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“Pleasantly surprised!” 4 of 5 stars
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Super 8 Clear Lake
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2809 4th Avenue South, I-35 Exit 193 at 4th Ave, Clear Lake, IA 50428   |  
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Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Clear Lake
Johnston, Iowa
1 review
“Pleasantly surprised!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2012

My girlfriend and I stayed here it the end of March. We traveled to Mason City to see the Frank Lloyd Wright architectural sites and wanted a decent place to stay that wasn't too pricey. We decided to stay at the Super 8 because we didn't need a pool. We were very happy with our room. It had just been redone with new carpet, paint, and it had updated furnishings. The beds were comfortable, and the complimentary breakfast had plenty of choices to chose from, including waffles (my fav). We had a friendly staff and enjoyed our stay. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Winthrop, Iowa, United States
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2011

We spent a week here at the end of September. People live here and spend the evening going back and forth between rooms. You could smell food cooking and cigarette smoke all the time. We were awakened by someone trying to kick in the door in the room next to us. A young girl was looking for her "old man." Someone came out of another room to tell her he had gone. It looked like everyone knew each other and there was all kinds of drama. It's very isolated, there is no place to eat around here. Only two places deliver and they have a "special" menu just for delivery to this hotel, read crappy and expensive. Housekeeping never vacuumed once while we here. We have two more weeks to spend in town and it won;t be here!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Scottiez, General Manager at Super 8 Clear Lake, responded to this review, April 19, 2012
Thank you so much for your recent stay at our Super 8 in Clear Lake, Iowa. I also want to thank you for taking the time to review your stay. We want to know that we are sincerley sorry about any problems that you encountered during your stay with us! We have recently purchases the hotel and are making changes to the hotel everyday. We are currently updating the hotel with new carpet, bedding package, window treatments, furnishings, paint, and lighting. We have also recently added a complimentary evening social hour, so stop back and see our updated hotel and have some fun with us in the future! It is our goal to exceed your expectations during your stay with us! Thank you so much and please feel free to give me a call anytime with any questions or concerns.
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Saint Paul Park, Minnesota
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2011

We stayed here twice in the past. We won't stay again.

In my opinion it has become a resident hotel.
We arrived around 8 pm and the young man behind the counter was friendly and courteous.

The room was clean, but there were problems. For some reason they gave use a handicap room although it was nowhere near capacity. Because it was a handicap room there were bars around the toilet the shower head was mounted at about 4 feet. The tub faucet was loose also.

We went down for breakfast. They had a good selection - waffles, cereal, biscuits and gravy, juice. This is when I got the impression it was a resident hotel. All eyes were on the two strangers who just walked in. I was way over dressed. I had on shoes, pants and a shirt. We decided to pass and grab a bite somewhere else.

When checking out the clerk never turned around, he shouted “Just leave the key on the counter. My wife informed him the hair dryer in 107 wasn't working. He shouted back "Did you try in other outlets."

When we left, there were more guys just hanging around outside the motel. More reason to believe it is a resident hotel.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Scottiez, General Manager at Super 8 Clear Lake, responded to this review, April 19, 2012
Thank you for your recent stay with us, your business is so greatly appriciated! We have just recently purchased the hotel and would like to invite you back to see the improvements that we have made and are in the process of making. New carpet, new interior lighting, fresh paint, updated furnishings, new bedding package, new window treatments, and we just added a new complimentary socail hour, updated breakfast. Stop in and see the changes, as we have listened to what our customers were saying and tried to make those improvements! If you have any quesitons or concerns please give me a call anytime. Thanks!
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Louisville, Kentucky
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2011

I read the reviews posted here by travelers from 2010 and though this would be a good affordable place to stay. Boy, was I wrong! We arrived after 9 pm. My first clue that this isn't a great place should have been the area it was in. There is some kind of industrial plant across the street, a convenience store next door and then nothing else. When we drove up, the parking lot was very dark, and I was a little concerned for my safety waking to and from my vehicle. A guy on a bicycle was drinking a beverage on the curb as we drove up, but he thankfully left later.

The staff at check-in was quite courteous, but that is where the good part of the experience ended. The hallway to our room was dark, as was the 70s carpet in the hall and in our room. So dark you couldn't tell how clean it was.

The room had a musty smell, and no one had turned on the air conditioner before our arrival. I was actually a little scared to sleep in the bed and scanned it for bugs before getting in. There were a few small flying insects in our room. There was some noise from room doors down the hall slamming, but it eventually tapered off around 11 pm.

The bathroom was tiny, and the whole place creeped me out so much that I skipped my shower the next morning. The breakfast was okay.

The price we paid to stay here was as high as a much nicer hotel in another city the next evening. I would never stay here again unless they did a major remodel.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Scottiez, General Manager at Super 8 Clear Lake, responded to this review, April 19, 2012
Thank you for taking to time to review your stay with our hotel on Trip Advisor. We appriciated your business and your concerns are our concerns. We have recently purchaes this hotel and are quickly making changes to the hotel. Currently we are in the middle of updating the facility with new carpet, bedding package, window treatments, interior lighting, furnishings & fresh paint. Additionally, we have added an evening complimentary social hour for all of our guests. So stop back and take a look at our updated hotel, and have some fun with us! It is our goal to make sure that we exceed your expectations during your stay with us! Please call me anytime with any questions or concerns. Thank you!
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2011 via mobile

The reviews said over and over that motel was clean, so we overlooked the dimly lit parking lot. Bed was clean but room-tub not very reassuring. Just pretty old. Not one light in parking lot in back. Would not stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Windhoek, Namibia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2011 via mobile

Would have been ok stay, but the room had a bad odor. Couldn't decide if it smelled like bad B.O. or cat pee. Nice breakfast!

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rapid City, South Dakota
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2010

We just passed through the area, but found this motel to be very quiet and clean. Friendly staff at check in and check out. Would most definitely stay here again when in the area.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2809 4th Avenue South, I-35 Exit 193 at 4th Ave, Clear Lake, IA 50428
Location: United States > Iowa > Clear Lake
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Clear Lake
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Super 8 Clear Lake 2*
Number of rooms: 60
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