Area Attractions

Downtown Iowa City is a bustling area anchored by the University of Iowa. Visitors will enjoy many popular attractions, from catching a performance at Hancher Auditorium to cheering on a college football game at Kinnick Stadium. Pedestrian Mall, two blocks from the hotel, offers shopping, dining 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.

Old Capital Museum

The only National Historic Landmark in Iowa City that has been operation since 1976.Today, Old Capitol Museum serves the university and Iowa City communities through restored historic interiors, temporary exhibits, programming, and education resources for all ages.

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.

Think Iowa City / CVB

Iowa City and its Curious Communities are full of events year-round - you’ll find events ranging from author readings and workshops to musical performances and athletic competitions. Many of area events are family friendly and completely free.

Sports + Entertainment

Iowa City Kicker’s Soccer Park

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.

Xtream Arena & GreenState Family Fieldhouse

The Xtream Arena & GreenState Family Fieldhouse is a multi-purpose entertainment venue in Coralville's Iowa River Landing District. The 5,200-seat arena is new home to Iowa Volleyball and will host concerts, family shows, and community events. The attached 5-court fieldhouse will host sports of all ages and kinds - highlighted by basketball, volleyball, wrestling, cheer/dance and gymnastics.

Napoleon Park and Softball Fields

Enjoy all that Napoleon Park has to offer. From playground equipment for the kids, picnic shelters, plenty of ballfields, biking and hiking trails, to batting cages and more, you’ll surely find something to do. This park does not allow for pets.

Mercer Park Aquatic Center and Scanlon Gym

The facility is an all-encompassing facility complete with 2 indoor gyms with bleacher seating, locker rooms, outdoor open play field, 6 lighted tennis courts, 4 fields, lights, scoreboards, 2 batting cages, lighted outdoor tennis courts, and more.


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

Mosley’s Barbecue and Provisions

Back porch barbecue, cooked slow over hickory wood, featuring one of the best patios in town! Gather 'round huge tables & booths & enjoy pizza & slow-cooked, hickory smoked bbq! Check out the full bar with a dozen rotating beers on tap and the late night drink specials.

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.

The Java House - Downtown

Java House has been Iowa City’s premier local coffee shop. With five locations, Java House’s cozy atmosphere and quality food and drinks are sure to complete your morning commute or afternoon coffee break. Coffee, bakery items, salads and sandwiches galore!