Unlike the other reviews, I had a very nice experience at the Memorial House Hotel. I stayed there on May 19, 2013. I had a room on the 5th floor facing the bell clock tower. I got to hear the chimes of the clock tower throughout the stay which was very relaxing and pleasing. Yes, the room was dated, but that is what I expected. Reminded me of the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans. That hotel also is very old and dated, but it provides the same ambiance and feeling. If you are wanting a modern day hotel experience (Hilton, Fairfield), I suggest you not stay here. The rooms here are smaller then modern day hotels, the bathrooms have older fixtures, and the amenties are not the same. But if you want to stay in the heart of the university and have some of the old world charm which the newer modern hotels do not provide, then Memorial House is the choice. On the weekends (Sat and Sun mornings) they provide a breakfast on the floors and have a very nice 'gathering/break' room on at least the floor I was staying on. It had a big TV, fireplace and stove along with several oversized chairs and couch. I did not experience the free breakfast since I checked in on Sunday afternoon and it is only offered on Sat and Sun mornings, but on our next visit I plan to see what is offered food wise. I was the only traveler this trip, but I told my wife when we come back up to Ames to visit our daughter who is attending ISU, we will definately stay here again. Also, during my stay there was some very bad storms in the area (tornados, hail). I had gone out for the evening to have dinner with my daughter and while I was gone, the hotel staff actually went up to my room and tried knocking on my door to warn me about the possible bad weather. When they realized that I was not in the room, they called my cell phone to contact me and give me the warning. I thought that was very nice gesture on their part which I was really impressed with. I do recommend this hotel and will be staying here again on our future trips to Ames.
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- Memorial House Hotel Ames, Iowa