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Heartland Inn is an Iowa based chain of hotels. The company used to operate 19 locations, 18 were located in Iowa, and one was located in Wisconsin. The company is based out of Waterloo, Iowa. The corporate name is Heartland Midwest Management, Inc and is located at 3136 Brockway Road in Waterloo. The company was put up for sell by Joe Minard at the start of June 2007, the sell includes Heartland Midwest Management and 18 of the 19 properties (All except the Clear Lake, IA Location) Only one remains in Iowa City/Coralville, Iowa.
In 1984, Joe Minard and Ross Christensen of Waterloo began efforts to develop hotels. They decided that there was a need for moderately priced hotels. They opened the first such hotel in Waterloo. Eventually 18 other locations were opened in Iowa and Wisconsin.
The hotels are built with a red brick exterior. The majority of Heartland Inns are "rooms only" facilities, but many of the hotels have swimming pools. The hotels also offer a deluxe continental breakfast featuring over 30 different hot and cold items. Competitors include Microtel, Red Roof Inn, and Park Inn/Suites.
The company began moving in 2006 towards making their properties entirely smoke free. On June 14, 2006 the company announced that their hotels were 100% smoke free. Heartland Inn was one of the first hotel chains to move all their properties in such a direction. American Cancer Society has since endorsed the smoke free status of Heartland Inn.
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