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Hotel Grinnell

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

My family visited the Periodic Table recently. The temperature inside the restaruant was about 55 degrees. We asked why it was so cold and the wait staff said that the kitchen liked it that cold because it was warm in the kitchen. While there were only 4 tables being used, I believe 3 of the 4 complained about the temperature, but they refused to turn it up. The outside temperature was 80 degrees, so we wanted to go outside, but they refused to serve food outside, only beverages. The food tasted good and was a little different, but not worthy of the price that was charged. We ordered chips and salsa as an appetizer, but the chips looked like they came from the "bottom of the bag." We asked for some larger chips, but they stated they could not (or would not) do that, but they did offer us a spoon so we could try to put the pico on a chip. No beer on tap, only bottled. For an upscale place, we were disappointed (and uncomfortably cold)

We stayed at the Hotel Grinnell two times this past Spring. Both times, we were greeted enthusiastically by the front desk attendant (Monika). During our first visit, we were a bit early so we ventured into the Periodic Table for a bite of lunch. It is a welcoming place where we had delicious salads. Before we were done eating, Monika personally found us at our table and let us know that our room was ready. The rooms at the hotel are very modern and well appointed. Unlike many chain hotels, we had large windows that let in a lot of natural sunlight. The beds are quite comfy too. We were quite surprised at how quiet the hotel was during the night....there must be some very good sound proofing! The hotel is located in walking distance to the various fine restaurants in town as well as the very fun wine bar Solera. The hotel itself, has the Periodic Table serving various snacks, salads, and drinks. The "light continental breakfast" was very satisfying. Unlike most chain hotels, this breakfast usually featured a hand made flat bread or casserole and a yummy quick bread of various flavors. Many of these delectable bites changed daily. The person overseeing the breakfast was always very friendly. One could see that she took great pride in the delicious food that she served. The other nice touch at the hotel is the easy access to bikes. During both of our trips, we checked out the bikes and were able to enjoy several rides around Grinnell. (These bikes are complimentary to the guests.) I highly recommend this a stay at this hotel.

Hotel Grinnell gets an A+ across the board. Great revitalization of a "retired" school. Great location for being a part of the Grinnell community. A+ in cleanliness A + in maintaining a "green" business. Attention to detail is exceptional I particularly liked the tie on the door as a do not disturbed sign!

There's not much to add to what has been said by other reviewers -- this hotel is spacious, comfortable, with great service and a few unusual benefits like the bikes to ride around. I had only a few minor quibbles like not having a suitcase stand and needing to leave it on the floor. It also was a bit odd having the kleenex next to the bed on the stand on the narrow shelf which is hard to reach. For the rest everything was fine and convenient.

Well built school building thoughtfully renovated to incorporate modern comforts while retaining the school charm (high ceilings, wide hallways, terrazzo floors in the main spaces, hardwoods in the rooms). Simple, clean and modern furniture (well built by local business) includes desk, hanging closet, sink, side tables and platform bed. Cloud-like comfortable bed, lots of pillows (choose the softness you desire), accommodating owner/staff. Huge windows let in a lot of light but large shades can be adjusted at will. This property, which will be celebrating its first birthday soon, utilized local contractors in the renovation which, as I've mentioned, is very, very well done. Bicycles line the main hallway and are there for guests' use. Everywhere there are clever winks to school days in their marketing: the room key is in a sleeve marked "hall pass," there's a chalk board with chalk and eraser in the room; the on-site restaurant is called "The Periodic Table" and so on. Room amenities: cube refrigerator, one cup coffee/tea maker (also found in the hallway), raised desk suitable for standing, side tables with charging stations built in, marble-top sink, tiled shower with rain shower head, black washcloth for makeup removal, fluffy white towels, hairdryer. To keep the room super clean there are no drawers and no rugs, a feature I personally applaud. More amenities/necessities can be acquired by just asking. By the way, there are other quality restaurants very close: one is across the street, others about two blocks away to the east. The property is a cross the street from the Public Library as well as a very nice city park. The famous Louis Sullivan Bank is nearby as well and the downtown area is filled with restaurants and shops, many show their original, restored facades. I feel the price is fair but on the high side of what the area demands. I prefer to stay closer to $100/night for a hotel room but I did enjoy my stay and I definitely highly recommend it to others.

