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Travelodge Denison

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

It was $59 a night, I had no expectations. Only issue was the security lock was missing, look like it was pulled out from the wall. But the one thing I can say is instead of the communal shampoo and conditioner that Best Western has on the wall in the shower, this place did have an individual shampoo and conditioner bottle that you could use individually.

The room was clean and comfortable and the staff was accommodating. The sink drain was slow but I'm confident that issue was taken care of.

I stayed in the Travelodge Denison over the night of Monday, 7 August 2017. I reserved online in May through the Wyndham website. After reading the doom-and-gloom reviews (unfair and even histrionic, it turns out), I had trepidation, but this worry was unfounded. I arrived at about 6p after an ambitious tour of western Iowa. The motel is off a main highway on the western edge of town. The so-called "dirt road" leading to the motel is about 4 car lengths of gravel driveway from the highway to the nicely paved motel parking lot. I have no clue what the earlier reviewer was complaining about with the "I had to wash my car afterwards." The spacious, very clean lobby had the faintest aroma of curry. I can imagine how few uninterrupted meals the live-in owners have enjoyed, what with fulfilling their chief duty of checking in and serving guests. Free local newspapers were available for guests. Check-in took a moment because of a balky computer. The managers' English is just fine, with the lady's abilities currently a little ahead of the gentleman's. Amidst coming to this country as mature adults to build a life in the strenuous motel business, they have also had to learn and brush up on speaking English as a second language. They understood me just fine, and I found them to be completely understandable. To my chagrin, I had to call home but had no cellphone service in Denison. The lady manager explained that a truck had wiped out some towers or poles a couple of days before, and that repairs would take a while. When I had no success using the lobby landline phone, the male manager generously loaned me his personal cellphone to use. All rooms have an interior entrance. Mine (#114) was on the highway side, where trucks shift gears; however, the air-conditioning unit in the room had a fan that stayed on -- a must, in my opinion, to mask any ambient noise. I was impressed with the spaciousness of my room. Fixtures included sleek, BRAND-new furniture -- a writing-desk, a stool, a chest of drawers with cubbyholes, 2 nightstands, a mirror, and a chair -- that quite literally gleamed in the light. (This was all indeed new; I noticed some old furniture discreetly discarded on the outside grounds, ready for collection.) A couch in the room was older but clean and in acceptable condition. The carpet, whether new or not, was very clean. The lavatory fixture and its mirror were also brand-new. Other fixtures included a microwave, a mini-refrigerator, a flat-screen TV, a coffee POT, and a mini-safe. The room had good lighting and an adequate number of electrical outlets. The maid had apparently forgotten to supply plastic or styrofoam cups (a minor issue). The lavatory is outside the shower/toilet area. There were two of each towel; the hand-towels and washcloths were new, and the bath towels were in OK condition. The new shower-curtain (with magnets) was on a curved rod. Although the shower/tub had no built-in soap recess, there was a liquid-soap dispenser in the shower, and the tub edges were available to set items on. Two bars of soap and 2 shampoo/conditioner packets were provided. The toilet paper was of higher quality than one finds at most motels. The cold water in the sink initially came out hot. After I let it run for a minute or two, it began coming out cold. The king mattress was soft on top and firm beneath; the pillows were plump, and the bedspread was new. I slept well. The breakfast (which I didn't partake in) included hot waffles and bagels, toast, cold cereal, and a coffee area outside the eating area (to avoid too many bodies trying to maneuver all at once). At my speedy checkout, I asked the lady manager if she had chosen the new furniture. She said that she had, and I gave her two thumbs up. I considered the $59 room rate to have been well worth it. I resolved to provide an accurate, detailed review on TripAdvisor to counteract the previous reviews. In summary, I had a nice stay and perceive that the managers are highly engaged and care about their guests and their motel. I think that previous reviews probably reflected "growing pains" of new management adapting to a new franchise. Some comments were apart from reality. My standard for rating motels is "Could I stay here happily for a whole week?" In this case, the answer is "almost certainly," especially if the suggestions below are heeded. The quality of this motel will only continue to improve, and I recommend that you consider staying here. Suggestions for management: (1) Spray all exterior and room doors thoroughly with WD-40, now and at least quarterly. (2) Investigate why the lavatory cold water in #114 initially comes out hot. (3) Continue to replace bath linens on a reasonable schedule. (4) Keep doing the good things that you're doing, and build on them.

The place was run down, There was no working ice machine. The outside door by our room was missing the outside door knob. The breakfast consisted of muffins and cold cereal. We traveled an extra 120 miles to get to the Travelodge because the quality is normally great. We will no longer stay at the independently owned Travelodge's again.

This motel in present condition should not be open to the public. Old, poorly presented, inside and out. A disgrace to your brand. No place to hang up as much as a shirt. Everything substandart. Facility should be should be totally rehabbed or razed.made reservation for five days for a meeting in Denison. A bad experience.

The young fellow at the front desk was great. The common areas are very worn and tired. Doors that bind and just a rode hard and put away wet feel. The room was spacious and clean except for the fact that both the hand towels had brown spots on them and when held up to the light you could plainly see dozens of yellow stains. All towels were on their last legs for wear. The bathroom had a bad caulk job next to the tub, and the door was binding. A/C worked well. The free breakfast was lacking. You get the idea that the owners are wringing every last cent outta the place. I'm surprised Travel Lodge has this property in their stables.

Hotel has shabby narrow entrance doors at main entrance to rooms. Breakfast was a pleasant suprise.

Fiancé and I stayed here over Memorial Day weekend as we were visiting family. First of all, the photos on the website are not photos of this hotel. This hotel is outdated, not recently renovated as previously claimed, filthy, and disorganized. When we first checked in, we were given keys to a room that was occupied. We barged in on a sleeping guest - this presents a serious safety issue for both parties involved. When we told the front desk clerk, who runs the hotel, he was unapologetic and almost challenged us - he refused to believe there was another guest occupying the room. We were then given keys to the room next door - which was filthy. There was a crusty, yellow stain on the bottom fitted sheet. There were makeup stains on my pillowcase. The newspaper in the room was from the week prior, and the scratchy small towels were stained as well. The drain in the sink was clearly clogged as it was backing up and would not drain. The room was also full of bugs. We felt too dirty to eat breakfast in the morning, which was being served out of a guest room. The list goes on - would not recommend to my worst enemy.

My sister and i meet there to attend a class reunion. Its nothing fancy but they do have very comfortable beds and thats what we were looking for.

The hotel room we were in was a dump!! Holes in the walls and the door lock was broken. The room smelled. One window had no screen. No pool. Would not go back.

502 Boyer Valley Rd Denison IA

Hotel highlights

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking

Located 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Washington Park, Travelodge Denison is within a 15-minute drive of Yellow Smoke Park. This 40-room hotel has conveniences like free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Dow House Historic Site is also within a 15-minute drive of this Denison hotel.


Free continental breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning.


Travelodge Denison's 40 rooms are air-conditioned and provide microwaves, refrigerators, and free local calls. TVs come with satellite channels, and free WiFi keeps guests connected. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Safes are also standard.

Property features

Travelodge Denison offers free WiFi in public areas and coffee in a common area. If you decide to drive, there's free parking.

Room options

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Non Smoking

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Accessible, Non Smoking

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Smoking

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

13% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 101 reviews