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10 Allens Alley, Clear Lake, IA 50428
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Hilltop Motel
Ranked #2 of 8 hotels in Clear Lake
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Saint Louis, Missouri
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

We use trip advisor to find great hotels and have never been disappointed.. until now. It was dirty and needed maintenance work. The worst: there were brown smears on the toilet seat and white stains and multiple blond hairs on the bluesheets. The manager changed the sheets and washed the toilet: the replaced and cleaned items appeared OK. There were... More

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travelgirlfromiowa, Owner at Hilltop Motel, responded to this review

Unfortunately we were unable to satisfy this guest. After several phone calls requesting history on the motel and the smoking status of this room (we were only able to confirm smoking status back to our ownership period of 4 1/2 years) - she did finally book the room. In hindsight I should have known the motel was not going to... More

Scales Mound, Illinois
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

We rented the breakfast suite, it was huge! The breakfast was the best we have ever had! From the moment we arrived we were treated like old friends! They have an awesome patio area, pool and hot tub, many extras that are not offered at the best suites at the hilton, and my wife says the pool boy is not... More

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Overland Park, Kansas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2011

Found this lovely little place while wandering through the town. Already had a room at a name-brand chain hotel for that trip, but planned to return to Clear Lake and knew we just had to stay here, next time. We've stayed twice (2009 and 2010) and we're heading back this September. Gracious hosts, friendly "neighbors", fun pool and game areas,... More

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Waterloo, Iowa
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2011

This was our first time at Clear Lake and we picked out this place based on the Trip Advisor ratings and reviews. We're a young family and had 3 kids along aged 8,6,4. We spent 2 nights at the motel. The owners are very friendly people who go out of their way to accommodate your needs. It's an old time... More

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Burlington VT
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78 reviews 78 reviews
55 hotel reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2011

This wonderful older motel is walking distance to the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake. That is where Buddy Holly's final concert took place in February 1959. I stayed here, in a lovely decorated room, and enjoyed the day in Clear Lake. During my stay, I took a pilgrimage to the spot where the plane went down; this sounds grisly, but... More

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United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2011

Our group had been travelling on business with for an extended period of time. This place was refreshing because it had the feel of staying in the guest bedroom your aunt's house, but with the privacy of a hotel. Each room has a different theme (Coca-Cola Room, Waterski Room, etc.) giving the motel a fun and unique personality. The rooms... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2010

We chose to stay at the Hilltop as part of a rambling road trip through the U.S. I found it online and was really curious. We were not disappointed. It was such an excellent experience for my daughters, my wife and me! We were drawn by the classic feel of the place (and especially the awesome outdoor pool) and got... More

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Champaign, IL
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2010

Stayed only one night with my daughter on a trip to see the Surf Ballroom and the famous plane crash site. I decided on the Hilltop Motel after reading the other reviews. It was as advertised -- a nice, family-owned motel right across the parking lot from the Surf Ballroom. Reservation was easy and made via phone. Check in and... More

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Cedar rapids
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2010

I have stayed here a few times when attending concerts at the Surf Ballroom. This place is great for the price!!! The main level rooms have a front door and a back door that leads to the garden and pool. They have yards games around the pool to play. In the afternoon my buddies and I enjoy hanging out playing... More

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San Francisco, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 hotel reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2009

This small motel is across a parking lot from the Surf Ballroom, a concert venue which is still active today and has fame as being the last show location for Buddy Holly, Big Bopper and Riche Valens. We saw a show there and stayed at the motel one night. The motel is friendly and family oriented. It is like journeying... More

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Address: 10 Allens Alley, Clear Lake, IA 50428
Location: United States > Iowa > Clear Lake
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Hilltop Motel Clear Lake, Iowa

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New Ownership since 2007. Family owned, operated and orientated. Some rooms with kitchenettes, outdoor grills, outdoor pool and hot-tub,games, DVD library. We are the number one place in area to host your next family reunion - stop in at take a look around. The rooms are all theme decorated. ... more   less 
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