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GrandStay Hotel & Suites Ames
Ranked #7 of 20 Hotels in Ames
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 September 2013

Very nice hotel. friendly people. Room a little small but ok. Pool very small. Nice area in the back to bbq and let kids run around.

very good Chinese restaurant across the parking lot. Excellent fresh sushi. good location to iowa state college.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 September 2013

I have stayed at this hotel a number of times and have always enjoyed my stay. We have a toddler and having the mini kitchen is a big plus. The rooms are always clean and the hotel is in great condition. The breakfast isn't anything special but it is "free" food that comes with fairly cheap rates for what you get.

The location is fantastic and puts you close to almost anything in Ames you want to see including easy walking distance to 3 good dining options.

The staff has almost always been very helpful and always polite.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

Visiting Ames for a campus visit, I wanted a hotel that would provide a suite for my son and I. Grandstay Ames was clean, convenient to anything we had planned, and had a suite that was a good layout for us. The queen bed was comfortable, and the pull-out sofa was adequate for a teenager. Having a television in the main area as well as the bedroom was a good plan. We did experience Internet issues during our stay, but were told it was down, and everyone was in the same boat. A little unnerving was the fact that the outside door near our room was never locked. That type of thing should be monitored, even though it was a fairly safe area of town.
Grandstay Ames is close to several restaurants, and just a short drive to Iowa State's campus. The front desk staff were friendly and helpful, and the dining staff can't be beat. The complimentary breakfast was very good, and many tastes could easily be satisfied. Overall, I would definitely stay at this hotel should we return to Ames.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 August 2013

My family and I stayed here for 5 nights to bring our daughter to ISU in Aug and we were pleasantly surprised. I looked for a room that had space and was affordable and we found it. The location is convenient to everything, shopping,restaurants,ISU. Upon entering,the lobby is so nice with the fireplace and stairs.They have laundry facilities for $1.50 per wash & dry,a PC with printer for use,coffee and tea served all day,a small workout room,a nice pool and jacuzzi which is actually nicer than the photo's,a BBQ grill outside with tables,.basketball hoop tucked neatly into the back, and the front desk has DVD players they loan out for those Red Box movie rentals. Bring the golf club as they have a putting green too. We had a 1 bedrm suite which was sufficient for 4 people for five nights. It has a working kitchen with a dishwasher and full size fridge along with a stovetop and microwave. Go shopping and buy your food but go downstairs for complimentary breaskfast that's served in the dining area near the lobby.It had more than enough choices and the staff is always there with a smile asking if you need something.The suite has 2 tv's which is important with kids for us and it was set up perfect. Not fancy,just comfortable and clean.The TV's are facing into the room which helps control the volume with other guest rooms. I was so grateful that the price was affordable. The other hotels wanted more for a plain double room with less. The only thing is that we were not informed at checkin that breakfast was included,as I would not have even thought it would be with a kitchen in the unit.Bonus! Also, maid service was not every day and we were not informed. No biggy,just keep the prices affordable.The housekeeping did say to leave garbage outside the door as well as dirty towels in a basket and that they would replace them.The front desk was so helpful with any questions. Unfortunately,this hotel is booked throughout the ISU school year and it's hard to find vacancies. Oh. The sleeper mattress was painful and the beds were just suffice.The water pressure in the shower was weak.In our unit,the a/c was cold in the bedroom and weak in the l/r but was it extremely hot outside as well so not sure on that one.We just left the bedroom door open.No closet,just an armoire so pack lightly. The good out weighed the not so good. Can't complain. Just can't. I wish that they had lounge chairs outside the pool area as I found that I was dying to sit outside and go inside to use the pool.That little outside area has such potential.I have not found a hotel in Ames that has an outdoor pool. On the 2nd floor there's a small room with tables to overlook the pool below. And they have a recycling room. Yeaah!! Value=comfort=great. Best place I've stayed so far out of 4 properties in Ames.Definitely would stay here again if they have vacancies. Brilliant concept.

Room Tip: Avoid the elevator's if possible.2nd floor rooms can use the stairs as well.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 August 2013

We travelled to Ames for our very first time from Abu Dhabi, UAE, to bring our DS to ISU.
I found at GrandStay the adequate equilibrium between affordable prices and overall quality.
The staff is extremely nice and they did whatever possible to make ourselves feel at home.
The cleaning policy is not to tide your room each day for extended stays, but upon request they were able to meet our needs.
The morning breakfast is well organized and tasty, and the personnel is as friendly as professional.
I have to admit that their 1 bedroom suite was roomy enough for myself, my wife and our two sons.
We will definitely consider to come back next year.

