8 Best Places To Stay In Iowa City - Updated 2024

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Iowa City is one of the beautiful small towns that simply must be discovered. And part of any great visit is having a great place to stay. Iowa City features a wide array of accommodation options, from humble vacation rentals to hotels with a pool. Ready for your getaway? Here is a guide to my picks of hotels and home rentals to use during your stay 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 04, 2024.


1. The Sheraton (from USD 139)

The Sheraton, in downtown Iowa City, at the University of Iowa campus, has valet and self-parking, an indoor heated pool, a fitness center and a club lounge that offers breakfast and evening snacks. The front desk is open 24 hours a day. It is five minutes from Carver-Hawkeye Arena, plus the Englert Theater and the Museum of Natural History are only a ten-minute walk away. The hotel has an on-site restaurant, Wine Lounge and Small Plate Bistro, that offers guests wine and American cuisine. There are traditional rooms, Deluxe King, Club Level and Club Suite Rooms.

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Graduate Iowa City

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 210 South Dubuque Street
6.58 km (4.1 mi) from The Iowa Children's Museum

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Meeting/banquet facilities 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Terrace Non-smoking rooms

2. Hotel Vetro (from USD 119)

This modern, upscale hotel provides guests with warmth and luxury to help them enjoy their stay in the city. Hotel Vetro features an on-site ATM, dry cleaning and laundry service, fitness center, and concierge services. This is a pet-friendly hotel. There is an Asian restaurant on site and it located downtown, close to many attractions. The rooms are suites and come with in-room climate control air-conditioning, a kitchen, and premium bedding.

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Hotelvetro Iowa City, Tapestry Collection By Hilton

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible Visual Aid: Braille Visual Aid: Tactile

Address: 201 S Linn St.
6.67 km (4.2 mi) from The Iowa Children's Museum

Parking Pets allowed 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Golf course (within 3 km) Terrace Dry cleaning Facilities for disabled guests

3. The Hampton Inn (from USD 116)

The Hampton Inn is within a mile of Kinnick Stadium and the Carver-Hawkeye Arena, and the local mall is only a ten-minute drive. It is across the river from the University of Iowa. The hotel features an indoor pool, whirlpool, business and fitness centers, coin laundry, dry cleaning and snack shop. The rooms are available in queen, king and king with a sofa bed. Every room comes with comfortable bedding, free high-speed internet, LCD flat screen TV with movie channels, microwave and mini fridge. Several restaurants are near the hotel.

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Hampton Inn Iowa City/University Area

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 4 Sturgis Corner
6.86 km (4.3 mi) from The Iowa Children's Museum

Parking Pets allowed Meeting/banquet facilities 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms Business centre Laundry

4. The Clarion Hotel (from USD 139)

The Clarion Hotel and Conference Center is near the University of Iowa and nearby hospital. There is an indoor heated pool, free weekday papers, cleaning service, hot tub and it’s a pet-friendly hotel. The rooms include a coffee maker, ironing board, access to pay-per-view movies and free high-speed internet. The hotel has several meeting rooms and a business center are available. The queen rooms have the choice between a balcony or poolside room.

Clarion Hotel and Conference Center

Address: 2525 North Dodge Street, Iowa City

Price: 71 to 79 USD

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The Highlander Hotel

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 2525 Highlander Place
8.69 km (5.4 mi) from The Iowa Children's Museum

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre


5. Modern home

This modern home, set on a bluff, overlooking Iowa City Park and the Iowa River, is decorated with mid-century modern decor. The big, expansive windows in the living room, give panoramic views of the outdoors and there is a view of the bluffs from the kitchen. It is private with only three neighbors and is a mile from downtown. It has four bedrooms and bathrooms and has a washer, dryer, keyless entry, wireless internet, charcoal grill, free parking, air conditioning and allows pets.

The master bedroom comes with a fireplace, as does the living room. There is a bar, two living rooms, a large dining room, small patio and well-stocked kitchen with two stoves and an extra beverage fridge. The master bathroom also has a whirlpool tub. There is even a record player with a vinyl record collection, for guests to use.

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Iowa City, Iowa, United States
5.92 km (3.7 mi) from The Iowa Children's Museum
40 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire residential home 6 Beds 9 Guests 4 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 9

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the porch or 3-season room felt like we were in a tree house
our favorite room was the 4 season porch
very nice kitchen and large tv in the living room area
the fireplace in the "all seasons" room was specially a great touch
the home was comfortable and cozy and we particularly enjoyed the views of the river through the trees
the house is very clean appliances are clean and new
it was charming clean and unique in every way
the house is very clean with great views
the living spaces provide a lot of comfortable room and everything was very clean and functional
the home is very clean very spacious great beds 4 bathrooms to meet everyone's needs
the host was very welcoming
lana was very helpful with any questions
dmitriy and katie are wonderful hosts
our hosts communicated clearly and completely
the host is very nice friendly and helpful
location is ideal for any events at the university
great location easy walk to cambus route
we enjoyed walks to the waterfront park and to the university of iowa campus
it's a beautiful house great location easy to get anywhere
we had and awesome time in a beautiful location
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6. Campus apartment (50 USD)

This inexpensive apartment is near the university football and basketball stadiums, as well as nearby parks and is only a mile from downtown. The apartment is great for small families, couples or solo travelers. It has wood flooring throughout the main part of the home, with a washer/dryer, air-conditioning, candle-lit fireplace and a great view. The apartment has a bedroom and bathroom with a lived-in look.

Campus Apartment

Price: 50 USD

Number of Guests: 4

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7. Classy house (220 USD)

This classy apartment is within walking distance from the Carver-Hawkeye Arena and Kinnick Stadium and downtown Iowa City is just across the river. It has one bedroom and bathroom and many features, such as an indoor fireplace, washer/dryer, elevator and an underground parking spot, available to guests, during their stay. There is public transportation nearby.

Classy House

Price: 220 USD

Number of Guests: 2

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8. Family-style home

This house is perfect for a family getaway, with two bathrooms and three bedrooms. It has a kitchen and dining room combo and a finished basement. This property also has great landscaping, with lovely flowers to welcome guests. It has a big private backyard, with a deck and a wooden playground for kids, while the adults can relax on the enclosed porch. There’s a gas grill, washer/dryer combo, access to Netflix and Xbox, air-conditioning, free parking spot, stocked kitchen, and wood flooring. The house is within walking distance to the Sycamore Mall and a local grocery store and a three-mile drive to the Carver-Hawkeye Stadium and downtown Iowa City.

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Iowa City, Iowa, United States
9.67 km (6.1 mi) from The Iowa Children's Museum
26 reviews  
Entire house 5 Beds 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
the place was clean and well appointed
the house was comfy clean and relaxing
this property is clean and spacious for 8 adults
clean quit close to grocery and eating places
house was very clean and fit our group of 8 well
matthew was a good host
matthew was responsive to all questions and the place was exactly as described
thanks for being such a great host
matt was responsive and very accommodating to our check-in time
the location to other places was good
great location to stay for the iowa games
location is a quick uber ride to downtown iowa city would definitely stay again
the location is fairly close to local grocery store and the hosts are super sweet
perfect place for a family to stay while in iowa city
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Worth the visit

Whether you are planning a short break or a longer holiday, Iowa City is worth the visit and the options for lodgings are endless. Choose your favorite hotel or vacation rental, for a comfortable stay in Iowa City. I hope this guide helps you find the best option for your vacation.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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