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South Shore Inn - Clear Lake

1603 South Shore Drive, Clear Lake, IA 50428-2720
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Ranked #5 of 8 hotels in Clear Lake
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 4 days ago
auditru2blue Des Moines, Iowa
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  • Location
    4.5 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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Des Moines, Iowa
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Stayed at the hotel one night. Small parking lot but adjacent parking across the street. The check in lobby is small. Seeing a pattern yet? Very dated hallway, our room was on the second floor. Not a steep climb but still. Next to our room in the hallway was a corner area that the hotel was using for storage I... More

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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived on a Wednesday afternoon on a mid August day. We had reservations, which are recommended as this is a popular place to stay in Clear Lake. We had seen a review suggesting a room some distance from the bar and grill due to the noise at night. I agree with that suggestion after viewing the property. Although we... More

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Pasco, WA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While it's true that all the rooms face the lake, they're also overlooking or adjacent to the bar/restaurant. We were told that the restaurant would be closing around 9 - nobody mentioned that the bar would be open until 11:30 or 12...along with accompanying music and drinkers. Right. Outside. Our. Room. Can't blame the hotel for the loud thunderstorm that... More

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Brecht, Belgium
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Whyle on a road trip we got lost and accidently found the lake and the hotel.where we stayed for one night We got a very clean room with view on the lake . The room had it's own fridge and microwave. The bar and restaurant were right behind the hotel wich came in handy. Great food and drinks there. The... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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14 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

We spent a night here on a long road trip. The best part about the hotel is the location on the lake, the rest is really just average. The rooms are standard hotel rooms, with furnishings that are showing some wear and tear, but our room was clean and quiet, and we got a good nights' sleep.

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Algona, Iowa
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

We visited the hotel's bar called "The Landing" 3 weeks ago. Very impressed with the bar/restaurant area and the convenience of the inn right next to the bar. I just scheduled a weekend on Sept 7th for 4 rooms so that my brothers and my sister can get together. It is a perfect location for all of us to meet... More

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74 reviews 74 reviews
34 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

The hotel was average, but the view from our balcony on the second floor was great. There's no elevator. The beds were comfortable. The restaurant/bar is right on the water, convenient to dock your boat. The swordfish tacos were good and the sweet potato fries were wonderful. Later in the evening it is a little noisy in the room with... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

Best place to stay in Clear Lake. Hotel sits right on the lake and all rooms have a lake view. A brand new deck was just built outside and food or your favorite beverage is available. Watching the sun go down from the deck is great. Minutes from downtown shopping. There is also live entertainment at various times in the... More

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Hannibal, Missouri, United States
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

While traveling to and from Minnesota, we stayed one night at the South Shore Inn. What a find!! Our room was right on the lake front with a patio to sit outside and enjoy the lake. Nice, clean room. The restaurant has sweet potato fries to die for, yes they were that good, along with the rest of our meal.... More

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West Des Moines, Iowa
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

This was actually a Christmas present. I had made a reservation at this hotel based on the website, securing the room with the King Size bed, and the jacuzzi tub. However, after arriving at the hotel Friday evening, we were told that room was no longer available, and they had a standard room with two queen size beds. This was... More

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Todd L, Owner at South Shore Inn - Clear Lake, responded to this review

We are sorry that we did not meet your expectations and apologize that we weren't able to offer you the room you desired. To accomodate you for the room change, we did take 20% off your room and were able to get you the room right next to the one you had requested (on the same floor). Clearly this did... More

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Address: 1603 South Shore Drive, Clear Lake, IA 50428-2720
Location: United States > Iowa > Clear Lake
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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Heartland Hotel Clear Lake
South Shore Inn - Clear Lake Iowa

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The South Shore Inn is the only hotel located on the shores of Clear Lake, Iowa. All rooms are lakefront with perfect views of Clear Lake. Complimentary breakfast and WiFi are standard with every room.A full service restaurant, The Landing, was added to the South Shore Inn in May 2012. The Landing offers a large lake front bar and grille, with perfect views of Clear Lake, Iowa. We have a large dock where you can conveniently tie up your boat during the day or evening to stop by for food or drinks. The Landing is located at 1603 South Shore Dr, attached to the lakeside of the South Shore Inn. Stop by for great food, unique drinks and an unbeatable atmosphere! ... more   less 
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