We received a great rate at the Clarion Inn and overall were very happy with our stay. We were in the Mason City/Clear Lake area to visit family and knew we wouldn't be in our room much. The layout of the hotel is interesting with an indoor pool in the center of the main building. Also, it has the feel of an unenclosed hotel that has had a huge shell put over it. From what I could tell, none of the windows in the main building actually go outside. If you have a room around the courtyard, your windows face the pool. We had a room on an outside hallway...our windows faced the hallway that had floor to ceiling windows. It worked, it was just different from anything I had seen. There is also another building but we did not go in that area. Our room was very quiet, but the rooms around the pool area could be very noisy since that seems to be where everyone congregates.
We had a room with one King Bed. The bed was comfortable, the room was clean and a decent size. I did not notice any peeling wallpaper or anything along those lines. The counter and sink area looked new and was very nice. The air conditioner was difficult to control and loud. It would get really cold and we would turn it off, then we would have to turn it back on. The thermostat was really old and it is possible we just didn't know how to use it correctly.
As I said, the pool is indoors and is in the middle of the main hotel. However, you can pretty much smell the pool in the entire building. We went swimming one morning and while the pool is heated, it was still cold. The hot tub was working and was very nice. There are pool towels in the area, which was nice.
Every staff member we came in contact with was very friendly. We requested extra towels and had them within ten minutes. Excellent service.
There is an onsite restaurant that serves dinner, but we did not eat there. There is also a hot breakfast in the morning, but we did not have that either. There is a charge for the breakfast, but it was reasonable.
Overall, we were happy with our stay and will stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Mason City, IA hotel - Clarion Inn hotel. New in 2012 37" FLATSCREEN TELEVISIONS in ALL GUEST ROOMS! Conveniently located between Minneapolis and Des Moines, and minutes from downtown Mason City, the Clarion Inn® hotel is less than seven miles from Mason City Municipal Airport and offers free airport transportation for its guests. Local points of interest include North Iowa Events Center (formerly NI Fairgrounds), MacNider Art Museum and Lime Creek Nature Center. Mason City is well-known for its musical heritage and was the childhood home of Meredith Wilson, "The Music Man" creator. A number of unique landmarks and cultural attractions like Music Man Square and Frank Lloyd Wright's historic Stockman House can be found in the surrounding area. River City Bar and Grill is located on the premises. Complimentary Continental Breakfast included in most rates. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Clarion Mason City Hotel Mason City
- Holiday Inn Mason City
- Mason City Holiday Inn
- Clarion Mason City Iowa