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hotelVetro: studio suites & convention center
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Iowa City
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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“Long on Style, Short on "Wow"”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

The 4 things you can't beat by choosing hotelVetro; contemporary style, spacious rooms, awesome gym and the perfect location especially if needing to stay/conduct business in "downtown" Iowa City.

The clean, modern and contemporary style of the property and rooms is right up there with most 4-5 star boutique hotels. My room was quite large, nicely appointed, clean and bright (even though the weather was dreary). The on-site fitness center was a great surprise offering as good (if not better) a workout than I normally do every day. The gym staff was friendly and accommodating. And the location of the hotel was fantastic - right in the heart of campus, close by to restaurants, shops (The Bread Garden is unbelievable!) and coffee houses. The airport shuttle ($70 r/t) takes only about 20 mins so don't worry about needing a car if your visit is contained to the general campus area.

My check-in experience was handled by a nice, friendly young woman. However her follow-up skills on items needed once in my room were lacking. The Kitchen Kit took nearly 2 hours to be delivered and the engineer sent to set the somewhat complex air-handling system was also quite delayed. The hotel doesn't seem to have the same sense of urgency as similar upper-scale boutique properties. The evening front desk staff was stiff and unfriendly. My very early AM check out was handled by a delightful woman who was very friendly and spunky for 5:00 AM.

I was very dissatisfied by the lobby restaurant Formosa. The food was terrible. The service lacking. The Sheraton (hotelVetro's sister hotel) next door has a great restaurant called Share. Now that was good food and great service!

I'd probably go back to hotelVetro for some of my upcoming trips to Iowa City as the feel and vibe of the place fits more with my style. I hope my next visits find some improvements.

Room Tip: The Bread Garden (attached) is a Wholefoods-type store where you can get wine, chese, dinner, lunch...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Melanie B, General Manager at hotelVetro: studio suites & convention center, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Thanks Mark for providing so much detail about your experience! I will be sure and address the attention to detail and experience with our Front Desk. This is not our standard of service and we will be sure to empower and train everyone to take care of our guests promptly!

I will also share your comments with our other local business owners you mentioned. We are a very proud community of our services. We do fail at times and for that, I apologize.

Looking forward to having you return soon!
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

We enjoyed our 3 night stay very much. The beds are comfy, and the bedding luxurious. Loved the restaurants on premises, along with the whole foods type grocery store next door. Bathroom is great!

Location right downtown could not have been better!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melanie B, General Manager at hotelVetro: studio suites & convention center, responded to this review, March 29, 2013
You are the best! Thanks for staying with us! Our bathrooms certainly are a great way to relax after a day of Iowa City excursions!! Come back anytime and enjoy a new season in the IC!
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Reviewed March 1, 2013

Was at hotelVetro with family for business. Located in downtown. Modern rooms. Friendly and accommodating staff. Parking is free but should be attached. The bread garden market is within the complex and you can get what you need from there. Coffee, fridge, microwave, everything is in the room. Shuttle service. Late check out on request.
Will recommend to everybody !!!

Room Tip: Alot of windows ..so room with a view is one with little privacy
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Melanie B, General Manager at hotelVetro: studio suites & convention center, responded to this review, March 29, 2013
hotelVetro does offer such a special touch of class to your overnight experience! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the hotel and other amenities of Plaza Towers as well! You are welcome to our home anytime!
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

I travel to Iowa every few months for work and I always try to make sure to overnight in Iowa City simply so I can stay at the Vetro. It's entirely not what you expect in Iowa (or the Midwest) in all the right ways: super modern (yet functional) appliances, design, furniture, bathrooms (which are glorious), floors. A very sexy property, even if it's just for a short stay.

One comment: they're a little light on toiletries, which can otherwise be a highlight at similar boutique hotels.

Stay here.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Melanie B, General Manager at hotelVetro: studio suites & convention center, responded to this review, March 29, 2013
Glad you enjoyed our very sexy property! Look forward to meeting you personally next time you travel in from Chicago! Thanks for the review and for being our guest!
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Reviewed February 11, 2013 via mobile

While making the drive to St. Louis we spent the night in Iowa City at the HotelVetro. We arrived at 12:50am and were greeted by Pat, a helpful and super sweet employee. The hotel is located in the perfect place for you to walk and explore everything downtown. Polished concreted floors, huge wardrobes for you to hang your clothes, convection microwaves, apartment size fridge, and mondern but cozy bathrooms. The large oval tub is a perfect way to relax after business. We were on the fith floor, the floor below us has large walkout patios with privacy walls. I love this hotel and would most def. stay there again. You felt like you were staying in a loft style apartment, more like a home than a hotel. Also the security was great and a little more than I expected for Iowa City but being a college town it's a great way to keep the trouble out. Super friendly, super quiet, Super comfy hotel.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Reviewed December 13, 2012

This hotel is in a perfect location! Walking distance to everything downtown Iowa City has to offer: great restaurants, boutiques, salons, etc. Very neat area. Food at Share was absolutely wonderful-some of the best that I've had anywhere with tons of vegetarian choices! Very eco-friendly and the rooms are very spacious and accommodating with full kitchen, over-sized tub, and large living area. I had a suite with a very large balcony/terrace which was very nice. I would stay at this hotel every time without a second thought.

