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A super groovy 70's/80's vibe. They owned their space and magnified it well.

Pool and pool area were fantastic. Family friendly and fun for adults. Staff were excellent. We stayed on NYE, and all staff were helpful and working hard. Manager helped to squeegee pool deck, get a life jacket for young child, and anything else that needed to be done. Excellent!!

Cozy fun place with a very attentive staff. Worth a visit if you’re in town or driving through. Highly recommend.

Pool was great and staff were responsive, friendly, and capable.

Stayed one night on a road trip. It would be a fun stop if you have kids. Huge indoor pool area. Swimming ends at 10 pm and the adults have the area until midnight. If you are traveling and need to sleep, I would recommend you request an outer room. The rooms next to the pool have very poor sound insulation and are very loud. Outer rooms are much quieter and only have the noise from the freeway. The front desk folks are very nice. Didn't get a chance to try the menu, but the folks int he pool area were eating and having a good time.

Decor was awesome and the staff and service was top notch. However, my room floor was really dirty and sticky and the lack of insulation and crack under the door meant you heard everything so it was hard to sleep

The Highlander is extremely welcoming and clean. It is directly off I-80 but no highway noice. I would highly recommend staying here. The decor is beautiful and fun. Definitely worth a visit or two

The hotel is beautiful and very unique. The staff is extremely friendly and welcoming. Would definitely stay there again.

Highlander Place Iowa City IA

Hotel highlights

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

The Highlander Hotel places you within 3 miles (5 km) of popular attractions like University of Iowa and Mercy Hospital. This 97-room, 4-star hotel has an indoor pool along with a 24-hour gym and free in-room WiFi.


Dining

Free continental breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM. Explore the hotel and meet new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge, or enjoy a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant. Savor a meal from the privacy of your room with room service, or get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/cafe.


Rooms

Guests can expect free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with cable channels and pay movies. Pillowtop beds grant a restful night's sleep, and bathrooms offer rainfall showers, hair dryers, and bathrobes. Desks are also standard. Housekeeping is available on request.


Property features

Guests staying at The Highlander Hotel enjoy an indoor pool, a 24-hour gym, and free WiFi in public areas. A stay here includes free parking. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. If you like to take your furry friend along on your adventures, this pet-friendly property offers an off-leash area. Other amenities at this family-friendly hotel include a spa tub, a conference center, and a 24-hour business center.

Room options

Premier Double Room, 2 Queen Beds, Poolside

2 Queen Beds | Sleeps 4

Premium Double Room, 2 Queen Beds

2 Queen Beds | Sleeps 4

Basic Single Room, 1 King Bed, Accessible

1 King Bed | Sleeps 2

Classic Single Room, 1 King Bed

1 King Bed | Sleeps 2

Guest reviews for The Highlander Hotel

Everyone (1) Couples (2) Family (5)
5
Family

A super groovy 70's/80's vibe. They owned their space and magnified it well.

By on Dec 21, 2022

Review comment responded on Dec 22, 2022

Thank you very much for the kind words, David. I am glad that you saw the hard work and history put into this place!

5
Family

Pool and pool area were fantastic. Family friendly and fun for adults. Staff were excellent. We stayed on NYE, and all staff were helpful and working hard. Manager helped to squeegee pool deck, get a life jacket for young child, and anything else that needed to be done. Excellent!!

By on Jan 4, 2022

Review comment responded on Jan 4, 2022

Stacey ~ Thank you so much! We are thrilled you chose The Highlander to ring in the new year :) It was a pleasure to have your family on property and happy to hear you all thoroughly enjoyed your experience. Well wishes in 2022!

5
Family

Cozy fun place with a very attentive staff. Worth a visit if you’re in town or driving through. Highly recommend.

By on Nov 7, 2021

Review comment responded on Nov 8, 2021

Kenneth ~ Thank you for the 5-star review! We appreciate your comments, particular those concerning our hard working team! We hope to see you again soon ~

5
Family with small children

Pool was great and staff were responsive, friendly, and capable.

By on Aug 19, 2021

Review comment responded on Aug 19, 2021

Thank you for your 5-star review! We greatly appreciate the feedback and compliments. We are eager to have you on property again in the future.

3
Partner Couples Family

Stayed one night on a road trip. It would be a fun stop if you have kids. Huge indoor pool area. Swimming ends at 10 pm and the adults have the area until midnight. If you are traveling and need to sleep, I would recommend you request an outer room. The rooms next to the pool have very poor sound insulation and are very loud. Outer rooms are much quieter and only have the noise from the freeway. The front desk folks are very nice. Didn't get a chance to try the menu, but the folks int he pool area were eating and having a good time.

By on Mar 28, 2021

Review comment responded on Mar 29, 2021

Thank you for your review & feedback. The courtyard and parking view rooms are less subseptable for noise from the pool area. We are proudn to boast the largest indoor hotel pool in Eastern Iowa and finally seeing families / travelers after a long 9 months+ with virtually no business. We appreciate your comments about our hard working staff and look forward to your return visit. Thank you again - Stay safe.

4
Business Business

Decor was awesome and the staff and service was top notch. However, my room floor was really dirty and sticky and the lack of insulation and crack under the door meant you heard everything so it was hard to sleep

By on Mar 20, 2021

Review comment responded on Mar 24, 2021

Thank you for your review and candid feedback. We have informed maintenance & housekeeping, but unfortunately because the review as left as anonymous - we are unable to pin point the exact room in question. We hope to see you on property again in the future!

5
Partner Couples

The Highlander is extremely welcoming and clean. It is directly off I-80 but no highway noice. I would highly recommend staying here. The decor is beautiful and fun. Definitely worth a visit or two

By on Nov 5, 2020

Review comment responded on Nov 7, 2020

Hi Sarah - We appreciate your 5 star review! :) Thank you for highlighting our unique vibe. We all look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Stay safe and healthy.

5
Everyone

By on Sep 12, 2020

Review comment responded on Sep 16, 2020

Awesome! Thanks for the 5-star rating. We hope to see you again soon.

5
Family Business Business

The hotel is beautiful and very unique. The staff is extremely friendly and welcoming. Would definitely stay there again.

By , from Chicago, Il on Aug 3, 2020

Review comment responded on Aug 9, 2020

Hi Kim, Thank you so much for the 5 Star review and your kind words about our staff! We appreciate you choosing to stay with us and look forward to welcoming you back!

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