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Ames hotels

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
GrandStay Residential Suites Ames
4.3 / 5
17 reviews
3 stars $99
Quality Inn & Suites Starlite Village Conference Center
4.0 / 5
10 reviews
2 stars $99
Gateway Hotel and Conference Center
4.2 / 5
41 reviews
3 stars $98
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Ames, IA
4.1 / 5
9 reviews
3 stars $88
Super 8 Ames
3.0 / 5
22 reviews
2 stars $46
Hilton Garden Inn Ames
4.2 / 5
18 reviews
3 stars $109
Econo Lodge Ames
3.3 / 5
23 reviews
2 stars $69
BEST WESTERN PLUS University Park Inn & Suites
3.8 / 5
26 reviews
3 stars $110
Days Inn Ames
3.4 / 5
40 reviews
2 stars $56
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Ames
3.7 / 5
43 reviews
2 stars $57

Featured Ames Hotels

From $110

1 BEST WESTERN PLUS University Park Inn & Suites

3 stars
3.8 / 5 26 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

Clean, good condition, excellent breakfast
Breakfast included healthful options, including oatmeal with a variety of toppings such as chia seeds (I had not seen that in a motel breakfast before), blueberries, and dates. The room was very...
Nov 17, 2014
From $99

2 GrandStay Residential Suites Ames

3 stars
4.3 / 5 17 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

awesome trip
wonderful hotel,nice and clean, close to disney land, everybody loves it.
Mar 3, 2015
From $94


3 stars
3.8 / 5 10 reviews

2609 University Boulevard Map

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

cleanliness issues, management attitudes
First thing my son opens up the foldaway bed and finds a bloody washcloth. The next thing is we are woken up in the morning to an army of tiny ants. I did have food in the room but nothing...
Sep 20, 2014
From $98

4 Gateway Hotel and Conference Center

3 stars
4.2 / 5 41 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

Quick Business Trip
The hotel was in a great location, very clean and the staff was helpful.
Apr 7, 2015
From $56

5 Days Inn Ames

2 stars
3.4 / 5 40 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

Room ok for the night
We were in town for a concert at Stephens Auditorium and needed somewhere close to stay for the night. Location is great. Close to restaurants and ISU. The price can't be beat for around $60 a...
Oct 31, 2014
From $57

6 Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Ames

2 stars
3.7 / 5 43 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

Just Ehh
Stayed here because it was one of the cheaper options available. It was not a bad experience, but also wasn't too impressive, just okay. The sheets and comforter felt a little thin and the pillows...
Apr 6, 2015
From $88

7 Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Ames, IA

3 stars
4.1 / 5 9 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

Visiting a college student
It was a fine room for the price. The room was clean and the staff was accommodating. It was quiet and comfortable. We traveled with children and they all able to find something to eat at breakfast.
Jan 14, 2015
From $46

8 Super 8 Ames

2 stars
3.0 / 5 22 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

stay at ames
older hotel, but price was right, centrally located , lot of places to shop and eat in the area, good continental breakfast and clean rooms, would stay at this hotel again
Dec 29, 2014
From $50

9 Baymont Inn & Suites Ames

2 stars
Not yet reviewed

1605 S. Dayton Place Map

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The Baymont Inn and Suites Ames is a great choice when you want to visit Iowa State University (ISU). This lodging is also convenient to the company offices of 3M, Barilla America Inc. and... More

visiting my son
It was not as nice as other Baymont motels we've stayed at in t he past. They are in the process of remodeling it, but there a re a reason that haven't been touched, and are noticeable. The...
Apr 6, 2015
From $69

10 Econo Lodge Ames

2 stars
3.3 / 5 23 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

Different feel of Water
when using the Bathroom, the water was an oily. I felt like i was bathing in cooking oil mixed with water
Nov 30, 2014
From $95

11 Holiday Inn Express & Suites AMES

3 stars
3.6 / 5 7 reviews

2600 E. 13th Street Map

When you arrive in the heart of Iowa, you will find that we are conveniently located just off I-35 near an array of attractions and businesses. Our hotel's friendly staff, accommodations and... More

Cyclone weekend
Expensive rate we gies because a football weekend and parents weekend. Reserved a room for 4 guests and ended up with a king "suite" which I don't know how you figure 4 can sleep in a king size bed...
Sep 8, 2014
From $99

12 Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Ames

2 stars
4.3 / 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

Nice Clean Hotel in Ames
Good stay, no problems - will probably stay here again. Great location in relation to Iowa State U. campus. Had nice pool. Compared to previous stays this was a lot nicer room than we usually...
Jul 15, 2014
From $93

13 Hampton Inn Ames

3 stars
3.8 / 5 8 reviews

1400 South Dayton Place Map

Free On The House hot breakfast, Wi-Fi

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

14 Hilton Garden Inn Ames

3 stars
4.2 / 5 18 reviews

1325 Dickinson Ave Map

Complimentary wired and Wi-Fi Internet Access

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

fun thanksgiving
hotel was clean--staff very friendly and helpful--had to pay for breakfast--I am used to Embassy suites where full breakfast is included in room fee
Dec 1, 2014
From $99

15 Quality Inn & Suites Starlite Village Conference Center

2 stars
4.0 / 5 10 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

College Visit
The hotel was very clean. The staff was friendly and easy to deal with.
Feb 24, 2015
From $109

16 AmericInn Ames

2 stars
3.9 / 5 16 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