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Prairie Meadows Hotel
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Altoona
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 17, 2014

Was here for a concrete paving convention, stayed for 3 nights. We had a suite which was really nice, had a real kitchen in it but the refridgerator was kind of weird. The pool is very small and salt water which is kind of strange but probably because less chemicals. Our room was a LONG ways from the front desk so that was inconvenient. Glad that you have to have a key to get into the hotel so rif raf from the casino aren't running around in the hotel. The convention center area was very nice.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 17, 2014

I attended a 3 day cattlemen's conference at this hotel; it was absolutely divine inside the hotel. Guest check-in was smooth and the staff were very friendly and considerate. I was given an room upgrade so I could be close to the convention side of the hotel so it was easy on/off the elevator. My room was gorgeous with a very modern feel to it; room was over-sized and comfortable to move around. I had a full-sized kitchen complete with microwave, stove, sink, and dishwasher. A couch with a 2nd tv in a sitting room was very nice to sit back and relax after a long day plus it made catching up on work easier than sitting on the bed. All in all, I would definitely stay here again, conference or no conference!

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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

We were very surprised at this little gem in the middle of Iowa. The people were friendly and seem to really care about their hotel. They asked if we wanted a room by the casino and we said sure, not knowing that was a very smart choice. It is quite a walk from the lobby of the hotel to the casino. We had a double, non-smoking room and it was a real non-smoking room. Not just masked or switched from smoking to non-smoking. It has a fridge. It was pretty quiet (we stayed on a Sunday night). My husband used the fitness center and was happy with it. We ate at the buffet (excellent) and at the cafe for breakfast (excellent) I would highly recommend it all.

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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

A group of us (20's-50's) stayed at Prairie Meadows Hotel over NYE. The hotel is nice, new, and modern. Rooms are large - offering pull out couches, tv area and small bar area.Pool is slightly on the small side. The attached casino has been updated and is much nicer. Plenty of bars throughout the casino, one in the lobby of the hotel. Offers plenty of eating choices - buffet was expensive though (25 a person). Would recommend this hotel if anyone who is going to gamble, otherwise they offer nothing.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 7, 2014 via mobile

I had a great time with friends and family at Prairie Meadows. The rooms are nice but could be a little cleaner. It wasn't anything unacceptable, just noticeable. The bed skirt had something spilled or "shot" on it from a previous guest and the corners in the bathroom were dirty. The service was remarkable though. With it being new years, the ice machine down the hall from the room was out but had a sign saying "due to the new years celebrations the ice machine is having trouble keeping up. If this machine runs out please call the front desk and we would be happy to accommodate you." I thought that was cool. Also the TV didn't work and although we explained to the front desk that we didn't need it and we were just reporting it to avoid blame, they came up and fixed it within the hour.

Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 24, 2013

Our company recently held its Christmas party at The Meadows event center at Prairie Meadows. The party was very easy to coordinate thanks to the amazing staff at this venue. Our room was beautifully decorated, and everyone in our party of 20 had an wonderful evening. The staff was helpful and stayed with us for the duration of the night to make sure that we had everything that we needed. The buffet dinner was great, and everyone raved about the dessert. I would definitely recommend this venue to anyone looking for a place to have a wedding reception or group event!

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 23, 2013

My husband and I recently spent the night at the Prairie Meadows Hotel after a night of "Boxing at the Meadows". We checked into our room, ate a nice dinner at AJ's Steakhouse, did some gambling, and attended the boxing extravaganza, all under one roof. Our hotel room was clean and modern, and the bed was very comfortable. The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. After the boxing match, I went downstairs in search of an iced tea, and the woman at the bar fresh-brewed one for me. You can't get better than that. The next morning we had a wonderful breakfast in their Cafe. I highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Prairie Meadows Hotel

Address: 1 Prairie Meadows Dr, Altoona, IA 50009-2100
Location: United States > Iowa > Altoona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Altoona
Price Range: $119 - $254 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Prairie Meadows Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 168
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come see why Prairie Meadows Casino Racetrack Hotel is Iowa's favorite place to play and stay. With more than 85,000 square feet of casino action, Prairie Meadows has every game you will want to play this side of Vegas. If you are looking for a relaxing night, kick your feet up in The Prairie Meadows Hotel. We offer contemporary rooms, impeccable service, and generous hotel amenities that include a saltwater pool, business center and airport shuttle. With a hotel so comfortable you will want to stay awhile. Looking for a new restaurant to try? Our delicious dining options are more than enough to satisfy any craving you have, from breakfast hot off the griddle to simple comfort food or even a chef-prepared entree. Check out our free entertainment in the smoke-free Finish Line Show Lounge. Our 168 room hotel has standard King rooms, Double Queen rooms, and many options of King Suites that are sure to make your stay luxurious. Book now to plan your getaway and experience a hotel unlike any other. ... more   less 
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