Hotel with Sauna in Waterloo, IA

1. Holiday Inn Express Waterloo-Cedar Falls, an IHG Hotel (2-star hotel)

About this hotel

Located off Route 218, this contemporary hotel is a 7.4 mile drive from the Hartman Reserve Nature Center and an 8.1 mile drive from Waterloo Regional Airport.The straightforward rooms and suites come with work desks and flat-screen HDTVs, plus select rooms have microwaves, minifridges and coffeemakers. There’s also free WiFi and high-pressure showerheads in the bathrooms, and kids 19 and under stay free with an adult.Amenities include a complimentary hot breakfast, an indoor pool and free parking, as well as business and fitness centers.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests liked the clean rooms
  • 4 min drive to Lost Island Water Park
  • Guests praised the service
  • The fitness center has treadmills and elliptical machines

Feedback From Real Customers

Robert Brown

We stayed here one night recently and had a positive experience What I liked most about this hotel is that the General Manager and Assistant General Manager were both super hard-working and dedicated to their jobs Those two literally handled the entire breakfast in the morning by themselves (cooking, cleaning, throwing away the garbage, etc) and were super attentive to the customers’ needs

They also mentioned that the two of them personally changed out all the mattresses in the hotel recently by themselves due to the staffing shortage I was beyond impressed and would definitely stay here again if visiting the Waterloo area My kids also enjoyed the pool

Lacey Perez

They didn’t have a roll away bed when we asked, and just something I noticed & definitely not a deal breaker, but our adjoining room had the handy usb box on the desk to charge electronics but ours didn’t, not a big deal just thought it was odd that one would have it and the other did not The kids enjoyed the pool and were up till all hours of the night We surprisingly didn’t get any phone calls from front desk telling us to keep the noise down, so they must have really good sound barriers or really understanding employees and guests lol

2. Howard Johnson by Wyndham Waterloo/Cedar Falls (2-star hotel)

About this hotel

This casual, low-rise hotel is 4 miles from the Grout Museum District and 7 miles from Lost Island Waterpark.Down-to-earth rooms and suites come with free Wi-Fi, TVs, and tea and coffeemakers. They also have microwaves and minifridges. Upgraded suites feature sunken whirlpool tubs.Freebies include parking and continental breakfast, which is served in a laid-back dining room. There’s a heated indoor pool and a fitness room.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests mentioned the rooms are clean
  • 3 min drive to Katoski Greenbelt
  • Some guests disliked the bathrooms
  • Guests praised the service
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a restaurant
  • Guests mentioned beds 28 times

Feedback From Real Customers

Lisa Romine

Stopped for a night’s sleep before finishing the final 7 hours of our road trip out west I really liked the hard surface floor – rather than the typical questionable carpet The beds were satisfactory

The hide abed couch had some stains, as did the bed spread, but I’m sure those are rarely cleaned I did like how the room had some character – decorated with local college decorWe didn’t see anything special about the breakfast after a quick review (typical hotel ‘breakfast’ offerings), so we got donuts at the gas station

Joy Leet

I can’t even give a star for this hotel We checked in on a Wednesday afternoon and by Thursday night I had 5 bites all over my arms I went to Urgent Care and the Dr said I had a case of bed bugs

The breakfast on Thirsday morning was not fully stocked Coffee was empty and only 1 biscuit was left Eggs were out I did get a full refund but it was a horrible experience My sister-in-law was adjacent to our room and she ended up with 7 bites as well Now I see why this hotel is only 2 star!!!

Craig Dobson

Do not go here Had the worst experience The desk clerk was the rudest I’ve ever seen

Was charged for a room, card was approved, transaction came out of my account, and was refused my room if I didn’t let her bill my card again because the computer didn’t save my information There is a WAY nicer comfort inn 10 minutes away that was 2 dollars cheaper Working with my bank to refute the charges Never staying at anything Wyndam again

