"Close to the hospital, with a convenient shuttle. I loved the newness of the hotel. The room had a quality mirror in the bathroom, and I liked the toiletry dispensers. The employees were great.2022-01-20"
"Close to the hospital, which was nice. The hotel was OK, but the bathroom sink needed cleaning.2021-10-31"
"Great location near downtown and campus, but away from the pedestrian mall and noise. Good service and excellent little on-site gym. The hot breakfast was nice and free.2021-09-29"
"Great location. The hotel was nice, new, and clean. The staff was consistently helpful. Nice exercise room.2021-07-20"
"A lovely hotel in a great area. The room was spacious, with a kitchenette and sofa. Nice bathroom with lighted mirror. The staff was helpful. Free happy hour, breakfast, and convenient parking. Book it; you'll be delighted.2021-06-04"
"Great location. The rates were high for football weekends. The room was showing its age and needed some maintenance and fresh paint. The shower fixture fell off when I turned on the water. Good hotel staff.2018-06-28"
"Convenient to Ped Mall and downtown; easy walk anywhere. The hotel staff and maintenance worker were helpful when we had an issue with the key. The flexible checkout allowed us to enjoy our final day in the city. The hotel could be noisy on weekend nights, so if you want solitude, this isn't the place for you. 2017-10-12"
"Located in the heart of downtown, so it could be noisy on weekend evenings. The room was comfortable, and the hotel staff was friendly.2017-06-22"
"Great location. This is my favorite hotel in Iowa City; I've been staying here for 7 years, and the service is always excellent. The front desk clerk was particularly helpful.2016-07-28"
"The room was clean and very nice. The hotel clerks were pleasant, friendly, and helpful. The only negatives were the sink that didn't drain well, and the toilet had some problems. The cost was high as well. Other than that, it was fine.2015-06-29"
"The hotel was clean and nicely styled. The mattresses were comfortable, and I really appreciated having a smoking room. The bathroom fan didn't work well, though. No elevator.2019-01-31"
"Great value. The room was clean, and the hotel staff was friendly.2018-05-25"
"The hotel clerks weren't very congenial.2018-02-19"
"Lovely hotel in a great location for shopping. The staff was friendly and helpful, and the front desk clerk went out of her way to help us with an early check-in. Take historic Highway 6 to reach the university and beautiful downtown Iowa City in 10 minutes.2015-12-10"
"The bed was comfortable, but the carpet needed vacuuming. I disliked the bathroom layout; the sink was tiny, the door was inconvenient, and there was nowhere to hang clothes. Good area if you have a pet.2022-07-07"
"The hotel room was clean, and the bed was comfortable. The front desk clerk was pleasant. Forget about breakfast; the selection is poor. There was a decent amount of grass for walking dogs.2021-08-05"
"The room was great, but the TV guide didn't work. Nice hotel staff.2021-05-18"
"The shower in my hotel room didn't drain well, and the shower diverter was broken. I wasn't happy.2021-05-18"
"The hotel was clean and quiet, and the beds were comfortable. The staff let us check in early. Great place to stay.2021-05-14"
"The hotel was near the arena but a bit difficult to find; it looked like a storefront, but the back door emptied into the arena complex. Each studio had a kitchen, but not a lot of privacy in the bathroom area. The room was nice and clean, and the beds were comfortable. Great electronics. Not really family-oriented. The check-in desk wasn't well-marked. We enjoyed our stay.2023-02-17"
"Best hotel experience I've had in many years. The room was clean and spacious, and the rates were competitive. The king bed was amazingly comfortable and had plenty of pillows. If you're tired of cramped rooms and small beds, this place is worth going a bit out of your way. I was impressed and would definitely stay here again.2019-12-29"
"My stay was quite comfortable and enjoyable. The room and bathroom were clean, and the bedding was fresh. The hotel clerks were especially friendly and helpful, and they accommodated my request for a late checkout. However, the housekeepers knocked on the door 3 times despite being told of my checkout time.2019-07-16"
"The room was spacious. We turned on the AC when we arrived, then went out to dinner. When we returned, the room was hot and the AC was blowing warm air. We were moved to another room that had a musty smell. The AC was better but not great. Don't stay at this hotel.2018-05-31"
"The hotel staff was friendly and helpful, but breakfast left a lot to be desired. We got there at 7 AM, and many items had already run out.2016-04-26"
"The room had a bad odor, probably from cooking. The bathroom floor was sticky, and the towels were small and thin. No lock on the bathroom door, and no exhaust fan in the bathroom. Limited counter space. Excellent staff. 2015-05-21"
"An older hotel. The room didn't seem clean, and the carpet and towels were stained. The pillows smelled like smoke. There was food in the fridge, and it was dirty around the toilet. The night clerk seemed disinterested and perturbed that we bothered him. The elevator was scary. The parking lot was small, and we had a 20-foot truck and cargo trailer; the clerk had no clue where we could park. We ended up at the end of the lot against the curb.2021-07-28"
"Other guests weren't wearing face masks in the lobby, and the hotel clerk said as long as they were just walking through, it was OK. Several people talked loudly on cell phones in the hallway without masks. The ice machine didn't work. Don't stay here.2020-11-13"
"The hotel was affordable apart from the $100 deposit. The pool water was freezing, and the whirlpool was out of order, with just a few inches of standing water in it. The pillows were dirty and yellowed.2019-12-11"
"Good value and good experience. I was a little disappointed that the whirlpool wasn't working.2016-04-28"
"The hotel breakfast was disappointing; just muffins and a poor breakfast burrito.2022-04-04"
"The key card didn't work for the exterior door. Exterior light shined in my room window, and the curtains didn't keep out the light. I had a miserable night's sleep. The dog space outside the hotel was OK.2021-12-18"
"The hotel room was clean and reasonably priced. Breakfast was good.2019-02-16"
"Nice hotel. All the employees I encountered were friendly. I enjoyed the cookie my 2nd day. I didn't know about the complimentary food in the lobby during the evening arrival. Got a replacement soap I didn't need, but didn't get replacement coffee.2015-07-21"
"Convenient to the Hoover Presidential Library. The motel was in need of refurbishment, but the bar on the lower level had great burgers.2018-11-17"
"Seemed overpriced. The motel was under renovation, and the room smelled stale. The front desk clerks were friendly, and breakfast was good. Fine for an overnight stay, but I wouldn't stay much longer.2016-05-16"
"The motel could've been cleaner. Needed more electrical outlets in the room. Friendly, helpful staff. The breakfast area was rather messy. Acceptable, but not the best place to stay.2015-10-15"
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How Do We Define Motel?
To us, motels are smaller lodgings that have rooms you can enter directly from the parking area.
At hotels, on the other hand, you can enter your room only through a hall inside the building.
Hotel Booking Tips
Beware of non-refundable reservations that could cost you a lot of money if you change or cancel them. +Non-refundable reservations are a gamble that will usually save you less than $10. If you make a $90 non-refundable reservation instead of a $100 refundable booking, you are betting $90 to win $10. Would you do that in Las Vegas? -
Don't assume you can cancel a non-refundable reservation without penalty if you notify the hotel weeks or even months in advance. +Often you cannot because some hotels' profit strategy is to get paid more than once for the same room for the same night. -
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The earlier in the afternoon you check into a hotel, the more likely you will get a room or suite that matches your preferences.