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Cozy Grove Motel
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Estherville
Reviewed 20 December 2012

This motel has been gone, literally, for several decades; why is it still listed???? I last stayed in it about 30 - 35 years ago and it was just fine then! Was pulled down to make room for some other type of building.

Room Tip: There are no more rooms; no more Cozy Grove Motel.
Stayed: January 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 12 December 2009

I thought this looked like a cute old motel, so I made a point of staying there for a night while working in Estherville. The motel is pretty small, maybe a dozen rooms. It was probably built in the '50s or '60s, but there was a full remodel at some point, perhaps the '80s. The owners were very nice, and had good advice about things to do. The office also featured a very sweet cat.
I paid $43 for the last non-smoking room, and they gave me the 3-bed room at the 1-bed price. The room was huge, although the beds took up a great deal of room. The heater got the room nice and warm in short order. The furnishings were nothing special, but clean, and the beds had nice quilts. I had a microwave and fridge in my room. The bathroom was pretty big, and quite clean. Everything worked well, including the crucial hot water. It was nice and quiet in my room at night, and it was a quick wallk across the street to grab a burger from DQ.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 21 July 2008

Wanted a simple, cheap overnight room for an event I'd be attending in the Okoboji lakes area. The Cozy Grove provides that. It was all right for what it was-- a 1960s-built strip motel. Here are the plusses and minuses of my one-queen-bed smoking room (one person):

Plusses: inexpensive-- US $44-and-change (incl. taxes) ; owner and staff really nice and friendly; newer 'fridge and microwave, major furnishings and fixtures-- bed, shower-bath combo, bathroom sink and counter, TV-- were clean and reasonably new; quiet despite having most rooms full and its surroundings (see below); some funky flair from dated items-- 1980s light-blue slimline phone in bathroom, blast-from-the-past coffee mugs, and 1960s era ashtray; for a smoking room, not reeking or discolored; convenience store and fast-food choices within short walks; rooms and grounds maintained sufficiently; view of neighbor's pear trees through window

Minuses: trailer park on the back side, a main road on the other; non-smoking room request not accomodated (but owner was apologetic and ready to refund had I so chosen); desk, walls, heating/cooling systems, shower curtain, shower head, and carpet needed, at minimum, better upkeep; gap at screen door bottom big enough to allow bug entry when main door not shut; flyswatter part of room supplies; lacked typical amenities such as shampoo and coffee; just seven rooms and fairly small adjoining parking (but property has sufficient room for most vehicle types).

Some properties of this type can be wonderful surpises. For the Cozy Grove Motel, I think they try to keep the place a viable local logding option, but are unmotivated to really spruce up the place.

FYI: fairly flexible check-out. Stated time was 10-10:30.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled solo
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Thank Karras
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Address: 1704 Central Ave, Estherville, IA 51334-2439
Region: United States > Iowa > Estherville
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Estherville
Number of rooms: 72

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