The best available hotels & places to stay near Waterloo

July 5, 2022 Hector Krause

Discover the best hotels in Waterloo, Iowa including Holiday Inn Express Waterloo-Cedar Falls, an IHG Hotel, Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Waterloo, IA, Comfort Inn & Suites Waterloo, Hampton Inn Waterloo Cedar Valley, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Waterloo Cedar Falls, Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Waterloo, Howard Johnson by Wyndham Waterloo/Cedar Falls, Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo, Motel 6 Crossroads Mall-Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Baymont by Wyndham Waterloo.
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1. Holiday Inn Express Waterloo-Cedar Falls, an IHG Hotel

2127 Laporte Rd, Waterloo, IA 50702-2739
Excellent
42%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
7%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 140 reviews

Holiday Inn Express Waterloo-Cedar Falls, an IHG Hotel

The Holiday Inn Express hotel in Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Iowa provides comfortable, completely non-smoking accommodations near Waterloo Regional Airport (ALO). Located in the heart of Iowa, Waterloo offers attractions for both the business and leisure traveler. Our hotel is close to several corporate offices. The John Deere Research Facility, Tyson Foods, Omega Cabinets and Berch Cabinets are within easy driving distance. You will be able to get to your meeting or convention on time as we are near the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center and the National Cattle Congress. The University of Northern Iowa and Allen Hospital are also close. Waterloo offers a variety of attractions for the entire family. Crossroads Mall offers premium shopping located just across from the hotel. The Lost Island Water & Park is only minutes away. We are just two miles from the Isle of Capri Casino. Other nearby attractions include the Grout Museum of History & Science and George Wythe Park.

Business Trip In Iowa

Reviewed By tylerg908

I was in Waterloo for Business and stayed at the Holiday Inn during my tenure. My experience overall was great and started at the very beginning. The flight I had actually arrived early and the hotel staff ever so graciously allowed me to check-in 3 hours early! The room was clean, staff was nice, and breakfast was good (coffee downstairs tasted good!)

2. Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Waterloo, IA

4025 Hammond Ave, Waterloo, IA 50701-9311
Excellent
51%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
8%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 452 reviews

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Waterloo, IA

Located off Highway 20, the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Waterloo, IA is only 15 minutes from the Waterloo Regional Airport (ALO) and downtown Cedar Falls. Two miles north of the hotel, downtown Waterloo offers numerous activities for the entire family, such as hockey at Young Arena and wet and wild fun at Lost Island Waterpark. We're only three miles from events at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center and one mile from shopping and entertainment at Crossroads Mall.

Horrible visit

Reviewed By dianebE8411FN

When we got to the hotel there were many people waiting for their rooms to ready, this was an hour after check in times. When we got to our room, the door was open, a pop bottle was laying right in the walk way into the room and the beds weren't made. We went to the front desk, waited for a few minutes for a worker to let her know, said that we would be back since we had our daughters college graduation to attend. When we got back to the hotel later that night no worker was to be seen. Get into the room and the floors were nasty and sticky~my husband cleaned it up some with a wet towel. Breakfast was very limited with what was available for food. They ran out of milk and had to go to the store to buy more. Workers were very scarce, when checking out we couldn't since nobody was at the front desk. The garbage can by the front entrance was over filled and we couldn't even throw away our few items. Highly recommend NOT staying at this location.

3. Comfort Inn & Suites Waterloo

2011 Laporte Rd, Waterloo, IA 50702-4404
Excellent
55%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 243 reviews

Comfort Inn & Suites Waterloo

Comfort Inn & Suites in Waterloo, IA near Crossroads MallLocated adjacent to shopping at Crossroads Mall, the Comfort Inn & Suites® hotel in Waterloo, Iowa offers easy access to Cedar Valley Arboretum and Cedar Valley Trails, 106 miles of hard-surfaced trails and 10 miles of water trails perfect for a variety of outdoor adventures. This Waterloo, IA hotel is also convenient to the Grout Museum of History and the University of Northern Iowa, home of the Panthers.Waterloo is home to John Deere Waterloo Operations, as well as Lost Island Water Park, the Waterloo Riverfront and a Downtown Museum District featuring the Waterloo Center For the Arts.Guests of this Waterloo, IA hotel are invited to relax in the indoor heated pool and enjoy the following additional amenities:Free wireless high-speed Internet accessFree newspaper Monday through FridayFree coffeePet-friendly hotel; additional fees applyYour Morning Breakfast is full of hot and delicious options, making breakfast at the Comfort Inn & Suites the perfect way to start your day. Enjoy our free hot breakfast featuring eggs, meat, yogurt, fresh fruit, cereal and more, including your choice of hot waffle flavors!All guest rooms at this non-smoking hotel offer a 32-inch high-definition flat-screen television, a microwave and refrigerator.Its perfect location and convenient access to area attractions make the Comfort Inn & Suites a great place for business and leisure travelers in the Waterloo, IA area.

