I stayed at this hotel for a college visit to Coe and was thoroughly impressed with the property. It is new, modern, and lovely. Public areas are inviting and open. Room was beautiful with modern furnishings. As always at Hilton properties, the beds are super comfortable with great pillows. The bath was small but efficiently designed and well appointed with nice fixtures and great tile. Staff was friendly and efficient and the cookies are a welcome treat on arrival. I had internet access with my Hilton Honors card but noted that it is otherwise a charge item.
Workout room was reasonably sized and had a good variety of weights, mats, etc. Treadmills and elliptical were available but only three of each.
The hotel is located in downtown Cedar Rapids and is attached to the US Cellular convention center. The area unfortunately has many vacant storefronts and looks like many similar sized Midwestern downtown areas-working on reestablishing it's downtown as a destination and just isn't quite there yet. There are a few small parks along the riverfront which was nice for an evening walk. There are also a few restaurants with outdoor seating, nice for a summer evening, and a wonderful coffee/smoothie/ice cream spot that we enjoyed. But for the most part, this section of downtown is very quiet with not a lot going on midweek.
It is the perfect location to stay for a visit to Coe, which is about a half mile away.
Self parking is a little bit challenging and confusing. Once I located the hotel, I found self parking about 2 blocks away, attached to the hotel/convention center by a skywalk and series of elevators. It wasn't a terribly long walk but it takes you a short distance through the deserted convention center to the hotel. I think I would consider the available valet parking if I stayed again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cedar Rapids Convention Complex is connected to U.S. Cellular Arena and the new U.S. Cellular Convention Center. Perfect for business or leisure travelers, the hotel offers an indoor swimming pool and modern 24-hour fitness center, along with over 80,000 sq ft of meeting and banquet space. Enjoy great location from our hotel near Kinnick Stadium, 30 minutes away! ... more less
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