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The Highlander Hotel

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Indoor pool, sun loungers
Indoor pool, sun loungers
Indoor pool, sun loungers
Indoor pool, sun loungers

Overview of The Highlander Hotel

The Highlander Hotel

4.0 star property

9.0/10 Wonderful

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Parking included
  • Pet friendly
  • Air conditioning
2525 Highlander Place, Iowa City, IA, 52245

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationMercy Hospital5 min drive
  • Popular LocationIowa Avenue Literary Walk7 min drive
  • Popular LocationUniversity of Iowa Health Care7 min drive
  • AirportCedar Rapids, IA (CID-Eastern Iowa)27 min drive

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About this area

Iowa City

Located in Iowa City, The Highlander Hotel is in the business district and near the airport. Looking to enjoy an event or a game? See what's going on at Xtream Arena & GreenState Family Fieldhouse or Kinnick Stadium. Guests appreciate the hotel's quiet location.

What's nearby

  • Mercy Hospital - 5 min drive
  • Iowa Avenue Literary Walk - 7 min drive
  • University of Iowa Health Care - 7 min drive
  • Iowa City Public Library - 8 min drive
  • The Englert Theater - 8 min drive

Getting around

  • Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) - 27 min drive


  • Devotay - 6 min drive
  • Basta - 6 min drive
  • Shorts Burger & Shine - 6 min drive
  • Sports Column - 6 min drive
  • Java House - 6 min drive

About this property

The Highlander Hotel

4-star family-friendly hotel in the business district, rejuvenated in 2020
Located close to Mercy Hospital and The Englert Theater, The Highlander Hotel provides free continental breakfast, a poolside bar, and a terrace. For some rest and relaxation, visit the hot tub. The onsite restaurant, The Highlander Lounge, features happy hour. Free in-room WiFi is available to all guests, along with a coffee shop/cafe and dry cleaning/laundry services.
Other perks at this hotel include:
  • An indoor pool with sun loungers
  • Free self parking
  • Free bicycle rentals, a ballroom, and coworking spaces
  • An off-leash area, free newspapers, and a music library
  • Guest reviews give top marks for the helpful staff
Room features
All 97 individually decorated rooms include perks such as air conditioning and bathrobes, in addition to amenities like free WiFi. Guests reviews speak well of the comfortable rooms at the property.
Other conveniences in all rooms include:
  • Recycling and LED light bulbs
  • Rainfall showers, eco-friendly toiletries, and hair dryers
  • Flat-screen TVs with premium channels
  • Children's books, housekeeping, and desks


English, Spanish

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Contactless check-in and check-out
Guest rooms kept vacant for 48 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • Free self parking on site
  • Free RV/bus/truck parking on site
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking and van parking available

Food and drink

  • Free continental breakfast available daily 7:00 AM–10:00 AM
  • A bar/lounge
  • A coffee shop/cafe
  • A poolside bar
  • A restaurant
  • Coffee and tea in common areas
  • Snack bar/deli

Restaurants on site

  • Snack Shack
  • The Highlander Lounge

Things to do

  • 24-hour gym
  • Books
  • Free bicycle rentals
  • Games
  • Indoor pool
  • Music library
  • Spa tub
  • Stereo
  • Table tennis

Family friendly

  • Children's books
  • Children's games
  • Indoor pool
  • Snack bar/deli


  • 24-hour front desk
  • ATM
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Guidebooks
  • Luggage storage
  • Shared microwave

Guest services

  • Concierge services
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Housekeeping on request
  • Multilingual staff
  • Proposal/romance packages
  • Tour and ticket assistance
  • Wedding services

Business services

  • 24-hour business center
  • 3 meeting rooms
  • Conference center (5,832 square feet of space)
  • Coworking space


  • Pool loungers
  • Terrace


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Braille/raised signage
  • Handrails in stairways
  • Stair-free path to entrance
  • This property does not have elevators
  • Valet for wheelchair-equipped vehicles
  • Visual alarms in hallways
  • Well-lit path to entrance
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
  • Wheelchair-accessible business center
  • Wheelchair-accessible concierge desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible gym
  • Wheelchair-accessible lounge
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible public washroom
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible van parking


  • Ballroom
  • Eco-friendly cleaning products
  • Reception hall
  • Renovated entire property - July 2020
  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Bedsheets provided
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Pillowtop mattress


  • Bathrobes
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Shampoo
  • Slippers
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels


  • Flat-screen TV with premium cable channels
  • Pay movies

Food and drink

  • Champagne service
  • Limited room service
  • Restaurant dining guides


  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)
  • Desk
  • Eco-friendly toiletries
  • Individual decor
  • Iron/ironing board on request
  • LED light bulbs
  • Recycling