Convenient, clean, friendly, good value

Reviewed By nmhoosier

This Comfort Inn is not in a beautiful area, sandwiched between a car dealership and a car wash. But we found it to be clean and well maintained. After some hiccups at check-in (the nice young man at check-in could not figure out how to get us a senior rate, so I made my reservation with my phone, standing at the front desk), we had a very good experience. The motel is nice inside, clean, and they had perhaps the best covid protocols we experienced on our week-long trip. Their indoor pool was nice, well stocked with towels, and warm enough for me to use, in contrast to many others we have experienced. Our room was very good and, although not new, it was definitely clean and well maintained. The front desk staff were pleasant and efficient, and they organized a good breakfast. The Southtown Bar and Restaurant on the other side of the car dealer is a good place for supper, within walking distance if you're young. We would definitely stay here again.

4. Hampton Inn Waterloo Cedar Valley

2034 La Porte Road, Waterloo, IA 50702 1 (855) 605-0317
Excellent
64%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 595 reviews

Hampton Inn Waterloo Cedar Valley

Hampton Inn Waterloo Cedar Valley sits a few minutes away from Waterloo, Iowa's waterfront along the Cedar River. You'll find an amazing variety of activities for your entire family around our Waterloo hotel. Our historic, quaint town is the perfect spot to catch an outdoor performance or visit an amazing piece of artwork. We're close to Crossroads Center, where you'll find dining and lots of places to shop. See a John Deere tractor being manufactured. Attend the National Cattle Conference. Visit Silos & Smokestacks, a national heritage area that pays tribute to farm life, agribusiness and rural communities. Explore the Dan Gable International Institute and Museum, featuring wrestling figures throughout history. Marvel at The Galleria de Paco, a recreation of The Sistine Chapel done in aerosol paint. Enjoy a free hot breakfast daily consisting of hot and cold items, and beverages. If you're running late, pick up a free Hampton's On the Run® Breakfast Bag on your way out the door.

Needs maintenance badly!

Reviewed By Kathy S

We reserved a king size bed with jetted tub for $254.00 for one night. There were many maintenance issues: toilet seat didn't fit the toilet, caulking around the tub looked like a 3 year old did it, the facing on the tub was pulled away like they had worked on it and forgot to put it back, there had been a repair to the jetted tub wall and it looked like a 3 year old did it too, the sheets on the bed wouldn't stay on (too small or shrank), no one could see the tv in the sitting area without moving the sofa and chair, and I never can understand why the darkening drapes are pulled to one side in the other windows except the one in the bedroom, where it pulls together in the middle and they never stay together, so the sun shines in where there's a space in the middle.

5. Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Waterloo Cedar Falls

2134 La Porte Road, Waterloo, IA 50702
Excellent
84%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 192 reviews

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Waterloo Cedar Falls

Enjoy an exceptional stay at Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Waterloo Cedar Falls. Visit us at our hotel in Waterloo, Iowa and you'll have a spacious, intelligently designed guestroom to relax in just moments from Waterloo's historic waterfront and adjacent to Crossroads Mall.

Stay nice enough, problem after stay

Reviewed By jacates

We stopped in Waterloo on our drive to our family vacation in Montana. The hotel was nice enough, the lady at the front desk was very nice and helpful. When we got to our next stop and my husband opened his suitcase he realized he had left his bathroom bag hanging in the bathroom in Waterloo. He called the next morning to have them overnight the bag at our expense to our Airbnb in Montana and was clear that we would be leaving there Wednesday morning. By Tuesday the bag hadn’t shown up so he called to get a tracking number which wasn’t showing up in the UPS tracking system. I called the Waterloo Fairfield to find out when it was shipped and to make sure it was overnighted. They didn’t send it until Monday AND they sent it ground rather than overnight, so for $27 and some change plus $4.99 for a shipping box he still doesn’t have his bag and since it isn’t showing in the UPS system we can’t even have UPS reroute it yet to meet us at home. Not even an apology from the person on the phone, complete incompetence from the hotel staff in my opinion.

6. Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Waterloo

1809 Laporte Rd, Waterloo, IA 50702-2743
Excellent
41%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
8%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 426 reviews

Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Waterloo

We welcome all guests to experience our clean and comfortable, 100% smoke-free property with complimentary breakfast each morning. Each of our well-appointed guest rooms features flat-screen television, refrigerator and microwave, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, complimentary high speed Wi-Fi and cable television featuring premium channel.

Dirty Rooms

Reviewed By stevebanovetz

Our rooms were dirty and broken. Clean sheets and towels are not good enough. We had food stains on the walls and carpet. We had rooms without AC, broken TV's, and tubs that did not drain. The breakfast tables were sticky and the food selection was minimal. Hey, at least they were not openly selling drugs from the parking lot all night long, like some other budget hotels in Waterloo.

