It's a new(ish) Marriott. And that's a good thing. You know what to expect... predictable, clean, welcoming, and comfortable. Nothing exciting but very nice.
The most distinguishing feature of the hotel is its immediate proximity to the Iowa River and adjacent wetlands. There are easily accessible nature trails and beautiful views from all of the waterside rooms.
The location is convenient, right off of the freeway, but a little odd. It's part of one of those "instant, artificial town" mixed use developments that is still under development. The development doesn't yet seem to be successful, so it's mostly empty land and vacant storefronts. Nothing bad but not particularly compelling. You definitely need a car to get anywhere interesting.
Of special note, the hotel has a very warm and welcoming library (complete with fireplace) filled with books associated with the Iowa Writers Workshop. A nice place to relax and read or work.
I probably would have preferred to be closer to downtown, but the Coralville Marriott is a very solid choice. Highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located adjacent to the University of Iowa, the Coralville Marriott is one of the finest hotels in Iowa City. Featuring smoke-free accommodations and the area's largest meeting space, our hotel is within easy reach of Cedar Rapids and Des Moines. The perfect place for conferences, elegant weddings, family reunions and retreats of all sizes, our hotel in Iowa City features 60,000 sq ft event space, including a 30,000 sq ft exhibit hall and innovative guest rooms - each equipped with wireless internet access, plasma TV, Marriott Revive bedding and a spacious workspace. Guests can enjoy our hotel's walking trails, dining, indoor pool, 24-hour health club and unique Iowa Writer's Library, housing manuscripts from the country's oldest society of writers. Complimentary Internet access is available in public spaces. Enjoy a delicious meal at Edgewater Grill, our on-site Restaurant. Escape to the Coralville Marriott Hotel for an unforgettable stay in Iowa City. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Coralville Hotel And Conference Center
- Marriott Coralville Hotel Coralville
- Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center Iowa