The Highlander Hotel

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

Overview of The Highlander Hotel

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The Highlander Hotel

4 out of 5

4.4/5 Excellent

Guests rated this property 4.5/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Parking included
  • Pet friendly
  • Air conditioning

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • 48-hour vacancy between guest room stays
  • Hand sanitizer provided
2525 Highlander Place, Iowa City, IA, 52245

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationMercy Hospital5 min drive
  • Popular LocationIowa City Public Library8 min drive
  • Popular LocationThe Englert Theater8 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 Museum of Natural History - 7 min drive
  • Iowa City Public Library - 8 min drive
  • The Englert Theater - 8 min drive
  • Devonian Fossil Gorge - 11 min drive


  • The Highlander Lounge — 1 min walk
  • Snack Shack — 1 min walk
  • The Bluebird Diner — 5 min drive
  • George's Buffet — 6 min drive
  • Devotay — 6 min drive

Getting around

  • Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) - 27 min drive

About this property

The Highlander Hotel

4-star hotel in the business district
The Highlander Hotel provides amenities like free continental breakfast and free WiFi. The Highlander Lounge, the onsite restaurant, features happy hour.
Other perks at this hotel include:
  • An indoor pool with sun loungers
  • Free self parking
  • Free bicycle rentals, a pool, and a 24-hour front desk
  • A terrace, tour/ticket assistance, and coworking spaces
  • Guest reviews give top marks for the helpful staff
Room features
All guestrooms at The Highlander Hotel 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
  • 27-inch flat-screen TVs with premium channels
  • Children's books, housekeeping, and desks

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
  • 1 restaurant and 1 coffee shop/café
  • 1 poolside bar and 1 bar/lounge
  • Room service available
  • Coffee/tea in common area(s)

Things to do

  • 24-hour fitness center
  • Free bicycle rentals
  • Indoor pool
  • Spa tub
  • Table tennis

Family friendly

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


  • ATM/banking services
  • Ballroom
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • No elevators
  • Reception hall

Guest services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Dry cleaning service
  • Housekeeping (on request)
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Wedding services

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Business services

  • 24-hour business center
  • Conference center (5832 square feet of space)
  • Coworking space
  • Meeting rooms - 3


  • Pool sun 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 signage
  • Handrails in stairways
  • Stair-free path to entrance
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
  • Valet for wheelchair-equipped vehicle
  • Visual alarms in hallways
  • Well-lit path to entrance
  • Wheelchair-accessible business center
  • Wheelchair-accessible concierge desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible fitness center
  • Wheelchair-accessible lounge
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible public washroom
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible van parking


  • Books
  • Games
  • Music library
  • Renovated entire property - July 2020
  • Romance packages available
  • Shared microwave
  • Smoke-free property
  • Stereo

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)
  • Bed sheets
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Pillow-top mattress


  • Bathrobes
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Eco-friendly toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels


  • 27-inch flat-screen TV
  • Cable channels
  • Pay movies
  • Premium channels

Food and drink

  • Champagne service


  • Desk
  • Eco-friendly cleaning products used
  • Guidebooks/recommendations
  • Individually decorated
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
  • LED light bulbs
  • Recycling
  • Restaurant dining guide
  • Slippers

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Check-in from 3:00 PM - anytime
Early check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age - 21


Check-out before noon
Late check-out subject to availability

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
Dogs and cats welcome
An off-leash area is available
Service animals are exempt from fees

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Kids stay free! Up to 4 children 17 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding
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

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Pet fee: USD 30 per pet, per night
  • Service animals are exempt from fees

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, within the meaning of article 155 of the French Tax Code
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
The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation
This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club, JCB International, and Carte Blanche; cash is not accepted
This property uses eco-friendly cleaning products

We should mention

Up to 4 children 17 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding

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

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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 95 out of 136 reviews
5 - Excellent 70%
Rating 4 - Good. 21 out of 136 reviews
4 - Good 15%
Rating 3 - Okay. 9 out of 136 reviews
3 - Okay 7%
Rating 2 - Poor. 6 out of 136 reviews
2 - Poor 4%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 5 out of 136 reviews
1 - Terrible 4%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Loved our stay. Staff was great. Highly recommend!
Stayed 2 nights in Nov 2021

1/5 Terrible

Disliked: Property conditions & facilities
Worst breakfast ever!! Out coffee every time I went to get a cup!! Rooms were remodeled by a child I think as the craftsmanship is horrible. My window had a large hole and crack so I reported it to front desk and they did nothing about it. I asked for some compensation back and never heard anything back.
Stayed 2 nights in Nov 2021

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
They did a excellent job renovating the property. Turning this hotel into a true work of art with cool features such as a signature room for autographs from famous people who have stayed there in the past. They have a beautiful pool and hot tub. Along with a ping pong table. They have excellent staff that were very helpful and accommodating. I will try to find a reason to stop by again.
Stayed 1 night in Nov 2021

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with family
Liked: Staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
great break for the family
Stayed 1 night in Oct 2021

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Really unique property. I think my only critique is I didn't like the carpeting, but that's not really a deal breaker. Weekend had breakfast pizza and small parfaits, and I guess muffins but usually I was too late for those! I wish the coffee were IN the breakfast room too, not halfway across the hotel, but again, not a dealbreaker. I really liked the food service by the pool, had a pizza that was essentially chef's choice and was delicious with local beers. Hotel was clean and felt safe, and was pretty quiet. Easy drive to IC. I'd stay again!
Stayed 2 nights in Oct 2021