Iowa City

Graduate Iowa City

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love This Hotel

  • Newly opened in 2018 with decor that pays homage to Iowa City, a UNESCO City of Literature
  • Expansive bookcases and reading nooks with cozy couches are scattered throughout the lobby
  • Attached to the Pedestrian Mall, with restaurants, bars and shops that attract locals and visitors alike
  • Located just across the river from the University of Iowa and Kinnick Stadium

"Nicely decorated with unique items"
Sep 19, 2019 - Waunakee, WI, USA
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Bookworms will feel right at home in the lobby of the Graduate Hotel. Filled with well-lit corners and cozy places to sit, this literary themed hotel is stylish and inviting. Walls are lined with bookcases and adorned with quotes from scholars and students. As it's located just across the river from University of Iowa, students often make their way over to popular lobby coffee bar Poindexter. The hotel is also attached to the Pedestrian Mall, a popular spot for locals and visitors to go shopping, hang out at a bar or grab a meal at one of the many restaurants. Guests can also drive approximately 20 minutes to the Herbert hoover Presidential Library and Museum.

The retro-hipster library design flows into the guest rooms with quirky vintage accent pieces paired with modern staples. Rooms feature Malin & Goetz bath products, complimentary Wi-Fi and in-room coffee. Guests also have access to the 24-hour fitness center and complimentary bike rentals to roam around the only UNESCO City of Literature in North America. 



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • Extra beds (fees apply)
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Laundry / dry cleaning

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Parking (fees apply)
  • Valet service (fees apply)


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.
Minimum age required to check in: 21.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Children and additional guests: Children 17 and under stay free of charge when using existing bedding.
Extra bedding available upon request: US$12 plus tax, per stay.
Crib/Pack 'n Play available upon request: free of charge.
Extra guest charges will apply as follows:
US$10 plus tax per night for older children and adults.

Extra beds available in King rooms only.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request: free of charge.

Fees: Valet service fee: US$20 plus tax per day.
Car park fee: US$14 plus tax per night.

A destination marketing fee (listed as a Service Charge) of 1.59% per room, per night applies and will be added to the total price at check-out.

Valet and self-parking include in and out privileges.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: The pool is permanently closed.

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

Customer Service available Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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(32 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Graduate Iowa City over the past 15 months.
4.6 Ambiance
5.0 Location
4.4 Rooms
4.9 Quality of Service
4.7 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Nicely decorated with unique items
Other Comments
Super location
Joan Sep 19, 2019 Waunakee, WI, USA
Enjoyed Most
Best location, right on Ped Mall! Poindexters in hotel has great breakfast sandwiches and Glassando in Old Capital Mall is a great little jewelry store! Food, shopping, bars and a great boutique hotel = memorable stay! We’ll be back!
Donna Aug 28, 2019 Oak Lawn, IL, USA
Enjoyed Most
Great location on the Pedestrian Mall. Easy to step out and walk to shops, restaurants, and bars.
Other Comments
Free parking through Travelzoo made it worthwhile.
RANDY Aug 17, 2019 Geneseo, IL, USA
Enjoyed Most
Very cool detailed and varied decor specific to Iowa. Loved the wallpaper! Also learning about famous Iowa Graduates. Makes us want to come back to stay and see other room decor!
Other Comments
We grew up in Iowa and are Hawkeyes grads so this was a special experience. Everything was so unique. Didn’t try the golf simulator and pool was under renovation but these are cool features that add to the Hotel’s appeal. Gene’s restaurant was unique, including the bathrooms! Enjoyed food and drink sitting at outside tables listening to live music on the Pedestrian Mall. Made for a lovely evening!
Hope Jun 01, 2019 Rolla, MO, USA
Enjoyed Most
Location, decor and great rooms
Jacalyn May 11, 2019 Plymouth, MN, USA
Enjoyed Most
The furnishings and design.
Other Comments
Storage not organized. Instead of one place, clothes had to be put here and there. Shower tub slippery. Bed comfortable, linens made us hot.
William May 11, 2019 St. Peters, MO, USA
Enjoyed Most
Friendly, helpful people.
Crystal Apr 28, 2019 Dent, MN, USA
Other Comments
our only complaint was the toilet made a screaming noise when flushed. Did tell the staff upon checkout.
Corrine Apr 23, 2019 Red Wing, MN, USA
Enjoyed Most
Friendly staff, enjoyed literary theme
Daniel Apr 17, 2019 Des Moines, IA, USA
Enjoyed Most
The decor was really fun, Location was convenient to campus, downtown, and lots of restaurants.
Debbie Apr 16, 2019 Danville, IL, USA

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