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Ames, Iowa, is the home of Iowa State University. This city has 35 woodland parks and over 55 miles of bike and pedestrian trails. Ames prides itself on having the amenities of a big city with the friendliness of a small town. Visitors will find they have a range of options for Ames hotels, from bed and breakfasts to historic hotels on the campus of ISU, or a number of budget friendly hotels throughout the city.

Ames Quick Picks and Tips


Guests at hotels in Ames will find that the city is a great place for a convention. Options include the Holiday Inn Conference Center and the facilities available at the Iowa State University. The annual Farm Progress show draws large crowds each year.


Hotels Ames guests may dine at nearby chain restaurants, but should also visit great local places like the Suburban Restaurant, which has been in business for decades.

Major Point of Interest

The Main Street Cultural District hosts frequent festivals and events like the annual Music Walk and the 4th of July parade.


Local shops line the Main Street Cultural District, but the North Grand Mall on Grand Avenue is a shopping source for both national chains and local boutiques as well. Also stop by the nearby Prarie Moon winery for wine sampling, but keep in mind the tasting room is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.


As the home of the Iowa State Cyclones, collegiate sports are the main sporting attraction in Ames. Cheer for the cyclones in football, basketball, baseball, and track and field.

Recently Rated Ames Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Ames
3.8 / 5
65 reviews
2 stars $63
Hilton Garden Inn Ames
4.2 / 5
26 reviews
3 stars $84
Econo Lodge Ames
3.4 / 5
31 reviews
2 stars $69
Days Inn Ames
3.5 / 5
59 reviews
2 stars $55
Gateway Hotel and Conference Center
4.3 / 5
51 reviews
3 stars $98
Comfort Inn Ames
3.5 / 5
19 reviews
2 stars $89
GrandStay Residential Suites Ames
4.3 / 5
20 reviews
3 stars $117
4.1 / 5
13 reviews
3 stars $94
BEST WESTERN PLUS University Park Inn & Suites
3.8 / 5
35 reviews
3 stars $120
Super 8 Ames
2.7 / 5
29 reviews
2 stars $59

Ames hotels

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Featured Ames Hotels

From $117

1 GrandStay Residential Suites Ames

3 stars
4.3 / 5 20 reviews

1606 South Kellogg Avenue Map

Conveniently located at the Intersection of Hwy 30 at Exit 69-Duff Avenue, the GrandStay Residential Suites Hotel combines all the comforts of home with the services of a grand hotel. You’re... More

Everything we need
We visit Ames several times a year. We have decided, that we will book at Grandstay from now on. The rooms are in good shape (we've stayed in a 2-bedroom suite and in a regular two bed room) the...
May 5, 2014
From $98

2 Gateway Hotel and Conference Center

3 stars
4.3 / 5 51 reviews

2100 Green Hills Dr Map

Gateway Hotel and Conference Center Ames Iowa is defining new standards for hospitality luxury and convenience in the Midwest. Guests are welcomed to a world of beauty and elegance where each... More

Nice place
Lots of amenities, good location. nice to have a bar and restaurant on site
Jun 13, 2014
From $120

3 BEST WESTERN PLUS University Park Inn & Suites

3 stars
3.8 / 5 35 reviews

2500 University Boulevard Map

Experience all that Ames, IA has to offer - from Iowa State University to the Reiman Gardens to the bustling Main Street Cultural District - within minutes of this cozy hotel. Centrally located... More

Weekend classes at College
Over all it wasn't that bad. They are in the middle of a remodel, putting in an elevator so the front desk area was under construsction and so was the breakfast buffet. They did a pretty good job...
Feb 18, 2014
From $55

4 Days Inn Ames

2 stars
3.5 / 5 59 reviews

229 S Duff Ave Map

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Close to Iowa State University, 1 mile to stadium and campus. Located in the heart of downtown Ames. Plenty of shopping, dining and entertainment within walking distance. No Pets. More

Met expectations
Good location for dining and shopping across the street.
Jun 17, 2014
From $94


3 stars
4.1 / 5 13 reviews


Ames Conference Center hotel is close to Iowa State University! Holiday Inn Ames Conference Center – ISU is located just off Hwy 30 and 5 miles from I-35. We are 2 miles from the Iowa State... More

Great Staff
The staff was very pleasant and the room was clean. Great place to say. I can see where at times it would be a great value; for us at this time I would have like it to been a little lower priced.
Mar 17, 2014
From $69

6 Econo Lodge Ames

2 stars
3.4 / 5 31 reviews

2600 SE 16th Street Map

The Econo Lodge Ames is ideally located near many popular destinations including Iowa State University, North Grand Mall, Ames Municipal Airport, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad, Reiman Gardens... More

Nothing special
The hotel was going through some renovation, but our room was clean and had new carpet. The breakfast was pretty average, and the pool didn't make you want to get in.
Jun 27, 2014
From $59