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Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM
Early check-in subject to availability
Early check-in fee: USD 50
Minimum check-in age - 21


Check-out before noon
Late check-out subject to availability
Late check-out fee: USD 50

Special check-in instructions

Guests will receive an email 24 hours before arrival with check-in instructions and key retrieval information; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk, key retrieval


Pets allowed for an extra charge of USD 30 per pet, per night
Service animals are welcome, and are exempt from fees
Welcoming dogs and cats only
An off-leash area is available

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
4 children, up to the age of 17 years, can stay for free if using existing beds when occupying the parent or guardian's room
Cribs (infant beds) are not available

Property payment types

Important information


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • 1.5 percent tourism fee will be charged

We have included all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

  • Pet fee: USD 30 per pet, per night
  • Service animals are exempt from fees
  • Early check-in fee: USD 50 (subject to availability)
  • Late check-out fee: USD 50 (subject to availability)

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property uses eco-friendly cleaning products
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

We should mention

This property does not have elevators
This property welcomes guests of all sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQ friendly)

Property is also known as

Clarion Highlander
Clarion Highlander Iowa City
Clarion Hotel Highlander
Clarion Hotel Highlander Iowa City
Clarion Highlander Hotel And Conference Center Iowa City
Clarion Highlander Hotel Iowa City
The Bohemian
The Highlander Hotel Hotel
The Highlander Hotel Iowa City
The Highlander Hotel Hotel Iowa City
Clarion Hotel Highlander Conference Center

Frequently asked questions

Does The Highlander Hotel have a pool?

Yes, this property has an indoor pool.

How much does it cost to stay at The Highlander Hotel?

As of Jan 27, 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at The Highlander Hotel on Jan 30, 2023 start from $109.0, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.

Is The Highlander Hotel pet-friendly?

Yes, cats and dogs are allowed at this property. There's a fee of USD 30 per pet, per night. Service animals are exempt from fees.

How much is parking at The Highlander Hotel?

Self parking is free at this property.

What time is check-in at The Highlander Hotel?

Check-in begins at 3:00 PM. Early check-in is available for a fee of USD 50 (subject to availability).

What time is check-out at The Highlander Hotel?

Check-out is at noon. Late check-out is available for USD 50 (subject to availability).

Where is The Highlander Hotel located?

This family-friendly Iowa City hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Iowa and Mercy Hospital. Iowa City Public Library and The Englert Theater are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Can I cancel my reservation for free at The Highlander Hotel and receive a full refund?

Yes, The Highlander Hotel offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to The Highlander Hotel cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.




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Rating 6 - Okay. 20 out of 317 reviews" "
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Rating 2 - Terrible. 10 out of 317 reviews" "
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Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities




10/10 Excellent


Business traveler
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Amazing Hotel and staff
Stayed 1 night in Jan 2023

8/10 Good

Valerie, Haubstadt

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
We came for an emergency, my father is in the hospital. We were close enough to everything in town without being in the thick of it. Nice older hotel that has been updated. Staff was very nice. On our last night, there was a party across the hall and people (about 4 times) tried to come into our room and banging on our door. That was why our stay wasn't excellent. I didn't make a complaint.
Stayed 3 nights in Jan 2023

10/10 Excellent


Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
The only down side was no mini fridge in room and the Margarita pizza was not really good at all. The pool, jacuzzi, snack area, and nice decor were all great pluses. They offer lots of board games which I think is cool. I plan to throw a birthday party for a 10 year old here now that I know how kid friendly it is.

2/10 Terrible


Traveled with family and small children
Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
Great idea. Terrible staff and execution. This is an old holidome they tried to polish up…but a thousand kids parties has taken its toll.

10/10 Excellent


Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
If I could rate the staff higher than excellent, I would. Every staff member here goes above and beyond for the guests. Service of this level is rare. This hotel is wonderful.
Stayed 1 night in Dec 2022

10/10 Excellent


Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
very friendly and helpful staff!
Stayed 1 night in Nov 2022

10/10 Excellent


Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
This hotel is fantastic! Everything about it is so unique and the staff are wonderful. The rooms are so spacious and clean, the pool are is gorgeous, and the supper club- bar area has a vintage video game arcade! We met the owner by chance and she’s great. If you have the opportunity to stay here, do it. We loved it!!

6/10 Okay


Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness
Disliked: Staff & service
limited staff; some were accommodating others were not. Noisy radiator in the stairwell kept us up at night. The bathroom has frosted windows in the door, so if someone had the bathroom light on at night the light was on in the room. Not good for sleeping.
Stayed 2 nights in Nov 2022

10/10 Excellent


Traveled with family and small children
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
entered grouchy, left happy
Stayed 1 night in Nov 2022