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Scottish Inns Sparta

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I can't add much that other reviews haven't already written. This is a pretty dumpy place compared to virtually every other Hotel with rude management to boot. There were bad patches in the wall and paint. The little alcove where the toilet sits is so small you can barely squeeze in. They charged my credit card on the first day of a 4-day stay. When I realized I could not stay the final day because I couldn't work in the rain, they refused to give me a refund. I was never told this and it was never shown to me in writing. I consider this a scam. Interesting to note, I went on to stay in that area and work for 6 weeks staying at another hotel. The owner of the Scottish Inn lost out on several thousand dollars just because he would not refund me my $45. I could go on and on, but the bottom line is, stay here only if you have absolutely no other options.

We stayed in room 120, a room with two double beds, for one night. New or nearly new contents included the beds and bedding, frig, microwave, hair dryer, TV, and carpeting. Adequate contents included the coffee service, towels, shower curtain, ironing board and iron (but points for having these), the window curtains, the lights (all were working!), the locks on the door (secure), the air conditioner, and the wooden furniture. Things that need replacing: 1. The ancient vinyl wall coverings -- probably the major source of the strong cigarette smell in this non-smoking room. 2. All the upholstered furniture (2 chairs and a couch) which were too dirty to sit on. (Clean slip covers would have helped). 3. The black grout around the tub. 4. The door (leading directly outside) which lacked any sort of a seal (you could see light all around the edges and hear noise). 5. The plumbing in the tub. You have to somehow make the handle "click" in order to get any warm water at all. My husband managed to get it working after 10 minutes. There is no breakfast service because there is no lobby. We slept well, thanks to the new, firm mattresses and pillows, but when we were awake, the smell of ancient smoke was unforgettable. They may have to remove the drywall, too, to get rid of it. We paid $89 through and were grossly overcharged. This was probably due to booking the room only 2 days in advance when it was virtually the last room in Sparta for that night. Our bad. Sparta doesn't have many motel rooms, and one gathering or special event can book everything up. These rooms at the Scottish Inn are worth about $55 for two people per night, but beware of the odor.

This is a small one story motel close to the bike trail really trying to be better.The bed and pillows were super comfortable. The air conditioner was fine and more important quiet. The controls were low and accessible--especially important for a short person. The bathroom looked brand new. It is close to a few restaurants. It included a frig, microwave, coffee maker, accessible outlets (on the lamp) for chargers and free Wifi (had to call for a password). Also room for an extra bed if needed. Everything was clean except the windows. The outside paint and room decor was a little odd and the furniture was old but sturdy but that hardly mattered. The only thing that concerned me was overflowing dumpster one door down (emptied the next day) and the guests smoking and hanging out in front of their rooms. Although it is a small town and quiet, I was slightly nervous at night and piled my grocery bag and cooler in front of the door and on the table in front of the window. An extra lock would have make me feel more at ease. For the price it was fine.

The hotel was okay to lay your head down. It was clean and comfortable. The price was right. We came with a group of bikers and it was walking distance to the downtown bars and right across the street is a nice old fashioned drive in, Rudy's. It is also close to the walking/bicycle path which is beautiful with two covered bridges.

We were in Sparta to ride the Elroy-Sparta trail and this place was perfectly located four blocks from the trail head. We also found out the hotel is just across the street from an old-time drive in restaurant and there is a great breakfast place (Dorine's) just up the street. The hotel is certainly not a splashy place, but the room was clean and had a fridge, microwave, coffee maker and a large new TV with cable. The price was also right. I'd stay here again.

We booked and when I checked in on our arrival I paid for the room. Didn't know till several days later that they had charged me for the room already when I booked. When I called and spoke with the owner he replied that he had my info and would look into it and contact me later that day. That was months ago and I have not had a single contact from that establishment. DO NOT STAY THERE.

This place was reasonably priced. The room was a decent size but it smelled. It reminded me of past times when people could smoke in rooms and the smoke smell stayed with the furnishings. This place is a little ways from the highway so it was pretty quiet. Out of five nights on the road, this is the place I would not come back to. Staff was friendly and helpful.

The motto, "You get what you for." This is not a fancy place. We were touring small towns on our motorcycle and picked this place for it's location near downtown. The clerk was helpful in locating a place that serves great food, that wasn't a chain. The rooms are not flashy, but they were clean. We stayed in a room the night before that was twice the money and 10x worse. If you are looking for a decent place to get some rest and not be out alot of money, this is a good place.

Staff the were very rude, no customer service skills at all. I will never be staying at this properity again. We travel often and tend to stay at the more ecomincally priced hotels, but never have encountered such rude staff.

I don't mind rooms that are basic as long as they are clean. Even at the $49 off season rate, this motel failed. I couldn't imagine how furious I would have been paying the listed $95 rate. The bathroom is very small, but clean, however the towels are threadbare and gray. The biggest problem is that the carpet is absolutely filthy and reeks of smoke despite the room being non-smoking. An excessive dousing of Febreeze didn't help. Add to that noise from neighboring units and outside the door, throw in the train whistle throughout the night and it all makes for a miserable stay. We will never stay here again. Unfortunately, there are few other options. Consider making the 20 minute drive to Onalaska or Tomah.

509 S Water St Sparta WI

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Scottish Inns Sparta places you within a 10-minute walk of Deke Slayton Memorial Space and Bicycle Museum. This 20-room motel has a restaurant along with conveniences like free in-room WiFi and free self parking. Hamlin Garland House and Marie W. Heider Center for the Arts are also within a 20-minute drive of this Sparta motel.


The onsite restaurant is perfect for a quick bite to eat.


All 20 air-conditioned rooms provide microwaves, refrigerators, and coffee makers. Guests can expect free WiFi and LCD TVs. Free local calls and ironing boards are other standard amenities.

Property features

Guests of Scottish Inns Sparta have access to free WiFi in public areas. A stay here includes free parking.

Room options

Standard Room, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Double Room, 2 Double Beds

Full 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

19% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 23 reviews