Guest of Honor — Iowa Hotels & Resorts that Give the Royal Treatment

Picking the perfect lodging with the most comfortable rooms, amazing amenities, and sensational service for your group doesn’t have to be difficult. Not when you check out (and then check in to) any of these outstanding Iowa hotels and resorts.

Royal Amsterdam Hotel, Pella

The Dutch-inspired red brick building is located one block from historic downtown Pella, offering a truly charming European experience. Casual guest rooms feature traditional furnishing, sleeper sofa, cable TV, and free WiFi. Suites offer whirlpool tubs, microwaves, and mini fridges. Savor the flavors of local cuisine at the new on-site restaurant, workout in the fitness center, or explore the nearby boutiques, stores, and bakeries of Pella.  

Hotel Blackhawk, Autograph Collection, Davenport

Fans of the Hotel Blackhawk have flocked to the classic hotel since 1915. The historic property offers a wide variety of spacious lodging options from guest rooms to suites. In-room luxuries include a bathroom in-mirror LCD TV, free WiFi, and free newspaper delivery. Some rooms feature whirlpools and balconies. Executive suites include full kitchen, washer/dryer, and two bathrooms. There are 3 dining options catering to every taste, including the Bix Bistro and Lounge, the Rise coffee shop, and the Blackhawk Bowl and Martini Lounge. Pamper yourself at the hotel’s Spa or unwind at the fitness center, indoor pool, or whirlpool.

Bridges Bay Resort, Arnolds Park

The lakeside resort is nestled on the scenic shores of Lake Okoboji. Guest rooms and lakeview or lakefront hotel condos are available, some with full kitchens and all with patios or decks. Guests revel in the many amenities here, including Boji Splash Indoor Waterpark, Pickled Parrot Cantina, 4 outdoor pools and swim-up bar, fitness center, arcade and game room and private, fully stocked fishing pond. Enjoy fabulous food in one of 3 restaurants on site.

Rhythm City Casino Resort, Davenport

This contemporary casino resort welcomes guests to unwind in modern rooms with MediaCom TVs, highspeed internet, coffeemakers, and refrigerators. You’ll never go hungry here with 3 different restaurant choices, including Robert’s Buffet, Draft Day Sports Lounge, and Ruthie’s Steak and Seafood. Exciting casino action plus fitness center, business center, indoor pool and hot tub, and spa on site means you may never want to leave.

Hotel Julien, Dubuque

This stately hotel lies in the heart of the Old Main district and features 133 lavishly decorated rooms. Historic charm combines with modern amenities including complimentary WiFi, iPod docking stations, LCD flat-panel HDTVs, walk-in showers, luxurious bathrobes, and spa-quality bath products. The Capone Suite envelops guests in luxury with granite countertops, etched glass doors, and French doors that open into a grand living and meeting space. Caroline’s Restaurant provides a distinctive on-site dining experience, while the Riverboat Lounge is perfect for enjoying craft cocktails and small plates.  

Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort, Larchwood

The perfect Iowa get-away takes place at this vibrant casino resort. Recently renovated accommodations range from guest rooms to suites, some featuring balconies with views of the Casino, golf course, and outdoor pool. Three on-site dining options include Robert’s Buffet, Big Drop, and Ruthie’s Steak and Seafood. Relax in the hotel spa, take a dip in either the indoor pool or indoor/outdoor hot tub, try your luck in the casino, or get in a workout at the fitness center.

Hotel Fort Des Moines, Des Moines

Check in to this chic hotel when it opens its doors in December of 2019. Built in 1919, the hotel has undergone a $50 million, top to bottom renovation, restoring it to its original two-story elegance. The space will house 290 rooms, from guest rooms to large suites to an 11th floor penthouse suite. All rooms will boast the original marble windowsills and door frames. Two restaurants and two bars will operate in the hotel, and high tea service will be served in beautifully restored lobby. 

The Tremont, Marshalltown

Located in the heart of the town’s historic commercial district, The Tremont has been named Iowa’s Official Best Small Hotel award. Stylish and elegant guest rooms are tastefully appointed, with soaring ceilings, free WiFi, plush bathrobes, and cable TV. Tremont on Main is a popular dining destination featuring a menu of mouthwatering American classics incorporating fresh and locally sourced ingredients.  The Tremont Grill serves up fresh deli sandwiches, savory pasta dishes, and hearty breakfast classics, with outside covered dining available when the weather permits.

Merrill Hotel & Conference Center, Muscatine

The Merrill Hotel is a 4 Diamond, boutique hotel located on the shores of the Mississippi River. Stylish rooms and suites are beautifully decorated and offer guests flat screen HDTVs, plush robes, mini-fridges, and coffee makers. The on-site Maxwell’s restaurant serves American fare created with fresh, local, and sustainable ingredients. The on-site fitness center provides guests with the opportunity to relieve the stress of the day with a workout and the heated indoor saltwater pool offers a place to relax.

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