History and monuments dot this landscape almost as often as the golden farmlands. Learn about America’s 31st president at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch. In northeast Iowa is the Effigy Mounds National Monument, a group of prehistoric American Indian burial and ceremonial mounds. This part of Iowa is also home to the Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage. The 37-county region tells the story of American agriculture, agribusiness and farm life and is affiliated with the National Park Service. In addition, there are five national wildlife refuges here.
If you love history, imagine seeing the Amana Colonies, consisting of seven historic villages in 1855 by German immigrants as a religious communal society. Here you can also buy antiques, hand-woven baskets, furniture and clocks and locally made wine and beer. In Ames, take the family to see the Christian Petersen Art Museum, a newer structure that exhibits works of art by Christian Petersen and contemporary artists. You won’t want to miss the state capital of Des Moines, home to Blank Park Zoo with its naturalistic exhibits and more than 800 animals from five continents. You also should enjoy the Brenton Skating Plaza, an outdoor family entertainment venue.
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4 based on 300 reviews
Welcome to the AmericInn Hotel & Suites Des Moines Airport. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure our hotel's vibrant modern decor and warm service oriented hospitality will suit all of your needs. Our 100% non-smoking hotel offers you a variety of room choices. Select one of our family or whirlpool suites for added perks. Start your mornings off right by enjoying our free to- go breakfast and enjoy our inviting, indoor pool. We are conveniently located directly across from Des Moines International airport and are just minutes from downtown. Our location allows for easy access to many area businesses and attractions, including Wells Fargo Arena and the Iowa Events Center. We offer a complimentary shuttle to the airport. No matter where you come from or what brings you to Des Moines, we invite you come explore the feel throughout the hotel.
Breakfast was yum and had plenty of options. Pool was open. Service was great. Overall great price and good place to stay. We stayed 3 nights. Didn’t see any shady characters which is always a plus in a inexpensive hotel in a bigger city.
4 based on 194 reviews
See why so many travelers make Americas Best Value Inn & Suites- Stuart their motel of choice when visiting Stuart. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a family-friendly setting with an array of amenities designed for travelers like you. Guest rooms offer a flat screen TV and air conditioning, and Stuart Super 8 makes getting online easy as free wifi is available. You can also take advantage of some of the amenities offered by the motel, including a 24 hour front desk. In addition, guests can enjoy a pool and free breakfast during their visit. As an added convenience, there is free parking available to guests. Travelers looking to enjoy some ribs can head to Country Kitchen. Otherwise, you may want to check out a pub such as Ruby's Pub. If you’re looking for something to do, White Pole Road (0.5 mi) and Bonnie and Clyde Bank Robbery Site (0.6 mi) are a nice way to spend some time, and they are all within walking distance of Americas Best Value Inn & Suites- Stuart. We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at Americas Best Value Inn & Suites- Stuart as you experience all of the things Stuart has to offer.
I stopped with my dog while traveling across country. I booked online a few hours prior to checking in around 9 pm. The price was reasonable. Desk staff was nice and efficient. I was impressed that there was no extra charge for my dog. The rooms were clean, updated and comfortable. There was a grassy area to walk the dog. There was coffee in the lobby but no breakfast as mentioned on the website. The hotel is right next to really nice gas stations with cheaper gas and great food selections for breakfast. The hotel was right off the exit of 1-80. I will stop again the next time through.
4 based on 452 reviews
Located off Highway 20, the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Waterloo, IA is only 15 minutes from the Waterloo Regional Airport (ALO) and downtown Cedar Falls. Two miles north of the hotel, downtown Waterloo offers numerous activities for the entire family, such as hockey at Young Arena and wet and wild fun at Lost Island Waterpark. We're only three miles from events at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center and one mile from shopping and entertainment at Crossroads Mall.
When we got to the hotel there were many people waiting for their rooms to ready, this was an hour after check in times. When we got to our room, the door was open, a pop bottle was laying right in the walk way into the room and the beds weren't made. We went to the front desk, waited for a few minutes for a worker to let her know, said that we would be back since we had our daughters college graduation to attend. When we got back to the hotel later that night no worker was to be seen. Get into the room and the floors were nasty and sticky~my husband cleaned it up some with a wet towel. Breakfast was very limited with what was available for food. They ran out of milk and had to go to the store to buy more. Workers were very scarce, when checking out we couldn't since nobody was at the front desk. The garbage can by the front entrance was over filled and we couldn't even throw away our few items. Highly recommend NOT staying at this location.
4.5 based on 227 reviews
The AmericInn is located centrally in Okoboji on Brooks National Golf Course only minutes from all Lake Okoboji attractions. Offering 61 beautifully appointed guestrooms featuring new plush top beds and 32" flat panel LCD televisions. Our 100% non-smoking facility offers a variety of room types including suites that feature a whirlpool, fireplace, microwave and refrigerator. Some rooms also feature a personal patio or balcony. Due to Covid-19 a complimentary grab & go breakfast will be offered. Stay connected with our free wireless internet. Guests of all ages enjoy the indoor heated swimming pool, large whirlpool and sauna. Cozy up next to the fireplace in the lobby, or relax and soak up the sun on one of the three public patio areas. The AmericInn offers spacious accommodations perfect for relaxing after a long day of enjoying all that Okoboji has to offer.Canine Friendly- $40.00 non-refundable fee/pet and deposit paid. Must register pet with guest services upon arrival.
From check in to check out everything was perfect here. Great staff. The general manager is a sweetheart and leads by example. Clean rooms. Nice pool and breakfast was good. Super clean rooms. First floor has a nice patio which I enjoyed.
