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The Hobo Inn

54106 Mountain Highway East, P.O. Box 921, Elbe, WA 98330
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Shelton, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have no significant complaint(s) about our stay there. It was fun and there's something unique about sleeping in a converted caboose. Now for the good to know information: Not all the units have air conditioning and if you go during one of those rare times where there's oppressive heat, it will be HOT. I don't know about all the... More 

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Bothell, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

this inn was a lot of fun since your room is actually a train caboose. Your price of the room was not bad and a full sized breakfast is included. I remember I order a meal and wanted a side of strawberries and got a bowl filled with fresh berries topped with whip cream and sprinkles. The only thing I... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We stayed in the yellow caboose, #4 and it was far bigger than I imagined. My boyfriend and I were there just for one night and had a great time. I'd definitely stay again. The windows didn't open but the back and front doors did, so we got a nice breeze. There was a TV that only played vhs tapes,... More 

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Friday Harbor, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Okay, I'll start with Abby, the most awesome girl ever! Our 7 year old left his stuffed animal "Buddy" in the blankets in our caboose. It wasn't until that night at bedtime (we'd already checked into our next hotel for the night) that we realized he'd been left. I called immediately and spoke with someone telling them how important this... More 

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Dallas,TX
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We stayed here one night while visiting nearby park. Accommodations are very different, size of the room is very euro. Although it has 2 beds, barely enough room for luggage, and a tiny bathroom. BUT, it's about the experience. This isn't a room you're going to stay in long, perfect to just come back after hiking and rest. My only... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

We knew from previous reviews not to expect much and so were not disappointed. We decided to stay there simply because it was so very different. Each room was an actual caboose that had been renovated into rooms. We had one with two queen beds but they were not overly comfortable. Even as a 5'4" woman I had to sit... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Definitely a unique place to stay. We stayed in a red caboose. Comfortable, clean. Convenient to Mount Rainier. The bathroom is a little cramped, but it is a train car after all. The shower stall could have used a caddy for soap, razer, etc. There is not really much flat surface space for bags, suitcases. Breakfast in the restaurant is... More 

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Victoria, B.C. Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

First of all if you are heading to Mt.Rainer, have some where to stay booked in advance. Secondly, if you are looking for unusual accommodations, this is it. We stayed one night in the yellow caboose. Very basic. Double bed which was too small for a 6'3" person. No TV, no wiFi. Expensive for what you get unless what you... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

finding where to check in is confusing, you check in at the smoky cramped bar in the dining caboose-even though it says restaurant parking only. The hotel room (train car) was hot and stuffy and windows didn't open. The furnishings are from the 70's. I asked for a fan and they said they had none. Charming it was not--just keep... More 

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Tenino, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Staying in a caboose had never been on my bucket list but we thought it might be fun. We had to register at the bar. The bartender said he was new on the job. He had to interrupt our registering three times to go get help. One time was when I refused to give him my drivers license number. That... More 

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