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Iowa House Hotel

125 North Madison St., University Of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242
Iowa House Hotel
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Omaha, Nebraska
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83 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We returned after 14 years to tour the campus with our youngest child. Our oldest graduated 10 years ago when we stayed regularly. The hotel is in such a wonderful and unique location: right in the middle of campus in the student union. The desk attendant was very welcoming and the light breakfast perfectly okay. But the rooms are so... More 

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Josh E, General Manager at Iowa House Hotel, responded to this review

I am sorry you did not enjoy your experience staying at the hotel after such a long time away. As of now 2 out of the 3 floors have been remodeled within the last 5 years and we have 1 more floor to go. We know at the hotel there is a need to update our rooms and are actively... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The location of this hotel is great if you are visiting campus, but I could not in good conscience recommend this hotel to others. We checked in late and night and were looking forward to a good long shower. The bathrooms are very tiny (expected for a building this old) but the tub had mold on the caulk and had... More 

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Josh E, General Manager at Iowa House Hotel, responded to this review

I am sorry you had issues and did not enjoy your stay at the hotel. It sounds like you stayed on one of our unrenovated rooms (which we are looking at renovating in the near future). The bathrooms are small and do not have vents due to the university not allowing. I am sorry you wished to stay elsewhere but... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

By no stretch is this an upscale hotel. It's a standard hotel on a college campus. Rooms were clean and comfortable, and that's all I was hoping for on this trip. It had everything I needed during the five days I was there for business. Front desk and staff very friendly and helpful. Free continental breakfast a plus, and they... More 

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Josh E, General Manager at Iowa House Hotel, responded to this review

I am happy you enjoyed your business trip here. I hope the new features that just opened on the ground floor of the Iowa Memorial Union were to your liking. We hope you consider to stay with us again on your next business trip. More 

Chicago, IL
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14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Iowa House Hotel in Iowa City is right in the middle of the University of Iowa Campus. It sits on the river, some of the views are lovely. The entrance is under construction, as the IMU building is still recovering from the flood of 2008, with new permanent flood prevention structures to prevent future damage to the IMU, and other... More 

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Josh E, General Manager at Iowa House Hotel, responded to this review

I am happy you enjoyed your recent stay with us and return to Iowa House Hotel in the future. We are about to undergo a process to improve the Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and hope to have this completed before September 2015. More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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30 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I have been visiting Iowa City a few times per year for a while now and I have the hotel situation pretty well figured out. They will be completely full at times--sporting events, graduations, etc., and empty at other times. This makes for a weird pricing structure and occasionally a room that has not been cleaned for a while, plus... More 

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Josh E, General Manager at Iowa House Hotel, responded to this review

I am sorry that you had so many issues during your stay in January. As the new General Manager i wanted to let you know we have addressed some of the issues you have mentioned. The building will reopen all of its amentites by July 2015 after the flood that occured in 2008. We have had the previous issues of... More 

Oskaloosa, Iowa
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70 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Stayed here before on 3rd floor and it was fine- this time thought we would save some money and stay in the "not remodeled rooms" on 2nd floor. The first room they sent us to smelled so bad of mold we could not would not spend the night in the room. The next room smelled better but the very very... More 

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Josh E, General Manager at Iowa House Hotel, responded to this review

Hello. Thank you for your review of the property. As the new general manager i want you to know that i am working to remodel the 2nd floor in the upcoming years. Currently all revenue from the hotel is directed to help support our student activites. Any site of mold has been removed as part of the final phases of... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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45 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Great location, very nice staff. I would suggest when you book ask not to be by the elevator, super noisy and we're really not particular. The room hadn't been dusted in weeks which was disappointing and they only have heat or air. We were on the 4th floor, it was very warm and they had no fans available. You can... More 

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Los Altos, California, United States
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19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

If you want a clean room close to all classes, events, downtown Iowa City, Iowa House is your hotel. Parking, wireless, breakfast, and workout at brand new Rec. center are included. I had a ton of school activities, events and it was great to have covered parking on football game day, etc. It also has great running trails around the... More 

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Chicago
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64 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The location can't be beat and the amenities in the IMU (i.e. movie theaters, lounges, etc.) as well as the Iowa Rec Center usage (Olympic pool, basketball courts, free parking etc.) make this hotel a real Iowa City experience. Other than getting gouged on football weekends (which somehow I don't think I did because I stayed in the Business Suite,... More 

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Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

As a U of I grad, I never stayed in the union, so I thought we'd give it a try for our son's college visits. My family has stayed at the Iowa House Hotel four times over the past year. We always stayed in an updated "executive" room ($20 more but worth it). Small rooms but nice décor, comfy beds... More 

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