University of Iowa

Lodging

GETTING HERE

Iowa City is easily accessible. If you are driving, you will find us just south of Interstate 80. The Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) is located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, about twenty miles north of Iowa City. Shuttle service is available from the airport. 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.

 

WHERE TO 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 and select “Places to Stay.”

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 per night (tax is included). 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 8956 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 (this space was once the Sheraton). 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, 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.

For June reservations, go to June - Graduate Iowa City     For July reservations, go to July - Graduate Iowa City

 

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, call 319-337-4058. Indicate that you are participating in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival.

For June reservations, go to June - Hotel Vetro     For July reservations, go to July - Hotel Vetro

 

Hyatt Place

A block of rooms is available at Hyatt Place Iowa City Downtown at a rate of $109 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. You may also reserve online.

For June reservations, go to June - Hyatt Place     For July reservations, go to July - Hyatt Place

 

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

Heartland Inn

Rooms at the Heartland Inn, located in Coralville about two miles from downtown Iowa City, are $75 per night plus tax. They include a microwave oven and refrigerator. The Heartland offers complimentary breakfast and evening snacks, wireless internet access, free parking, and an indoor swimming pool. Free shuttle service to campus at scheduled times is provided. To reserve, call 1-800-334-3277 or 319-351-8132. Mention VIP code ISWF or indicate that you are participating in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival.

 

Radisson Coralville

The Radisson Hotel in Coralville offers participants in the Festival a group rate of $94 plus tax per night. Guest rooms include a microwave and refrigerator as well as complimentary wireless internet access. The onsite restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and offers room service. Radisson 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 using the group name Iowa Summer Writing Festival. Our group/promotional code is SUMMER.

 

Homewood Suites by Hilton Coralville—Iowa River Landing

Suites are available at Homewood Suites by Hilton in Coralville. Rates for Festival participants are $114 plus tax (1-4 nights), $109 plus tax (5-29 nights), and $99 (30+ nights). Rates include a King Studio Suite with fully equipped kitchen, complimentary wi-fi, hot breakfast buffet, dinner (M-Th), and parking. Reserve online at homewoodsuites.hilton.com, or call 319-338-3410. Indicate that you are participating in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival when you call.

 

Home2 Suites by Hilton Iowa City-Coralville

Suites are also available at Home2 Suites by Hilton Iowa City-Coralville, across from Coral Ridge Mall. Rates for Festival participants are $89 plus tax (1-4 nights), $84 plus tax (5-29 nights), and $79 (30+ nights). Rates include a 1 King bed or 2 Queen bed Studio Suite with fully equipped kitchen, wi-fi, daily breakfast, parking, on-site laundry, 24-hour fitness center, and pool. Reserve online at home2suites.com, or call 319-337-5011. Indicate that you are participating in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival when you call.

 

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. 

 

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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/iowasummerwritingfestivalhovel/.