Iowa Motels

by Alison Merfeld
Drive past farmsteads and fields during your travels in Iowa.

Drive past farmsteads and fields during your travels in Iowa.

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Drive past the wind turbines, cornfields and soy bean fields as you stop to visit some of Iowa's sights such as the Iowa Speedway just outside of Newton, or the haunted house near Stanton. Whether you're just passing through the Hawkeye State or stopping for a week, be sure to ask what attractions your motel is near. Some hotels are close enough to sights that you might not ever have to move your car.

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Northern Iowa motels

Located in Cedar Falls, home to the University of Northern Iowa, the AmericInn provides 484 rooms with free Internet access, complimentary newspapers and whirlpool bathtubs. A meeting facility, indoor swimming pool and hot tub add to the amenities. If traveling with children, a game room with pool tables is located on-site. The hotel is approximately four miles from the Cedar Falls Raceway, which was built during the 1960s. The smoke-free Country Inn and Suites in Mason City is situated near Music Man Square in the downtown area, and the aquatic center. The spacious guest rooms boasts with living areas, complimentary Internet access and newspaper delivery; suites contain mini-refrigerators, separate living rooms and whirlpools. Services include a complimentary breakfast, an indoor swimming pool and a fitness center with weight machines and cardiovascular equipment.

Central Iowa

The Holiday Inn Express Des Moines at Drake University is within walking distance to the universities attractions such as the Knapp Center where the Bulldogs play basketball. This two-story hotel offers 52 smoke-free guest rooms that were recently renovated in 2007. Rooms include satellite TV and free Internet access. The hotel provides a daily complimentary breakfast, a courtyard with seating and a business center with fax, Internet and copying services. Drake University is within two miles of downtown Des Moines attractions such as the Civic Center, which is home to theatrical productions and concerts throughout the year. Newton is home to the Iowa Speedway where Nascar races are held throughout the year. Located off of Interstate 80, the pet-friendly Quality Inn is only two miles from the speedway. The 60 guest rooms are simply decorated with framed nature artwork and either queen or king-sized beds. All rooms have free Internet access and sitting areas; some rooms offer whirlpool bathtubs and kitchenettes. Hotel amenities include an indoor swimming pool and a complimentary breakfast. An Okoboji Grill, which prepares seafood, burgers and pasta is located across the street from the hotel.

Western Iowa

The Stanton Inn Motel in Stanton offers scenic country views. The spacious guest rooms are decorated with detailed bedding and light wood furnishings. Rooms include free Internet access, small dining areas and mini-refrigerators. If interested in ghost stories or paranormal activity, arrange for a tour of the Villisca Axe Murder House where eight people were brutally murdered in 1912. The house is approximately 10 miles from the hotel. The Western Inn in Council Bluffs is 11 miles from Harrah's Casino and eight miles from the Rails West Museum. The spacious rooms offer a small sitting area and Internet access. An indoor swimming pool with a beach themed mural along the wall, a coffee bar and a continental breakfast are provided by the motel.

Eastern Iowa

The three-story Fairfield Inn Davenport is situated off of Interstate 74. The 62 smoke-free rooms include natural wood furniture, cream walls and floral bedding. Rooms offer free Internet access, dining areas and pillow-top mattresses. The hotel provides an indoor swimming pool, a hot tub and babysitting services. Nearby recreational activities include the 18-hole Duck Creek golf course, two miles away and the Wacky Waters Water Park, five miles away. Three miles from the Mississippi River, the sea blue exterior of the Comfort Inn in Muscatine contains 49 guest rooms with free Internet access. Some rooms provide microwaves, refrigerators and whirlpool bathtubs. Pets 40 lbs. or less are allowed in rooms for a nightly fee. Hotel amenities include a fitness center, a complimentary breakfast and copy and fax machine services. The hotel is one mile from Applebees and Country Kitchen.

About the Author

Alison Merfeld has been a freelance writer since 2008. Her published articles can be found on various websites, covering golf, the outdoors and other topics. She is currently working on her first fiction novel. Merfeld earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Iowa.

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