7 Super 8 Ames

2 stars
2.7 / 5 29 reviews

1418 S Dayton Place Map

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The Super 8 Ames, Iowa is conveniently located off I-35, Exit 111-B and Hwy 30. The property is located between Des Moines, Iowa and Mason City, Iowa. The Super 8 Ames, Iowa is just minutes away... More

Clean, affordable
Room was sufficiently clean and was a good value for the price paid.
Jan 26, 2014
From $63

8 Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Ames

2 stars
3.8 / 5 65 reviews

2216 SE 16th St Map

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Relax at the consistently enjoyable Microtel Inn and Suites by Wyndham Ames conveniently located off Highway 30 near performances at the Stephens Auditorium and the butterfly wing in the... More

Poor customer service
The room was nice enough, but the staff place us next to a room with an unattended dog. The poor dog was left alone for hours and of course was barking. We were trying to get our toddler to sleep....
Jul 7, 2014
From $92

9 Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Ames, IA

3 stars
3.8 / 5 11 reviews

2605 SE 16th Street Map

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Hotel is conveniently located at the corner of I-35 & US Highway 30 Exit 111B, within 2 miles of Iowa State University. Hotel features Complimentary Hot Breakfast Buffet featuring scrambled eggs... More

Traveling thur Iowa
Traveling back from AR , chose Country Inn Suites because of their room rate thur I found on-line. Check-in went very smooth, pleasant Front Desk, Cookies and Coffee available 24/7, Convenient...
Sep 9, 2012
From $84

10 Hilton Garden Inn Ames

3 stars
4.2 / 5 26 reviews

1325 Dickinson Ave Map

The Hilton Garden Inn Ames is located in the heart of Iowa on Highway 30 west at the South Dakota exit and just five miles from Interstate 35. The hotel is three miles from Iowa State University -... More

Fine but too expensive for what you get
Hotel clearly takes advantage of Iowa State activities raising rates well over other hotels. Room was fine. Would have thought breakfast would be included given the $160.00/ night rate in Ames...
Jul 2, 2014
From $84

11 Hampton Inn Ames

3 stars
3.8 / 5 12 reviews

1400 South Dayton Place Map

in the heart of the Midwest...welcome to the Hampton Inn Ames.Centered in Iowa and the Midwest, Ames is home to rich outdoor parks, bike trails, an active business community and Iowa State... More

Ordinary experience
Solid hotel with competent friendly staff. Don't get a room at the end of the hall way. The slamming outside door will interrupt your sleep.
Apr 29, 2013
From $109

12 Holiday Inn Express & Suites AMES

3 stars
3.8 / 5 10 reviews

2600 E. 13TH STREET Map

Enjoy Our Ames, Iowa Hotel's Premier Accommodations Just off Interstate 35 and near an array of attractions and businesses in Ames, Iowa, our hotel's accommodations provide an unbeatable experience... More

ISU Parents Beware - Better place to stay in Ames!
Checked in and after having made reservation for two rooms on-line, and thought they were both paid for. Hotel staff said I had only one room, so I had to give them my credit card for another room....
Aug 13, 2012
From $129

13 Quality Inn & Suites Starlite Village Conference Center

2 stars
4.0 / 5 12 reviews

2601 East 13th Street Map

Full service meeting and convention center remodeled in 2007. Minutes from the Iowa State University campus and all Ames area companies and attractions. Restaurant on premises with room service. ... More

Disapointing stay
This room was supposed to be non smoking but clearly had been a smoking room in the past. The smell was still in the air conditioner. The pool was closed until further notice, which was...
Jun 13, 2013
From $109

14 Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Ames

2 stars
4.7 / 5 3 reviews

2137 Isaac Newton Dr. SE 16th St. Map

Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott, in Ames, Iowa, is conveniently located at the crossroads of I-35 and Hwy 30. We are minutes away from Sauer-Danfoss, Ball Plastic Corporation, Barilla,... More

Almost there
The stay was very enjoyable, but I wish I could have accumulated Hotel points with my stay. I was told at the desk that I would not be able to get Hotel points. I also asked if I could pay for the...
Jul 21, 2013
From $89

15 Comfort Inn Ames

2 stars
3.5 / 5 19 reviews

1605 S. Dayton Place Map

Great Ames location with easy highway access and minutes from Iowa State University. Features include: Indoor pool with hot tub. Free Wireless High Speed Internet in all rooms and public areas.... More

One night sleepover.
This hotel not up to Comfort Inn standards; appeared to me to have been converted from a Super 8 or some other hotel with lower standards. There was a large piece of roof tile on the floor in the...
Jun 9, 2014

16 AmericInn Ames

2 stars
4.0 / 5 21 reviews

2507 SE 16TH ST. Map

The AmericInn of Ames, IA is located at the Highway 30 and I 35 intersection which gives you convenient access to Iowa State University, Jack Trice Stadium, Hilton Coliseum, CY Stephens... More

A bit run down, but not bad
The rooms were a bit run down, but the lobby was nice with a big fireplace when you walked in. Had some issues with the breakfast running out and dirty tables. I'm not sure they were...
Jan 2, 2014