We usually stay in one of the chain motels in town when we come to visit, e.g. Super 8 or Best Western. From a family member recommendation, we decided to give this place a try instead. Very big mistake.
The bad news.
If you are a non-smoker, beware!!! Even though all of the rooms are supposed to be non-smoking according to Iowa law, our room was directly above a heavy smoker and we could actually see/feel/smell fresh smoke coming up through the cracks between the old floor boards. This started at 5:30am in the morning and continued all day until around midnight each night. It was completely disgusting. Our clothes reeked of smoke wherever we went and it was embarassing.
Note that the hotel is within 3-4 blocks of the train tracks and trains come through town all day long. I didn't count how many, but there were frequent loud trains sometimes within 10 minutes of each other. If you're a light sleeper, keep this in mind.
When we arrived my wife noticed that there were long hairs all over the sheets when we uncovered the bed. Since neither of us have long hair, they were either from the housekeeping staff or the previous occupant of the room. The sheets smelled clean so I'm assuming the former.
We never saw any staff the entire 2 days we were there, so assume that this is a part time occupation for whoever runs the place. It appeared to be a short term lodging place for local visitors. We nicknamed it the "flop house" while we were there.
The high speed internet was available but it was from various lengths of cable connected together with extenders and was fished up through a hole in the floor from somewhere below and snaked around the edges of the room. The cable was just long enough to almost reach the table in the room so we spent our email checking time sitting on the arm of the couch. The electric power for the computer was provided by a long entension cord also snaked around the edge of the room terminating close to the table.
We were dissappointed that the room pictures mismatched the actual room by almost 180 degrees. In simpler terms: the pictures lied.
The good news.
It is centrally located, within walking distance of everything in downtown Fairfield. Directly across from Revelations, the local coffee shop/lunch meeting place/bookstore, which has some of the best coffee and local color in town. Highly recommended.
The rooms are cheap, so if you're on an extremely tight budget, this will appeal to you.
Be sure to park about a block away around the county courthouse or you will get a ticket from the local police. This is puzzling since the street is completely empty all night and safe. Small town oddity is all I can guess.
All in all, the room smelled strongly of cigarette smoke the whole time we were there and we were very dissappointed. Spend the few extra bucks and stay in one of the local excellent bed & breakfast places or in the chain hotels. Otherwise you will remember your visit to Fairfield as an adventure trip to a third world country. Yuck!
- Also Known As:
- Landmark Inn Iowa/Fairfield