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“Love the Hilltop!” 5 of 5 stars
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Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Clear Lake
Peosta, Iowa, United States
1 review
“Love the Hilltop!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

We have been going to the Hilltop for a few years now and we absolutely love it! The atmosphere is great and you couldn't ask for better hosts...they always make us feel like VIP's! My kids love the pool & hot tub and we love sitting around the patio enjoying a cold beverage. There is no better place to relax!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

Our family has been guests of the Hilltop in Clear Lake Iowa since 1975! We typically have 11 rooms each year at the Hilltop with about 30 guests. The Hilltop is one of those magical places that you cannot believe it until you see it and stay there. The Hilltop is located on North Shore. Very close to restaurants, lounges, the town square, shops and of course the beautiful lake. The Surf Ballroom is half block away. I always look forward to my trip to the Hilltop each year since I can totally relax there. Jay & Teri Latimer are wonderful hosts and we enjoy "catching up" after a long Iowa winter. They are like family to us. Eat, drink and be merry. Thank you Hilltop, Jay and Teri for making us feel so welcome!

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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West Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

I stay at the Hilltop twice a year; one for a family event for up to 5 days and the other for a long weekend. Terri and Jay are always very accommodating to my needs and treat you like you are the VIP guest. They interact with the guests and work hard to make sure you are relaxed and enjoying your time at the Hilltop. Each room is uniquely decorated, the pool and pool area is always very clean and inviting. They offer games and movies for guests to use, and they welcome all guests to use the patio, that includes an ice machine, popcorn, microwave and grills. It's a great place to organize your family reunion. I have recommended the Hilltop to many of my friends and have found that when they experience it once, they make reservations on their way out to come back again, soon.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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West Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

The Hilltop is fantastic, and what makes it so great are the wonderful people that run it. The service and respect you get makes you really feel at home. It is very peaceful, no matter what you want to do. Hang out by the pool, BBQ on the patio, sit in the hot tub, or play a game of bean bag toss. No place better to relax and enjoy some time away from home, with a home town feel.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

we have gone every summer for the last couple years and have had the best of times. The kids love to swim, it is a nice family atmosphere, and Jay and Terri are wonderful hosts. It is so nice and relaxing and close to places. The rooms are awesome with different themes.

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St Charles, MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

We stayed one night on our way to Canada on a motorcycle trip last month. Our stay at Hilltop was fantastic. If you like family owned nostalgic motels, this is your place. The owner showed this around the property when we checked in and even allowed us to put our motorcycles in her garage overnight. They have a very nice pool area and bbq pavilion where they supply everything needed to grill you meal (except the meat). Give Hilltop a try, you won't be sorry.

  • Stayed July 2012
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Thank Jeff K
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travelgirlfromiowa, Owner at Hilltop Motel, responded to this review, August 15, 2012
thank you very much for the review. We look forward to your next visit to Clear Lake!!
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Stewartville, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

Room was very clean and very nicely decorated. You can tell the newer owners have put lots of sweat and muscle into refurbishing this motel. Comfortable beds with very nice bedding. Owner was very pleasant and accomodating. Located directly across from the Surf Ballroom, which is what we were looking for. No driving after the show. Very reasonable price.

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travelgirlfromiowa, Owner at Hilltop Motel, responded to this review, May 17, 2012
Thank you for the great review.
We look forward to seeing you this summer!!!
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Property: Hilltop Motel
Address: 10 Allens Aly, Clear Lake, IA 50428-1325
Location: United States > Iowa > Clear Lake
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Clear Lake
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
New Ownership since 2007. Family owned, operated and orientated. Some rooms with kitchenettes, outdoor grills, outdoor pool ,games, DVD library. We are the number one place in area to host your next family reunion - stop in at take a look around. The rooms are all theme decorated. ... more   less 
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Hilltop Motel Clear Lake, Iowa

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