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.

We are proudly perched on the Ped Mall, (the heart of downtown) and a twenty-minute walk from Kinnick Stadium just ‘cross the river from campus—making us home team central for Hawkeye meet ups, a downtown caucus and all the best shops and stops! (Raygun, anyone?)

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. The café, complete with number two pencil-clad walls, reminds us of writers past, present, future and is ready for a bite. Head on into our 70s basement inspired bar, where even Dad would be jealous of the downhome vibes and beers on tap.

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.


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.

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. Plus, we’ve teamed up with our pals at BarkBox to make your pup’s stay extra special. When you check in with Fido, he’ll receive a complimentary BarkBox as well as a bowl and blanket to enjoy during his stay*.

*BarkBoxes are complimentary. If you wish to take the bowl or blanket home with you, they are available for purchase through our 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.