Just stayed at the Blackhawk in downtown Davenport Iowa. I went to the University Of Iowa football game and then went back to Davenport to visit friends. They advised of a newly (2010) renovated hotel downtown. I would pick a "old" time hotel over a chain anyday. What a pleasant surprise. The Blackhawk is a gem to be sure. Rooms are large and beautiful with great views. Downtown Davenport did not seem all that exciting but the town itself is not that big. If you go, stop off at the beignet shop off the lobby and get some coffee and sit in the splendid lobby and people watch. Take a look at the ceiling-wow! Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to stay too long but my overall stay in this architectural gem was great and I highly recommend it. It's nice to see this type of renovation going on throughout the country
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- Welcome to a Return to Sophistication!Resplendent from a multi million-dollar renovation, the Four Diamond Rated, Hotel Blackhawk, Autograph Collection once again reigns supreme as the grande dame of Davenport, Iowa. Since it first opened in 1915, the hotel has served as a home away from home for families, romantics, presidents, movie stars and legendary athletes alike. Now this majestic landmark reopens with a “something old something new” approach to hospitality and a fresh new focus on modern amenities and rich décor—and all the while keeping a hand in the past under the direction of an artful restoration team. Poised to provide knock-your-socks-off service to a new age of guests, The Hotel Blackhawk has reclaimed its status as the venue of choice in the Quad Cities. It is once again an integral part of the community—where guests are impressed and memories are made—a friendly, fun place where approachable luxury and personalized service will be enjoyed for generations to come. ... more less
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