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“You get less then what you pay for....” 2 of 5 stars
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Villa Lodge
1.0 of 5 Motel   |   11000 Douglas Ave., Urbandale, IA 50322   |  
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Ranked #10 of 11 Hotels in Urbandale
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“You get less then what you pay for....”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2011

Due to unforseen events were forced to find a cheap weekly living space. The motel is older. It has a moldy smell to it. The bathrooms are uncleaned. There is soap scrum all over the tub. The mirror and toilet were uncleaned and had pub hairs. The back of tiolet was covered in black mold. There is mold all over the shower fixtures and in the corner of the wall. The carpet was a little dirty , but overall the sleeping area was fairly clean. The maids only bring in towels and empty garbage. I thought they wld atleast clean the room, but they don't. The breakfast was cheap packaged glazed honey buns and bread. They have recently discontinued breakfast. The minature refrigator works when it wants to. It either freezes everything or remains warms. The air conditioner worked a little, but there is no heat at all. The windows open a tiny bit and there are no screens. The first night there was a fight outside. The room let in every noise inside and outside of the motel. For 159 weekly it was the cheapest price around. I did all the cleaning during my stay. If staying a longer time they require the tentant to clean like it was an apartment. The Laundry room is crappy the machines work when they want to. The dryer requires more then one set of quarters to complete a dry. The vending machines work if and when they want to. The pop machines never have any pop. They however eat money, so go slowly when putting in. There are alot of men there on the sex offense list and they are scarey and uncleaned. The pool is very warm and not good for children. They don't provide towels and require you to use your own.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    1.5 of 5 stars
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Des Moines, Iowa
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2011

not only is this place a terrible mess, our vehicles were broken into, the staff and the front desk clerk are rude terrible people. check the sex offender registry for iowa and you will notice that most of the residents of this hotel are on the list. i would never recommend my worst enemy stay in a place like this. the staff there doesnt clean they just look through your belongings when you leave and let their family members have keys to your room. i had to stay here for a couple of months and was afraid to leave my room and afraid to be in the parking lot. other reviews are right, the parking lot is dangerous and the men around the front desk are homeless. run from here, run fast. its not a good place at all.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2011

we went there because it was a convinient location and price. The rooms feel like potential murder scenes. Anyways were laying there and we start to itch...my boyfriend and I pull back the sheets and low and behold 2 bedbugs one little and the other the size of a dime....we put them in a bowl took em to front desk and demanded a refund...never again!

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Iowa
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2011

I spent a day driving around Des Moines recently trying to find a reasonably-priced hotel. I did this because over the next two years, I will need to stay overnight in the Des Moines area over 40 separate nights for work-related reasons and I was looking for something clean, comfortable, quiet, and affordable. Of course, this took me to some of the lower-end places in town. All I can say about the Villa Lodge is that I was scared, even in the middle of the day. The place seemed more like a homeless shelter than a hotel. At about 2 in the afternoon, there were a half-dozen grown men who obviously hadn't showered in a while and looked like they had just rolled out of bed just standing at the front desk "B.S.'ing" with the lady behind the desk. I asked if I could see a room and she said that housekeeping hadn't been in yet that day (again, this was 2 p.m.) so she didn't have any rooms to show me, but I could pay for a room right now and come back later. I double-checked to be sure that my wallet was still in my pocket and hit the road.

No, I didn't actually stay there and no, I didn't ever see a room -- but I feel like I need to pass this information on so others don't have to repeat this experience.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Ohio
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2010

The sheets were clean. The guy at the front desk was friendly and helpful. The place is conveniently located about 30 seconds off I-80. That's the good.

The property is a run-down mess, both outside and in. They could star in a new reality TV show; "Can You Clean Better Than a 5th Grader". Pubic hairs (not mine) in the bathroom, splatter on the walls, crud caked behind the faucet and around the exhaust vent. Don't accidentally touch the inside of the moldy shower curtain either! The air conditioner didn't work, no screens on the windows, and noisy outside; all contributing to a poor nights sleep.

Seriously, raise the rates $5 per night, and hire someone to clean the place up.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Austintown OH
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2010

Where do I start? With the parking lot that is in poor condition, the smell inside the hallways and the rooms themselves (smells musty and stale) or the generally unfriendly staff? The one thing that this hotel has going for it is that it is close to the highway.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Clarion, Iowa
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2009

We landed here during the week end of the Drake Relays and didn't have any reservations. The price for our room with one double bed was $45 plus tax. For our purpose it was great, we needed a close place to stay, a warm shower, and a comfortable bed. The Pool is great, very warm and 10ft deep on the deep end. Good for adults, not so much if you have little kids. The breakfast was fine, it is not fancy but there was cereal, juice, coffee, toast and doughnuts. OK yes you don't get do it yourself waffles, nor eggs or bacon, but you will not be hungry. Yes it is old, but I don't expect a 5 star environment for a discount lodging. The big sign out front no longer has the ECONO on the lodge so I think they might have lost the franchise. The gas station nearby was closing, BUT we are going to stay there again in May for the state track meet.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 11000 Douglas Ave., Urbandale, IA 50322
Location: United States > Iowa > Urbandale
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 11 Hotels in Urbandale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Villa Lodge 1*
Number of rooms: 100
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