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“Non-smokers beware!” 1 of 5 stars
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115 North Main Street, Fairfield, IA 52556   |  
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Ranked #6 of 6 Hotels in Fairfield
1 review
“Non-smokers beware!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2009

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!

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2008

This hotel has the feel of a seedy, transient rooming house/residential hotel. The staff is so hands off, you don't see them. While it was supposedly renovated, the renovation must have been exceedingly modest because it seems very old, worn and shabby. The smell of the entire place was really awful. It reeked of a strong, rancid, musty, moldy odor. The pictures of the place on their website make it look much, much better than it is in reality. On the positive side, it did not appear dirty. The room rate was cheap, so if that's what you need, this is the place. But if you are seeking comfortable, pleasant surroundings, go elsewhere.

  • Liked — It was not dirty
  • Disliked — smell
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2008

The Landmark Inn is a renovated old hotel in the center of Fairfield, half a block from the main square, a perfect location. And the rates are very inexpensive. Yet it's a far cry from the elegant restored old hotels I've visited in other Iowa towns; it still looks to be in progress, and is pretty dowdy beyond the reasonably attractive lobby. The room was adequate but basic, the bed pretty hard, and the shower iffy. The only time I ever saw anyone at the front desk was when I called the courtesy phone so I could check in, which made the place feel a little deserted and creepy (this might be different at a busier season). I read that coffee was served in the morning, but I didn't see any evidence of this.

The worst thing is that a train goes right through the center of town, blowing its whistle vigorously the entire way, and you hear this very loudly in the hotel ... it might have let up for a few hours, but started no later than 4:00 a.m. My room faced the front, and I was also treated to a loud and incredibly persistent street-sweeping machine for several hours, and other street noise in the morning. You'd do better asking for a room in the back.

The Landmark Inn doesn't have a parking lot, but be careful not to leave your car overnight on the street in front; it turns out it's no parking 2-6 a.m. (the sign for this is only visible down at the beginning of the block), so I was treated to a ticket the next morning.

I like to stay in non-chain places when possible, but if I visit Fairfield again I will look elsewhere. That said, the rate and location were great, so it's certainly a viable option if you don't expect anything fancy.

  • Liked — Location near center of town
  • Disliked — Loud train noise all night
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Landmark Inn

Address: 115 North Main Street, Fairfield, IA 52556
Location: United States > Iowa > Fairfield
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 6 Hotels in Fairfield
Number of rooms: 41
Also Known As:
Landmark Inn Iowa/Fairfield

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