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The Highlander Hotel - Iowa City, Coralville

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2525 Highlander Pl, Iowa City, IA 52245-9556
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless check-in
  • Contactless check-out
Updated 07/21/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 07/21/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#1 of 10 hotels in Iowa City
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Travelers' Choice
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
Free breakfast
Bicycles available
Entertainment staff
Books, DVDs, music for children
Parking
Wifi
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Swimming pool toys
Indoor pool
Heated pool
Shallow end in pool
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Patio
Table tennis
Board games / puzzles
Children's television networks
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Highchairs available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Concierge
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Refrigerator
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Private balcony
Room service
Seating area
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Hair dryer
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Room types
Pool view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
HOTEL STYLE
Charming
Family
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Hailey W wrote a review Nov 18
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Great customer service! Very polite and caring workers! Amazing pool, hot tub, restaurant, bar, arcade, lounges, pet friendly. The perfect place to stay. Very affordable especially with all the great benefits.
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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 1 week ago
Thank you Hailey! We appreciate your 5-star review and business. We hope to see you and your crew again soon :) Have a great holiday season!
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KristyThiel wrote a review Jun 2021
Owatonna, Minnesota3 contributions1 helpful vote
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We had an exceptional time at this hotel. This is the first time I have ever booked a "non-chain" hotel, and we will certainly be back. The rooms were bright, with either sliding doors or floor to ceiling windows. All employees we encountered greeted us and made conversation, and genuinely seemed to enjoy their jobs. The breakfast was homemade and delicious. My kids' favorite part about this hotel was the pool. The pictures don't quite do it justice; the pool is huge! The temperature is perfect (even for us wimpy adults), and the hot tub is heaven. My kids also enjoyed playing ping-pong while relaxing in the pool area. This hotel is surely a diamond in the rough. We will definitely be back. I can't give it enough stars!
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Response from Adam K, General Manager at The Highlander Hotel - Iowa City, Coralville
Responded Jun 21, 2021
Hey Kristy! What a cool review :) Hopefully your experience at The Highlander will set the bar for boutique hotel experiences. You shoudl check out our sister property Hotel Grinnell as well :) Thank you for taking the time to recap your visit and we certainly look forward to seeing you again soon. Be well ~
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Amy I wrote a review Nov 17
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We bought a day pass package for some no school day fun. We had access to a room for changing and the gorgeous pool and hot tub. The kiddos enjoyed pizza, drinks and ice cream. Fun was had by all. The staff was amazing and attentive. Thank you!
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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 1 week ago
A-W-E-SOME! The Highlander is a perfect place to spend a few hours on a day off school :) Thanks for thinking of us and really glad to hear you all had a blast. We will continue to offer our day passes into the winter months but we are changing them up a bit and offering more time slots :) Thanks for your comments about Dylan, Allison & MIchael - they are great! See you again soon ~
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Nick B wrote a review Nov 14
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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 2 weeks ago
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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Beth C wrote a review Nov 12
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Wonderful hotel. We will definitely be back on our next trip to IowA. Highly recommend. Visit the bar and have some flat bread pizza too. The food was delicious the bar tender was fun and friendly. The atmosphere was delightful.
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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 2 weeks ago
Wahoo! Thank you for your 5-star review :) Happy to hear you were able to enjoy our unique food truck inspired menu and found the ambiance of the property delightful. Look forward to seeing you again soon. ✌🏼
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PRICE RANGE
$66 - $196 (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
97
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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 free breakfast.
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 free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge 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 Her Soup Kitchen, Jimmy Jack's Rib Shack Iowa City, and Pullman Bar & Diner.
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).