Top 12 Airbnb Vacation Rentals In Iowa City, Iowa - Updated 2024

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You may know Iowa City as the home of the top-ranked University of Iowa, but there’s so much more to the Hawkeye State’s capital besides being an impressive college town. Iowa City is famously known for being the cultural hub of the region, the home to a series of yearly events enjoyed by the local community such as Iowa Arts Festival, Iowa City Jazz Festival, and Friday Night Concert Series amongst others. Visit the downtown area and you’ll see its bustling with Mexican restaurants and Indian restaurants, theatres, nightlife, and of course, the Hawkeye sports team. With so many perks of visiting the city for both business and leisure, there’s no question why a trip to Iowa City is a must! Plan your trip and read on for the top Airbnb vacation rentals in Iowa City, Iowa.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on April 08, 2024.

1. Artsy retreat with a shared garden (from USD 100)

This cheap Airbnb in Iowa City is a great place to stay, especially for artistic souls looking for a unique retreat. It is set on the second floor of a literary arts center with a downstairs salon area that features readings, literary information, and a rotating series of art exhibits. During their stay, guests can unwind in the garden, enjoy the views from the wraparound porch, or take a five-minute walk to the downtown core.

The apartment comes with a separate entrance for privacy. It also features central heating, Wi-Fi, and a TV. With in-unit laundry facilities and a full kitchen, the place is fit even for longer stays.

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Iowa City, Iowa, United States
7.41 km (4.7 mi) from The Iowa Children's Museum
65 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire serviced apartment 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
no tv which was great for me
excellent location super cold ac comfortable bed thoughtfully appointed kitchen bathroom and eating/workspace
it was clean quiet and comfortable
the apartment was very clean and well appointed
jennifer was a friendly and helpful host
jennifer was a great host would definitely recommend this airbnb
my host has been very easy to work with and quiet gracious
jennifer was a kind and gracious host
great location and price quaint and very quiet host was very quick and responsive to questions
good location not too far from iowa city downtown
the neighbourhood is safe and conveniently located a 15 minute walk from downtown
cute place very close to everything you’d want in iowa city
location was great too pretty quick walk downtown to eat at a ton of great dining choices
this is a good space and a great location
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2. Light-filled rental with free parking (from USD 146)

Historic meets modern in this pet-friendly Airbnb in Iowa fit for a small group and their fur babies. Set on the second floor of an 1880s home, it comes with heating, air conditioning, and a full kitchen. In addition to a TV, access to Wi-Fi is also provided for entertainment. Guests with a car can park on the streets or the premises for free.

Sightseeing is easy from the rental as it is only six blocks away from Downtown Iowa City, which is home to various shops, restaurants, and tourist spots.

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Iowa City, Iowa, United States
7.5 km (4.7 mi) from The Iowa Children's Museum
86 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 1 Bed 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we enjoyed the ‘extras’ julie provided - snacks breakfast items toiletries etc
beautiful apartment in a lovingly restored historical house
my son stayed during apartment flipping and had the best experience
very considerate provision of breakfast items snacks and bathroom amenities
definitely stay here if you have the chance especially if you’re a fan of beautiful old house restorations
awesome place that is clean and nicely decorated
the place is very clean and comfortable
the space was so clean but also homey
everything was clean well equipped and well thought out
sparkling clean surprisingly spacious very comfortable
julie was a lovely host and went above and beyond
julie was a great host
julie was a very gracious host and easy to communicate with
and julie was an incredibly responsive and kind host
owners were great to deal with and quick on replies to any questions
cute place in a great location
it was also perfectly located and walking distance to downtown
great location very spacious and beautifully renovated
the location is fantastic as well
just a few words to describe this wonderful location
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3. Cozy gem in the heart of the City (from USD 80)

Simplicity, convenience, and style? You can tick them all at this modern Airbnb. This brand new and clean apartment boasts one bedroom with two beds and one bathroom, making it a perfect fit for up to four guests. Located right in the heart of the Iowa City center, guests can have the convenience of exploring the hustle-bustle of the downtown city’s local shops, nightlife, food establishments, and attractions. But the convenience doesn’t stop there–the apartment is a quick two-minute ride to the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, Kinnick Stadium Football, and Carver-Hawkeye Arena. This makes it an ideal place to stay for business and health care professionals, patients or visitors of the hospital, Hawkeye football fans, or simply anyone looking to stay right in the heart of it all.

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Iowa City, Iowa, United States
5.0 km (3.2 mi) from The Iowa Children's Museum
447 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 2 Beds 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
good wifi network for working online
beautiful corner apartment plenty of natural light
amenities such as extra towels laundry on site and morning coffee were a nice touch as well
this is stylish one-bedroom apartment with lots of natural light and great location
i loved how easy it was to lock and unlock the door to the apartment
very clean and comfortable
the space was very clean and comfortable
super clean and cozy great communication and very helpful
it was very clean and quiet
very clean quiet and comfortable
staci was a great host
beautiful apartment great host
the host is very professional and easy to communicate with
staci was a great host and replied quickly to messages
stacy was a lovely host and was easy to communicate with throughout the stay
great location especially visiting university of iowa
great location and parking spot
really cute place to stay
very cute place great location and host
great location and beautiful place
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4. Carriage house with plenty of natural light (from USD 85)

This cozy “Carriage House” style rental is located in the Iowa City’s Peninsula neighborhood. Its got tons of large windows giving way for sunlight to settle in the house, giving it that gorgeous extra touch. The house is able to sleep up to four people and includes a completely furnished kitchen, dryer, private deck, and study space. Location wise, it has easy access to the bustle of the downtown area so you’ll surely find some fun things to do.

