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“Elegant historic location” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Winneshiek
104 E Water Street, Decorah, IA 52101   |  
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Decorah
Omaha, Nebraska
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Elegant historic location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

This old hotel is beautifully restored and decorated. It's quaint and peaceful with beautiful, comfortable rooms. The staff is excellent and always very friendly. Great breakfast in the morning and restaurant on site with fabulous dinner menu. Located within walking distance to other downtown restaurants and shops.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Virginia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Stayed here for two nights while visiting Luther College. Outside it was cold, cold, cold. Inside the hotel everything was warm and welcoming from the fire in the lobby to the front desk staff to the wonderful beds. My room was right near the elevator and I never heard a sound from outside my room. I was really surprised. I spent a little of my free time exploring the unique/antique architectural features and decorations like the original cigar shop cupboard. It's just so charming. I didn't eat in the hotel, but enjoyed pizza at Mabe's two doors down and that was great too.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013 via mobile

I have stayed at this hotel many, many times. I just LOVE the decor and ambience and nostalgia that surrounds the hotel. It is also the only hotel in town, so you are able to go out and just walk back to your hotel. The rooms are gorgeous and the restaurant is the best in town!

Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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Des Moines, Iowa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

We spent a great fall weekend in Decorah intending to ride the bike trail. Rain kept us from riding but we didn't lack for things to do. Roaming the downtown shops is fun. For non-shoppers we recommend Bily Clock Museum or Ft. Atkinson for a bit of history. It's quiet country but perfect for those who don't need a lot of organized entertainment.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Iowa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Took a trip to Decorah to ride the Trout River Trail and stayed in the Hotel Winneshiek. The rooms are beautiful and the common areas are really something special. The location is at the heart of things in town and just two blocks from the bike trail. Parking is easy at the back of the hotel.

Continental breakfast was adequate. Everything was spotlessly clean. Walls between rooms don't offer much soundproofing and it can be a bit loud but everything quieted down when it was time to sleep.

All of the staff, at the front desk, in the bar, in the restaurant and housekeeping were just terrific. Great place to stay for a fun weekend.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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marion, iowa
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

A wonderful restored, old hotel in Decorah, Iowa, population less than 9,000. Sitting right on scenic main street of interesting town of Norwegian ancestry in NE Iowa. Hotel was charming and unique, quiet and comfortable - certainly worth the stay if you're close to the area.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

This is a great and convenient hotel in the middle of Decorah, Iowa. Beautiful decor and a great restaurant in the premises.Recommend it highly for groups, individuals, couples. Great place for conferences, getaways etc.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Additional Information about Hotel Winneshiek

Address: 104 E Water Street, Decorah, IA 52101
Location: United States > Iowa > Decorah
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Decorah
Number of rooms: 31
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Winneshiek Hotel Decorah
Hotel Winneshiek Decorah, Iowa

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