The University of Iowa

Get Here / Stay

There are numerous hotels and bed & breakfasts in the Iowa City/Coralville area. For a comprehensive list, visit the Iowa City/Coralville Convention & Visitors Bureau at www.iowacitycoralville.org and select “Lodging.”

 

The following properties offer special rates to Festival participants. To receive these rates, indicate that you are participating in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival when you make your reservation.

 

There may be weeks in which our block of rooms fills up quickly. We strongly encourage you to make your reservations early.

 

Iowa City Properties (within walking distance of Festival classrooms/venues)

 

Iowa House

A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the Iowa House, a hotel located on campus in the Iowa Memorial Union. Rates are $95 plus tax per night. Iowa House offers complimentary continental breakfast, free parking, and wireless internet access, as well as admission to the Campus Recreation Center. Rooms include microwaves and refrigerators. To reserve, call 319-335-3513, or book online at www.iowahousehotel.com. Enter WRIT2020 in the group code field. These rooms will be held until three weeks before the beginning of each session.

 

Graduate Iowa City

A limited number of rooms have been reserved at Graduate Iowa City on the pedestrian mall downtown. The Graduate provides complimentary shuttle service in and around the Iowa City/Coralville area. Rates are $111 plus tax per night. Rooms include complimentary basic internet access. Paid parking is available in the nearby city ramp. To reserve online, visit  Summer Writing Festival June - Graduate Iowa City for June weeks and Summer Writing Festival July - Graduate Iowa City for July weeks. You may also call 319-337-4058 or 800-848-1335. Indicate that you are participating in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. These rooms will be held until three weeks before the beginning of each session.

 

hotelVetro
A small block of rooms is available at hotelVetro downtown, steps from the Iowa City Public Library. Rates are $129 per night plus tax. To reserve online, visit
Summer Writing Festival June - hotelVetro and Summer Writing Festival July - hotelVetro for July weeks. You may also call 319-337-4058. Indicate that you are participating in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival.

 

Hyatt Place

A block of rooms is available at Hyatt Place Iowa City Downtown at a rate of $112 per night plus tax. Parking is available for $14.00 per night. To reserve, call 319-569-2780 and mention that you are attending the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. This rate will be available until three weeks prior to the beginning of each session.

 

Coralville Properties (a short car, bus, or taxi ride to campus)

 

Radisson Coralville

The Radisson Hotel in Coralville offers Festival participants a group rate of $74 plus tax per night. Guest rooms have a microwave and refrigerator as well as complimentary wireless internet access. Radisson provides a free hot breakfast and has an onsite restaurant. Guests enjoy free shuttle service, by request, to locations in Iowa City, free parking, and an indoor swimming pool and fitness center. To reserve, call 319-351-5049 and use the group name Iowa Summer Writing Festival. Our group/promotional code is SUMMER.

 

Heartland Inn (TBA)

 

Other Housing

Airbnb and craigslist both list rentals in the area. In addition, the Festival keeps a list of alternative housing options as we learn of them. These include summer sublets and rooms in private homes, etc. Email us at iswfestival@uiowa.edu, and we’ll be happy to share these accommodations as we hear of them.

 

For more listings of summer sublets and properties with short-term leases, check the Off-Campus Housing Services page on The University of Iowa website: https://offcampushousing.uiowa.edu/property/rental/page/2.

 

Traveling Companions/Sharing a Room

If you are looking for a traveling companion to Iowa City, or you’re interested in sharing housing costs during your stay, join our Facebook travel and housing forum—The Iowa Summer Writing Festival Hovel—and post your inquiry.

 

Getting to Iowa City

Iowa City is easily accessible. If you are driving, you will find us just south of Interstate 80. The Eastern Iowa Regional Airport (CID) is located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, about twenty miles north of Iowa City. The Quad City International Airport (MLI) is located in Moline, Illinois, approximately 65 miles from Iowa City. Though not as close as the airport in Cedar Rapids, flights into Moline can be a value. Greyhound Bus service is available between Moline and Iowa City. There is no train service to Iowa City.