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Iowa City, Iowa, United States
3.74 km (2.4 mi) from The Iowa Children's Museum
33 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 2 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
oh yeah wifi was great and strong in every room
the carriage house was clean & comfy
michelle and chad are outstanding hosts and a lovely couple
michelle and chad were perfect hosts
clean quiet well located granny flat hosts were very accommodating to our every request
cute place in a great little neighborhood
excellent location and warming hostess
you can walk to the park walk to a very nice wine bar that serves dinner also
neighborhood was great for my family- clean quiet and easy to walk and bike around
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5. Lovely Iowa City Cottage (from USD 99)

If there must be two words to describe this Airbnb, it should be “cozy” and “adorable”! This charming two-bedroom home is tastefully decorated in an eclectic, colorful yet modern way that it would remind you of a New York City loft. The house boasts two bedrooms, one with a queen bed and the other with a double bed as well as plenty of indoor and outdoor space, making it perfect for families or friends looking to spend some time together and relax. This vibrant gem is located less than 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) from the business of downtown Iowa City and the University of Iowa, yet quiet enough to have a peaceful time. A grocery store is located less than a mile away for your convenience, as well as a deluxe coffee shop for your quick coffee fix.

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Iowa City, Iowa, United States
8.12 km (5.1 mi) from The Iowa Children's Museum
172 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 1 Bed 2 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
couch and beds were comfortable
great amenities; washer/dryer ceiling fans multiple tvs
very comfortable beds plus all the amenities you need and then some
incredibly cozy great decorations and amenities
the cottage was cosy extremely comfortable and very well equipped for self catering
comfy beds super clean and very cozy
super clean place and a very quiet neighborhood
super clean and beautiful and totally relaxing
incredibly clean warm and inviting impeccably decorated
cute clean quiet and appreciated the communication with host was great for the purpose of my stay
the owners were very welcoming and easy to communicate with
the hosts are responsive and very helpful
kudos to the super hosts on providing the perfect airbnb experience
owners were great with communication
the owners were so thoughtful and the space is lovely
it’s location was perfect for quick access to the university
the location was perfect to downtown iowa city
walking distance to other great spots too
the location was very convenient to good restaurants and local attractions
adorable home close to town
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6. Cozy three-bedroom condo

This comfortable family home is located near downtown Iowa City, Kinnick Stadium, and UIHC. This place has all the amenities you need, including laundry and wi-fi is included. There is an indoor fireplace, television, and free parking. It is a quiet and peaceful location, yet only minutes away from access to the highway.

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Iowa City, Iowa, United States
4.44 km (2.8 mi) from The Iowa Children's Museum
199 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire condominium (condo) 4 Beds 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
comfortable pleasant home with lots of space
we had a very comfortable stay at the landing pad
super clean quiet and comfortable
clean place in a quiet neighborhood
very nice clean and convenient space
roberta’s place was clean and cozy would definitely stay here again
the house was very clean and there was some snacks for breakfast
host was great to work with
so i can't say much about the home but i can say the host was an amazing person
she is a lovely lady who cares for her guests and is very accommodating
best airbnb i’ve ever stayed in roberta is the best host
great location not far from downtown iowa city
excellent place to stay and close to campus
great location and easy to travel from
very nice place and good location in iowa city
the place was very cute and cozy
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7. Impressive Iowa City Home

With everything you need readily prepared for you, this impressive Iowa City house truly feels like your home away from home. Going on a family trip? This house boasts three bedrooms and four beds, sleeping up to seven guests. Convenience is guaranteed with your stay at this Airbnb home, as it is strategically located just minutes away from all the fun Iowa City has to offer! Ready to put your game face on? Head on to the basement where you can find a game room filled with foosball, ping pong, and air hockey tables.

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Iowa City, Iowa, United States
9.84 km (6.2 mi) from The Iowa Children's Museum
51 reviews  
Entire house 4 Beds 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

8. Large bedroom with flat-screen HD TV

At only 50 USD per night, this large private bedroom is an absolute gem you cannot miss out on. The nicely decorated room is equipped with a flat-screen HD TV, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, and the comfort of your own private full bathroom. You’ll also be getting access to the large living room space, as the super-friendly hosts live on the main level of the house.

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Iowa City, Iowa, United States
8.49 km (5.3 mi) from The Iowa Children's Museum
91 reviews  
Private room in house 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

9. Studio apartment near restaurants

This flat is conveniently located Downtown where it is very nearby to a great variety of restaurants, bars, and shops. There is also the pedestrian mall a few blocks away. This very affordable place also has a bathtub, electric stove, and a parking lot right by it. The host, Elizabeth, will be of great help with whatever you will need.

