Depot Inn & Suites
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Historical Traveler Reviews Depot Inn & Suites La Plata
This is the perect place to stay with kids or without. The pool was great and the decor was really facinating. I enjoyed walking around and looking at the Hobo signs on each door, and playing pool in the lobby. The staff were so friendly and helpful. I look forward to going back again and again.
The Depot Inn and Suites is incredible! I've stayed at so-called luxury hotels that didn't come close to the luxury of this place! Affordable rates, great place for kids (lots of stuff for them to do: pool, playground, "mini train" rides) classy staff and incredible decor! If you are a train fan, you'll be exceedingly delighted by the train antiques and memorabilia! The scale on this site doesn't allow me to rate it high enough! I'd vote for "above and beyond excellent!"
The Depot Inn is Amazing!
The Depot Inn is a fantastic little inn in the middle America's Heartland. When I walked in the front door I felt like I was entering an English countryside hotel (Cotswolds or Lake District). The lobby is absolutely charming and beautifully decorated and welcoming. There are so many details . . . nothing has been overlooked in creating its ambience. If you are a train afficiado this is a MUST stop or actually a destination. The pool is gorgeous. The rooms have wonderful amenities. Staff are there to please. Children are very welcome. The General Store is delightful. The Depot Inn is a community affair . . . a wonderful tribute to small town America. If you travel by train, do stop and spend the night. If you are visiting Truman State University in Kirksville, stay at The Depot Inn in LaPlata, a short drive away. Need a weekend away from home and you live in MO, IA, or KS, go the The Depot Inn. Well worth the visit! Enjoy!
. . . Audrey in Oregon
Forget the rest, Depot Inn & Suites is in a class by itself
My wife and I were returning from a trip to Truman State and go through LaPlata, MO. on the way home. After having trouble booking rooms in Kirksville on previous trips and not having a great experience at their local hotels, we noticed the Depot Inn which was still under construction was opening soon, so we gave it a shot and made our reservations. Nothing can ruin a trip faster that a bad hotel experience. Upon arrival, the first thing that came to mind was "Flawless". Beautiful landscaping, spotless inside and out, a museum like atmosphere throughout.
Beautiful spacious rooms, this was truly a rare find. Tom Marshall and his staff were the friendliest I've come across in years and on future trips will not give any other hotel a second thought, can't say enough good things about this place, you have to experience this jewel for yourself.
J. Busch, Decatur, IL.
Not just a hotel, a destination!
The Depot Inn and Suites is a truly remarkable property. We happened on it by chance because I wanted to make a trip to the Macon area and so thought I'd search for railroad stuff that would make the trip more attractive to my railfan husband. The whole place is just gorgeous -- super comfortable and with an attention to detail that you seldom find in a small hotel, let alone a small hotel in a tiny town in Missouri! An example: crown moulding is carefully mitered to bracket smoke detectors and other unavoidable eyesores in decorative glory. Or the two gas grills available on the outdoor patio, near the children's play yard featuring (of course!) a wooden locomotive model on which to climb. The lobby ceiling must be 20 feet high, and there's a pool table alongside a really gorgeous leather seating area.
There is no restaurant on the property, but the Red Rooster restaurant that is almost next door has small town cafe prices with big city quality -- the hash browns are to die for, I mean it. Evening dinner finds the big log cabin dressed up in snowy white tablecloths with candles, and our steaks, chops and ribs were perfectly prepared.
Every small town should have a big-thinking banker like the one who opened a branch on the north end of town and then proceeded to support two such extraordinary entrepreneurial efforts as The Red Rooster and the Depot Inn!
If we were to find one teeny tiny quibble, it might be that the extensive railroad memorabilia that is displayed throughout the guestroom corridor and the rest of the hotel is not necessarily labeled, and it frets me a bit that it isn't all behind glass... it is museum-quality stuff and we literally took an hour or two just to browse the walls of our hotel! Although it was really fun to come home to try to research some of what we saw. SPOILER ALERT: The unusual yard drawing displayed about halfway down the guest room hallway is of the P&LE McKees Rocks yard in McKees Rocks, PA. Whew! *That* took a while to track down, no pun intended!
