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Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark: Dubuque's Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark

The waterpark is fantastic, but if you are going Monday-Thursday make sure it is going to be open, because usually it is not on those days. There isn't much there for teenagers, but young kids love it. Lots of lifeguards too. Tony Roma's is a great place to eat and offers a whole lot of food on their kid's menus. The Dubuque River Museum is next door and can be walked to. There is also a casino within walking distance. There is a beautiful walkway in the back of the hotel on the river that also has statues along it to look at. This place is slightly expensive, but you can frequently find specials. FYI, the beds are very comfortable. The pull out couches are EXTREMELY uncomfortable and not very big.

The waterpark

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Family Travel
  • Written January 19, 2014
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Royal Amsterdam: A Touch of Dutch in Pella

$125 as of August 2013. Like the town of Pella this motel makes one wonder if they made a wrong turn and ended up in the Netherlands as opposed to Central Iowa. The hotel exudes old world charm and the staff is excellent. Suites have a small refrigerator and a microwave. All rooms have free Internet and access to a fitness center. I was told the restaurant and lounge on site are very nice (I did not go there). Not for those on a tight budget!

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Road Trip, Luxury Travel, Food and Dining
  • Written October 29, 2013
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Fairfield Inn & Suites: Very Nice Place in Burlington

$80 as of August 2013. This was a very nice hotel with extras like a small refrigerator and microwave, free Internet, a fitness center, indoor pool, and a complimentary hot breakfast. The guy at the desk was good when I visited. A pretty good value.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Business Travel, Road Trip
  • Written October 29, 2013
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Fairfield Inn and Suites Burlington


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De Soto Inn (formerly Days Inn): Decent Sleep in Missouri Valley

$79 as of August 2013. This hotel was fairly nice looking and had a few extras like a small refrigerator and a microwave, free internet, and a good TV with 1 channel of HBO. Overall an above average place for a nights sleep.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Road Trip, Family Travel
  • Written October 28, 2013
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Best Western Regency Inn: Very Nice Hotel in Marshalltown

$79 as of August 2013. This is a very attractive hotel with a small refrigerator and a microwave in each room and the rooms are nice too. They had a good TV with HBO. My stay here started rough, however. The first room had a toilet that kept running and I could not fix it so I asked for another room. The girl at the desk, Kylie, apologized and promptly gave me another room. The second room was fine but the maid had left a wet, dirty towel propping open the bathroom door. I returned the towel to the front desk to an emsrarassed Kylie. After that my stay was fine. They promised to talk to the cleaning staff. I would still recommend the hotel.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Road Trip, Family Travel, Business Travel
  • Written October 28, 2013
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AmericInn: Very Nice in Grimes (Des Moines Area)

$99 as of August 2013. The Americinn has a few extras like a small refrigerator and microwave in the rooms, a wine and beer bar, and a great heated pool/hot tub/sauna indoors. The breakfast is a full hot breakfast too.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Business Travel, Historical Travel, Road Trip
  • Written October 28, 2013
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Econolodge: Good Deal in Des Moines

$60 as of August 2013. I tend to be cheap with my money and when I drove up to this Econolodge I was anticipating it being more than I wanted to pay. I was pleasantly surprised. The room was pretty nice as was the outside of the hotel. The room had a few extras like a small refrigerator and a microwave, free internet, and a decent TV. This is a great deal for the money. The girl at the desk, Janny was also very nice and helpful.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Road Trip
  • Written October 28, 2013
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Best Western: Very Nice Hotel in Council Bluffs

$90 as of August 2013. Best Westerns tend to be a step up from my usual Super 8s; both in price and quality. This one was no exception. This hotel had a few extras like a small refrigerator and a microwave and a very nice TV with two channels of HBO. Nice sized room, and a decent deal. Nice girl at the desk too.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Road Trip, Business Travel
  • Written October 28, 2013
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Super 8: Acceptable Budget Hotel in Ames

$67 as of August 2013. This Super 8 did not look that prosperous outside or in. It had no extras like a small refigerator or a microwave; but did have free internet and a good TV with 1 channel of HBO. When I checked into my room there was a big bag of trash by the atirs near my room and I reported that to the manager/owner. He promptly came and removed it. Breakfast was the usual continental style expected at a Super 8. Okay for a nights sleep; but I would probably try another place.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Road Trip, Family Travel, Budget Travel
  • Written October 28, 2013
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Heartland Inn - Davenport: Great Place to Stay for Good Value

Very nice CLEAN and quiet accomodations. Rooms are nice size, very clean and comfortable. Halls and lobby were also very clean and well kept. Staff is very helpful and a free breakfast from waffles to toast. Prices are very reasonable. We would absolutely stay with them again.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written October 25, 2008

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Beiderbecke Inn in Davenport: Rooms of the Bed and Breakfast

The Beiderbecke Inn has four rooms used as the Bed and Breakfast. A full breakfast comes with the room.

The room that we stayed in was called Mississippi Rose. We chose it because it has a private, outdoor veranda with a view of the Mississippi River. It also has a Queen-sized bed, a working fireplace, a Sitting Porch with a view of the Mississippi River, and a Bath with antique claw foot tub/shower. It was a quite large room with a large closet, beautiful furniture, and a very comfortable bed. It cost $95.00 plus tax per night.