3. AmericInn by Wyndham Cedar Falls (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

This down-to-earth hotel is 3 miles from the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at the University of Northern Iowa, and 8 miles from George Wyth State Park.The laid-back rooms offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as microwaves, minifridges and coffeemakers; some also have sitting areas. Suites add living rooms with sofabeds, and some feature whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. Kids age 18 and under stay for no extra charge with an adult.Parking and a hot breakfast buffet are complimentary. Other amenities include a bright pub, a heated indoor pool and a hot tub, plus coin-operated laundry facilities. Pets are welcome for a fee.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests liked the clean rooms
  • 2 min drive to North Prairie Lake
  • 67 min drive to Eastern Iowa Airport
  • Guests praised the service
  • Guests praised the bright restaurant
  • Guests liked the beds, mentioned 25 times in reviews
  • Guests liked the breakfast
  • Guests praised the indoor pool

Feedback From Real Customers

Serenity Stensrud

Hotel was great We had a suite which was very nice Your people at the front desk though I’d try to look for some more friendly staff

As we were checking in my fiance asked what time the pool area closed and she said at 11 but that rule is mainly for children so if we’d like swimming past 11 would be okay We had been gone for a wedding all day and came back late my fiance wanted to go swimming It was 1030 at the time so he had a half an hour to swim still and a few minutes after 11 and the person from the front desk rudely popped their head in the door and said pool is closed and remained to stand their outside the pool door closest to the bar area watching my fiance swim around for about 10 more minutes until i could get his tipsy self out of the pool where he was having a good time enjoying the water Its not hard to be a nice person regardless of the situation Hotel though no complaints just the people at your front desk

Jonathan Welter

I’ve stayed at this location on one occasion The room was clean, but the tub in the bathroom was aged and had some rusting I’m a travel nurse working nights and when trying to book a second time the staff at this location requested I pay for 3 nights even though I’d only be sleeping during the day for 2 days

I’ve been doing this awhile and this is not standard practice Generally hotels will accommodate and only charge for 2 nights even though it’s a slight inconvenience with the check-in/check out time I’m extremely disappointed with AmericInn and don’t plan on using them in the future

Angela Davis

Booked king premier suiteA/C went out The Front desk clerk said we could switch rooms then demanded a second credit card and entirely new booking

We didnt get into a new room until 2 pm the following day The jacuzzi in the 2nd room was nasty There was a build up of dirt and loose strands of hair not worth the price or the headacheHUGE DISAPPOINTMENT I do not plan to book with them in the future

4. Hilton Garden Inn Cedar Falls (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

This classic hotel is less than a 5-mile drive from the University of Northern Iowa and historic downtown Cedar Falls.All rooms offer chic decor and custom-designed beds, plus flat-screen TVs with premium cable, microwaves, minifridges and free WiFi. Suites add separate living areas with pull-out sofas and fireplaces. Some offer whirlpool tubs.A freshly prepared breakfast is available (fee) and there’s an on-site American restaurant, plus a bar, an outdoor patio and a 24/7 pantry. There’s also a fitness center and an indoor pool. Additional perks include 3 meeting rooms, a business center and free parking.

Things You Need to Know

  • 5 min drive to North Prairie Lake
  • One of the few hotels in the area with room service
  • Some guests complained about the beds
  • Some guests disliked the bathrooms
  • Guests liked the American restaurant
  • Guests praised the breakfast
  • The fitness center has elliptical machines and treadmills
  • Guests praised the indoor pool

Feedback From Real Customers

Dawn Pratt

Really nice hotel It’s under renovations at the moment but despite that, it is really well kept, clean and comfortable It will be gorgeous once the renos are complete

Room is comfortable and clean as well- beds are SUPER comfy I also used the gym/fitness centre- it is very well maintained and quite large for a hotel gymThey also have a really great outdoor seating area

Jacob Shelley

Negatives:Receptionist wasn’t very warm and didn’t explain that we’re charged an initial fee for incidentals I’ve only experienced hotels where they keep your card on file just in case and not precharge you to refund later if neededThe room doors let a lot of sound in

I could hear people splashing and laughing in the pool as I was trying to sleep and my room was not very close to the poolNo bathtub in my room Not sure if this is most rooms or not, but it was only a shower availableBreakfast cost seems a little high at $10 for cold (cereal, etc), or $14 for warm (bacon, sausage, potatoes, eggs, etc)Breakfast was a little confusing It was unclear if we are to seat ourselves first, see staff first to prepay, go to the buffet first and then pay, or if payment was charged to the room and when we communicate thatNote: There is some construction or renovation at the time of this review, but that doesn’t affect my star rating or experiencePositives:Friendly breakfast staff!Tasty breakfast!Clean room!Comfy bed and pillows!

