The Highlander Hotel - Iowa City, Coralville

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4.5
#1 of 10 hotels in Iowa City
Location
4.7
Cleanliness
4.5
Service
4.7
Value
4.5
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In addition to our convenient location just off I-80, The Highlander Hotel has lived large in the mind of Iowa City locals ever since we opened our doors in 1967. Can’t get no satisfaction from buzz-killing, soulless chain hotels? Want to break on through to the other side at an uber-luxe crash pad where you can turn on, tune in, drop out and counter culture in psychedelic fashion? Power up your inner Fleetwood Mac, and go your own way at Iowa City’s trippiest new urban resort, The Highlander Hotel. Picture chic meets shag. Five-star meets rock star. With new surprises and delights at every turn(table). Think you’ll find any of this at a hotel chain? Dream On.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Game room
Billiards
Kids stay free
Electric vehicle charging station
Parking
Wifi
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Swimming pool toys
Pool with view
Indoor pool
Heated pool
Shallow end in pool
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Kid-friendly buffet
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Darts
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Patio
Table tennis
Board games / puzzles
Books, DVDs, music for children
Children's television networks
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids pool
Highchairs available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Car hire
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
ATM on site
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Room features
Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Refrigerator
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Room service
Seating area
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Pool view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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2.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Charming
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Sherri wrote a review Mar 2021
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My friend and I wanted a place to take our 12 yo daughters for something fun while still staying in Iowa City. The newly-renovated Highlander Hotel was the perfect destination! They offered 4-hour day passes for their huge pool, with changing room, pizza and soda included, but we opted to book a room so we could jump in and out of the pool and have a slumber party. From check in to check out, the staff did a great job. Everyone was compliant with mask wearing and the extra cleaning and sanitizing was evident! The pool is huge with a 8 1/2 ft deep end and a separate hot tub and plentiful lounge seating and high top tables.

They have self-serve soda and coffee machines (with iced coffee!) in the pool area and a pool/bar menu with flat bread pizzas and snacks, delivered to the lounge or poolside. The kids had “mocktails” and the pizza was delicious! The owner stopped by to check in on us and asked how our stay was so far and was also at the pool area making sure the kids were being safe.

After swimming, we checked out a record player from the front desk, browsed their vinyl collection, and shared some of our old favorites with our kids back in the room. The next morning we had complimentary breakfast and coffee poolside while the kids took another swim and hot tub before checkout. It was busy, being spring break, but the staff took it all in stride!

We can’t wait to have another reason to staycation in the summer when they open the huge patio doors to the courtyard!

