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Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven
Ranked #10 of 49 Hotels in Springfield
Certificate of Excellence
Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Great Novelty Motel”
Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here or one night during a road trip along Route 66. The motel is based on an old 1950's motel and keeps this character which is a real treat. The staff were very pleasant and helpful on arrival. We had a room on the front facing the main highway which has the noise of cars late at night and early in the morning so I would recommend asking for one of the rooms in the centre of the complex when staying. The rooms are small but they serve the purpose of a stop over for one or two nights. Rooms were very clean and had tv, coffee machine, iron and ironing board. Hotel also has free wifi and breakfast which consists of fruit, pastries, cereal or packaged breakfast sandwiches which are to be warmed in a microwave. I would highly recommend this motel even if it is just from a novelty point of view

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Nate K, Front Office Manager at Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven, responded to this review, September 24, 2013
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Thank you for recommending the Rail Haven. I am sorry that the street noise bothered you. The downside to being located on one of the main streets is that there is a steady flow of traffic. The rooms in the second and third rows, as you mentioned, do tend to be much quieter. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed the rest of your visit. Thanks again.
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

You need to stay at this hotel. We were traveling Route 66 all day and decided to stop in Springfield to see our daughter who was in school at Missouri State. We didn't have time to research this motel but just decided to give it a try since it went with the theme of the day. The cost was very reasonable for a room with a king size bed. The room was updated and had a microwave, fridge and a flat screen TV. It was very clean and comfortable. It was along a busy street but we never heard a sound and had a fantastic nights sleep. The provide a hot breakfast which included waffles and microwaveable breakfast sandwiches. It was a small breakfast area but it allowed us to have some nice conversation with other travelers. I would stay here whenever I am back in Springfield. If you are driving Route 66 be sure and plan a night here!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Nate K, Front Office Manager at Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven, responded to this review, September 24, 2013
Scott8459:
Thank you for reviewing your stay with us. It is always nice to hear from our Missouri State parents. We hope to see you next time you visit your daughter.
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Sandbach, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

The hotel is based on a former motel and has retained much of its historic charm. Vintage cars parked out front. It was easy to find and we got a great welcome. Our room was very clean, comfortable and well-equipped with fridge and microwave. Free wifi is great for travellers and being able to park up right outside made packing up easy and would also be great for any guests with mobility problems. Breakfast is included and there was reasonable selection although the room is small and could get crowded at busy times. Unfortunately a lot of waste is created by the use of throw away polystyrene dishes and plastic cutlery. We loved the old photos on the walls and the juke box in reception kept us entertained with songs from the 60s. The pool was a little close to the road for my liking.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Nate K, Front Office Manager at Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven, responded to this review, September 24, 2013
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Thank you for rating the Rail Haven five stars. I'm pleased to hear that you enjoyed your accommodations.
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Jefferson City, Missouri
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

Stayed at this quaint, back in time motel when visiting Springfield for my daughter's graduation from Missouri State University in May 2013. It reminded me of places I'd stayed with my parents when I was traveling with them as a kid. My room was clean and quiet. Breakfast was nice and the price was affordable as well.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Nate K, Front Office Manager at Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven, responded to this review, September 20, 2013
MadMama1956:

I'm glad we could bring back memories. Thanks for telling us about your visit.
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

Yes, he did!

This is a great, nicely renovated Route 66 Motel. I'm driving the route all the way and this was my day 2 stop. Couldn't have picked a better place.

Very friendly and helpful staff, nicely appointed rooms, nice pool even and a great "picnic" pavilion on the grounds.

If you ever plan to motor West, on the highway that's the best, stay at the Rail Haven.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Nate K, Front Office Manager at Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven, responded to this review, September 20, 2013
TopDownandFlyin:

Thank you for rating the Rail Haven five stars and for recomminding us to the world. We greatly appreciate it.
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Reviewed September 9, 2013 via mobile

Stayed one night whilst passing through Springfield on Route 66. Chalet had two rooms, so masses of space. Refrigerator and microwave, plus free WiFi. Rooms were clean and well maintained. The walls were covered with old photographs of the motel and R66.
We didn't try the pool because it was overfull of R66 bikers (very civil, friendly ones!) but it looked clean and inviting.
Breakfast was average - a bit crowded but they were busy.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Nate K, Front Office Manager at Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven, responded to this review, September 20, 2013
YorksRick:

It sounds like your stay overlapped with one of our Norwegian tour groups. Some people get a little uneasy when they pull in the lot and see 30 motorcycles lined up out front, but they're not gang members, just tourists! I am pleased to read that your room was suitable for your needs. Thanks for the review.
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Saint James, Missouri, USA
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

My niece got married in Springfield and the rest of the family needed a place to stay and hang out. We had about 12 room for the family...we really enjoyed the breakfast in the morning and the in room refrigerators and coffee makers made the weekend more pleasant. Having the route 66 event center for us to gather in was really nice. Was a great place for the family to meet and visit. I would recommend this hotel for groups and families.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Nate K, Front Office Manager at Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven, responded to this review, September 20, 2013
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I am happy to hear that we could make your weekend more pleasant. We just finished the event center a few weeks before your arrival, so I guess the timing couldn't have been much better! Thank you for reviewing your Rail Haven accommodations.
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Property: Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven
Address: 203 South Glenstone Avenue, Springfield, MO 65802
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Location: United States > Missouri > Springfield
Amenities:
Business Center 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 (Based on Average Rates): $
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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