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The Bluffs Inn

1101 Highway 9 West, Decorah, IA 52101
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Ranked #5 of 5 hotels in Decorah
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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English first
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stayed here one night. Needed a place to crash after a wedding. Very run down and outdated.Kinda scary. This would be a place for hunters or fishermen passing through that don't care as much about facilities etc. or someone that wants to save some $$. I would not recommend this place. I take reviews pretty lightly from pass experience but... More

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Brookfield, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wanted to echo some of the other reviews here... Place needs to be condemned. Stayed on the 3rd floor. We had 6 rooms in all. Each one was more disgusting than the next. Hallway is completely dark until movement, using outdoor motion sensors. Elevator to the 1st floor... like a horror movie. Sqatters, dogs running loose. If I didn't know... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a real shame because this property has been a Decorah fixture since the 1950's. It seems that the last few owners have been unable to afford the upkeep required. The buildings are old and have not been renovated. Room fixtures, furnishings and linens are well worn. Carpets have stains both inside and outside guest rooms. Hall lighting is... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The is a older inn on Hwy 9. Very personable staff and a great on property restaurant. Bed was comfortable. Room was very quiet, although the in wall A/C / heat was a bit loud on high, it made for good white noise. It didn't stop me from getting a good nights sleep. I stayed two nights and would stay... More

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Vail, Colorado
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This place looks and feels like an old warehouse. We had booked two nights but decided that it was way too much time to spend in this place. The only reason we did book here was because we had our dog with us. We tried to get our money back and were told they would have to send it to... More

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Las Vegas
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115 reviews 115 reviews
41 hotel reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We stayed here one night. It is an old motel that has seen better days. Check in was abysmal as the desk clerk was confused by our reservation and then compounded everything by messing up the credit card charges. Will never stay here again as there are other choices in the Decorah area.

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Des Moines, Iowa
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

The entire place Stinks, literally. I can only describe it as a combination of stale cigarette smoke, mold, and yes cat piss. The owners are too cheap to leave the lights on in the hallways, so they use motion detectors. Every time you leave your room or exit the elevator your staring into an abyss expecting someone with a chainsaw... More

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Austin, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I saw the reviews about this hotel and decided to give it a try. Didn't want to spend a fortune over hotel across the street to Bluffs inn. This hotel does look dated but is still in good shape. The check in was very smooth and the owner of the hotel was very helpful, he also suggested nice attractions to... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Bad dog urine smell in the hallways: a dog was barking so we were switched to a room at the end which was quieter. The room smelled O.K. and was clean. Not enough electrical outlets (need a power strip next to T.V. so can plug in microwave or table lamp without unplugging the TV). Fortunately we had a hair dryer,... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

The third floor (feels like first floor) entrance smells and hand-written signs identify everything in sight. Motel is terribly out-dated but my room was clean. Styrofoam coffee cups and "coffee singles" (the ones that look like tea bags) were provided to use with the microwave. The microwave and TV were plugged into an adapter at the outlet. There was an... More

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Address: 1101 Highway 9 West, Decorah, IA 52101
Location: United States > Iowa > Decorah
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