*The only thing I would have liked that they didn’t have was drinking glasses in the rooms. They have mini fridges and microwaves on request, but a few glasses would be great as a standard addition—this may be a Covid thing, though.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Adam K, General Manager at The Highlander Hotel - Iowa City, Coralville
Responded Mar 22, 2021
Wow!! What a fantastic review of your recent overnight. We enjoyed reading all of the amenities and unique property features you were able to take advantage of. Great suggestion on the in room cups and we have recently purchased high quality Libbey glassware that is pool / public spaces safe for the rooms as well. These will certainly be placed in each room by your next visit. Thanks again - your family rocks! ✌🏼🤟🏼
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Joshua G wrote a review Dec 2020
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My daughter turned 5 earlier this month and we decided to look at hotels to get out of the house during the pandemic. I found The Highlander online because it had an indoor pool advertised. I called them directly instead of booking online as I don't want any hotel to have to pay extra booking fees right now since less people are traveling. Jaime helped me make a reservation for the king suite right next to the pool as this would give us plenty of room to celebrate my little girls birthday and bring our dog. Flash forward a few days to the day I am checking in. I received a text at 7am asking what time they should expect us. I asked to check in early so we could use the pool all day. They kindly invited my family to come early as our room was all ready to go. They let us check in 5 hours early (I think normal check in is 2pm). We swam ALL DAY and were the only ones using the pool until about 6pm. Even when more people came, there were only 6-8 other people and the pool and hot tub are more than large enough to socially distance. Even more, when we checked in, they had put together a birthday package together for my little girl with some candy and a Happy Birthday sign. She loved it. Every staff member was extremely nice and went out of their way to help us. This is going to be a monthly event in my household every winter since we don't have a pool at our house. I loved staying here and will recommend this to anyone.
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Date of stay: December 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Poolside rooms were great. I couldn't hear anything from the pool when we were in our room.
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Response from Adam K, General Manager at The Highlander Hotel - Iowa City, Coralville
Responded Jan 1, 2021
WOW! What a fantastic review of your experience while on property and with our team! It was a pleasure for our staff to make your daughters birthday memorable. We look forward to seeing you again this winter. Have a Happy New Year!
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Dakota wrote a review Feb 2021
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I want to start off by saying thank you to all the Highlander staff who showed high levels of hospitality throughout my entire stay. Every member of their team was welcoming and accommodating, and truly made you feel at home. When you first walk into the hotel you can see all the effort that has gone into the Highlander. The bar area was fantastic and served incredible drinks. The record lending library is one of the most unique features I have ever seen in a hotel; I spent close to 20 minutes just flipping through their titles! The snack shack by the pool offered great coffee and had a delicious mango salsa. Speaking of the pool, the Highlander does a great job at keeping it clean and safe to use, which has been at the forefront of every traveler’s mind this past year. To cap it off, the rooms were very cozy and comfortable which provided a great sleep. Overall, this hotel is the perfect getaway. Close to Iowa City and Coralville, your options as a guest are endless. I would recommend this amazing hotel to anyone I meet. Thank you, Highlander!
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Adam K, General Manager at The Highlander Hotel - Iowa City, Coralville
Responded Mar 3, 2021
What an A-MAZING review! Thank you for taking the time to detail your experience while on property. We all enjoyed having you. You highlighted so many unique amenities the newly renovated property offers. We hope to see you again in the spring where you’ll be able to enjoy the outdoor courtyard/fire pit space. Live entertainment to come...
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okim wrote a review Jul 2021
Belfast, United Kingdom675 contributions306 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A contemporary, with a touch of bohemian style hotel. It has more interesting qualities than the like of the Hilton etc. The bedroom had a glow of gold accessories, with classic navy seating and crisp white, spotless linens. It was also a bonus after our long drive that we got offered a free beverage. The hospitality was excellent. The staff were really bubbly and friendly. It was definitely one of those hotels, where we could have stayed longer, but the crazy miles had to continue!
We also loved the free parking, and the request of a fridge in our room.
There was only one little thing that needs attention, and that would be the bath around the seal where the plug hole was, which was was a bit grimy looking.
This is a minor, which I'm sure they will fix right away!
We really enjoyed our brief stay. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Adam K, General Manager at The Highlander Hotel - Iowa City, Coralville
Responded Jul 13, 2021
You NAILED IT! Thank you for your 5-star review :) Thank you for letting us know about the housekeeping item - this has been communicated and addressed. We look forward to your next visit with us next time you are in Iowa City area. Be well ~
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Lisa B wrote a review Nov 2021
Milan, Illinois4 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed here with some friends for an overnight to attend a concert. The hotel is super clean, the staff was very friendly- every one of them. They were very informative as to where everything was located, how to get to our room and the best place to park in regards to where our room was located. The lady who checked us in actually got out of her chair to show us in detail what hall to go down and where to park instead of just pointing from the desk and saying where we needed to go. We received a free drink at the bar at check in, which was nice and unheard of. That was a nice touch! The breakfast was a little low in food but it was 9:00AM when we went for breakfast. It wasn’t your typical paper plates and plasticware, it was real plates and silverware. The food was in the nice metal pans with lids and real tongs and spoons. This is a top notch hotel for the money. We didn’t have time to enjoy the pool, hot tub or work out facility but they all looked nice and clean. Would definitely go back!!
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Adam K, General Manager at The Highlander Hotel - Iowa City, Coralville
Responded Nov 8, 2021
What a great review! Thank you for your 5-star confidence. We appreciate your comments about our team and the unique approach to making each guests stay memorable and more unique than any other hotel around. Hopefully next time you are able to enjoy the pool / spa area as this is typically the most desired amentity. We look forward to welcoming you back ~ Take care!
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Nick B wrote a review Nov 2021
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Amazing find. Ended up here because most hotels were booked for Big 10 football. More $ than I we typically spend for a single night but were wholly satisfied.

