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Old 06-17-2012, 04:42 AM   #1516
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Comfort Inn Gunston Corner

Does anyone have any personal experience with this motel?

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Old 06-17-2012, 03:20 PM   #1517
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Does anyone have any personal experience with this motel?

Comfort Inn Gunston Corner
8180 SILVERBROOK RD
Lorton , VA , US 22079
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I have not personally stayed at this Comfort Inn, but I only live about 2 miles from the Lorton Auto Train station, so it's only a 5 minute drive (if that) from my house if I don't have to wait at any lights.

I can tell you the area is not bad and there is a gas station, 7-11, Burger King and small Italian and Chinese restaurants across the street. Others on this thread have posted their experience, but the "Search" function is currently not working so I can't provide a link, however I don't recall anyone who had a bad experience.
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Old 06-18-2012, 04:45 AM   #1518
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Thanks! On your recommendation, I did find an earlier review on page 52.
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:47 PM   #1519
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We are taking the Autotrain for the first time Aug. 6th My self, DD 20 and Neice 21 its a little over an hour drive. I am trying to decide myself if we drive that morning or the day before. We would have to leave 4 am or so. I know how traffic can be and the 6th is a Monday. Should we get a hotel? If so, does anyone know a nice one in the area.
I recommend you drive down the day before. The traffic around Washington is horrible! It took us almost 2 hours to go one stretch the traffic was stop and go for miles. We stayed at Comfort Inn that was less than a mile from the Auto train (literally around the corner) and it was very nice. There was a continental breakfast which wasn't to bad, but there are restaurants all around. Have fun! We LOVED the auto train and can't wait to do it again next year!
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:59 PM   #1520
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I'm reading everyone's postings about going on the auto train and it's getting me all giddy about planning our trip for next year. We loved the auto train, very relaxing and you don't have to drive 20 hours, you sit back and enjoy the country side Last year when we went I had originally booked coach seats, but once we got to Lorton, hubby decided to switch to a deluxe sleeper $$$$$, 600 extra, but he did it anyways and I'm so glad he did. Our sleeper was at the end of a car, lots of motion and noises, so coming back we switched to a deluxe sleeper in the middle of the car and it was sooooo much better. Be warned that if you get a sleeper at the end of a car the bathroom is kind of hard to get into and is shaped weird, if you get a room in the middle, then bathroom is more spacious. We would never had been able to sleep in a coach car, especially with our 4 year old. Coming back north we had a car attendant bring our meals to our room and that was more relaxing for dd. When we arrived in Lorton the day before (on our way down to Florida) we stayed at Comfort Inn and it was a very nice place. The only thing bad that I can say about it, was that the man taking care of the continental breakfast the next morning was scratching his arm with his gloved hand and then walking over and flipping the sausage patties
Enjoy your trips and remember the earlier you book the autotrain the cheaper it is

Oh, and we did decide that next year we'll get a family bedroom, so much more spacious then the sleepers. We met a family in Lorton (and the husband just happened to be an amtrak employee who drives the auto train) and thye got a family bedroom. Me and dd visited them during the trip ( their dd and my dd had become fast friends in the depot) and the room is large.
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Old 06-24-2012, 03:44 PM   #1521
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Pixie dust and the auto train

I am so excited and my husband is not understanding what a big deal this is...lol! So, yesterday I booked 5 coach seats and a oversized vehicle on the autotrain for August. The more I started thinking about it, I REALLY wanted a sleeper car for us (me, DH, DD11, DD4 and DD2). Looking at the prices I didn't think it was going to happen because we were already paying 1400 dollars just for coach seats and the car
Soooo...today I figured I would just call Amtrak just to see what they could offer me. The lady was super nice and said she could get us 2 roomettes both ways for only 200 more!!! I was like?????? I confirmed it was okay to have 1 adult and 1 child in one room and 1 adult and 2 small children in the other. She said it was fine.
So when I got the confirmation email...all looked good. The five of us are on the confirmation and we have the 2 roomettes both ways. BUT then I noticed there is NO mention of my oversized vehicle...crap. I wasn't going to call...but I decided better to be safe than sorry. Good I did because the lady I spoke with said, it was a mistake and it was going to be $400 MORE!!!!
I asked if there was anything Amtrak could do since it was not my mistake (in fact I caught a mistake they made) and could they stand by the price I was quoted. I got put on hold forever, but it was worth it because they stood by the offer. So I got 2 roomettes both ways for only 200 extra!!!! Awesome right???
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I am so excited and my husband is not understanding what a big deal this is...lol! So, yesterday I booked 5 coach seats and a oversized vehicle on the autotrain for August. The more I started thinking about it, I REALLY wanted a sleeper car for us (me, DH, DD11, DD4 and DD2). Looking at the prices I didn't think it was going to happen because we were already paying 1400 dollars just for coach seats and the car
Soooo...today I figured I would just call Amtrak just to see what they could offer me. The lady was super nice and said she could get us 2 roomettes both ways for only 200 more!!! I was like?????? I confirmed it was okay to have 1 adult and 1 child in one room and 1 adult and 2 small children in the other. She said it was fine.
So when I got the confirmation email...all looked good. The five of us are on the confirmation and we have the 2 roomettes both ways. BUT then I noticed there is NO mention of my oversized vehicle...crap. I wasn't going to call...but I decided better to be safe than sorry. Good I did because the lady I spoke with said, it was a mistake and it was going to be $400 MORE!!!!
I asked if there was anything Amtrak could do since it was not my mistake (in fact I caught a mistake they made) and could they stand by the price I was quoted. I got put on hold forever, but it was worth it because they stood by the offer. So I got 2 roomettes both ways for only 200 extra!!!! Awesome right???
That's awesome!
Maybe I should call to see if we can get 2 roomettes for cheap/
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I am so excited and my husband is not understanding what a big deal this is...lol! So, yesterday I booked 5 coach seats and a oversized vehicle on the autotrain for August. The more I started thinking about it, I REALLY wanted a sleeper car for us (me, DH, DD11, DD4 and DD2). Looking at the prices I didn't think it was going to happen because we were already paying 1400 dollars just for coach seats and the car
Soooo...today I figured I would just call Amtrak just to see what they could offer me. The lady was super nice and said she could get us 2 roomettes both ways for only 200 more!!! I was like?????? I confirmed it was okay to have 1 adult and 1 child in one room and 1 adult and 2 small children in the other. She said it was fine.
So when I got the confirmation email...all looked good. The five of us are on the confirmation and we have the 2 roomettes both ways. BUT then I noticed there is NO mention of my oversized vehicle...crap. I wasn't going to call...but I decided better to be safe than sorry. Good I did because the lady I spoke with said, it was a mistake and it was going to be $400 MORE!!!!
I asked if there was anything Amtrak could do since it was not my mistake (in fact I caught a mistake they made) and could they stand by the price I was quoted. I got put on hold forever, but it was worth it because they stood by the offer. So I got 2 roomettes both ways for only 200 extra!!!! Awesome right???
Good for you to ask them to stand by their quote. I'm glad they were willing to work with you.