We'll go back to LaPlata just to visit these two wonderful establishments!
What A Spot!
We are road warriors...staying at 100+ hotels per year and have done this for 25+ years. We stayed in the finest (Ritz, Fairmont, Hyatt, etc.) and many that were not so nice.
It's refreshing to find a a gem...in the middle of a corn field. It's even better when the rooms are as nicely appointed as some of the finest hotels in the world.
This would not be the right stop for someone wanting big shopping near by. But, this tiny property has the feeling of the finest B&B's. How often do you see crown molding in the bathroom...32" HDTV, full equipped game room, nicely warm indoor pool, wireless and wired high speed internet, and a magnificent (but small) meeting room that has all high resolution A/V equipment installed. Plug in a laptop and you're ready.
The owners are accessible and interesting conversationalists. They have themed the place to railroads. There are show cases down the hallway of the guest rooms. Amazing place.
Excellent place for families
The Depot Inn and Suites is a fantastic place to stay for a day or a week--lots of entertainment for the kids (my sons love the water novelty in the pool!) and it's so relaxing!! Dinner is literally next door and the people are wonderful! We can't say enough about how great our experience there was!
First Class Comfort and Style
I recently finished my second stay at the new LaPlata Depot Inn & Suites in LaPlata, Missouri, which is located close to Kirksville, Missouri (home of A.T. Still University and Truman State University). This railroad-themed facility offers luxurious and exceptionally clean accommodations unlike any other in the region. Constructed from premium materials and tastefully decorated with great attention detail, the Depot Inn seems less like a hotel and more like a dream home. Rich colors, comfortable furnishings, and beautiful floor coverings are paired with granite countertops, railroad memorabilia, and luxurious linens. In fact, the comfort of the bed and the high-count sheets is unmatched by any other. The hotel also features a beautiful indoor swimming pool, outdoor recreation, and a well-stocked general store. The Depot Inn is within walking distance of the newly constructed Red Rooster restaurant, which offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner--all delicious. The hotel staff are friendly and helpful. I'm very much looking forward to my next visit. The LaPlata Depot Inn & Suites finishes first place in every category!
A Wonderful retreat that the whole family can enjoy!!!
I stayed at the Depot Inn and Suites with my parents shortly after it was opened. The first step into the hotel takes your breath away! I would never have imaged such a beautiful place to be located in such a small town. However, the location was very central to anything and everything that we wanted to do in the area. People with small children could stay at this hotel and never leave. The owners have thought of everything!!! There is a large hottub and a wonderful indoor pool with a large spout in the ceiling that releases water as the train whistle blows. And there is even a treadmill there in the pool room so parents can watch their children swim as they exercise. Although we didn't stay in a luxury theme suite, the owners personally walked us through and gave us a tour. Each room has different decor, while all of them have plush king beds, leather couches, granite countertops and a large flatscreen tv that is built in above the fireplace. I mean, this place was build for corporate executives!!! BUT, they charge less than most hotel chains that I have stayed in. Most of all, what makes the hotel extra special is the authentic train memorabilia throughout the whole hotel. Whether you are young, old or anywhere in between...you will absolutely enjoy all that they have to offer.
A Railfan's Dream
I have heard some pretty nice things about an Inn in La Plata, Missouri. I thought that it would be worth going to investigate it. Shivam, one of the TrainWeb crew was on vacation in Liberty, Missouri, at the time so I thought why not stop by and see him and he and his family and I can go north to see this place. Sometimes nice comes in little packages.
I took MidWestern Airlines on Saturday, June 10, 2006 at 8:00 AM out of the John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California. All the seats are leather with two seats on each side of the aircraft. If you want a meal you purchase it. That helps to keep cost down. Everyone who does not purchase a meal receives the basic drinks and light snacks. I opted to have the meal and it was quite good. Great service, very wide and comfortable seating with lots of leg room and a pleasant trip. I'd like to fly with this airline again.
