landscaped grounds in Springfield, Missouri - birthplace of Route 66. Enjoy a classic nod to the past without sacrificing any modern day amenities! We offer corporate rooms, a complimentary deluxe hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi, seasonal swimming pool, 24-hour lobby and business center. Whether traversing the Main Street of America, stopping over on your way to Branson, or conducting business, our Springfield hotel location is just minutes from the Springfield-Branson National Airport (SGF) and many national and local businesses, such as Kraft Foods, Bass Pro Shops(R) Headquarters, O'Reilly Auto Parts(R), 3M(R), Great Southern Bank Headquarters, just to name a few. BEST WESTERN Route 66 Rail Haven also offers guests easy access to Missouri State University, Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, Fantastic Caverns, Springfield Cardinals, Shrine Mosque and the historic Gillioz Theatre. Business travel or pleasure, whatever reason brings you to town, don't just stay at a hotel experience a hotel! ... more   less 
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