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“Comfortable & Enjoyable” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Albert Lea

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Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Albert Lea
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Albert Lea
Certificate of Excellence
Wausau
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89 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Comfortable & Enjoyable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

While encountering a Minnesota snow storm, I decided to stay at this property. Upon check-in, the staff was extremely Helpful and seemed genuinely concerned about the weather and making sure I received the type of room I wanted. The property was very clean, lobby, room and breakfast area alike. Two exits south of the Interstate 90 exit I found it to be an oasis in the middle of a snow storm.

Room Tip: The third floor was nice a quiet. The property is located a few blocks off of interstate 35 so there...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Heather L, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Albert Lea, responded to this review, December 31, 2012
I am grateful that you did get off the roads and stayed with us! Thank you for your kind words and please stop in again when your in the area!
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SI NY
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31 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

We have been staying at this hotel for the last few years when we are in Albert Lea for business. The hotel is clean, room very comfortable, staff courteous and breakfast included. Gym small but fills my needs. Will keep going back each fall.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank SITravellerSiNy
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Heather L, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Albert Lea, responded to this review, October 29, 2012
Thank you for your kind words about our hotel! I'm so glad that you enjoy your time while here and we look forward to your future stays!
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Punta de Mita, Mexico
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260 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

Stayed here on our drive from northern MN to Galena. The property is conveniently located, is clean, spacious rooms, good breakfast. They charged a fee for our little dog. I recommend it. Even though they had a full house (tour bus), they met our needs.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank scronk0413
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Heather L, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Albert Lea, responded to this review, August 30, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel. I’m so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us! Thank you for your recommendation and we hope to see you again when your travels bring you back to the area!!
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New Brighton, Minnesota
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120 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

I was very impressed with our clean and newly decorated room. The layout of the room left space to work with, and the kitchenette had everything we needed but didn't take up much room. The bed was comfortable and our 2 kids slept in the adjacent sitting room. The hotel was busy as there was a water event in town so the breakfast room was packed but the servers kept up with replenishing the food. I would gladly stay here again.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Lisa T
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Heather L, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Albert Lea, responded to this review, August 12, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel. Thank you also for your kind words about your stay! I'm so glad that you and your family enjoyed your accommodations and invite you back to stay with us again when your in the area!
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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

Stayed here twice in the last month. The staff was very helpful, double queen room was larger than other Country Inns. The motel upgraded us to a queen suite at thier own loss when Club Carlson messed up our reservation. Pool is open to 11pm (12 for adults). Nice exercise room. We got the last available room but the motel was not noisy. Good pizza recommendations. Would definitely stay again.

Room Tip: The queen suite had the exercise room on one side & elevator on the other, so it was quiet. Righ...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Michelle987654321
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Heather L, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Albert Lea, responded to this review, July 18, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to share your comments! It was our pleasure to upgrade you to one of our queen suites! I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to see you again soon!
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Midland, Michigan
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54 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

Can't beat the Country Inn in Albert Lea. We've stayed there around a dozen times and have not been disappointed. Actually, we enjoy seeing the friendly and helpful staff. Rooms are also looking fresh and clean. Breakfast buffet changes a bit each day. Loved the oatmeal fixin's.

Like other reviews, check out Jake's Pizza on Clark. It's definitely a local favorite with a unique taste. You can get the other chain Pizza anyday.

One issue, the door lock did not work. We talked to the staff and they gave us a room directly across the hall. Nice not to have to haul our stuff down the hall or to another floor.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Mike S
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Heather L, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Albert Lea, responded to this review, July 18, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to share your comments regarding your stay at Country Inn & Suites in Albert Lea. I'm so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us! We hope to see you again when your travels bring you back to the area!
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29 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

Requested non smoking, 1st room smelled like smoke and so did the second. The gentleman at the front desk was pleasant. Won't stay again due to smoke smell.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars
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Thank Mjloewen
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, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Albert Lea, responded to this review, July 11, 2012
I was sorry to read about lingering smoke smell in your room and then again in the second room you were moved to. Clearly a fresh smelling smoke free room is what you should expect when staying at our hotel and I am sorry that you didn’t receive that. While these rooms, as well as our entire hotel is smoke free, occasionally and unfortunately previous guests do not adhere to those rules. I do hope that when you're in the area you will give us another try!
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Additional Information about Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Albert Lea

Property: Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Albert Lea
Address: 2214 E Main St, Albert Lea, MN 56007-3921
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Albert Lea
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Albert Lea
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Albert Lea 2.5*
Number of rooms: 77
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