4.5 based on 289 reviews
Vintage Block Inn & Suites is a pintrest extravaganza in the heart of Okoboji - close to Arnold's Park. Located a half block from the East Lake boat access and 2 blocks North of the bridge that separates East and West Lake Okoboji! We offer a unique stay with a warm breakfast, great customer service, outdoor swimming pool, green space with fire pits, grills, games and gazebo - perfect for family reunions! Large family rooms that sleep up to 10 people! Our 2 bedroom Pop Rocks Suite with a full kitchen surpass any expectations! 34 Rooms with kitchenettes Book at the hippest place in Okoboji!
Great service, very welcoming, and honest management. Really enjoyed the night around a bonfire after a night in downtown. Clean rooms and a lot of games were available for spare time. Thank you very much for the great weekend!
4.5 based on 295 reviews
Finding an ideal family-friendly motel in Winterset does not have to be difficult. Welcome to Covered Bridge Inn, a nice option for travelers like you. Close to some of Winterset's most popular landmarks, such as Winterset City Park (1.4 mi) and Cedar Bridge (1.5 mi), Winterset Super 8 is a great destination for tourists. Guest rooms offer a flat screen TV and air conditioning, and Super Eight Winterset makes getting online easy as free wifi is available. In addition, guests can enjoy free breakfast during their visit. As an added convenience, there is free parking available to guests. Travelers looking to enjoy some burritos can head to Mi Pueblito Mexican Restaurant. Otherwise, you may want to check out a cafe such as Northside Cafe. If you’re looking for something to do, John Wayne Birthplace & Museum (1.0 mi), Courthouse Square (0.9 mi), and Cutler-Donahoe Bridge (1.1 mi) are a nice way to spend some time, and they are all within walking distance of Covered Bridge Inn. Covered Bridge Inn looks forward to welcoming you on your visit to Winterset.
The manager was super helpful in every way. He helped us find the place while he stayed on the phone with us. He brought us to the room, walked outside and showed us where to potty our pets and where to park. Continental breakfast was an added bonus. I strongly suggest staying here.
4 based on 86 reviews
Welcome to the Cobblestone Inn & Suites in Winterset, Iowa. Our beautiful hotel is conveniently located near everything that Winterset, Iowa has to offer including Madison County Health Care System, Winterset – Madison County Airport, and more. Our hotel provides easy access for traveling to and from U.S. Highway 169 and Iowa State Highway 92. Located west of Interstate 35 and south of Interstate 80, our hotel is within 40 miles of Des Moines, Iowa. In town for business? The Cobblestone Inn & Suites of Winterset, Iowa offers easy access to QHC Winterset Care Facilities, Madison County Auction, Merchandising Frontiers, Grip-Tite Manufacturing Co, Graphic Creations, Mahle Filter Systems, and much more! In town for some fun? Check out Roseman Bridge, Madhaus Gallery, the Covered Bridges Winery, the Village Bootery, Northside Café, and more. At the Cobblestone Inn & Suites in Winterset, Iowa you will feel at home with microwaves, refrigerators, luxury linens, Seattle's Best Coffee, and flat-panel televisions in every guest room. We offer our guests the amenities and services they need with 24-hour Seattle's Best Coffee Service, Guest Laundry, 24-hour Onsite Convenience Store, Fitness Center, High Speed Wireless Internet Access, and so much more! At the Cobblestone Inn & Suites, you will receive “Big City Quality, Small Town Values…” each stay. Make your reservations today.
I mentioned to the front desk person that we lost our dogs ball somewhere outside if it happens to turn up. She later called and said she had it and even brought it up to our room. That's going above and beyond! I also was surprised to see a bar/lounge in a hotel this size.
4.5 based on 367 reviews
Motel 6 Avoca Iowa is located off Interstate 80 near Avoca Golf Club, Myrtue Memorial Hospital and Shelby County Speedway. Our guests can enjoy our coin laundry facility and free Wi-Fi in all modern guest rooms. On-site restaurant "The Game Time Sports Grill and Bar"
The room was clean and the staff was very helpful and friendly. It is easy to access off the Highway and has ample, lighted parking. This was a stopover motel on our cross country trip. We have stayed there several times and have been satisfied. No frills, but a clean place to stay for the night. One plus is that their is a restaurant in the hotel. Pub type food, but clean.
3.5 based on 160 reviews
Our extremely convenient location near Interstates 80 and 35 makes this Des Moines discount hotel your ideal lodging destination. As our valued guest, you can enjoy additional amenities as: Free Easy Starts® deluxe continental breakfast Free WiFi Guest laundry facilities You don’t need to sacrifice key amenities when you’re trying to be economical. We invite you to relax in your guest room which features a refrigerator, microwave, desk, coffee maker, iron and ironing board and flat screen TV. Some rooms also feature a sofa sleeper. Suites which feature a whirlpool and a balcony are also available.
Nice hotel. Reasonable rate. Friendly check-in person. Good location. Near several restaurants. The staff at this hotel is amazing. They went above and beyond to accommodate our group. I recently stayed at a 4 star hotel that did not have near the quality of service that this hotel does.
4.5 based on 188 reviews
Come visit the largest Amish settlement west of the Mississippi! You will love viewing beautiful Amish farms and seeing horse-drawn buggies as you drive the country roads. The area (Kalona, Iowa) boasts a famous cheese factory, restaurants, an Amish bakery, quaint antique shops, a coffee house, and much more! We would love to have you stay at the Dutch Country Inn when you visit Kalona. At our inn, your comfort is our priority. We offer exceptionally clean rooms, a continental breakfast, and down-home hospitality.
I called to reserve a room at Dutch Inn and a pleasant voice answered the phone. The day we arrived and went up to our room it was very nice. with all the amenities, we expected to have, a microwave oven and a refrigerator. The beds were very comfortable and the pillows were excellent. When I visit my family again in Wellman I will be sure to stay at the Dutch County Inn.
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