Because we were the only customers on that Friday night in May, we were able to see all the other rooms:

The Victorian Room was the most expensive room at $105 plus tax per night. It has an antique queen-sized bed, a working fireplace, and a bath with Jacuzzi tub and shower.

The Tower Room has a hexagon turret, which makes it quite unique. It also has an antique queen-sized bed, a working fireplace, and a bath with shower.

The smallest room available is called the Bix Room and it cost $85 plus tax per night. It has a Brass Double Bed and a Bath with shower. It would be good for a single occupant. Note, it is the only room with a double rather than a queen bed.

Because we were the only guests, we were able to wander through all the rooms and take photographs. Below is a description of each photograph.

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1. Our room, Mississippi Rose. Note that it is Rose in color and has beautiful wall paper.

2. Victorian Room has a beautiful antique queen-sized bedroom set and frilly curtains.

3. The Tower Room makes use of the unique hexagon turret.

4. The Bix Room is a small room with a lovely brass double bed.

5. Another photo of the Tower Room to show the gorgeous antique bed.

The love and hard work that has gone into The Beiderbecke Inn is quite evident.

During the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival brings a multitude of Jazz enthusiasts to Davenport, and The Beiderbecke Inn is always booked at least a year in advance. People are eager to see where Bix's grandparents lived.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Historical Travel, Food and Dining, Architecture
  • Written May 26, 2007
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Beiderbecke Inn: Delightful Bed and Breakfast in Davenport

Our last night in Iowa, Jill and I stayed in The Beiderbecke Bed and Breakfast in Davenport. (Yes, the original owners were the grandparents of the famed jazz musician, Bix Beiderbecke)

The Inn Keeper, Pam LaRoque welcomed us warmly. She gave us the tour of her lovely home and told us about the history, the family who built it, and what she and her husband have done to renovate it so lovingly.

Each room has central air conditioning, Color TV, DVD, VCR, private bathrooms, and comfortable beds. In the second floor landing, you will find a huge bookcase filled with DVDs and VCRs for your use.

The Beiderbecke Inn was built in the late 1800s (about 1880) and is located in the heart of historic Davenport. Pam offers four rooms with a full breakfast. All of the rooms are unique and well appointed. Breakfast is held in the large formal dining room. For us, it included French Toast with slivered almonds, a light fluffy egg with delicious spices, sausage links, juice, coffee and tea, and some kind of breakfast cake. Needless to say, we could not everything.

Pam was quite helpful about directions, places to eat, and historical facts about Davenport.

The following tip concerns the four rooms that are available at The Beiderbecke Inn. For Jill and I, we were so pleased because this Bed and Breakfast is totally a non-smoking establishment.

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1. The outside of The Beiderbecke Inn.
2. Sign for the Home.
3. Dee and Jill eating breakfast in the formal dining room.
4. Leaded Windows as you descend the staircase.
5. Jill resting on our private veranda.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Architecture, Historical Travel, Food and Dining
  • Written May 26, 2007
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Holiday Inn Downtown: A Hotel Downtown

When my basketball team went to state we stayed at the Holiday Inn. It is very close to Veterans Memorial Auditorium and the NEW Wells Fargo Arena. The hotel provides free shuttle service. It has the whole top floor designated for parties.

However, the walls are paper thin as well as the floors (some girls got in trouble for running because it sounded like thunder a floor down, but they were only walking). So if you're a light sleeper this is definitely not the hotel for you!
Oh, and the beds are only double beds. So keep that in mind when traveling. I got stuck sleeping with our 6'1" center who slept right in the middle of the bed.

My room did have a nice view of downtown Des Moines. You could see Vets, which was cool. The window is very big.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written March 28, 2005
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Adventureland Inn: Great Family Hotel

We stayed in a 2nd floor room with a balcony that was nice and big for a family of 5. We had a flip bed for one kid and plenty of room to put it down. Mini frige, hair dryer, 2 sinks, one in coat area and one in the bathroom.
plenty of towels. Breakfast was great and they have a buffet if you like. Bring your own pop, because the machines are very expensive.

Where do I start?

2 waterslides.

2 whirlpools.

1 kiddie pool that goes from 0 depth to about 1 foot and a half with water activities and baby slide

swim up bar

2 game rooms

all contained in 2 courtyard settings

right nextdoor to the amusement park by the same name.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Water Sports, Family Travel, Theme Park Trips
  • Written February 12, 2004

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  • Reviews: 14

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Sac City Motel: Greatest little motel in Iowa

This is a great little motel. Clean rooms, usual motel stuff, friendly guy called Sky who runs it, will get out of bed to check you in in the middle of the night, and then give you exciting little gadgets such as bright green neon backscratchers and fridge magnet calendars that say Sac City Motel on them. Too bad you have to go to Iowa to stay there (haha just joking...Iowa is nice really, just watch out for the coppers- they dont like speeding!)

Ha, i didnt realize this at the time, but apparently they have a "bird cleaning service". According to their website: "We cater to hunters, supply them freezer storage space, bird cleaning area with running water and work benches. When I am available, I also do a bird cleaning service for our guests."
Hey who could ask for more!

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Adventure Travel, Road Trip
  • Written December 11, 2003

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