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Boulder, Colorado
Reviewed 31 August 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...

1Thank traveller33324
Tenino, Washington
Reviewed 16 August 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...

Thank MaryBurbage
Bremerton, Washington
Reviewed 10 August 2014

well what can i say but my partner wanted to stay here.. it was not done up verry well. we thought breakfast was complimentrary for 130 a night but nope. lots of cobwebs leading up to the door disguiting , no tv , nointernet recepton . even my cell phone didnt work. lol we had many choices but for tyhe...

1Thank bubba2400
Reviewed 27 July 2014

This trip was as much about my train loving 4 year old grandson as having a high quality hotel experience,still the Caboose we stayed in was clean and comfortable.The one complaint I might have is that the bathroom was somewhat smallish but then again it is a real caboose. Over all I would rate this a fun place to stay....

1Thank TacomaWa_Webby
Ukiah, California
Reviewed 26 July 2014

We like to stay in unique places for the experience. Caboose lodging concept is unique. Booked 2 nights for birthday. Upon arrival, as directed, went to "lounge" car to check in. First impression of "lounge car" is run down, dirty and old carpet, old seating & tables. No real decor. One person in bar. Bartender not in bar. Wandered around...

4Thank Cleo20132013
Klickitat, Washington
Reviewed 5 April 2014

Staying with my son's who were very excited about the caboose. When we registered we were told that breakfast was no longer included. After a few minutes in the room the toilet would not work. They came and rigged it with a rubber band. Later that night it overflowed so I had to shut the water off. 8:30pm and no...

4Thank coachtk
Washington State, United States
Reviewed 15 October 2013

We booked a night here on a romantic weekend, my wife and I try to get away every few months. We've stayed in some very different places so don't expect perfection in themed places, but I think we would have enjoyed a hotel room more. The cars are made-over and kind of a hodge-podge. Not dirty but not really clean,...

5Thank Mark C
Corvallis, Oregon
Reviewed 15 October 2013

Our stay at the Hobo Inn was a really enjoyable one. The "inn" is comprised of eight separate train cabooses that have been refitted to make separate lodging units. Each unit (caboose) is different, but all have full bathrooms, coffee makers, and so on. Just what actually works in each unit is a crap shoot. Our unit was missing an...

2Thank mcnicolb
Atlanta, GA.
Reviewed 5 October 2013

We came to Elbe to ride the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad steam locomotive. What a treat it was to also stay in a historic railroad caboose outfitted with the modern conveniences you expect in a hotel room. Our stay was perfect overall and the caboose hotel room was very comfortable and clean. First they called and confirmed our reservation about...

2Thank TLinATL
Palouse, Washington
Reviewed 3 October 2013

The Hobo Inn is convenient for those taking a trip on the Mt Rainer Scenic Railroad in Elbe. We stayed one night and the wonderful check-in staff moved us to Caboose #2 with useable vestibule. Clean and tidy is the best way to describe the rental. Fun to stay in a Caboose for a night.

1Thank Mary E

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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
Region: 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?
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  • At what time does the pool open each day?

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“The caboose's are on the street side, cars on the lake side might be quieter.”
  • View from the cupola
  • The cupola
carlmY5109FR, 10 Apr 2017 | Read review
“ask about wifi and tv --”
oelfkedad, 17 Aug 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.”
GrandmaGoldwing, 10 Aug 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
callmemochelle, 27 Jul 2016 | Read review
“NOTE: No cell service unless Verizon and it's weak No Phone No TV”
8ric, 9 May 2016 | Read review
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