When you google a place and the first hits have phrases like "Closed indefinately" in the summary, you can guess that time has not been kind to a place. I'm surprised the place opened at all - the location looks awful, even though the Quad City Times says the hotel "anchored" the east side of downtown.
It was a Howard Johnson's for a while, but without the orange super-modern office out front, it wasn't really a Howard Johnsons. It was also a Clarion and a Best Western.
The paper also noted: "he Clayton House was built at 227 LeClaire St. in 1964. When it was built, sprinklers were not required. Any major renovations would require the installation of a sprinkler system."
And it didn't go up in flames long? Given the number of tipsy sleepy smokers, that's interesting.