All staff seemed genuinely proud of the venue. Quirky decor. Some of the custom artwork were hastily painted but the spirit was there. Great mid-century modern furniture. Bar and lounge amazing. If living in the area, I would frequent the venue for drinks in the lounge.

Room was great. 2nd floor balcony overlooking the pool so I could supervise the children in the pool without leaving the room. Kids (ages 11-13) could order food at the snack shack without coordinating with the adults. Allowed all groups to have a great time in close proximity but remain separated if desired.

Staff accommodating and professional. Cocktails were made properly with jiggers and proper shake/stir. Food was acceptable, but excellent when factoring convenience (not having to order delivery) and price point.

Will return if I’m the area.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Adam K, General Manager at The Highlander Hotel - Iowa City, Coralville
Responded Nov 15, 2021
This is a FANTASTIC review and we appreciate all the comments! We're glad you found your hotel of choice when you are in the Iowa City area :) The locals do love our Highlander Lounge bar as it's a hidden gem thus far. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future - Thank you again for your support!
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KatieM wrote a review Apr 2021
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
The service is phenomenal. For me it’s the little things, I forgot a whole bag I packed at home. This hotel offers complimentary toothbrush, toothpaste, hair dryers, curling irons, deodorant, (+ lots more this is just what I needed). For the kiddos - COMPLIMENTARY ICE CREAM CONES. Safe to say we consumed a lot 😋. The staff is always so friendly and go above and beyond - had some toys for my kiddo to play in the pool with, even a spare life jacket. Complimentary sodas, tea, & coffee. I love how those you can also help yourself to. Food was superb. We tried every taco style and they didn’t disappoint at all. Pizzas were so good too. The pool is the best pool I’ve been to in so long. Very shallow to over 8 ft deep. Loved the text service. You just text anything you need and it comes so fast. Cannot say enough good things about this place. Good vibes, good food, good people. Keep groovin’!
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Adam K, General Manager at The Highlander Hotel - Iowa City, Coralville
Responded May 5, 2021
LOVE this review! Thank you for your 5-star confidence :) We are pleased to hear our team accomodated your requests quickly. Isn't the onsite text messaging so cool!? The pool (heated to 88 degrees) is pretty amazing we would agree. Can't wait to welcome you back on property in the future. Thanks for your business.
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AlemanSyH wrote a review Nov 2022
Ames, Iowa2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Everything was so clean!! We were floored at the staff’s attention to detail, making sure every nook & cranny around the hotel was spotless. The staff went above & beyond to make sure we had a wonderful stay! Rooms were very spacious, comfortable, and quiet with this walls in a way we’ve not experienced in a hotel in a while, which was so nice. The Highlander has reinvented the hot hotel breakfast with a complimentary fresh-made breakfast that a delightful surprise. This morning we had eggs & sausage, Mexican black beans, and an apple pico de gallo plus yogurt offerings, juice, milk, coffee, etc. Good job, Highlander! But our favorite part, as other guests have mentioned, was the WARM large pool, ample hot tub, and loads of fresh clean towels at the ready! There were pool-side rooms available; families and couples celebrating, but everything was quiet & an enjoyable stay had by all.
The Highlander is definitely not your traditional hotel, so if you’re ready for something unique or a couples’ getaway, stay here!
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Dan Topping, General Manager at The Highlander Hotel - Iowa City, Coralville
Responded Dec 7, 2022
I am so happy to hear that you saw all the aspects we focus on here at the Highlander! We look forward to hosting your next get-a-way!
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mbhdIowaCity wrote a review Dec 2021
iowa city61 contributions16 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Hospitality was amazing from the moment we got the texts asking about our arrival time. We received two complimentary drinks upon arrival and checked into our room. There were frequent check ins to make sure we had everything we needed Including an offer for robes to be sent to the room. We had a poolside room and the pool was amazing and not too cold with a large hot tub. A six person table outside our room was nice to hold our things and we enjoyed ordering food which was delivered directly to us. We had cheese pizzas for the kids , street tacos and flatbread for the grown ups with delicious cocktails. After we were done swimming we enjoyed playing games in the lobby and the hot complimentary breakfast in the morning was impressive. We jumped in the pool before checking out and were surprised when the owner came out with a fun game to play and popsicles. Great stay, can’t wait to go back.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Adam K, General Manager at The Highlander Hotel - Iowa City, Coralville
