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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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Las Vegas
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114 reviews 114 reviews
41 hotel reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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Iowa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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Brookings SD
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Not your typical sleeping place. I was on the third floor, but it seemed like the first floor, to me. Anyway, my bed was comfortable and my room, clean. Rates are very reasonable. Probably the lowest priced place in Decorah. Having a lounge and restaurant on the property made me want to stay here, again. I was here, five years... More

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Iowa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here with friends for 2 nights as they had brought along their dogs. We were not in the room much.bulging tile ceilings. Small stream of water to shower in. Cracked peeling caulk around the tub, mysterious brownish stains on the shower curtain. Breakfast was a joke coffee weak, my banana was good. Just go to mcdonalds for coffee.... More

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Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

A very quaint and cozy place to stay. The hotel is within five minutes from Luther College and the down town area. The room was clean and tidy, and met our needs. The staff friendly is very friendly and helpful. It was really nice having the restaurant in the same complex. A great place to stay.

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Madison
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

Simply the worst customer service I've experienced in years. I booked a room more than a month ahead of time for a Luther friend's wedding. Despite clearly stating what night I wanted and indicating I wanted a room in the wedding block, the clerk reserved a room for the wrong night. When I called the night before, the clerk did... More

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Davenport, Iowa
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53 reviews 53 reviews
8 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

I wasn't sure at first but I thought I would give it a try. Just needing one night for a business trip and when the hotel I had stayed at before across the street wanted more than twice the rate of the The Bluffs because it was a Friday and weekend rates, I decided why not give it a try.... More

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Address: 1101 Highway 9 West, Decorah, IA 52101
Location: United States > Iowa > Decorah
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The Bluffs Hotel Decorah
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Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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