We stayed here the night before I had cataract surgery at the nearby Iowa City Ambulatory Surgical Center. We were very pleasantly surprised after reading some lukewarm Tripadvisor reviews. The lobby is attractive, and the desk staff are very friendly and helpful. We were able to extend our check-out time by an hour so that I could come back and rest after my procedure. Our room was large and very comfortable, and there was no hint of smoke in our non-smoking room nor in the hallway. We ate in the hotel's small restaurant ("Against the Grain") because it was raining outside, and found the food tasty but a bit on the skimpy size portion-wise, with only one waitress who was more accustomed to serving as bartender (one of the pleasant front desk men finally came back to help her), but I gather they are better staffed on the weekends. This facility is older but seems well taken care of, and has a large amount of parking because it is a conference center. The heating/cooling system has a constant fan setting so that you are not bothered by any highway noise. The interior insulation seemed pretty solid, as we were not bothered by neighbors' sounds. We are booked in again soon for my second surgery and very much look forward to it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conveniently located off Interstate 80, the Clarion Hotel® Highlander Conference Center hotel is less than four miles from the University of Iowa. Local points of interest like the Carver-Hawkeye Arena multipurpose venue, the North Dodge Athletic Club and Amana Colonies National Historic Landmark are all just minutes away from this Iowa City, IA hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Clarion Highlander Hotel Iowa City
- Quality Inn Iowa City
- Iowa City Quality Inn
- Clarion Highlander Hotel And Conference Center Iowa City