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Econo Lodge Waupaca
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Waupaca
Woodbury, Minnesota
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“Spacious Rooms, Friendly Staff, Great Location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2013

While attending the Strawberry Festival in Waupaca over Father's Day weekend, we opted to stay at the Village Inn. We have stayed here in the past and enjoyed it. The hotel is less than a block off the highway and easy to find with the huge red HOTEL sign displayed at the entrance to the parking lot.

First the good: The rooms are large with plenty of room for our family of 3. The King room we stayed in also had a rather large bathroom, but the double we stayed in last year had a smaller bathroom. The pool and the hot tub were kept at a comfortable temperature and the pool area was very clean. Check in was quick and easy and access to the indoor rooms is simple with three entrances.

Now the bad: I could not give this hotel a 5 star rating for the following reasons. The rooms still have old 19" tube television sets with a limited channel selection. The Continental Breakfast leaves something to be desired - mostly prepackaged sweets, a couple cereal choices, and some bread and bagels. Certainly adequate, but lacking in selection compared to other hotels.

Even with the bad, the rate was reasonable compared to other area hotels and the rooms were clean and well stocked.

Room Tip: Make sure to ask for an indoor room - they are a little more expensive but well worth it. I recommen...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2012

Been staying at the Village Inn for years, love it, it's just like being at home. Extremely friendly & helpful staff, from Sue to Courtney to Mandy, they are always eager to make our stays great. Often times the pool is empty & it's like having our very own private pool. There are plenty of food options in the area & the lobby microwave makes it very convenient for heating up leftovers. If you go to the Woods Restaurant, you will have leftovers, they give you so much good food at good prices. Free internet, bring your laptop, and there is a desktop in the lobby. There is always coffee brewing in the lobby and the continental breakfast will fill you up. There is something to be said for giving the little guy a try, locally owned, and avoiding the corporate chains, you will not be disappointed.

Room Tip: The inside rooms are worth the extra cost, especially if you plan on using the swimming pool.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2012

This hotel still uses METAL/physical keys.

Be careful when you book. There's a HOTEL inside and a MOTEL outside. If you book through some other agency and upgrade you'll be highly overcharged. I do not recommend staying here.

Room Tip: make sure you're getting a room inside, in the hotel. Not in "another building".
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Two Rivers, WI
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2012

This motel was ok for the price; old but clean, and acceptable for a night or two for a reasonable price. Do not plan on eating the continental breakfast because it consists of old, prepackaged pastries.

The biggest downfall is their customer service. When I made the resevation on the phone, the person taking the reservation constantly answered questions of guests apparently standing at the counter, which I found very confusing; one minute she was talking to me and the next she was talking to someone else, never knew who she was talking with. The reservation could have been done in half the time if she had told the others she would be with them in a moment, or asked me to hold for a moment while she takes care of other guests. When checking in, the desk person was rude, but quick, like she couldn't wait to get this transaction done and get us out of there. When we returned to our room at about 10:00 pm, I discovered I had forgotten
my toothbrush and toothpaste, so I went to the desk with a $5.00 bill in hand and asked if they had a vending machine with such items--the desk clerk looked at me and walked to the back, while an approximately 4-year old boy (I'm assuming her son) stood behind the desk, put his hands on his hips and shouted "this is a hotel, NOT A STORE". I said "excuse me", and he repeated this. Now obviously he did not pick this up on his own, but is repeating what he has learned. I explained that I had forgoten these items, and most motels/hotels have such items for sale (or free). Then the clerk came back and threw a toothbrush on the counter. I asked for toothpaste and she reached in a drawer and threw me a small foil-package of toothpaste. I asked if there was a charge and she said "no" and turned around and proceeded to the back. I said "thank you" and left. Now, I don't expect people to fall over me with kindness, but a "Hi, how are you, please and thank you, have a nice stay" are always appreciated. These people apparently do not like their jobs, and if it weren't for their paying guests they wouldn't have these jobs that they hate.

I would stay here again only as a last resort because of their lack of customer service.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Hager City, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2012

If you are looking for a motel to sleep at for cheap this would be fine, has a pool and light breakfast although rooms are not fancy in any means.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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KEWASKUM
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2011

It could be that we were positively influenced by the wonderfully warm and sunny Wisconsin weather in mid October 2011, but that is just a part of it. We initially were going to stay 2 nights and instead doubled that because there was more to see and do. Our room was nice sized; new mattresses so really comfortable; we had an armoire that housed the TV and mini fridge and several deep drawers; great use of space.

We enjoyed using the pool and whirlpool for exercise and relaxation; perfect temperatures for both; clean and well maintained. Breakfast OK; we picked up a brochure and menu for the Simpson Restaurant downtown and Sue at the desk recommended it. We agreed; great food and since we were on the motorcycle ate a little earlier than normal so were able to take advantage of early bird specials, saving maybe $4 to $5 per entree prior to 6:00 PM. We looked at other hotels online in the area and this one was priced very reasonably compared to those. Wanted to add: good computer available in lobby; fast connections.

Room Tip: We liked a room that was adjacent to the pool.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Waunakee, WI
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2011

Hotel was fine, what we expected for the price. My concern and disappointment is with the website and the mis-information and lack of customer service. The address online is INCORRECT...the online address shows 1060 E Fulton St, Waupaca- the correct information is 1060 WEST Fulton. After driving for two hours, we arrived in Waupaca and because the address on the website was incorrect, we drove around and around for 30 minutes, at 11:00 pm in the dark, searching for this hotel. We were finally able to locate a local individual who directed us to the correct area of town. When we arrived at the hotel, we informed the front desk of this error and she said we SHOULD HAVE CALLED and she would have directed us. Well guess what?, we DID call the number on the email confirmation and it was the '800' number for front desk, and all we got was a recording loop from Magnuson Hotels- NO person to ask . I am so disappointed with the lack of customer service that was available by phone, and in person.
Oh, as well -there was a fridge in the room...but it was unplugged and there was no outlet to plug it into unless you ran the cord across the carpet! The sliver of soap and the tiny bottle of shampoo would not have even serviced two people for a shower!- at least the room was clean!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
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Property: Econo Lodge Waupaca
Address: 1060 W Fulton St, Waupaca, WI 54981-1480 (Formerly Village Inn Motel)
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Location: United States > Wisconsin > Waupaca
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Waupaca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Econo Lodge Waupaca 2*
Number of rooms: 78
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