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The Black Hawk Hotel

115 Main St, Cedar Falls, IA 50613-2621
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 02/08/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 02/08/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#4 of 16 hotels in Cedar Falls
The Black Hawk Hotel is a 167 year old independent boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown Cedar Falls, steps away from the city's best dining, shopping, and entertainment. We are also located next to the picturesque Cedar River and its 100+ miles of walking and bike trails, and just a 5 minute drive from the UNI Campus. The Black Hawk Hotel is listed on the National Trust of Historic Places, and is the oldest continuously operated hotel west of the Mississippi River (and second oldest in the country!). As of June 2019, The Black Hawk Hotel is now home to Bar Winslow, a Prohibition-inspired craft cocktail bar, and Farm Shed, a farm-to-table brunch cafe, where guests receive a complimentary breakfast with their stay. The historic building offers 28 guest suites outfitted with antique furnishings, while the adjacent Retro Motel offers 15 king rooms with midcentury furnishings and original art. Both facilities are outfitted with the modern conveniences demanded by today's sophisticated travelers at an affordable price point. Our Concierge Services are available around-the-clock for connecting you with the best of Cedar Falls (reservations, tickets, bike tours, etc.), or coordinating tasks to make your stay more enjoyable (dry cleaning, printing services, etc.).
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Bicycle tours
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
Paid private parking nearby
Bar / lounge
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Happy hour
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Wine / champagne
Canoeing offsite
Nightclub / DJ
Taxi service
Business Center with Internet Access
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
ATM on site
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Clothes dryer
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Dining area
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Seating area
Separate dining area
Separate living room
VIP room facilities
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
iPod docking station
Whirlpool bathtub
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
City view
Landmark view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Good to know
Historic Hotel
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Dennis W wrote a review Aug 2021
Holton, Kansas236 contributions83 helpful votes
We went to Cedar Falls thinking we might stay here. Dragged main and noticed a brand new Hampton Inn overlooking the Cedar River. We stay at Hamptons a lot and know we are getting newer furnishings, good mattress and bedding. We went in an nosed around the lobby and were intrigued. We thought what the heck we can do one night in an old hotel regardless of the age of the bedding etc. It was a Wednesday night and we did not have reservations. The manager waited on us and feared they did not have a clean room. She was finally able to check with staff and find us the one room that was left. We went up to the room knowing we were going to get a small room with old bedding. We opened the door and were amazed. They had apparently taken two and a half old rooms and turned our room into a king suite with bedroom, sitting room and large bath with the best water pressure in the shower than I have ever experienced. And of course you are right down town, so we walked to a bar, had a few drinks and then walked to the Mexican place downtown with outdoor seating and returned to our cool and comfortable room. This place is four hours away and i am planning our next trip just to stay here again and experience one of their rooms overlooking Main.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Response from Audrey Kittrell, Guest Services / Front Office at The Black Hawk Hotel
Responded Aug 5, 2021
Dennis, this really was such a pleasant review to read. We respect that some people prefer Hampton Inn's because they know exactly what to expect regardless of location and there's comfort in that. The perk of being so close to such a well known hotel company is that anyone that wants to try something new or simply experience a bit of history can come through our doors and not miss out on any of the downtown experiences. Our little hotel only has 28 rooms, but each one has a different view, decor, bed frame, bathroom features, etc; so finding the perfect room for a guest is such a reward to us. We look forward to your next visit! Be sure to give us a call when you book so we can get you a Main Street view and a double jacuzzi tub (it's a local favorite)!
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VacationAmy wrote a review Apr 2021
Burlington, Iowa200 contributions125 helpful votes
This hotel is located right in the heart of downtown Cedar Falls. I don’t know why TripAdvisor only shows this as a 53 on the walkability scale. It should be a 99. You can walk to dozens of restaurants, bars and shops with ease. The front desk staff were extremely friendly. We liked the large lobby (with piano available for guests to play) and the bar located inside the hotel. Unfortunately, our room was a dud. We were placed in room 109. It is in a noisy spot just inside the back door where everyone comes and goes from the hotel’s parking lot. The furnishings, bedding, bathroom linens, carpet, etc were all extremely tired. Outdated doesn’t even begin to describe them. The bathroom counter was barely above my knee. And the shower was a whirlpool bath and required a giant step to get up into. This first floor is positioned like 1/2 a story under ground, so though we had a window, you looked out at eye level with the road. It felt like a weekend sleeping in my Grandma’s basement. This wasn’t what we were expecting from the photos of rooms we had viewed on the website.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Audrey Kittrell, Guest Services / Front Office at The Black Hawk Hotel
Responded Jun 7, 2021
We're glad you enjoyed the location of our hotel and our staff! Admittedly, room 109 is either a guest favorite or the exact opposite depending on preferences. We understand and are very sorry to hear you weren't a fan of that first floor room, we would love for you to come back and check out a higher level one! All 28 historic rooms are different from decor, layout, bed size, views, and room size. There's something for everyone and we'd love to match you up with one you'll love! Please call us directly next time you book so our staff can tell you about our favorite and most popular rooms.
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Major Traveler wrote a review Feb 2021
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This was such a pleasant and lovely stay! The amenities were good and the location was perfect. Our room was beyond our expectations and included a Jacuzzi tub. The hotel staff go out of their way to ensure you are happy and well taken care of. Warm scones are served every morning as part of the free continental breakfast. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone coming to Cedar Falls. I plan to stay here again!