7. Howard Johnson by Wyndham Waterloo/Cedar Falls

3052 Marnie Ave, Waterloo, IA 50701-4373
Excellent
29%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
10%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 390 reviews

Howard Johnson by Wyndham Waterloo/Cedar Falls

If you’re looking for a family-friendly hotel in Waterloo, look no further than Howard Johnson by Wyndham Waterloo/Cedar Falls. Howard Johnson by Wyndham Waterloo/Cedar Falls is a family-friendly hotel offering a flat screen TV and air conditioning in the rooms, and it is easy to stay connected during your stay as free wifi is offered to guests. The hotel features a 24 hour front desk and newspaper. Plus, guests can enjoy a pool and free breakfast, which have made this a popular choice among travelers visiting Waterloo. For guests with a vehicle, free parking is available. If you like lobster, Howard Johnson by Wyndham Waterloo/Cedar Falls is conveniently located near Red Lobster, which is known for serving up this local favorite. Plus, during your trip, don’t forget to check out some of the popular art galleries, such as Phelps Youth Pavilion and Waterloo Center for the Arts. The staff at Howard Johnson by Wyndham Waterloo/Cedar Falls looks forward to serving you during your upcoming visit.

Great stay for a great price!

Reviewed By GiantKCFan58

Pet friendly with a good pool. Breakfast is pretty darn good. I just wish there was more variety daily concerning the hot choices. Very clean rooms, good internet, and cable TV...great to come back to at night with no worries. Price versus stay...A for a grade!

8. Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo

777 Isle of Capri Blvd, Waterloo, IA 50701-9299
Excellent
29%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
12%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 249 reviews

Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo

Come visit us at Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo and enjoy non-stop gaming fun. With approximately 29 table games and 950 slot machines, including 75 video poker machines, there is something for every gamer to enjoy. Looking for something to satisfy your hunger? Stop by one of our dining locations to experience the local Waterloo flavor or some of our fan-favorites from the grill! At Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo we also offer a hotel with 27 suites, an indoor swimming pool, hot tub, and fitness center. Book your room at Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo today to experience our non-stop gaming fun.

The Price Is NOT Right

Reviewed By Deb S

The front desk had 3 people behind but only two were working and only one of them seemed to know how to do anything. That may have added to her snarky attitude. The room was nice and very large but they need to vacuum under the beds once in a while and clean the air return vent in the bathroom. Also, pillows that aren’t so broken down it seems there are 3 pieces to them would be a plus. Our room was not cleaned after the 1st night and when called down the response was more or less “oops”. You can hear everything from the room next door and it’s no use to complain about a loud TV at 3:30 am or screaming kids (might have been a cat) at 5 am. In addition to the ridiculous resort fees, you have to pay a $50 deposit even if you prepay the room. It takes 7 - 10 days to get it back. I could not get a receipt because I booked through Expedia, I booked through hotels.com and the, not surprising, snarky clerk said “same thing”. Whatever you do, don’t expect breakfast after 10 am on a Sunday. This place was a huge disappointment and we will not stay here again.

9. Motel 6 Crossroads Mall-Waterloo-Cedar Falls

2141 Laporte Rd, Waterloo, IA 50702-2739
Excellent
27%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
13%
Terrible
15%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 67 reviews

Motel 6 Crossroads Mall-Waterloo-Cedar Falls

Motel 6 Crossroads Mall-Waterloo-Cedar Falls has indoor heated pool open year around (9am-10pm), with fridges in all modern rooms. Come out in relax and enjoy Free Wifi throughout the building.

A pretty good deal

Reviewed By williamkZ8902WK

I was in town during the Irish Fest celebration, when rooms are hard to find, and REALLY expensive. I got a 2 bed room for about $70 per night. Everything was clean, and there was a nice small pool near the lobby. Service was very good and helpful. I thought it was a bargain, and would definitely stay again.

10. Baymont by Wyndham Waterloo

1945 Laporte Rd, Waterloo, IA 50702-2741
Excellent
28%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
8%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 275 reviews

Baymont by Wyndham Waterloo

At Baymont Inn and Suites we're always happy accommodating anyone in need of comfortable lodging at a fair price.

Good Location and excellent customer service

Reviewed By 496jeannettes

We were here for a wrestling tournament. The customer service was excellent and they worked hard to keep the place clean. We did not need to stay the third night and they did not charge for it. This would not been my first choice, but most hotels were booked. I am glad I booked here. The location was right off the highway and plenty of fast food restaurants within walking distance. If you like a bar and grill check out the screaming eagle in downtown waterloo FYI no elevator. This is an older hotel, but they make it work

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