This past weekend, to celebrate Veteran's Day, we took an overnight road trip to Eastern Iowa. We visited the Iowa-80 Trucking Museum, Buffalo Bill Cody's Homestead, the Buffalo Bill Museum, and ended our trip by visiting my first Iowa winery, Wide River Winery. It was an excellent trip and we stayed at the Holiday Inn Express Le Claire Riverfront - Davenport.
The Staff were uniformly friendly and helpful and we checked in and out with no issues. My six year old always has a lot of questions, and the Staff were patient and happy to help him each time.
Our room was a double queen with a balcony overlooking the parking lot and, further back the Mississippi River. The room looked and felt clean, there was a variety of pillows to choose from, and in general, felt like it was taken care of. The bathroom was a shower only, so if you're a bath person, ask if any of their rooms have a tub.
The location is a bit odd, as the hotel sits next to a boat yard and nowhere near the small town of Le Claire. Being on the banks of the Mississippi, however, makes up for a lot of that. Not advertised by the hotel too much, there are several restaurants within walking distance with deals for hotel guests. One thing I'd like to see is the hotel remove the river side parking lot and replace it with landscaping - that would dramatically improve the view.
This hotel has a good variety of amenities: pool with spa, fitness room, laundry, business desk with printer and views of the Mississippi from rooms on the river side, with some having a patio or balcony for outdoor appreciation.
The free breakfast had a good selection, buffet style, including an automatic pancake maker, which I'd never seen before. There was a good balance of hot and cold food, though I'd like to see more fresh fruit if possible.
Negatives: Only one. Like many newer hotels, there is a lot of sound transference into the rooms both from other floors and the hallway. I always seem to end up in a room under a vaulting practice and this time was no difference - run, run, run, jump (stomp). Nothing the hotel can do about it, but definitely ask for the top floor if it's available.
In general, this is a relatively standard chain hotel, with above standard cleanliness and Staff. The views of the Mississippi River are great, marred only by the large parking lot that sits in front of the hotel. Close to the Interstate and not too far
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