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“Awesome boutique hotel” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Hotel at Kirkwood Center

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The Hotel at Kirkwood Center
Ranked #1 of 36 Hotels in Cedar Rapids
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Ottawa, Canada
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59 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Awesome boutique hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2012 via mobile

I traveled to the Kirkwood on business and was expecting a pretty typical small town hotel experience. I couldn't have been more wong! This hotel has sophistication that rivals boutique hotels I have visited in very large cities. The costumer service was superb and it is clear that employees love working at the hotel. The hotel's connection to the culinary school assures excellent food. They have several drivers on staff who will take you anywhere you want to go without charge (although I felt it well worth tipping). They even have passes to the nearby rec centre which houses a state if the art gym and the hotel staff drove me there and back. The decor is art deco and chic and my room was very large, comfortable and clean. Loved the free wifi too. I would be hard pressed to say I have stayed at a nicer hotel.

Stayed November 2012, travelled on business
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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galena, il
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13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2012

This hotel is one of the Summitt chain of hotels. It is associated with Kirkwood Community College. It is very modern in design, yet warm and welcoming. Impecably clean, the Class Act Restaurant on the property has the best coffee in the world - The Roasterie brand.
They are a member of the I Prefer network and as such we recieved a bottle of good wine during our stay. I may go to Cedar Rapids again just to stay there!

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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50 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2012

We were recently here for a family wedding. Wow what a great venue! The food was great and facilities even better. Service was excellent. We had a lovely bedroom at a very reasonable price. Smooth check-in. We spent an enjoyable weekend. My sister-in-law, mother of the bride, said they were a great to work with. I particularly liked the patio/courtyard area were we had cocktails while waiting for the wedding party to finish with pictures. It was a well designed outdoor space.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Meg B
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Sainte Genevieve, Missouri
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2012

I was so impressed by the consistently good customer service that the student staff of this hotel provided. Whether it was in the restaurant, the front desk, the housekeeping staff, or the campus security guy who jumped my car, everyone was polite, helpful, and responsive to my needs. Also, the prices are minimal for gourmet foods - no room service surcharge...the only down side is the odor of the equestrian center but that is mitigated by watching the horses frolic. Tit is one of the best hotels I have ever visited.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Lesley B
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St. Paul
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115 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2012

That's right I found the BEST HOTEL in Cedar Rapids Iowa and yes it ranks right up there with the best hotels I have ever stayed at. There is a reason too...research why the KIRKWOOD is one of the bests!!!! Great service, FANTASTIC contemporary rooms actually contemporary hotels. My one criticism which is small is they need to add to the fitness room even though you have FREE access to a wonderful rec center on campus I don't want to go there in the winter...too many clothes to put on at 6 am. GREAT PLACE FOR A MEETING, TO EAT, ETC...

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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57 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2012

Our family of four spent a night at the Kirkwood following a Saturday evening football game in Iowa City. Although it was a 15 minute drive up the interstate, by selecting this property, we managed to avoid the higher rates and minimum stay requirements of lesser hotels located closer to the stadium.

The hotel is situated near the main campus of Kirkwood Community College and appears to employ a number of hotel management students. The Eastern Iowa Regional (i.e. Cedar Rapids) Airport is also located nearby. The area is somewhat rural. As a result, absent a 10-minute car ride, restaurant and shopping choices are seemingly limited to what's available in the lobby. We did not dine at any of the restaurants, although the dining rooms and the balance of the lobby appeared inviting.

Our room was modern and featured comfortable beds, a mounted flat-screen TV with an attached media hub and higher-end fixtures. Due to the construction of the building (i.e. a flat concrete facade), this nouveau decor came close to making our room appear too spartan. That said, it didn't cross the line.

It appears the hotel has a small exercise room, but no pool which was a bit of a disappointment to our kids. There was some suggestion that guests could access an exercise facility at the college although I did not investigate this option.

All in all, the Kirkwood offers a good value in a new and modern environment. If you can deal with the location, it's worth a stay.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Berlin
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32 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2012

Located 3miles from the airport on the campus, integrated into the Conference Center. A lot of students work in the hotel as part of their education. Modern, spacious rooms with attention to detail and high quality interior. Excellent service and highly convenient when attending a conference. What I have heard, probably the best hotel in Cedar Rapids, just a bit remote. You would need a rental car anyway to get around. No pool. Fitness Center inhouse very limited, the near-by campus recreation center offers everything.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: The Hotel at Kirkwood Center
Address: 7725 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-5231
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Region: United States > Iowa > Cedar Rapids
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Cedar Rapids
#1 Business Hotel in Cedar Rapids
#2 Romantic Hotel in Cedar Rapids
#2 Family Hotel in Cedar Rapids
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Hotel at Kirkwood Center 3.5*
Number of rooms: 71
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 71-room hotel at Kirkwood Center includes six deluxe suites and meeting space for every event, from business to pleasure. The Hotel at Kirkwood Center is the largest and most comprehensive teaching hotel in the United States. It is staffed by professional management and lead staff assisted by Kirkwood students. ... more   less 
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