Responded Jan 3, 2022
Wonderful! Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience here at The Highlander Hotel. It sounds like you got the true Highlander experience and able to enjoy many of the unique ammenities that make us #1 :) We hope you have a blessed new year and look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
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Ben P wrote a review Feb 2021
Iowa City, Iowa74 contributions9 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Yesterday we had the pleasure of purchasing a pool day pass at the Highlander Hotel and had the best time! With the day pass we had access to the pool, hot tub, and games from 4-8pm. We also got a guestroom to use while there and received 4 flatbread pizzas and unlimited sodas. The hotel was recently renovated and the pool area has a retro vibe and is beautifully done. The thing I would most like to compliment is the wonderful staff at the hotel. They were very accommodating and made us feel very well cared for. They checked on us frequently to bring us food and drink and were very friendly. This was a great mini-vacation for our family and we will be back soon.
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Date of stay: February 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Brittani V, Marketing at The Highlander Hotel - Iowa City, Coralville
Responded Feb 12, 2021
Hi Ben, Thank you for your 5 Star review and great comments on our amenities, food and staff! It was a pleasure meeting you and you family! We look forward to your next getaway with us!
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John B asked a question Jul 2022
Fort Madison, Iowa76 contributions73 helpful votes
What are the amenities in the penthouse suit? Do you have a price list?
Answer from Julie T
Minnesota56 contributions28 helpful votes
If you search their website, click on rooms and scroll down to penthouse, that will show amenities. Not sure of rates.
Kristin C asked a question Sep 2020
North Liberty, Iowa
What ideas do you have for small family party?
Answer from Adam
Iowa City, Iowa
Hi Kristin - Please email me at adam@highlanderhotel.us and I’d be happy to discuss some ideas / options. We have pool side, courtyard and adjoining rooms for small family gatherings. If you are needing additional space - let me know.
Michael R wrote a tip Apr 20
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"I would not go here."
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Maggie C wrote a tip Nov 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Staying at the pool rooms may be a little noisy but it is great if you have kids!"
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Stacey S wrote a tip Aug 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Close to downtown (9 mins away) "
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val wrote a tip Jul 2023
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don’t be fooled. When pulling up to the hotel it does not look like anything special until you walk in."
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Thomas K wrote a tip Jun 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Remember no phones in room so leave cellphone number for contact and they come quickly"
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PRICE RANGE
$133 - $192 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
clarion highlander hotel iowa city, quality inn iowa city, iowa city quality inn
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Clarion Highlander Hotel and Conference Center
LOCATION
United StatesIowaIowa City
NUMBER OF ROOMS
85
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Highlander Hotel - Iowa City, Coralville
Which popular attractions are close to The Highlander Hotel - Iowa City, Coralville?
Nearby attractions include University of Iowa (3.5 miles), Old Capitol Museum (2.8 miles), and Devonian Fossil Gorge (3.0 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Highlander Hotel - Iowa City, Coralville?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Highlander Hotel - Iowa City, Coralville?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and blackout curtains.
What food & drink options are available at The Highlander Hotel - Iowa City, Coralville?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at The Highlander Hotel - Iowa City, Coralville?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Highlander Hotel - Iowa City, Coralville?
Conveniently located restaurants include Jimmy Jack's Rib Shack Iowa City, Pullman Bar & Diner, and Basta Pizzeria Ristorante.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Highlander Hotel - Iowa City, Coralville?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Are pets allowed at The Highlander Hotel - Iowa City, Coralville?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does The Highlander Hotel - Iowa City, Coralville offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Highlander Hotel - Iowa City, Coralville?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to The Highlander Hotel - Iowa City, Coralville?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Old Capitol Museum (2.8 miles), Johnson County Historical Society (3.4 miles), and Plum Grove Historic House (3.1 miles).
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