Hotel adds amenities in effort to attract cycling community
The Hotel Pattee is open for cycling business. Nestled between the Raccoon River Valley Trail and the High Trestle Trail, the Hotel Pattee is the one-stop shop for cyclists looking for a “destination unto itself.” After a few improvements in the fall of 2013, multiple cycling amenities have been added to the historic hotel to make it “cycling friendly” for individual and group cyclers. Among the amenities are secure, indoor bike storage, an outdoor bike fix-it station, a full-service bike shop connected to the hotel , a water-bottle fill station, a phone charging station, and grab ‘n’go meals
“[We chose the Hotel Pattee] because it’s an Iowa Treasure. It’s got a great location and wonderful amenities,” said Gerald Falta, a member of the Corvairs Biking Society, a recent cycling club that visited the Hotel Pattee.
The Hotel Pattee is also currently offering a Tour de Pattee package for cycling clubs. The package is a weekday cycling retreat valid Sunday through Thursday and features $99 rooms, which can be a classic guest room single or double occupancy, a one-day pass to Raccoon River Valley Trail, and complimentary “Starting Line Reception,” including beer, wine and cheese.
The Hotel Pattee is an Arts and Crafts hotel owned and operated in Perry, Iowa, originally opened in 1913 and remodeled in 1996. Known as one of the finest boutique hotels in the world, the Hotel Pattee has 40 individually decorated and themed guest rooms, a full service restaurant and bar on site, an indoor spa, bowling alley and multiple cycling amenities. When Jay Hartz purchased the Hotel Pattee he knew it needed more. He said it was important to add amenities for cyclists to the hotel, as it is nestled next to the Raccoon River Valley Trail and approximately 10 miles from the High Trestle Trail. “It was a natural fit [to add cycling amenities] because we’re in the perfect area for it,” Hartz said. So after surveying 300 people, Hartz and his team determined what amenities to add to the hotel. Among that list is secure, indoor bike storage, an outdoor bike fix-it station, a bike shop connected to the hotel, a water-bottle fill station, a phone charging station and grab’n’go food for cyclists.
“This is not a cookie-cutter hotel, every room is unique unto itself and helps shape the entire experience,” said Bill Cummings, a member of the Corvairs Biking Society. “If you can stay here for a day or two, switch rooms each night and do a spoke ride, go one direction one day and a different direction the next, you would have a once in a lifetime experience.”
To learn more about the hotel, call 515-465-3511 or visit www.hotelpattee.com.