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Hotel Grinnell

3.5 out of 5.0

Hotel Grinnell

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

When you get tired of the typical Interstate motels that litter the roadside give something new and different a try. Hotel Grinnell is located in the heart of a neat college town. Near several really nice restaurants, a city park, Grinnell college and the jewel bank building this is a perfect location to park your car and enjoy walking the town. The hotel itself is super modern and unlike anything else for miles around. The rooms are spacious and clean. It seems they use high quality mattresses and towels. In addition to the contemporary rooms this hotel has several unique features. A 250 seat theater that has entertainment on Saturdays. The former school gymnasium is now used as a ballroom. A nice workout room and a bunk room that has 5 sets of beds good for slumber parties or large family get togethers are other features. A fun new age restaurant is also here. Perhaps the best part is the friendly helpful staff. They are excited about their property and may be willing to give one a tour when in the neighborhood. I really enjoyed my time here and would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to stay someplace new.

We enjoyed our stay here; the welcome was terrific and the service responsive. They don't have phones in the rooms, and rely on our own cellphones instead. The windows start a long way from the floor, which was a bit odd, probably an artifact of the reuse. There was a constant whoosh from the ventilation system, which we finally masked with some white noise from youtube, as it was an odd pitch. Don't go for the breakfast which was ok, but a bit sparse: no english muffins, for example. It was mostly toast and cereal and some heated up frozen stuff. The place has character, the bed was comfortable, the people lovely.

went to Grinnell for my 50th birthday. Wanted to stay at Hotel Grinnell because I had seen it a few times and heard wonderful things about it. Many things to do in town with the college, shops, city pool, Dairy Barn and Pagliai’s Pizza. Was definitely impressed with this hotel. From the delicious dinner and beautiful room to the outdoor bar with the fire pit, I loved every minute of it. Unique hotel converted from an old school, it is must stay. The staff was always available and friendly. I would more than recommend this lovely hotel in a beautiful small town. You will fall in love with the town and the hotel!

Beautiful hotel. Very clean. Friendly staff. We stopped in to break up our long drive from Nebraska to Chicago. My wife and I have a newborn baby. Lindsey at the front desk was so accommodating on helping finding a room that worked for us. It was great to have the restaurant open late as we didn’t get settled until 9 PM. We will be back!

I am writing in gratitude to the Hotel Grinnell. I have been there to see the lobby and so on when we moved our son to Grinnell College, but have never stayed there. This was going to be our first Thanksgiving without our son at home, and I was worried that he would be lonely and miss out on Thanksgiving dinner. Then, the Hotel Grinnell invited all the kids who were going to be at the College on Thanksgiving to come to a free Thanksgiving dinner. What a wonderful thing to do. For the kids who live too far from the college to go home, this gave them a place to go and a great dinner. My son really enjoyed it. I am extremely impressed that this Hotel would do this for the college kids and so grateful. Thank you, Hotel Grinnell.

We were invited for a complimentary stay at Hotel Grinnell, a former Jr. High School, by the owner in hopes we might include a review of the hotel on our travel blog. We were impressed enough that we did, the link is in our bio. We loved the hotel. Our room was clean, sleek, modern, and comfortable. This eco-friendly hotel thought of all the details right down to boxed water. This hotel has embraced its history as a Jr. High. Your room key comes in a sleeve printed with the words, "hall pass." You can sleep in what was the principal's office. The gymnasium has been reimagined as the ballroom and you can even host an event in the auditorium. Keeping with the theme, the hotel has a wonderful bar and restaurant called the Periodic Table where a complimentary breakfast is served each morning. Finally, as travel writers, you should know that we spend dozens of nights in hotel rooms each year and Hotel Grinnell has certainly been one of our favorites. In addition to the uniqueness of the building and luxurious guest rooms, the staff at Hotel Grinnell are at the top of their class. With hearts like teachers and friendly smiles, they take great care of their guests and are a big reason Hotel Grinnell earned an A+ in our grade book.

Setting in the quiet community of Grinnell Iowa is a charming, exquisitely planned boutique hotel. A converted school set in the middle of town adjacent to a butiful city park with shops and activities within walking distance. A celebration of small town mixed with a quality hotel renovation that also captures the past. This is a distinction experience with the charm and comfort associated with quality. The staff is exceptional, the food is high class, the rooms are exceptional. If you are looking for a quality experience this is the place. Wow

Innovative renovation of an historic building has created a fantastic boutique hotel where big city style meets small town charm. Top notch from accommodations to service to dining, Hotel Grinnell is a gem in the Jewel of the Prairie.

They’ve kept the exact right amount of schoolhouse charm in this hotel. So fun to be able to explore the gym and auditorium. We spent much of our free time in the hotel bar/restaurant for the free breakfasts and late-night drinks. Our group of friends would definitely come back to stay here again.

We loved this hotel, with its old but modern feel. The staff was as helpful and friendly as you could get. We used the bikes that are there for your use. We went for a long ride and enjoyed the wonderful little town with all the great shops and restaurants. We took a long ride one day to Rock Creek state park. The hotel was so clean and the decor was outstanding. Everywhere you looked there was something else that would remind you of the school, but you were staying in a modern hotel. Just a wonderful place

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 conference space. 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. Other amenities at this golf hotel include a 24-hour business center, coffee/tea in a common area, and free use of bicycles.

Room options

Room, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 2

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

Reviews from Trip Advisor

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Total of 77 reviews