But one word of warning -- once you do the Bedroom cars there is no going back to coach!

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I'm reading everyone's postings about going on the auto train and it's getting me all giddy about planning our trip for next year. We loved the auto train, very relaxing and you don't have to drive 20 hours, you sit back and enjoy the country side Last year when we went I had originally booked coach seats, but once we got to Lorton, hubby decided to switch to a deluxe sleeper $$$$$, 600 extra, but he did it anyways and I'm so glad he did. Our sleeper was at the end of a car, lots of motion and noises, so coming back we switched to a deluxe sleeper in the middle of the car and it was sooooo much better. Be warned that if you get a sleeper at the end of a car the bathroom is kind of hard to get into and is shaped weird, if you get a room in the middle, then bathroom is more spacious. We would never had been able to sleep in a coach car, especially with our 4 year old. Coming back north we had a car attendant bring our meals to our room and that was more relaxing for dd. When we arrived in Lorton the day before (on our way down to Florida) we stayed at Comfort Inn and it was a very nice place. The only thing bad that I can say about it, was that the man taking care of the continental breakfast the next morning was scratching his arm with his gloved hand and then walking over and flipping the sausage patties
Enjoy your trips and remember the earlier you book the autotrain the cheaper it is

Oh, and we did decide that next year we'll get a family bedroom, so much more spacious then the sleepers. We met a family in Lorton (and the husband just happened to be an amtrak employee who drives the auto train) and thye got a family bedroom. Me and dd visited them during the trip ( their dd and my dd had become fast friends in the depot) and the room is large.
Yeah for upgrading to Family Bedrooms -- they really are so much more comfortable than coach.

I am trying a roomette for my first time for my daughter and myself in July so it'll be neat to compare that to the Family Room, too.
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Old 07-02-2012, 07:45 PM   #1524
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34 days until we take the Autotrain for the first time. I will definitely let you know how it was!
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todays - 7/3/12 southbound train was cancelled.

they were so far behind due to the storms last week. In order to catch up they cancelled the train. Last nights train did not leave till 1130 pm

Remember when you travel the AT it is part of the journey not just a mode of transportation. Remember to give them your cell phone number with your reservation so they can contact you for any reasons.

Hoping all those dis'ers that were impacted by the cancellation or the last few days of delays were able to reach WDW and still have a wonderful vacation!

I've downloaded the Amtak app on my iphone and been tracking their departure and arrival times.


We'll be onboard in 42 days!

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Wow now I know I am glad I booked ours a day earlier than my resort reservation at Disney starts. I am planning on headig to the Daytona Beach and spend a night near the Ocean. Now I am glad I did just in case there is another cancelation. August 6th here we come!
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20 days till we take our first train ride! I am so excited to be taking the Autotrain on August 6th. Anyone else on th Dis riding along?
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6 days until the Autotrain!!

It's funny b/c I am incredibly excited for being at WDW .. but I really and truly am looking forward to being on the train, too.

After 3 AT trips, the AT is now an integral part of our Disney vacation!
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20 days till we take our first train ride! I am so excited to be taking the Autotrain on August 6th. Anyone else on th Dis riding along?
Have fun and be sure too report back for the rest of us 1st-timers! Looking forward to our trip in October
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20 days till we take our first train ride! I am so excited to be taking the Autotrain on August 6th. Anyone else on th Dis riding along?
So close we are on the train on August 5th.
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