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West Des Moines, Iowa
Reviewed August 16, 2012

The Hilltop is fantastic, and what makes it so great are the wonderful people that run it. The service and respect you get makes you really feel at home. It is very peaceful, no matter what you want to do. Hang out by the pool, BBQ on the patio, sit in the hot tub, or play a game of bean...

Thank mike t
Reviewed August 15, 2012

we have gone every summer for the last couple years and have had the best of times. The kids love to swim, it is a nice family atmosphere, and Jay and Terri are wonderful hosts. It is so nice and relaxing and close to places. The rooms are awesome with different themes.

1Thank Jenny G
St Charles, MO
Reviewed August 10, 2012

We stayed one night on our way to Canada on a motorcycle trip last month. Our stay at Hilltop was fantastic. If you like family owned nostalgic motels, this is your place. The owner showed this around the property when we checked in and even allowed us to put our motorcycles in her garage overnight. They have a very nice...

Thank Jeff K
travelgirlfromiowa, Owner at Hilltop Motel, responded to this review

thank you very much for the review. We look forward to your next visit to Clear Lake!!

Stewartville, Minnesota
Reviewed May 15, 2012

Room was very clean and very nicely decorated. You can tell the newer owners have put lots of sweat and muscle into refurbishing this motel. Comfortable beds with very nice bedding. Owner was very pleasant and accomodating. Located directly across from the Surf Ballroom, which is what we were looking for. No driving after the show. Very reasonable price.

2Thank Sue R
travelgirlfromiowa, Owner at Hilltop Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review. We look forward to seeing you this summer!!!

Reviewed April 17, 2012

I stayed here for a just over a week while in the area on business. The price is very reasonable, and the accommodations clean and tidy. I had the pleasure of staying in the rock n' roll room which was an added plus! Room has full sized fridge, microwave and kitchenette. The bathroom is small and the shower is tiny,...

2Thank Grant W
Reviewed October 11, 2011

My husband surprised me with this hotel stay for our 2nd anniversary. We live in clear lake so I was aware of the hotels background. The hotel looks worse than it is on the outside. Once you get to the center pool area the atmosphere changes and has a family summer party happy setting. It was very hot when we...

3Thank mommybear111009
Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed September 17, 2011

Charming motel across the street from the Surf Ballroom where Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens & the Big Bopper played their last shows. (If you're lucky enough to be there when the 'Bop on in and have a look around' sign is hanging on the door - you'll see that the place is pretty amazing). The motel is also across from...

1Thank familyfour1
Saint Louis, Missouri
Reviewed September 13, 2011

We use trip advisor to find great hotels and have never been disappointed.. until now. It was dirty and needed maintenance work. The worst: there were brown smears on the toilet seat and white stains and multiple blond hairs on the bluesheets. The manager changed the sheets and washed the toilet: the replaced and cleaned items appeared OK. There were...

3Thank chinsandfins
travelgirlfromiowa, Owner at Hilltop Motel, responded to this review

Unfortunately we were unable to satisfy this guest. After several phone calls requesting history on the motel and the smoking status of this room (we were only able to confirm smoking status back to our ownership period of 4 1/2 years) - she did finally book the room. In hindsight I should have known the motel was not going to...

Scales Mound, Illinois
Reviewed September 5, 2011

We rented the breakfast suite, it was huge! The breakfast was the best we have ever had! From the moment we arrived we were treated like old friends! They have an awesome patio area, pool and hot tub, many extras that are not offered at the best suites at the hilton, and my wife says the pool boy is not...

Thank william d
Overland Park, Kansas
Reviewed August 31, 2011

Found this lovely little place while wandering through the town. Already had a room at a name-brand chain hotel for that trip, but planned to return to Clear Lake and knew we just had to stay here, next time. We've stayed twice (2009 and 2010) and we're heading back this September. Gracious hosts, friendly "neighbors", fun pool and game areas,...

2Thank swizzlestick68
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
Things to do
  • Pool
Room types
  • Kitchenette
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free Parking
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
New Ownership since 2007. Family owned, operated and orientated. Some rooms with kitchenettes, outdoor grills, outdoor pool ,games, DVD library. We are the number one place in area to host your next family reunion - stop in at take a look around. The rooms are all theme decorated. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hilltop Motel

Address: 10 Allens Alley, Clear Lake, IA 50428
Location: United States > Iowa > Clear Lake
Price Range: $50 - $99 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 21
Also Known As:
Hilltop Motel Clear Lake, Iowa
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  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
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“Never have had a bad room. Rooms are always very clean. Rooms on west side, more quieter area.”
 of 5 bubbles baldman2015, Nov 3, 2016 | Read review
“Each is so unique, check out their website!”
 of 5 bubbles 190ericw, May 27, 2013 | Read review
“All rooms have their own theme!! If you like beer, there is a beer themed room. If you like rock and roll, you will find a rock and roll room. Lots of themes to choose from!”
 of 5 bubbles BridgetB685, Aug 23, 2012 | Read review
“Each room is unique - try a new one at each visit!”
 of 5 bubbles TheresaT181, Aug 16, 2012 | Read review
“Theme rooms.”
  • View from large window towards kitchenette
  • Kitchenette with all needed dishes and utensils
 of 5 bubbles GrantW924, Apr 17, 2012 | Read review
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