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“Friendliest staff I have ever met!”
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Wildwood Lodge
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Clive
Certificate of Excellence
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Friendliest staff I have ever met!”
Reviewed October 11, 2013 via mobile

I stay in alot of hotels and this place has had the friendliest staff I have ever met! Right from the front desk to the cleaning lady! Hotel is starting to show some wear and tear but it is exceptionally clean...There is a very good reason it is rated number 1 on trip advisor!

  • Stayed October 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

The Wildwood Lodge offers excellent service in a hotel that seems as if you are in the wilds of Minnesota. The breakfast was good. The hotel was clean but there was the ever present odor of cigarettes. Make sure that you request a smoke free room when making reservations.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Axtell, ne
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed September 7, 2013

We had to come to DSM to hold a Memorial Service for my Mom. I didn't know how many rooms we would need, how many nights, etc. I changed things around non-stop with people's schedules changing. They bent over backwards to help us as we figured things out. We rented a meeting room and then cancelled and then rented it. They were so good to us. The breakfasts were much better than the normal hotel breakfast. The General Manager was amazing and when we thanked him he responded by saying, he was blessed to have good and caring people work with him. He was awesome and so was everyone else we came into contact with.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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1 Thank beciv
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OTTUMWA
2 reviews
Reviewed September 4, 2013

We had a trouble free stay. We especially liked the "out of the way" location with a great view of a park and just blocks from great restaurants and shopping. The décor was welcoming and unique with all the conveniences we needed like in room wi fi, large screen TV, plenty of accessible plugins for recharging and use of electronic devices and other needs. A clean room with a great shower and well set up bathroom. The staff was helpful and courteous.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank DANIEL S
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Sun City, Arizona
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed September 3, 2013

I liked the feel of this hotel with lodge decor and a 1950's ambiance. The hot tub was a blessing after a long drive. The beds were a bit mushy and you could hear the folks in the next room but the breakfast was wonderful with real oatmeal and omelets made to order.

Room Tip: If you have children they have a nice two bedroom with bunkbeds.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Loveland, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
224 reviews
70 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed August 16, 2013

The Wildwood Lodge has a northwoods, hunting and fishing ambiance. They aim for a comfortable, homey feel, and generally achieve it.

Rooms are large, clean and quiet, service is good, and the breakfast--made before your eyes in the common room--is impressive. There are some nice touches here. You can get a complementary beer or glass of wine at the desk, and peanuts and hors d'ouvres are provided in the common room during cocktail hour.

However, the Wildwood is not perfect. The bed was far too soft for our tastes, the furniture in our room was scuffed and threadbare, and the water pressure in the shower was the worst either of us could remember--it reminded us of the "low-flow" Seinfeld episode. Still, this is a good place, on balance.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Iowa City, Iowa
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed August 7, 2013

My boyfriend and stayed at the Wildwood Lodge this past weekend and we had a wonderful stay. The atmosphere was wonderful and we felt like we were in a cabin somewhere! We stayed in this hotel because all of the hotels in downtown Des Moines were booked for the music festival that was taking place. I'm glad we stayed where we did! It was only a short cab ride away from the East Village where we were going and it was quiet! I would stay again in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Wildwood Lodge

Property: Wildwood Lodge
Address: 11431 Forest Ave, Clive, IA 50325-7029
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Location: United States > Iowa > Clive
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Clive
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Wildwood Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 104
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Wildwood Lodge Clive, a unique lodging experience, conveniently located in West Des Moines at University Avenue exit off Interstate 80/35. The Wildwood Lodge features indoor pool with a raised spa and a waterfall, all beneath a beautiful three-story atrium. No matter the reason for your visit, you will enjoy choosing from an extensive variety of room types. Thanks to our great staff and beautiful space, our hotel is a popular destination for family reunions, wedding groups and sports teams. ... more   less 
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