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Leominster, Massachusetts
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55 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed August 17, 2016

a great experience -- very unique. however - no tv or wifi - and wasn't told that until we checked in. although right along the road - it was pretty quiet for sleeping which surprised me. very little around - so you pretty much eat at their restaurant as well. very close to national park

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Issaquah, WA.
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297 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed August 10, 2016

We did a secret adventure with our three grandchildren, so rented the #1 and 2 cabooses. It was a good one night experience and not a place where you would want to spend multiple days. Everyone loves to sit in the cupola. The red caboose bathroom is not for tall people. One has to sit sideways on the latrine, but... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed August 5, 2016

Made reservation 30 days in advance for 2 rooms, when I asked for confirmation I was informed that this was not something they did and they would call me to confirm a week prior to arrival. I received a call the Monday before to confirm my Friday arrival I told the young lady my reservation was for Saturday , she... More 

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Anaheim, CA
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565 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 272 helpful votes
Reviewed July 27, 2016

This place is a little over 1/2 hour away from Tacoma area, yet its in rural part of Washington, at the east end of Alder Lake, about 20 miles from Mt. Rainier. Technology is not their strong point, as you have to call to make a reservation. You don't get an email confirmation but a verbal one, so you just... More 

Thank callmemochelle
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7 reviews
Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

We had a great stay in one of the cabooses. The beds were very comfortable and the train car was clean. We loved it!!! But we are an adventurous group. The only thing bad was it was musty when we entered but that quickly went away. We had a great stay.

Thank Karen C
Tampa, Florida
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602 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
Reviewed May 9, 2016

It has a novel uniqueness to it (they are old cabooses/box cars) but it ends there. The cars are located right off the highway so if the AC is not running most likely you will hear the growl of trucks and passing traffic, although more annoying than unbearable. The rooms are tight given the pure nature of the dimension of... More 

Thank 8ric
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed January 21, 2016

Had to check in, in the lounge in which that was weird, then had to wait for 10 mins while he was taking orders from other guests. Then finally came to check me in then after he checked me in he asked How I was going to pay the Maid with credit card or cash? Really!?....for 1 we just checked... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed November 20, 2015

I agree with many other reviewers that this is just an OK place to visit. The caboose sleeping quarters were small but fine for a one night stay while we visited the NW Trek up the road a bit. The dining was on the pricey side, and was mostly just bar food (chix nuggets, burger and fries, etc.). The person... More 

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San Francisco, California
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297 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed November 11, 2015

A stay in a caboose is infrequent but worthwhile once. Amidst a blanket of history yet the blanket on the bed cannot eliminate the cold. The heater was useless and loud. No TV, no radio, no wifi. The unit was clean and tidy. Nice soaps and towels. It was cold and the bed needs a new mattress. Ok once.

1 Thank bill s
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3 reviews
Reviewed September 20, 2015

I found the Hobo Inn while looking for places to stay while visiting Mt. Rainier and Mt. Saint Helens. Thought it was unique that the railroad cars had been turned in to hotel rooms. The check-in process took some time. We arrived around 6 pm and the woman who was to check us in (and another couple waiting) was also... More 

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  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Parking

Additional Information about The Hobo Inn

Address: 54106 Mountain Highway East, P.O. Box 921, Elbe, WA 98330
Location: United States > Washington > Elbe
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
The Hobo Hotel Elbe
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  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

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“ask about wifi and tv --”
 of 5 bubbles oelfkedad, Aug 17, 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are along the highway with lots of logging trucks going by in the early morning. We had caboose one and two and liked them.”
 of 5 bubbles GrandmaGoldwing, Aug 10, 2016 | Read review
“Caboose 4 has hot tub, no extra charge”
  • View from the front door, Caboose 4
  • Caboose 4
  • Caboose 4
  • Caboose 4 has an upper berth
  • Towels
  • Tiny soap
  • No tv reception but they give VHS tapes
  • Basic coffee
 of 5 bubbles callmemochelle, Jul 27, 2016 | Read review
“NOTE: No cell service unless Verizon and it's weak No Phone No TV”
 of 5 bubbles 8ric, May 9, 2016 | Read review
“Ask if they have bigger beds then a Full.”
 of 5 bubbles A3055GVamys, Jan 21, 2016 | Read review
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