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Oakdale Motel
1418 S. Oak Ave., Owatonna, MN 55060   |  
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Ranked #6 of 10 Hotels in Owatonna
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great deal on a budget motel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We ended up staying here simply because we were traveling without reservations and there weren't any rooms in any of the chains for the last 50 miles. The rates were good, the room was clean and comfortable, and despite the bus stop, it was very quiet. Not only that, but the owners were wonderful people and very accommodating. Despite the fact that there is a "no pet" policy, they were very sympathetic to the fact that it was 1 am and we were traveling with pets and there weren't any other rooms to be had. For a very small and reasonable pet deposit, they allowed our pets to stay as well. There was a free continental breakfast that was very simple but fresh and much appreciated since it allowed us to get back on the road.
I definitely prefer the chain hotels, however, if I ever find myself in Owatonna again, will definitely take advantage of the hospitality at Oakdale Motel.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Los Angeles, California
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93 reviews 93 reviews
47 hotel reviews
Reviews in 65 cities Reviews in 65 cities
272 helpful votes 272 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

The owners are a pleasant South Asian couple, so I feel bad ripping their motel. But it is terribly run-down and grungy, and they have got to know that. There is nothing romantic or nostalgic about mom-and-pop motels such as this one. Stick with the chains.

And I am vexed that this motel got rave reviews from accounts that appear to be real. It is bad for TA credibility. Believe me, this place is a dive. If you are stuck in this insignificant town for some reason, look elsewhere.

The motel does roaring business from construction crews, so that is the main demo. I assume they are happy with a bed and hot water. It is also a depot for the regional Jefferson bus company, so you get dodgy looking characters walking around. One woman actually came into my room - I had the door ajar for fresh air.

My first room smelled, so I was upgraded to their premium room - a tacky boudoir with a jacuzzi. I actually spent a lot of time in my car because I was too freaked out to go in, and seriously considered spending the night in the car. Common sense prevailed and I spread newspapers and towels all over the place to prevent contamination. The sleep was actually OK.

Breakfast was pitiful, and I was glad to hit the road.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

Lumpy beds with a bare sheet on the sagging mattress in a musty, smoke-tinged "non-smoking" room. Woke up wheezing with red, itchy eyes. For the money you're better off getting a good pillow and sleeping in your car.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Gurnee, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

FIrst of all, there website says they are AAA approved but the sign in front of the motel has it blanked out. When we first arrived the person checking us in wanted my credit card so they could charge us for the room, even though I pre-paid the room. They were insistent on this but I refused to give them a card. The overall appearance of the motel indicated that it was in need of some basic maintenance. When entering the room it had a musty smell to it. The walls were dirty and in need of cleaning and a paint job. The floorboard heater in the bathroom next to the toilet looked as is it had seen only occasional cleaning and part of it was pulled away from the wall. The bed was comfortable but the state of the room had us concerned about cleanliness.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Overland Park, Kansas
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

This motel was fantastic! The rooms are clean, comfortable and nicely decorated. The staff was incredibly helpful and could not have been nicer. Not to mention that it is a great value for your money. If you need a place to stay in the Owatonna area, STAY HERE!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

This motel is a jewel. The owners really take pride in their property and treat their customers like family. The rooms are clean. The rooms offers ac that works. Fridge microwave large screen tv and a very comfortable bed that smells fresh. The shower has great water pressure. I feel like l am at home. One of the hotels I get a good nights rest. They also provide continental breakfast, laundry, and use of a computer. There restaurants, grocery, and atm within walking distance. I would stay again and would recommend to family and friends.

  • Stayed August 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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Courtland,Mn
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Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

In Owatonna,MN is another GREAT place for one's money. Clean comfortable rooms with a very helpful and friendly staff.I always feel right at home there and for those who need groceries there is a Hy-Vee within walking distance as well as various pizza places... Oh yeah..A SNAP Fitness gym also.. :)

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1418 S. Oak Ave., Owatonna, MN 55060
Location: United States > Minnesota > Owatonna
Amenities:
Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #6 of 10 Hotels in Owatonna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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