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Date of stay: February 2021
Room Tip: Our room overlooked the busy main street.
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Response from Audrey Kittrell, Guest Services / Front Office at The Black Hawk Hotel
Responded Mar 2, 2021
We're so glad you enjoyed your stay! We look forward to you and your family visiting again soon!
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Ranger Rick wrote a review Jan 2021
26 contributions1 helpful vote
I stayed here every other week from June to September for two nights every other week while finalizing the move off our family farm nearby. I went to UNI a long time ago, and lived in Cedar Falls after graduation for a few years working my first job. The only other time I had been in the Blackhawk Hotel lobby was while waiting on a Greyhound bus to take me to Army Basic Training in 1978, and the lobby is just as beautiful as I remembered it! The staff is polite and helpful to a fault, and the attached Bar Winslow is a great little spot to enjoy top shelf pours of whatever you enjoy. The indoor bar has an intimate feeling, and outside seating is an option in season. Fresh, homemade scones made by one of the staff and fruit are a good way to start the morning, and the urns of coffee are sourced from a coffee joint down the street instead of your basic joe from the back room coffee pot. Cups and lids make it easy to take back to your room. There's also a hot water pot to make fresh tea, which my wife enjoyed. My rooms were always clean and comfortable, with plenty of space to organize my gear. Due to the old school construction, I noticed how very quiet the place was, both from inside and outside goings on. A/C was amazingly quiet, and kept my rooms perfect for sleeping. The provided boutique soaps, shampoo, and conditioner are a nice touch in the bath. The great thing about the hotel's location is that once you park in their private lot, you really don't need to walk farther than right out the front door to have almost anything you want for food, beverages, and entertainment. As a matter of fact, immediately across the street is a chocolatier, a very good bistro, a good Mexican restaurant, and Single Speed Brewing. Dive bars, another brewery, a cupcake shop, tea room, fine dining, and a health spa are within another block's walk, along with cool little shops. Don't miss to Hurts Donuts a block away to get one of a kind creations. This is a great place to relax and enjoy a couple of days at your own pace. The staff will treat you like family, guaranteed!
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Date of stay: June 2020
Room Tip: The spa suite is our favorite, worth the little extra. 2nd and 3rd floor rooms with a street view...
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Response from Audrey Kittrell, Guest Services / Front Office at The Black Hawk Hotel
Responded Jan 13, 2021
Thank-you so much for the wonderful feedback! You've described our cozy downtown Cedar Falls to a T and we hope you come back and visit soon! Even if it's just to stop by the front desk and say hello.
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LaChatNoir wrote a review Dec 2020
West Lafayette, Indiana1124 contributions264 helpful votes
We were looking for a place to stay one night while passing through. Thrilled to find an historic hotel right on an adorable main street with easy access to restaurants (takeout only for us on this trip). Unfortunately this gem is a bit rough. The lobby is darling, if not jaw dropping. There were clear instructions on the reception desk with the number to call to check in. While waiting for the man to come to the desk, I noticed three older gentleman mucking it up in the lobby not wearing masks, despite signs saying masks were required. One of them approached me at the desk saying he worked there, offering to help. I informed him someone was on his way and I’d appreciate him stepping back since he was not wearing a mask. The man who checked me in was courteous and friendly most importantly, he was masked. The room, though. What a disappointment! In a nearly empty hotel, we were given room 109. Right off main hall. Near elevators and access to back door where you come and go from parking lot. It was extremely dated. Empty hooks and holes on the wall where things used to hang. Bed positioned w your head RIGHT next to the door. Dated builders grade cabinets w a sink and mini fridge (I guess that’s what makes it a suite?). The bathroom sink was comically low, like I’m talking just above the knee. It was a strange, sad, dowdy room. If I’d booked a cheap roadside motel, this is what I would expect. Not a boutique historic hotel in a cute downtown area. Very disappointed. And checking out ... the woman at the desk was not wearing a mask.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
2 Helpful votes
Response from Audrey Kittrell, Guest Services / Front Office at The Black Hawk Hotel
Responded Dec 28, 2020
Hello LaChatNoir, We appreciate your feedback, but are so sad it was out of disappointment! We want everyone to love our small hotel as much as we do so it’s heartbreaking to hear about experiences like this. The pandemic has affected our employee numbers similar to many of the local businesses, but that’s no excuse for not better enforcing the mask requirement while safe social distancing isn’t possible. Each of our historic 28 rooms are unique with different furnishings, bedding, bathrooms, and views; making it overwhelming to post photos of each. We’d love to have you back to experience one of our much larger, more popular rooms that overlook the adorable Main Street you enjoyed. Please email us so we can go over how best to fix this experience! booking@theblackhawkhotel.com -Management
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$116 - $156 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United StatesIowaCedar Falls
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Black Hawk Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Black Hawk Hotel?
Nearby attractions include SingleSpeed Brewing (0.03 miles), Escape Cedar Valley (0.2 miles), and Here's What's Poppin (0.04 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Black Hawk Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at The Black Hawk Hotel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a minibar, and air conditioning.
What food & drink options are available at The Black Hawk Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at The Black Hawk Hotel?
Yes, free parking, paid private parking nearby, and paid public parking nearby are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Black Hawk Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Scratch Cupcakery Cedar Falls, Montage, and Whiskey Road.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Black Hawk Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness center during their stay.
Does The Black Hawk Hotel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Black Hawk Hotel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is The Black Hawk Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.6 miles away from the center of Cedar Falls.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Black Hawk Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at The Black Hawk Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.