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2004 23rd Street, Harlan, IA 51537   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Harlan B&B and Inns
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Suberb service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013 via mobile

Room very clean and welcoming. Microwave and mini fridge. Close to Fareway grocery store. Front desk staff very helpful the woman working the front desk the evening of 12/16/2013 even called my room to inquire as to my satisfaction with the room and if there was anything I needed. Will definitely be back. Also the bed was very comfortable

  • Stayed December 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Kansas City, Missouri
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

I like staying at locally owned properties and this is a good one. Nice clean room, mini-fridge and microwave, good value, very friendly staff. Will definitely stay here again if I am in the area. There was breakfast food available (fruit, cereal, etc), but I never avail myself of hotel breakfasts. The coffee was good.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Omaha, NE
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2010

Fortunately my friends and are I more of the "laugh at the situation" kind of people. Our visit started off with a smokey lobby, a "sausage w/ legs" dog greeting us at door, a TV that was blaring STATIC (the cable's out was later explained to us - never did say why tv was still on??), and a gentleman employee more interested in talking on the phone than actually checking us in (didn't even know about free breakfast until next day as we were leaving). All of this should have been a clue but nope it get's even "better" -

Progess into a warm smelly hallway to our room #105 (make sure you don't get this room). Open the door and BAM it's literally a frickin sauna in there - probably 110 degrees - no joke. OK OK need to turn on a/c - no biggie - walk over to turn on a/c and notice there is a de-humidifier running (it's water collector overflowing) and the carpet is soaking wet. We assume it's from the machine so I empty the collection bucket and proceed to turn on a/c. The room at this point smells a bit like rotting mice and mold - but based on reception in office we decide this is probably the best it gets so no complaints here. We're in Harlan for a b-day party that's probably going to close the bar down so we're hoping we'll just pass out and not notice the odor or flooded carpet! Get back to room at 3am and it's much cooler in there but the carpet by the a/c literally has water standing on it (apparently that's what the dehumidifier was for??) - the a/c must be leaking into room - explaining the mold on walls and freaky smell. But as previously stated we get undressed, tried to watch TV (cable was still out) and passed out. Now the one plus is that the beds were VERY clean and the mattresses were super comfortable! The next day we get up and get ready to leave that's when we noticed that when you flushed the toilet the pipes in the walls would SCREAM at you - no joke here either - it was loud enough to be disturbing yet super funny @ this point. All in all it was definitely a great place to make memories at and one we'll laugh about for years - but without enough adult beverages to pass out in I wouldn't recommend it under ANY circumstances!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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382 helpful votes 382 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2010

I spent the night in Harlan, and was disappointed that the old roadside motel had been demolished. This was the only choice in town, but it wasn't bad. The building is probably from the '80s, a two-story box on the frontage road. The lady at check-in was very friendly, and the price was good, $51.52 with tax. While I went into town to catch a movie at the old theater, she ran a load of laundry for me. The price was $5 for wash/dry/fold. The motel is starting to show its age. There was some water damage in the hall ceiling, but the room was fine. Think Super 8 or something similar. It was large, clean, and had a fridge and microwave. The bathroom was clean, and there was a big vanity sink outside. The bed was comfortable, and the room was dark and quiet at night. They have a continental breakfast in the mornings.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Forrest Lodge

Address: 2004 23rd Street, Harlan, IA 51537
Location: United States > Iowa > Harlan
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Harlan
Number of rooms: 25
Also Known As:
Forrest Lodge Harlan, Iowa

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