Once landed at 2:00 PM my friend Shivam picked me up at the airport and showed me around Liberty, Missouri. We both loved the place. Business is booming and they have just about everything that you'd want here. A lovely city in every sense of the word. We both liked the area a lot. I only stayed at The Days Inn one afternoon/night as we would be driving north tomorrow, Sunday morning.
It took a few hours of driving through very relaxing scenery to La Plata and once there we drove around the city to see the layout. Then we went to the Amtrak station and took some photographs. A good structure design with the use of glass blocks inside. A station agent is on hand inside from early morning to late evening. I'm told that there is something like 70 freight trains going through La Plata every day plus the Amtrak Southwest Chief passenger train that heads northbound to Chicago and southbound to Los Angeles also every day. The only other place Amtrak stops in Missouri is in Kansas City.
The Depot Inn & Suites is actually walking distance from the station and Tom and Kelly Marshall, the owners, will have someone pick you up at the station if they are given notice to request so. They will have a very special way to pick up and drop off passengers in the future. Very exciting, to say the least. You're gonna love it!
The outside of the hotel is nice looking with a number of railroad items such as signal lights, rail carts and flags of the different branches of the military greeting us as if we were important VIP's. Once we got out of our car we noticed a little 4 year old sulking and "dragging his feet" on leaving the hotel. He did not want to leave! That impressed us. This little boy had given me a "headsup" that indeed, this hotel must be something special.
Once we opened the main door and entered, we froze in our tracks and our jaws just plopped open. We just stood there gawking at this absolutely fantastic sight that surrounded us. The quality of the finish, the inlaid woodwork, the color scheme, the massive amount of original railroad paraphernalia that was so well laid out, on, in, and around the walls, the massive grandeur of it all, just thrilled ones' senses. This is by far no ordinary hotel. This is a railroaders dream, a Valhalla for the rail fan, nothing but the best for the most discriminating rail traveler. It was obvious that we had to walk slow or else we'd miss so many scenes that laid like jewels before us.
A grand lobby that will surely suit any palate for those that want nothing but the best. The American Orient Express, now the GrandLuxe Railroad, should SERIOUSLY consider stopping at this station and checking their guests into this astounding palace! Ditto for all the private rail car owners. You now have a "must see" stop in Missouri. It's well worth coming out of your way, if necessary, to see and appreciate and enjoy the lavishness of it all. I didn't think that a rail themed hotel could be so stunning.
We checked into the hotel and each of us took a suite. There are thirty rooms with four of them suites. The "Pullman," the "Victorian," the "Western" and the "Sportsman." Shivam and family had the "Victorian" and I had the "Pullman." I have been in hotel suites like this before and they cost from a low of $400 up to $750 a night. These suites here cost $150 a night. Mind boggling! The "regular" rooms (if I should call them that) are considerably less expensive. Heck, nothing here is expensive. This hotel prides on giving nothing but the ultimate best at laymans wages. This hotel is just one month old.
I was even impressed by the key that I was given. These people didn't miss a thing. there is a lovely fireplace in the grand lobby with an impressive pool table nearby. There is also a stunning heated swimming pool with Jacuzzi inside the hotel with excercise equipment and loads of historic railroad articles very tastefully arranged around that room. A lavish carpet throughout softened your walk to your room. WiFi is available throughout the building.
Each room has a small brass sign on the door relating to a particular railroad word giving each room a different "flavor," if you will. The suites also have names on their doors. The "Western" had a spur on the door as a door knocker. I've never seen that before. It was easy to find the suites as they were in their own corridor. Upon opening my door I basically repeated what I had done before. I just stood there in shock and awe. The huge King size bed with a stepping stool on both sides so you can get up on to the bed was quite impressive. The large tub (maybe I should call it a small swimming pool) with water jets around it is way too large for one person. Their great shower was just perfect for me.
I actually did watch their very large plasma TV that was built into the wall but I never did turn on the fireplace that was below it. The air conditioning worked excellent and I did enoy the large leather sofa in the room. A lot of large pillows and quality Turkish bathrobes for my use were on the bed. The different colors are very relaxing to the eyes. Everything was there to pamper me and I was impressed.
