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Gateway Center Hotel

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2100 Green Hills Drive, US 30 & Elwood Drive, Ames, IA 50010
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Ranked #11 of 18 hotels in Ames
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 3 weeks ago
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Northwestern Ohio
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112 reviews 112 reviews
15 hotel reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Yes, it was a little annoying that the rooms did not have a mini-fridge, but we had a cooler along so it wasn't that big a deal. We don't drink coffee or use a microwave in a hotel room anyway, so the lack of those things meant nothing to us. Some parts of the room (ceiling, furniture) were dated but... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In the world of Drury and Hampton Inns, this place is just so-so. You'll get cable and internet, but certainly no fridge in the room, no newspaper/breakfast/etc. Even the coffeemaker in our room had hair in it...ewww. The landscaping is nice, and the pool was warm, but the hotel overall is very dated on the inside. Our room was musty... More

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Ames, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was walking through the lobby at gateway and there where three people at the front desk, two of the employees started yelling at the other one. I could not believe it. I will never stay here again if that how there employees treat each other. I was to frighten to go up and check out, so I just left... More

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Wentworth, South Dakota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Very nice building on the exterior, and the landscaping would make you think it was a great hotel. the staff is wonderful, don't know that you could find more accommodating people. The hotel is getting dated though, as in our room the wallpaper is peeling, the furniture is dated, and the place just looks tired. Room ceilings looked like they... More

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Rosemount, Minnesota
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51 reviews 51 reviews
14 hotel reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We booked this hotel last minute via priceline for $50. The staff was very pleasant at check-in and, however, our impression of the hotel was that it was kinda tired and run down. There was dim lighting, dated furniture and the layout of the parking lot, to the lobby/check-in desk to the elevator bank to the rooms was very confusing... More

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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We stayed at the Gateway for Odyssey of the Mind World Finals and had an excellent stay. The room was clean and comfortable, and the the staff was accommodating and friendly. As part of our package we were given a breakfast and dinner buffet in one of their banquet rooms. For a buffet the food was quite good, and our... More

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Waverly, Iowa
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

I am often traveling the Midwest, and one of my favorite spots on the I-35 corridor through the state of Iowa is not actually in Des Moines, but just a bit north, in Ames, Iowa, The Gateway. Just off Hwy. 30 as you exit the interstate, and directly south of one of the Big 12 Conference universities, Iowa State, this... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

I've stayed here several times, each with excellent bedding (both mattress and sheets) and an above average degree of cleanliness. Parking is quite ample. I have neither eaten in the restaurant nor used the pool. Only 2 things would make this hotel top-notch. It was 18 degrees F outside when I checked in the hotel and found my room set... More

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Oskaloosa, Iowa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

We stayed at this hotel over New Year's Eve with our family. It was great. Extremely reasonably priced as well. The hotel is located near the Iowa State University campus. We attended a basketball game prior to the stay. The hotel pool and hot tube were great for our kids. Hotel staff was excellent and the morning breakfast buffet was... More

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Bloomington, Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Had a very nice weekend in Ames for kids basketball tournament. Hotel staff was very friendly and efficient, hotel has nice amenities including indoor pool and small workout room. Next time we're in Ames we'll be staying there!

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Address: 2100 Green Hills Drive, US 30 & Elwood Drive, Ames, IA 50010
Location: United States > Iowa > Ames
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Gateway Center Hotel 3*
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Gateway Hotel Ames
Hotel Gateway Center
Gateway Center Hotel Ames, Iowa

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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Gateway Hotel & Conference Center is a full service business hotel located in a beautiful natural setting near Iowa State University. ... more   less 
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