Stayed in the Gateway Hotel & Conference Center. We splurged and stayed in the beautifully appointed Atanasoff Suite: two rooms with a large bedroom, gigantic bathroom, separate sitting area, and a kitchenette. The decor is traditional with warm tones and leather furniture in the sitting area. It was clean (tho I did find a couple of minor "spots" on the bed linens and a linen throw but I'm not overly picky about such things). I did appreciate the free wifi and the proximity to ISU.
The only reason I am not giving it a Level 5 review is b/c the pocket door to the bathroom was difficult ~ it either needs a different kind of "grippable" handle or it needs a formal door that opens and closes. I just found it frustrating to try to close in the middle of the night. I do agree with other reviewers who have observed that, at these prices, breakfast really should be included as part of the overall stay. That seems to be a pretty standard piece in other similar properties. But other than that, this hotel far surpasses any other that we have tried in Ames and we are looking forward to staying here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Gateway Hotel & Conference Center At Iowa State University is the largest full-service hotel & conference center in Ames, Iowa. Located at the entrance to Iowa State University on Highway 30 and University Blvd. It is the closet hotel to the Iowa State Center, ISU Research Park, Reiman Gardens, and Ames Airport. Developed by the leadership of Iowa State University on 14 acres of beautiful lawns, trees, and cattails, next to the Gateway Green Hills Park with 1.5 miles of walking trails. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gateway Hotel Ames
- Hotel Gateway Center
- Gateway Hotel & Conference Center Ames, Iowa