At the rear of the hotel there are bicycles available for all ages and well as a little playground for the children. Even a barbeque area is set up to use. What ever you do, bring your bathing suit with you. That is a must! I wanted to enjoy that pool so much, but all I could do was whimper and dream. Next time I'll pay attention to what I'm packing!
Tom and Kelly Marshall came to the hotel and met with us and we had a lot to talk about. We took a slow one minute walk to "The Red Rooster" restaurant. It is just a few months old. Brand spanking new, just like the Depot Inn & Suites. It is designed with great taste just like a log home inside and out. A large menu to choose from and not only is the food good, but you get lots of it. You will NOT go away hungry! Very friendly Missouri hospitality in a very clean environment with ample room for large groups.
That night after catching my breath from the splendor of it all, I managed to get to sleep. Who would have thought that this stunning beauty would be out here in "the middle of nowhere." Out here at this time of year the sun sets late and it rises early. Makes me think of Alaska. Let's see what the morrow will bring.
After breakfast Tom greeted me in the hotel lobby and he drove Shivam and myself throughout the area as well as drive through it's neighboring city of Kirksville, just eight miles away. I'm used to driving in the Los Angeles traffic and I can tell you that it was true pleasure driving along these roads. It reminded me of Canada. Lots of trees, farms, green and nature, all at a leisurely pace. None of the knee jerking traffic jams, smog and graffiti, etc. that I'm accustomed to.
The Truman University here in Kirkland is considered the number one university in the midwest for the last nine years straight. That's impressive. I also noticed some absolutely stunning homes in the area. In fact all homes in this state are a fraction of the cost of homes in California. Especially up here in this northern Missouri area. Lakes with great fishing, serene scenery, very quiet, seems like a great place to visit, retire and relax.
There's even a small airport in the area where one can fly back and forth to St. Louis, Missouri, as well as other areas. So, getting to La Plata by road, plane or train is very feasible. Tom has been planning on having a rail museum constructed near the La Plata train station as well as a water park out behind the hotel. So there'll be more than enough to keep the whole family active. There is even now.
Tom introduced me to Ray Ivy, the City Administrator for the City of La Plata. Ray was kind enough to drive us around La Plata and see the housing layout as well as some lakes and their 18 hole golf course. Can you believe that! An 18 hole golf course from nowhere! The layout is excellent with water, trees, rolling hills, traps and etc. to give you a good game. The whole area is kept up to pristine condition and there are a lot of Canadian Geese and gosslings in the area. There is also an area for seniors and ladies. Go figure! Shivam and I were given a tour of the golf course using golf carts. This city planned this golf course many years ago so they were always on top of things. It's a secret that only the locals know about. They're willing to share, you just have to show up, that's all! Larry Herrin, the mayor, is a local golfer. Maybe you'll end up golfing with him.
The tradespeople from La Plata with the city signing the appropriate papers, built the Depot Inn & Suites in five and one half months. That is a mind boggling achievement and a story in itself! There are a few lovely well kept up Victorian homes in this little city and are available for viewing. We were inside one of them and it was like going back more than 100 years. Many original items are still in use today. Everything pretty and well maintained inside and out.
We were also given a tour of some of the other rooms in the hotel and they are exquisite. Each room has a plush recliner and the woodwork in each room is nothing short of exquisite. Everything is impressive. The photographs of everything that I took do not come close to what the eye actually beholds. It's like taking a picture of the Grand Canyon and trying to capture the grandeur of it all with your camera. That rarely happens. Our day was quite full and I slept well.
With the plans that Tom and Kelly Marshall have I hope that they will take note as this little area can easily develop into one of the great train enthusiast sites in the country. Needless to say, this place is worth watching and coming to. A very charming and friendly community.
I know that the Depot Inn & Suites will double in size with no problem including a large reception room for large groups, so if you have someone in the family that loves trains, this place called the "Depot Inn & Suites" will be a very special treat for them.
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