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The Station Inn
Ranked #2 of 2 Cresson B&B and Inns
Reviewed March 12, 2009

If you like trains and friendly innkeepers!! :-) I felt right at home here...Tom made me feel very welcome and cooks a mean breakfast as well!! Definitely highly recommended if you are in the Cresson / Horseshoe Curve area - just be aware that if you don't like trains, then you probably won't like this place as they go by frequently and are not the quietest of beasts! But then, I slept like a log in the comfortable beds, lulled to sleep by the passing locomotives :-)

Will definitely be visiting here again!! This is a must-stay place for any railfan!

P.S. There is a resident cat, so if you are allergic, please contact Tom first. But if you like cats you will find he is the friendliest tabby in the USA! (and he loves his food!)

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 20, 2009

This was my 10+ trip to this wonderful location. My Dad, who accompanies me for most of these, has been a 2+ visit per year lodger since it opened.

The obvious difference between this B&B and others is the “not so silent partner” that frequently generates noise and occasionally generates rumbles through the windows. Having said that, one can still sleep at night even through that- Just ask some of the non-rail fans who accompany their partners to this place!

The Station Inn is unpretentious, comfortable if not elegant, and clean with good breakfasts, and a trio of hard-working folks to make ones stay a nice experience. Tom, Sandy, and Kathy have made the Station Inn a place where every railroad enthusiast (and their partners) should spend a night at least once in their lifetime while visiting this landmark area of eastern US railroad history.

  • Stayed: January 2009
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Reviewed July 26, 2008

My friends an I wanted a quick road trip through Pennsylvania last weekend (July 19-20) and after trying (unsuccessfully)to find a place in Altoona, we drove over to The Station Inn. I have to admit, I am a mild rail fan, and I had checked out the website many times, I knew what to expect, but my 2 friends, well let's just say they didn't sleep terribly well. It's true what Thomas the #1 railfan and proprietor said, "One thing we have lots of, trains", he forgot to say great rates, warm hospitality, and although we didn't stay, a rib stickin' breakfast. His porch is a comfortable place to put up your feet and enjoy a complimentary beverage (don't get that at the Hilton). Lots of freight NS with a few old Conrail engines, diesels working hard, helpers flying back to pick up another heavy freight. Anyway, a very clean 3 bed room (Western Maryland), great hot shower, nice plush towels and a help yourself attitude towards the cookies, the pop and candies. Wish I could have stayed a few more nights. Too bad the non-believers I was with had to get back to work. Have a great time at The Station Inn, you'll find Thomas will leave the light on.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 9, 2008

I was in Cresson on a business trip and booked the Station Inn. What a wonderful place. It was more like the Missionary Guest House in Manila than the Hyatt Regency, but that means that guests are given the owners personal touch. Good conversation at breakfast, which here means mostly about Rail related topics. The rooms are clean, comfortable and well kept. There is no smoking indoors, but it is allowed on the front porch. Non smokers that don't want to hide in their room, can watch trains from the common room if the smoke is too much.

The focus of the reading material is trains. There are no televisions or phones in the rooms, and no need for them either. With a high number of trains coming through, there is plenty to watch. If you are looking for a quiet B&B, the Station Inn is not for you. You don't need a scanner to know when the next train is about to pass.

If you want to see trains, no need to go anywhere, they come to you. If you want to see the Horseshoe Curve and other famous Rail related sites, they are close by. When you come back, you can rest on the comfortable bed in your room, or watch trains go by from one of the many choices of chairs.

For my trip I was able to do my work, and get some great railfanning time.

The Station Inn at one time houses train crews and is directly across the street from the site of the Cresson train station. Each of the rooms is decorated with items from a different railroad. My guest room was on the main floor. I did not go to any of the upstairs rooms.

While I was there I only met Tom and Sandy, and they are great hosts. They have arranged discounts with other businesses within walking distance, so you have options for lunch and dinner without getting out of sight of the tracks.

If you are a rail fan, don't miss this place.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 9, 2006

Tom is a wonderful host and has created a warm and congenial ambiance (can you use that word to describe a railfans haven?) of friendship and warmth. The guys talk trains at breakfast, swamp hints about the best locations for pictures, or how to hike into MG Tower. Don't expect the Ritz, but you will be pleased with the cleanliness and down-home friendliness of the place. Food is good and the pussy cat is playful and affectionate. The restaurants aren't much to write home about, except Diner 53 which has sassy waitresses and rib-sticking meals. Should we be in Pennsylvania again we will stay with Tom & Ashby. Linda

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 8, 2005

I've stayed at the Station Inn 18 different times and will be back for many more. If you like trains, this is the Inn for you.

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Reviewed December 21, 2004

My wife and I stayed at the Station Inn, Cresson, PA for one night in September 2004. Mine host was charming and the location was idyllic. Sitting on the front verandah at night, in a swing chair, drinking beer and watching trains pass by was paradise! If you intend to railfan the Altoona-Horseshoe Curve-Johnstown area, base yourself at the Station Inn, Cresson!

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Address: 827 Front St, Cresson, PA 16630-1100
Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Cresson
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Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Cresson
Number of rooms: 7

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