Lodging

WHERE 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 making your reservations.

 

There may be some weeks in which choice of housing is limited. We strongly encourage you to make your reservations early.

 

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 $85 per night for an interior room and $95 per night for River/Campus view rooms (rates include tax). Guests enjoy complimentary continental breakfast, free parking and wireless internet access, as well as admission to the Campus Recreation Center, which has a swimming pool. Rooms include microwaves and refrigerators. Note that cafeterias in the Iowa Memorial Union are closed evenings and weekends in summer. Plan to go downtown (about four blocks uphill) for meals. There is a free campus bus stop directly across the street that makes stops around campus and downtown. Make your reservations by calling 319-335-3513, or book online at www.iowahousehotel.com. Enter 13 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 the newly renovated Graduate Iowa City, located in downtown Iowa City on the pedestrian mall. Taking a page from Iowa City’s literary legacy, the lobby is stacked with books and communal tables and includes a café and bar. The Graduate provides complimentary shuttle service in and around the Iowa City/Coralville area. Rates are $109 plus tax per night. Complimentary basic internet access is available in all guestrooms. Paid parking is available in the nearby city ramp. You may make your reservations by calling 319-337-4058 or 800-848-1335. Indicate that you are participating in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival when you call. These rooms will be held until three weeks before the beginning of each session.  To make your reservation online go to Graduate Hotel--June for June workshops and Graduate Hotel--July for workshops held in July.

 

 

HEARTLAND INN

Rooms have been reserved at the Heartland Inn, located in Coralville about two miles from downtown Iowa City. Rooms include a microwave oven and refrigerator. Enjoy complimentary breakfast and evening snacks, wireless internet access, free parking, and an indoor swimming pool. Rates are $75 per night plus tax. The Heartland provides free shuttle service to campus at scheduled times. In addition, the city bus stops directly across the street from the hotel. Make your reservations by calling 1-800-334-3277 or 319-351-8132. Mention VIP code ISWF or indicate that you are participating in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival when you call. These rooms will be held until the day of arrival for each session.

 

 

RADISSON HOTEL

Rooms have been reserved at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center Coralville. The Radisson is located just off I-80, exit 242. There is a restaurant (Twelve01 Kitchen and Tap) onsite for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and room service. The spacious guest rooms include a microwave and refrigerator as well as complimentary wireless internet access. Rates are $94 per night plus tax. Radisson guests enjoy free shuttle service, by request, to locations in Iowa City, free parking, and an indoor swimming pool and fitness center. Make your reservations by calling 319-351-5049 and asking for the Iowa Summer Writing Festival block. These rooms will be held until the day of arrival for each session.

 

 

HOMEWOOD SUITES BY HILTON CORALVILLE—IOWA RIVER LANDING

Suites are available at Homewood Suites by Hilton Coralville. This property is an excellent value for those planning longer stays and coming with a car. 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, HDTV, complimentary wi-fi, hot breakfast buffet, dinner with beer and wine (M-Th) and parking. Homewood Suites by Hilton is just off I-80, Exit 242, and half a block from the Coralville Transit Intermodal Facility Cambus/City Bus stop. Reserve online at homewoodsuites.hilton.com, or call 319-338-3410. Please 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. 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, HDTV, wi-fi, daily breakfast, parking, on-site laundry, 24-hour fitness center, pool, hot tub, outdoor fire pit and grills. Home2 Suites by Hilton is just off I-80, Exit 240, and across from Coral Ridge Mall. Reserve online at home2suites.com, or call 319-337-5011. Please indicate that you are participating in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival when you call.

 

 

OTHER HOUSING

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

 

Airbnb and craigslist both list rentals in the area. In addition, the Festival keeps an on-going 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 or call 319-335-4160 if you would like a copy of the alternative housing list or if you have a property you would like to include on it.

 

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