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By a verified traveler on Sun 19 Jan 2020

Hotel Description

3.5-star hotel near Wapello County Historical Museum

Heart of Ottumwa

You'll be within half a mile (1 km) of Wapello County Historical Museum and 2 miles (3 km) of Memorial Park with a stay here. American Gothic House is 16.8 mi (27.1 km) away.

Free perks

A restaurant and a bar/lounge are featured at this hotel. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the 24-hour business center and free WiFi in public areas. Guests will appreciate freebies like cooked-to-order breakfast and free self parking.

Free WiFi, refrigerators

Featuring conveniences like refrigerators and microwaves, the 60 guestrooms also offer free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Other amenities include room service, coffee/tea makers, and phones.

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$65* Per night/room Aug 10 - Aug 11

Standard Room, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Standard Room, 2 Double Beds

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Hotel Ottumwa ratings based on 8 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.9 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Hotel Ottumwa

Everyone (5) Couples (2) Family (1)
5 out of 5
It was convenient to have a small parking garage across the street from the hotel since there was a snow/ice storm when we stayed! It’s an older building but the room was nice enough and breakfast was included at their cafe.

Posted by on Jan 19, 2020

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jan 20, 2020 by Holly B

Thank you for staying with us! I'm glad you enjoyed your stay.

4 out of 5
Our room was very nice, better than we expected for an older building. The fridge and amenities in the room were handy. And the free cooked to order breakfast at the in-hotel restaurant 2nd Street Cafe was very good.

Posted by , from Iowa on Jan 12, 2020

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jan 12, 2020 by Holly B

Thank you for your review, Andi. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your stay!

4 out of 5

Posted by on Nov 9, 2019

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Nov 11, 2019 by Sara

Thank you for your feedback.

4 out of 5

Posted by on May 26, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jun 13, 2019 by Sara

Thank you for your feedback.

5 out of 5
Beds were comfortable, food is delicious, front desk help is very nice

Posted by on Apr 2, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Apr 3, 2019 by Sara

Thank you for your feedback. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay!

2 out of 5

Disappointed in this Hotel

Pros: Nothing
Cons: Everything! A good deep cleaning would help. Light switches were even dirty
Location: Walgreens was near to purchase disinfectant.
I would never stay in this hotel again. The pictures on the website do not reflect the poor condition of this property. We like to stay in historical places but this property is not taken care of.

Posted by , from Arizona on Jul 27, 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

Aug 3, 2018 by Sara

We are so sorry that your room was in need of a deep clean. Please feel free to notify management upon check-in an we can often switch rooms or address. I have contacted our head housekeeper. We usually have very high marks for cleanliness, so I apologize for your experience. Please feel free to contact us with specific concerns.

4 out of 5

Hotel Ottumwa

Pros: Price, amennities, convenience.
Cons: Cable channels were difficult to locate.
Location: Great views of the central park area, rustic charms of the downtown shopping.
Conveniently located amid the downtown area, the hotel offers a pleasant stay at a reasonable rate. The on site restaraunt is amazing with prices from 30 years ago. The Tom Tom Tap, also located in the hotel, offers a wide variety of adult beverages and access to late night items from the kitchen. All staff throughout the hotel were courtious and helpful. Although only slightly dated, it offers an enjoyable experience not available to the chain hotels.

Posted by , from Florida on Oct 13, 2015

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3 out of 5

Nice 'old school' hotel.

Pros: Convenient location, large comfortable rooms, less expensive than the motels in town. Decent restaurant right in the hotel. Convenient parking.
Cons: The one thing that could be improved (probably not practical) is the elevator situation. There is only one, so sometimes you need to allow extra time.
Location: Walking distance of several churches, the library, other stores, but most importantly - right across the street from The Canteen Lunch in the Alley!
The Hotel Ottumwa is an old hotel that has been in the heart of downtown Ottumwa for I don't even know how long, but it's been there long enough that the marble steps going up to the lobby are visibly hollowed from wear. We have stayed there many times in the past and never really had a bad experience. Our last stay, although I wouldn't classify it as 'bad', was disappointing. Everything about the room was fine with two exceptions. One, the window HVAC unit was so noisy that it was impossible to get a decent night's sleep, and two, the blinds on the window wouldn't close completely which allowed outside light (a significant amount for some reason) in the room, compounding the sleep issue. As I said, this is not the first time we've stayed there, and I'm sure it won't be the last, but this is the first time we've experienced anything like this. Guess I'll make a mental note to not get that particular room again.

Posted by , from Kansas City, MO on Jul 27, 2015

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Comment from Hotel Management

Aug 11, 2015 by Sara

Thank you so much for your review. I am so sorry about the blinds. We are in the process of ordering new furniture for the rooms. We have the fabric selected for new curtains, and these will really help keep out the light for those that need it nice and dark. Our air conditioners work well, but on occasion they are pretty loud. I hope that you come back again, and we get a great room for you to suit your needs.

Property Features

There's a restaurant on site, as well as a coffee shop/café. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Free breakfast is served daily. Public spaces have free WiFi. There's an onsite 24-hour business center. The business-friendly Hotel Ottumwa also features laundry facilities, dry cleaning/laundry services, and room service (during limited hours). Self parking is free. This 3.5-star Ottumwa hotel is smoke free.

  • 60 guestrooms or units
  • Cooked-to-order breakfast (free)
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Business center (24 hours)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking , Free parking nearby


  • Train station: Ottumwa Station (0.4 km / 0.2 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Hotel Ottumwa offers 60 air-conditioned accommodations with coffee/tea makers and irons/ironing boards. Flat-screen televisions come with cable channels. Refrigerators and microwaves are provided. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations and complimentary toiletries. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones. Housekeeping is offered daily and hair dryers can be requested.

  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer available
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Air conditioning
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

Guests are served free cooked-to-order breakfast daily from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM.

Hotel Ottumwa has a restaurant on site.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM
  • Check-in time ends at anytime
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.


  • Check-out by 11:00 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 3 children stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 6.0 per stay.

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed

This property accepts credit cards; cash is not accepted

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property. Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; guests are provided with hand sanitizer. Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • Service animals are allowed
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Protective clothing is not available to guests
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
  • Staffed front desk
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is not available
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available for lunch
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available for dinner
  • Number of children who can stay free - 3
  • No gap period between guest stays


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Late check-out is available for a fee (subject to availability, amount varies)
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 6.0 per stay

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

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You should know

  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
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Frequently Asked Questions

*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.