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“Council Bluffs' best kept secret.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Quality Inn & Suites Council Bluffs

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Quality Inn & Suites Council Bluffs
Ranked #21 of 24 Hotels in Council Bluffs
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31 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Council Bluffs' best kept secret.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2014

I stayed at this hotel for a week, primarily for its location and good weekly rate. Frankly, I had low expectations, as it is a former Howard Johnson's that was deprived of all its architectural charm during an unfortunate "renovation" several years back (although if you look close, you can still see the space age lobby building hidden under tons of stucco and tacky light fixtures, and the old HoJo Restaurant is rotting away in front, having had an unfortunate spell as a check cashing facility).

But the rooms are still those good, old-fashioned, spacious HoJo rooms (with the second sink removed for some reason) and the beds are the definition of comfortable. They unfortunately removed access to the room balconies/patios (I understand the reason, but screened-in porches/solariums might have been a better idea). The rooms are attractively furnished, but a bit bland (unless you like "apartment white") The whole place is kept squeaky clean, and the free breakfast is a real breakfast - eggs, sausage, etc. The staff is professional and friendly, and there's an indoor pool (another vestige of past glamour). TV lovers will be pleased to note that there is a wide variety of programming, including MSNBC, so one is not stuck with Fox and the missing airliner channel.

Bottom, line, this is a great place to stay, and a real bargain. But please, property owners, think about freeing that lobby building of its 80's accoutrements and bring it back to it's swinging 60's look, and at least keep up the landscaping on the restaurant building (better yet, get a restaurant back in there!). You could have a fun, distinctive property with a "Mad Men" vibe, just seconds from downtown Omaha and the casinos. Properly marketed, that could bring your average rate up.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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Loveland, Colorado
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2014

The bathroom had hair left by someone. We had to move to another room because the toilet would not flush. The restaurant they had advertised on the room card was NOT GOOD AT ALL! It was like eating a salt lick. Sal's Italian Buffet. The hall smelled like smoke and mildew and at the price they wanted it was no a good value... AT ALL!

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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QualityInnCBIA, Public Relations Manager at Quality Inn & Suites Council Bluffs, responded to this review, June 25, 2015
Thank you for taking the time to complete our online survey regarding your recent stay at our hotel.

On behalf of our entire team, I would like to apologize for failing to exceed your expectations. Your satisfaction is important to us and we will be using the feedback you provided to make improvements to ensure we offer an exceptional experience for our guests in the future.

I hope that you will consider staying with us again so that we can have another chance to provide you with a superior experience.

Sincerely,

Matthew Brown
Public Relations Manager
Quality Inn and Suites
712-328-3171
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Maple Park, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2014

This hotel was a pleasant surprise. It was priced at a lower rate, and I had a few misgivings when making the reservation. The hotel was an older one, but had been remodeled at some time in the fairly recent past, and was quite clean. Bed fairly comfortable, furniture comparatively new, flat screen TV, comfortable chairs, large desk to work on. Bathroom clean, linens clean. Possibly my only observation might be that the bathroom linens were a little dingy from long use, but were not dirty or threadbare.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Wilma608
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Amarillo, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2014

Fantastic hotel. Slept well and the room was nice and clean. Maria and other support staff were excellent. Professional and still personable. Thank you. Will recommend. Keep up the good work. Will see you next trip.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Blue Springs, Missouri
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2014

Older hotel, but has a lot of personality,

Great staff, spacious clean quiet room great bed, nice big pool, Just across the river from Downtown Omaha..

Only problem the room key wouldn't work on the entry door a couple times.

I will stay there again..

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rocket555
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Farwell, Minnesota
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14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2014

The staff was excellent!! Very friendly and helpful! The hallways smell of old smoke and our room was supposed to be smoke-free but the bedspread smelled strong smoke! We slept with the window open and the fan on to breathe!! I now realize that Quality can mean Excellent quality or poor quality, both are quality! We will stay closer to the freeway with better hotels next time since it is tricky to find!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rosemaler
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QualityInnCBIA, Public Relations Manager at Quality Inn & Suites Council Bluffs, responded to this review, June 25, 2015
Thank you for taking the time to complete our online survey regarding your recent stay at our hotel.

On behalf of our entire team, I would like to apologize for failing to exceed your expectations. Your satisfaction is important to us and we will be using the feedback you provided to make improvements to ensure we offer an exceptional experience for our guests in the future.

I hope that you will consider staying with us again so that we can have another chance to provide you with a superior experience.

Sincerely,

Matthew Brown
Public Relations Manager
Quality Inn and Suites
712-328-3171
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Property: Quality Inn & Suites Council Bluffs
Address: 3537 West Broadway, Council Bluffs, IA 51501
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Location: United States > Iowa > Council Bluffs
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Council Bluffs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Quality Inn & Suites Council Bluffs 2.5*
Number of rooms: 89
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