Room Tip: Great location for ISU parents!
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Michele C, General Manager at GrandStay Hotel & Suites Ames, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2013

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about our hotel on Trip Advisor.

We appreciate your feedback and comments regarding your stay with us last week. We strive to be the best we can be as a hotel. My employees and myself take pride in our hotel, the cleanliness and the amenities we have to offer for our guests. We like to go above and beyond our guests expectations.

Yes, we are considered an extended stay hotel, but we offer great hospitality and amenities for each and everyone of our guests. Our housekeeping is limited (Monday, Wednesday & Friday)for our extended stay guests, but we do have it available upon requests if needed. Our rates are discounted for our weekly and monthly guests because of the limited housekeeping services they receive. We too offer daily rates as well.

We enjoyed meeting you, visiting with you and having you experience our hotel and our staff. We look forward to your stay with us year after year while your son attends Iowa State University. Go Cyclones!

Sincerely,
Michele Morales-GM
GrandStay Residential Suites-Ames, Iowa

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Reviewed 8 July 2013

My husband and I stayed here over the 4th of July weekend....the reason we picked this hotel was because they are pet friendly. What a wonderful surprise to find this property! It is a wonderful place to stay...they had a great hot breakfast and the rooms were just wonderful. This is a good place for family's to come when attending anything at Iowa State.Reasonably priced with all of the comforts of home. Every room comes with a standard kitchen complete with all the dishes, pots and pans. You just bring the groceries. We will continue to use this property.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Michele C, General Manager at GrandStay Hotel & Suites Ames, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2013

Thank you so much for taking the time to review us on Trip Advisor.

We appreciate your great comments regarding your stay with us this past weekend. We're happy we were able to make your stay with us enjoyable, not only for you, but for your dog. We are a pet friendly hotel and enjoy making you feel this is your home away from home.

Our location is great, whether you're in town on business, leisure travels or visiting Iowa State University. We are within walking distance to many great restaurants, shopping and movie theater.

We look forward to your stay with us again if and when your travels bring you back to Ames.

Sincerely,
Michele Morales-GM
GrandStay Residential Suites-Ames, Iowa

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Reviewed 26 June 2013

WE were traveling home from a road trip and looking for a hotel for one night. Looked at several others but didn't want to pay a lot for just one night. Found GrandStay and they had openings. Less than $100.00 so we took it. Walked into our room and said "Wow"! Beautiful! Seperate bedroom, kitchen, nice desk if you are there on business. Couch in the living area with a TV and also TV in the bedroom. Absolutely beautiful! Would highly recommend! If it were more expensive we would not have booked it! We appreciate the price on a Saturday night stay!

Room Tip: I think they are all suites so how can you do wrong! Plus, Old Chicago restraunt is attached to the...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Michele C, General Manager at GrandStay Hotel & Suites Ames, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2013

Thank you so much for your review on Trip Advisor.

We appreciate hearing from our guests, espeically people like you. As a hotel, we like to know what we did and did not do to make your stay with us most enjoyable.

I'm glad we were able to "WOW" you with our all bedroom suites, living room, kitchen and bathroom. We get many compliments regarding the door separation from the bedroom. We also make everyone's stay grand offering a full-size refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher and stove top. We do supply all the needed utensils and dishware to serve and eat as an extra touch.

We hope you visit us again when you're traveling through Ames on your next trip.

Sincerely,
Michele Morales - General Manager
GrandStay Residential Suites-Ames, Iowa

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Address: 1606 S Kellogg Ave, Ames, IA 50010-8000
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Region: United States > Iowa > Ames
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Ames
#6 Family Hotel in Ames
Price Range: £86 - £108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — GrandStay Hotel & Suites Ames 2.5*
Number of rooms: 53
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
EXTENDED-STAY, FAMILY & EXECUTIVE SUITES HOTELGRANDSTAY AMES, IOWA. GrandStay(R) Residential Suites Hotel in Ames, Iowa offers spacious family and executive suites. Conveniently located off Interstate 35 at the corner of Duff Ave and Hwy 30, our Iowa hotel offers all the comforts of home with complimentary Grand Start Breakfast™, high-speed Internet, and fully equipped kitchens in every suite. In the heart of the Midwest and Iowa, Ames is the source for tradition, discovery, diversity and of course the Cyclones. Enjoy 33 woodland parks, hop on our 55 miles of bike and pedestrian trails or do what we do best and cheer for the best college teams in the nation! With a variety of Studio, One & Two Bedroom suites, with nightly, weekly and monthly extended-stay suites and accommodations available, our Ames, Iowa hotel is perfect no matter your needs. Enjoy the best of Ames and the all comforts of home when you stay in our luxurious business and family hotel. Reserve your hotel suite today! ... more   less 
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