I stayed at this hotel for two nights while in Fort Dodge for a speaking engagement. I chose "poor" instead of "average" because I feel in some ways this hotel is below average (at least from what I'm used to.) However, it is not fully poor.
-desk staff nice enough, and also helpful when I called on the phone
-pool area lovely. I did not swim, but sat down by it for a bit one day to read
-breakfast available (I'm putting breakfast as both a pro and a con) on one hand, it was reasonable in that there was a variety of food and plenty of it
-coffeemaker provided in room which I did not use but nice to have option
-iron/ironing board/hair dryer all provided, all of which I used
-appreciated having a safe available in the room
-game room available although I did not use it
-newspapers available to those who wanted them
-computer and printer allowed me to print boarding passes easily
-had option to have a fan on constant which provided great white noise. I also enjoyed setting the room temperature to something comfortable to me.
-no lock on entrance doors like many hotels nowadays where you usually use your key to get into an outer door as well as your room. I think that is important and feel this is a "con" for a hotel these days not to have this type of security
-breakfast - it just didn't have the same appeal as at some hotels. The room is rather dingy and some of the food seemed to cater toward heavy meals (i.e. biscuits, gravy, sausage). To be fair, there were alternatives like some fruit, waffle maker, oatmeal, too. So I'm not sure why my perception is such...it may just be that the lobby and food areas seem like they are part of the 70's in decor that it wasn't a day brightener to go to breakfast necessarily
-room had a red stain on carpet by side of bed...not sure what that was
-bathtub liner was cracked and a piece missing from the plastic
-they charge $1 a day to use the safe. Not sure why this just can't be part of the room cost. Seems trivial to me to charge this.
-couldn't figure out how to get shower to work until I called the front desk
-some parts of the hotel need remodeling. Main areas are dark, I believe still have paneling, some doors need to be painted. Overall impression of the hotel is that it is old.
Note: I did not look at the rooms in what appear to be the upgraded additions to the hotel, built like a log village. My review concerns the main hotel building.
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