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Iowa City, Iowa, United States
6.89 km (4.3 mi) from The Iowa Children's Museum
12 reviews  
Entire apartment 1 Bed 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
bed was comfortable and the apartment was clean
elizabeth is great quick responses and an impeccably clean apartment
elizabeth was a nice host and was quick with responses to messages
elizabeth is a great host and makes sure you have a great experience
elizabeth was very flexible with check in and was a great host
the price was great and elizabeth was very accommodating
it was a wonderful location within walking distance to everything downtown which was great
cozy airy place very well located in proximity to local attractions and amenities
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10. Family-friendly lovely home

It’s always a sunny good day at this cozy three-bedroom Iowa City house! Boasting three bedrooms, the house is a great option for those traveling with families. The location itself is only minutes away from the downtown area, including the hospitals, stadiums, and University of Iowa, making it ideal for families attending university or football events.

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Iowa City, Iowa, United States
8.62 km (5.4 mi) from The Iowa Children's Museum
45 reviews  
Entire house 3 Beds 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
washer dryer great a/c great water pressure
comfortable beds excellent washer/dryer
the kitchen and living space were very functional and clean
we had room to spread out and loading and unloading was easy with the attached garage
the three beds were comfortable and the rooms were pleasant
very clean and comfortable space and easy checkin/communication
you will find a very clean and comfortable space
this house was very kid friendly clean and a good size
tons of wonderful extra touches and super clean
shelby & andrew’s place was a very clean warm and comfortable place to stay
the hosts were awesome to work with
very friendly note from host upon our arrival
fantastic hosts and fantastic space
shelby and andrew were wonderful hosts
shelby was very quick to respond to any questions and was very helpful with tips on the area
great location at a great price
the location was perfect in it's proximity to our in town family
5 baths and tucked away in the neighborhood away but close to a hy-vee and several nice restaurants
the location was very convenient easy walking distance to groceries and restaurant including the leaf an ic favorite
great location very bicycle friendly as is iowa city
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11. Spacious room with a walk-in closet

Looking for a place to stay that won’t break the bank? Check out this spacious guest bedroom, priced at only 39 USD per night. The room offers the comfort of a hotel room, with a full-sized bed, ensuite bathroom, walk-in closet, and a large bay window where you can sit and enjoy the view in the morning with a cup of tea in hand. Guests will have access to the shared kitchen, dining area, patio, backyard, and living room, where you can sit back and watch some TV.

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Iowa City, Iowa, United States
5.73 km (3.6 mi) from The Iowa Children's Museum
80 reviews  
Private room in house 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
having a private bathroom and walk-in closet were bonuses
great place for a quick trip only con was my room was very cold
we also appreciated use of the kitchen
the room is spacious and warm and mariko is exceptionally friendly
had a pleasant no-fuss stay in a very comfortable room
clean and nicely decorated
the room was clean and comfortable
everything was incredibly clean and organized
the room is clean and the bed is comfortable
the room is clean quiet and comfortable
mariko is a considerate host and makes sure you feel at home
mariko is a wonderful host
mariko is a gracious host
mariko was so accommodating and friendly
cats are friendly and mariko offered wonderful hospitality
tucked away yet close to attractions
the location is ideal for anything in iowa city
great place - good location
mariko’s room is located in a very quiet pretty neighborhood with a park right across the street
really pleasant location super quiet and nice very friendly
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12. Townhouse guest suite in a quiet community

This homey and immaculate guest suite is located in a gorgeous townhouse just a quick 10-minute drive away from the Iowa City center. If you prefer staying in a more quiet neighborhood, this is your place to be. The suite boasts one bedroom, but offers a common space for an extra sleeping area, making it fit approximately two guests. If you’re looking for some places to eat, hop on over to Apres Wine Bar and Bistro located just around the corner.

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Iowa City, Iowa, United States
3.83 km (2.4 mi) from The Iowa Children's Museum
69 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the bed /bedding is super comfy
the suite was very comfortable with many special touches
super clean thoughtfully decorated just as advertised
everything is clean stylish and homey
clean and modern with a luxury hotel feel
it was very clean and well appointed- perfect for a weekend trip
the place is sparkling clean
lisa was an amazing host
lisa and barry were great hosts
our host had thoughtful touches and was quick to respond
lisa was an attentive host loved the quiet neighborhood
your hosts are ready to help out with anything you might need during your visit
overall a really wonderful location to stay in
close to the college and downtown area in a great newer neighborhood
it is conveniently located on a quiet street and easy to get in to
close to everything and a beautiful little secluded community
the location of the townhome was perfect for quickly getting all around ic & coralville
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Good luck finding your perfect home

Whether you’re visiting Iowa City alone or with family and friends, there’s always the perfect Airbnb for you that delivers quality, convenience, and style without breaking the bank. Iowa City features Airbnb cabins and other properties for rent. What are you waiting for? These gorgeous homes are just calling out to you, so book now!

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