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Gold Key Motel

1570B Highway 65, Hampton, IA 50441-7464
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#2 of 3 hotels in Hampton
Old-fashioned service never goes out of style here! We're a small, locally owned & operated motel, without the fancy amenities, but with charming alternatives - borrow books, bake pizzas, buy snacks/ice on the honor system, grill steaks, sit on benches, pet the dog, and just generally make yourself at home. Don't come here if you really want to stay in chain hotels with pools, jacuzzis, and exercise rooms. You can wander around and look at the gardens, though, and check the patio table for fresh veggies to grill with your meat.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
Room features
Air conditioning
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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roadtripperMaryland wrote a review Aug 2019
Columbia, Missouri161 contributions452 helpful votes
We chose Hampton as a stopping point on a long road trip, and got into town quite late. I had checked this place out on street view, and decided it was worth a shot. The wife wasn't so sure, but I asked to see a room anyway, and we're glad we took it. The owner was very friendly and talkative. He said he'd spent 40 years on 'your side of the check-in desk' and promised the room would be up to snuff. The motel itself is your classic L shape with the office in the middle. There's a nice neon sign by the highway, and some picnic tables on the lawn. What appears to have been the restaurant is some kind of weird church or something. The complex was built around 1960, just in time for the interstate to take away all the traffic from 65. I don't know how it's survived, since it is several miles north of town. At least it was quiet way out there. Since it wasn't too busy, he gave us the front room, which was enormous. Our price was $70-something with tax. The room had two queen beds, a huge new TV, fridge, microwave, very comfortable recliner and armchair, and a table with 4 chairs. Looked perfect for a sportsmen's getaway. There was a newish sink and vanity outside the bathroom, which itself had a sink. All original tile and fixtures, which I am always thrilled to find, although the builders went with a beige/brown scheme. Bed was comfortable, a/c was cool, water was hot in the shower. What more do you really need?
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Date of stay: July 2019
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krissfrye wrote a review Aug 2018
Des Moines, Iowa5 contributions3 helpful votes
This is a no frills kind of place. Family operated Best part is it is clean and quiet (unlike other places in town). It isn't that far outside of town and it is easy to access town It is the only place I will stay when I come to Hampton
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Date of stay: July 2018
Trip type: Traveled on business
ALISON F wrote a review May 2017
CEDAR FALLS11 contributions1 helpful vote
This motel needs to be closed for renovations and deep cleaning. It was close to our destination and the was friendly. The room itself was in poor condition. I ended up cleaning with clorox wipes and refused to use the shower it was very unclean. The bathroom sink area smelled of vomit. To be fair, the staff was cleaning when we arrived so we didn't think it was too bad at first. Then after we got settled, we realized it was still unclean, the carpet was ok. Its a shame, it could be very nice and probably was once.
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Date of stay: May 2017
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Sheri M, Owner at Gold Key Motel
Responded Jun 21, 2017
We are sorry for your view of the room. We are working very hard at up-dating the rooms & customer satisfaction. We have been owners for a short time, and have put in the new beds, carpets , better furnishings, curtains, flat screen TVS, larger refrigerators, better wifi, ect. This is an older building and we try to keep reasonable rates, while giving the customer the things they need. We wish we had known you were unhappy, as we would have tried to make things better at the time. Again we are sorry. Stephen and Sheri
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x000n46n wrote a review Sep 2016
Winterset, Iowa198 contributions79 helpful votes
Spent the night here while out with friends at flea markets and was really surprised with past reviews. It was a small, older and run down motel with old fixtures, different color tiles, sinks, and stools. no one took a shower but my friend did lean over the tub to wash her hair and said There's hair in here. The beds were comfortable, the staff was very friendly, but just a little more on cleaning would helped.
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Date of stay: September 2016
Trip type: Traveled with friends
CHSTigersFan wrote a review Jun 2016
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma128 contributions33 helpful votes
Driving from Oklahoma to Duluth we didn't make a reservation anyplace planning on staying in Mason City. When we got closer and started looking for hotels everything was either 150$ and/or booked. We stopped and did some Internet browsing. We had passed the exit to Hampton we Googled it and found the Gold Key Motel, it is a throwback to the 50s and we LOVED it! We will be back. Everything was clean, beds were comfortable, and best of all even though it is right by the highway it is QUIET! No pool, breakfast is cereal bars, we weren't eating breakfast so no big deal. It was a great place, and best of all TT&L out the door 66$ check in is 1p check out 10a plenty of hot water in the shower, my wife can be picky and she liked it. It was good and clean, sheets, bathroom, floor, everything.
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Date of stay: June 2016Trip type: Traveled with family
United StatesIowaHampton
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gold Key Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Gold Key Motel?
Nearby attractions include Beeds Lake State Park (1.9 miles), Windsor Theatre (1.9 miles), and Pit Row (1.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Gold Key Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Gold Key Motel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Gold Key Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Gold Key Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Willie's Sport Bar & Grill, B&C Kitchen, and Rustic Brew.
Are pets allowed at Gold Key Motel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.