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“Great Hotel, Central Location, Lots of Ammenities”

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Best Western Plus Longbranch Hotel & Convention Center
Ranked #5 of 36 Hotels in Cedar Rapids
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Fresno, California
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7 reviews
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“Great Hotel, Central Location, Lots of Ammenities”
Reviewed June 30, 2011

I was very impressed with this hotel. Best Westerns are usually hit and miss, but the Longbranch is one of the nicest Best Westerns I have stayed in, and one of the city's best hotels. The rooms are clean and spacious, most even have micros and fridges. The staff was all very friendly. The exercise facility and pool are some of best I have seen, the gym is HUGE. The hotel has bikes and golf clubs for guests to use (they will take you to a local golf course). The hotel is right across the street from the Lindale Mall, and is an easy walk from everything around.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Reviewed June 21, 2011

Sis-in-law got married in Cedar Rapids and picked the Longbranch to reserve a block of rooms. Since we figured she might want some extra space to get ready, we splurged and got the one-room-suite. It ended up being a pretty good option for a home base and place to crash for the weekend.

First off, this is a rather, shall we say, unusual hotel. Not that there's anything wrong with that. It has one basic hotel building done up outside in a weird kitschy western theme, but the rooms (I believe) are not themed per se. There's another building added on later with a pseudo "Holi-dome" style - big open atrium overlooking a pool/hot tub/arcade space. And in between, all connected via skywalk, is a small building where the suites are.

At check-in, they described this place as looking "like an apartment building," and I almost wonder if that's what it used to be. The suite had a full(ish) kitchen with a microwave, cooking range, and a full-size refrigerator which came in extremely handy for storing wedding flowers. Rather unusual for a hotel suite in my experience, but it worked out well for us. There was a pretty spacious sitting area with an extremely firm couch, a bed that turned out to be very comfortable, and an average bathroom. The only downside is that this building in particular of the three always smelled a bit stuffy when we walked in, as if it hadn't been occupied in a while.

We didn't have time to try the pool or restaurant, but did hit the complimentary breakfast and the lounge. Both were just fine - nothing to write home about, but no real complaints. Mostly fruit/muffins/pastries at the breakfast but they did have one egg dish which was different both mornings. The bar had karaoke going on but was virtually deserted, so we just had some beers while the same two people sang off and on.

The location was good for our purposes - needing to get back and forth from eastern Marion. Also, the mall is literally across the street, so there are many chain stores and restaurants if you need them. Overall, it's a pretty good hotel. I've stayed at the Marriott in town, and I think that it's better in general, but if you can get a good rate at the Longbranch it should certainly meet your needs.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Iowa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed June 20, 2011

This is a nice (not new) hotel in a nice (next to the mall and many, many shops/restaurants) location. The hotel has an odd shape, but no big deal. The told me were to go for breakfast at check-in, and it was right where they said it was. Pool looked nice, but didn't swim. I sits a block off the main routes so its not loud. Quick and easy to downtown CR and to Marion for the meetings I had. It's also close/easy to Rockwell Collins if you have business there. Bed was comfy, room was clean and somewhat recently updated.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed May 30, 2011

I always stay here when in Cedar Rapids and have done so for 30 years. It just gets better. Very well appointed rooms. Full service fitness center, 2 lounges and consistently good food. The staff from the managers to the housekeepers are always very professional and accomodating. There are many hotels in town but the Longbranch is still the best.
Looking forward to my next visit.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled on business
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed May 27, 2011

The GM and the Manger always go out of their way to make sure your stay is very satisfying. The resturant on site has great food and has a taco bar on Wednesday night that is only $3.00. Wonderful deal! This hotel has been upgraded with new flat screen Tv's and the beds are just so comforable-it is hard to describe!

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Salem, Oregon
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed May 26, 2011

Pet friendly, nice staff, average room for being a 3 star hotel. A plus is that it is close to nice stores and restaurants.

  • Stayed May 2011
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Marion, Iowa
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Reviewed May 25, 2011

Met my family for a night, pool was great, worked out in the gym, had some drinks in the bar. The bed was really comfortable and new. Could have walked to the mall but drove
two blocks. Good breakfast ,very nice service there. Overall big thumbs up!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Best Western Plus Longbranch Hotel & Convention Center
Address: 90 Twixt Town Road NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402-3205
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Location: United States > Iowa > Cedar Rapids
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge 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 ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Cedar Rapids
#6 Family Hotel in Cedar Rapids
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Best Western Plus Longbranch Hotel & Convention Center 3*
Number of rooms: 106
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
-106 Guest Rooms -Complimentary Internet -Complimentary Hot Breakfast -Complimentary 8,000 sf Gym -Indoor Pool, Whirlpool, & Sauna -Fridge & Microwave in every room -Complimentary Parking -Longbranch Restaurant & Lounge -Grand Ballroom seats up to 450 -Walking Distance to Shopping , Coffee Shops, and Entertainment ... more   less 
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