Literary locale in the heart of downtown

Here at Graduate, we believe life is a timeless journey filled with memory making stops, extraordinary rites of passage and all of the courageous leaps of faith that get you where you’re going. Welcome to Graduate Iowa City—where your intellectual curiosity meets your favorite place to stay.

Located in heart of downtown Iowa City, we’re proudly perched on the Ped Mall, just a few blocks from campus and across the river from Kinnick Stadium. We’re your home team for Hawkeye games or a downtown caucus.

Our lobby is literally literary gold. Check in and check out our cheeky front desk tribute to that stately test. We have hand-written the book on cool, (well, author Tim Taranto did) all over our halls and walls. You’ve got to read it to believe it. The place is stacked with books, storied inspiration and stocked with presidential aplomb. (Roped off and ready for hopefuls!) Gather your gang on a Tiger Hawk sofa, and linger at lengthy communal tables ripe for riffing on policy and opinion over cocktails and coffees.

Poindexter Coffee is ripe for riffing on policy and opinion over coffee and our rocking indoor-outdoor bar, Gene’s, is stocked with downhome vibes and tapped for fun. 

So, whether you’re in town rallying for a Hawkeye win, taking in a show at Hancher Performing Arts Center or up for a meeting, we’re here to make it memorable. Our warm, friendly and whip-smart staff (#humblebrag) can guide you in and around Iowa City’s finest—so that you feel like a local, at home again even if it’s your first time in town.

Our rooms are ready for a night like you’ve never had before, where little moments of surprise and discovery will meet you down every corridor and around each corner. This is Graduate—be ready to be inspired.

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24-Hour Fitness Center

Lace up your sneaks to get that heart rate up or pump iron anytime you please in theGYM, a fitness center located on the second floor offering complimentary 24-hour access to hotel guests.

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Pet Friendly

We love furry friends probably a little more than the next guy and would never dare ask you leave them at home during your travels. In fact, when you bring your four-legged companion along for the ride, they stay for free and will enjoy a pup perk* compliments of our pals at BarkBox.

 *We’ll outfit your room with a bowl and blanket for your pup to enjoy during their stay. If you wish to take either item home with you, they are available for purchase through our front desk. BarkBoxes can also be added to your reservation for a small fee or purchased upon arrival at the front desk.

Complimentary Bike Rentals

Explore Iowa City on two wheels at your own speed. Complimentary bike rentals are available through our front desk based on availability.

Check In, Check Out

Our standard check-in time is 3:00 p.m. Check out is 11:00 a.m. If you’d like to request an earlier check-in time or later check out time, please give us a call.