I go to the Periodic Table, the restaurant that is part of Hotel Grinnell, almost every week to meet up with friends and colleagues. The patio space is fantastic, with comfortable furniture, beautifully tended planters full of colorful flowers, fire pits, and umbrellas. The staff are friendly and attentive, and I also enjoy sitting inside in the modern, stylish hotel restaurant when weather won't allow for patio seating. I've tried the flatbreads and salmon bowl: the ingredients were delicious and fresh. Hotel Grinnell is a wonderful addition to the community's offerings!

Stayed two nights at the Hotel Grinnell. The good points would include the quality of the bed, linens and towels. The bed was extremely comfortable, tv was decent and the decor is unique. However, for the prices charged the customer service is lacking. Coffeemakers are not included in room which is a disappointment. Also, the breakfast is weak at best. Personnel do not make the guest the number one priority and need some training in this area. The hotel has a great location, but you can save big and get a similar experience at the chain hotels in town.

A very quiet hotel in a beautiful and welcoming small town. The owner Angela is lovely and pleasant to talk to, her staff goes out of its way to please. The property is just a year old and is a great example of repurposing a near 100-year-old middle school. The rooms have the original wood floors as well as a coffee maker and a small fridge. No phone at the front desk, but text and they bring anything you need. The best part of all--free bike rentals (ok, loaned not rented) and a peaceful low traffic area to ride. I've never seen another hotel like it. Very enjoyable experience.

This is designed like an old high school. The rooms are spacious, no nasty carpet, towels, bedding, amenities are first class. The staff is so friendly. There is a chalkboard in the room. Your key is in a hall pass folder! The check out is on notebook paper! Free games to play, top rated bikes to borrow. Just a super fun place to stay. This is the best kept secret in America!

I like traveling within Iowa to explore and learn about our state history. I had heard about this fun and repurposed hotel that had been recently completed. Hotel Grinnell was one of the highlights of my Grinnell adventure. Everything throughout the hotel has a cute school theme. The art is unique, the fitness machines top of the line, and the breakfast flats offered in the morning are just right. The hotel is near the college, downtown, and fun things to see and do in Grinnell. I had a wonderful weekend of cultural experiences without getting back into my car. Part of your adventure and visit needs to include Hotel Grinnell. You will be talking about it weeks later!

925 Park Street Grinnell IA

Hotel highlights

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi and wired Internet in rooms and public areas
  • Bar/lounge
  • 24-hour fitness center

Hotel Grinnell places you next to Central Park and within a 5-minute walk of Faulconer Gallery. This 3.5-star hotel has 45 guestrooms and offers conveniences like free breakfast, a 24-hour fitness center, and free in-room WiFi. Grinnell College is also a short walk from this Grinnell hotel.


Start your day off right with a free continental breakfast, served each morning from 7 AM to 10:30 AM. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or entertain your taste buds with a beverage at the bar/lounge or coffee shop/café.


A flat-screen TV comes with satellite channels and Netflix, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi and wired Internet. Pillowtop beds sport Egyptian cotton sheets and the bathroom offers a rainfall showerhead, a hair dryer, and free toiletries. Other standard amenities include a refrigerator, a minibar, and free newspapers.

Property features

Renovated in 2017, Hotel Grinnell offers a 24-hour fitness center, free WiFi in public areas, and 4 meeting rooms. There's free offsite parking and an area shuttle. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with luggage storage, tours or tickets, and dry cleaning/laundry. Additional amenities include conference space, a 24-hour business center, and coffee/tea in a common area.

Room options

Room, 2 Queen Beds

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Signature Suite, 1 King Bed with Sofa bed

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Premier Room, 1 Queen Bed with Sofa bed

Queen 1 | Sleeps 3

Room, 1 Queen Bed

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

94% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 56 reviews