Room Tip: I would book a suite with a balcony. The rooms are spacious, well-appointed, and very comfortable.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
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Melanie B, General Manager at hotelVetro: studio suites & convention center, responded to this review, December 16, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your wonderful stay! We are proud of our hotel and glad we made a difference for you!

Share Wine Lounge offers such a unique small plate dining experience. We change our menu often so please join us when you return to the Iowa City area!

Happy Holidays!

Melanie
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Reviewed December 10, 2012

My parents and I truly enjoyed our three-night stay at hotelVetro. It is perfectly situated in downtown Iowa City, within walking distance of the university and other downtown attractions. There is an upscale supermarket in the same complex, and parking is available at a reduced rate ($11/day, unlimited in/out with hotel validation of the parking ticket each time) at the city parking structure at the corner.

The hotel lobby is bright and airy, with a piano and two macs for guests to use. The staff were all very friendly. The room was very spacious and decorated in a very modern, minimalist style. Think concrete floors, and a frosted glass sliding door to the bathroom. There is plenty of storage in the two large wardrobes. The beds and linens were extremely comfortable. However, although stylish, I am not sure everything is designed with function in mind. For example, there is only one hook for hanging up towels in the bathroom of a room with two beds (which doesn’t seem to advance the ecologically forward vision of the hotel) and the large flat sink can splash. The kitchen area was useful; be sure to ask for a kitchen kit if you plan to do more than make coffee.

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay, but should mention a couple of things. The lobby restaurant, Formosa, can get loud with guests spilling into the lobby on a weekend night. No noise travels up to the rooms, and we felt quite safe with the keycard-operated elevators. As part of their green initiative, the hotel offers guests the opportunity to forgo housekeeping each day (except for the day of departure) in exchange for a $5 gift card to Share, the wine nearby bar/bistro nearby that can provide room service, or $5 off the bill. However, if you opt for this option, be sure that housekeeping leaves a voucher under the door. Upon check-out we were asked for them, but we didn’t know that was the system. We thought housekeeping takes note of the card you leave on the door and records which rooms were cleaned or not. The receptionist wasn’t sure how to fix this on the spot, but offered to send me an adjusted receipt by email. I received a blank email the next day, and upon following up I was just sent another copy of the same receipt. I decided to drop the issue because the real point was to reduce resource use.

However, I would definitely recommend hotelVetro to others and stay there again should I have occasion to visit Iowa City.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Melanie B, General Manager at hotelVetro: studio suites & convention center, responded to this review, December 16, 2012
Thank you for providing so much detail regarding your stay at hotelVetro. We are so pleased with the hotel and it's unique identity in Iowa City. Our overnight accomodations do provide many options and we will definately look into your suggestions for continued ways to improve our sustainability efforts.

Our doors provide a special sweep at the bottom to assist with noise from the hallways which make putting the credit under your door difficult. We are reviewing training options with the team and are looking into a better way to ensure those whom assist us are properly and promptly rewarded!

Wishing you and your family a very Happy Holiday Season -

Melanie
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Property: hotelVetro: studio suites & convention center
Address: 201 S Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52240-1603
Location: United States > Iowa > Iowa City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Iowa City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — hotelVetro: studio suites & convention center 3.5*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Elegance, sophistication, and metropolitan flair-experience it all at downtown Iowa City's newest hotel and conference center, located just a block away from the University of Iowa. Listed by Budget Travel Magazine as one of the Top 100 Best Values in the World, hotelVetro is the ultimate in upscale lodging. Boasting modern architectural design, deluxe guest rooms, contemporary kitchens, and the sophisticated yet environmentally conscious amenities, hotelVetro is ideal for short or long-term stays. HotelVetro is a premiere Iowa City conference center, with over 15,000 square feet of versatile banquet space and meeting rooms. Featuring a stunning 4,800 square foot open-air Roof Garden, which offers a magnificent view of the Iowa City Cultural District, hotelVetro provides an unforgettable backdrop for business and social events. HotelVetro offers a complimentary shuttle within a 3 mile radius based on availability. ... more   less 
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