Area Attractions

A bustling college town anchored by the University of Iowa, downtown Iowa City offers plenty of things to do, many within walking distance of our hotel. Cheer on college football at Kinnick Stadium, basketball at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, or stroll through Pedestrian Mall for shopping, dining, the arts, and entertainment. 

Hyatt Place Iowa City Downtown

255 E Court St.
Iowa City, Iowa, United States, 52240



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University of Iowa Venues

Kinnick Stadium

Watch college football at one of the twenty largest university-owned stadiums in the nation. The legendary stadium is named for Heisman Trophy winner Nile Kinnick and located just 25 minutes walking distance from the hotel.

Carver-Hawkeye Arena

Home to University of Iowa basketball, volleyball, and wrestling, this arena is also an entertainment destination for concerts and family events. Catch a game, show, or performance just ten minutes from the hotel.

Campus Recreation & Wellness Center

Get in a workout at the sprawling 20,000-square-foot fitness and recreation facility located on the university campus, just a five-minute drive from the hotel, and featuring an Olympic-size pool, climbing wall, and more than 200 pieces of exercise equipment.

Local Attractions

Hancher Auditorium

Check out world-class dance productions, plays, performances, and concerts at this performing arts center located within the university campus and just minutes from the hotel. In addition to a full calendar, the theater hosts seasonal events designed to stimulate conversations and education about the arts.

Englert Civic Theatre

Catch a performance at this historic vaudeville-era theater that’s been preserved and stands as the oldest in Iowa City. In addition to hosting plays, lectures, film screenings, and concerts, the theater plays a vital role in community projects.

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum

Visit the museum and resting place of Herbert Hoover, where archives of written records, photo galleries, and rotating exhibits illuminate the life of America’s 31st president. Facilities include a conference room, auditorium, and library.

Sports + Entertainment

Iowa Soccer Complex

Get in the game at this soccer field and home of youth and adult leagues located a ten-minute drive from the hotel. Join a seasonal league, watch an amateur match, or learn soccer skills in a clinic or workshop for kids and adults.


Coral Ridge Mall

Shop more than a hundred stores at this mall and entertainment destination that's home to a movie theater and special events, including workshops and seasoned sales. Grab a bite or seat at the bar at more than a dozen dining outlets.

Pedestrian Mall

Located just two blocks from the hotel, this bustling district is home to museums, theaters, concert venues, galleries, and public art in the Creative Corridor, plus dozens of retail stores, entertainment, and food and drink destinations.

Local Food + Drink

Clinton Street Social Club

Walk ten minutes to this 1920s-style speakeasy and gastropub that acts as a jazz club and intimate music venue. Choose selections from artisanal crafted cocktails, local brews, and an extensive whiskey list.

The Airliner

Stop by this college-themed haunt for comfort pub fare, drinks, and what’s been called the best pizza in Iowa City. Catch a football or college sports game on one of the many screens or catch up over local brews in the cozy bar space.

Iowa Chop House

Feast on succulent steakhouse fare at this popular chop house restaurant and tap room, complete with hearty farm-to-table menus. Try a flight or order up a pint of local brews, with more than 20 on-tap, crafted in and near Iowa City.


Walk five minutes to this local-favorite Southwestern / Mexican restaurant and bar featuring a zesty Tex-Mex menu crafted with local ingredients. Stop by for daily happy hour specials, a late-night menu, and Friday night karaoke.

Bread Garden Market

Part restaurant, part gourmet grocery store, this unique market located a five-minute walk from the hotel features a coffee bar and bakery, a deli with fresh meat and seafood, a full-service kitchen, and a vast craft beer and wine selection.