Theresa Stentiford

Myself I only went there for the Easter Brunch It was fantastic lots of dishes to choose from Ham,roast beef some sort of chicken dish and fish dish

Full breakfast with waffle station also fresh fruits Great for kids also as they had there own complete with chicken fingers Mac and cheese and corn dogs Lots of deserts Juice and coffee served with meal also I was very happy with what we got only wish they had offered a complimentary mimosa or some sort of a Champaign punch

5. Comfort Inn & Suites Waterloo – Cedar Falls (2-star hotel)

About this hotel

Set in a functional 3-story building off Route 218, this simple hotel is a 6-minute walk from the Crossroads Center mall, 1.9 miles from Lost Island Waterpark and 3 miles from Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens.All rooms have en suite bathrooms with showers, as well as free WiFi, 32-inch flat-screen TVs, microwaves, minifridges and coffeemakers. Suites add separate living spaces with pull-out sofas.Complimentary hot breakfast buffet is provided. Other amenities include an indoor heated pool and free parking.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests liked the rooms and praised the beds
  • 4 min drive to Lost Island Water Park
  • Guests praised the friendly service
  • Guests liked the breakfast
  • Guests praised the indoor pool

Feedback From Real Customers

Teresa Kraft

Because it was Iowa Irish Fest weekend, rooms were much higher than I just saw quoted That price was way more than the room was worth That said, staff we’re friendly and helpful

I rate rooms based on the bed and bathroom This bed was okay The bathroom was well below adequate It was small You couldn’t get in far enough to close the door without squeezing by the toilet They had done something to the floor of the tub, maybe removed a skid-proof adhesive? It was rough and very slick when wet There was a handicap bar outside the tub but nothing inside to hold on to Not a hotel I want to visit again

Paul Morrison

There is a lot I did not like The first is the unfriendly greeting by the reception staff They were indifferent to the fact that I was waiting to check in and were slow to respond to my questions

I was asked to sign a waiver regarding a pet That waiver stated that, if I did not notify them of the fact that a pet would be staying in the room with me, they would charge me as much as $250 When I noted that I had a pet and asked for them to verify that I had notified them of this, it took them a full five minutes to provide that verificationWhile this hotel is “pet friendly” when asked where I could or should walk my dog the staff at the desk had simply shrugged their shoulders and said, “I don’t know” When I went searching for a place to walk the dog all I found was debris laden areas that I would not allow my dog to walk in I ended up having to walk the dog over to another hotel that had nice grounds where I could allow my dog to exercise I don’t find this type of situation as being very “pet friendly”My room was on the first floor From 7pm until nearly 4am the next morning, there were children running up and down the hallway talking loudly and playing Twice during the middle of the night, I attempted to locate the hotel staff and complain and at neither time did I find anyone! At one point, around 2am, I found the children playing on the hotel’s computer near the lobby I told them that it was time they went to their rooms, and they stared at me and then laughed I had a 10-hour drive to make the next morning and needed a good rest I probably did not get more than four hours of sleep that night thanks to the inconsiderate children, and the unresponsive staffThe morning “breakfast” was terrible The bagels were stale, there was no decaffeinated coffee, and there was very little fruit In the end, I spit out the bagel and went down the street to Panera for breakfastWhen I checked out the next morning the reception staff was just as unfriendly as the staff had been at check-inI got charged $25 because I had a dog travelling with me and staying in my room A VERY HIGHLY trained dog that did not disturb anyone and did not cause any “damage” to the room I am sure that if my dog had barked or somehow disturbed another guest I would have been contacted and told to remove the dog Well, what about the children disrupting the sleep of most of the people on the first floor? I am sure their parents did not pay any extra for their stay, but I paid dearly I paid not only more money to have a pet with me – a pet that has more manners than those children or their parent or your staff – and I paid in a lack of rest before a long drive home Further, I paid over $100 for a room AND a continental breakfast yet the breakfast was so bad that I had to go somewhere else for my coffee and morning bagel I will NEVER stay in this hotel again and I will never recommend this hotel to any of my colleagues


I couldn’t decide between 3 or 4 stars as a rating The outside appearance of the hotel is good Clean parking lot and grounds

Upon entry, the first thing I noticed was the spotted, worn looking arm chairs in the lobby When we got on the elevator to go to the 2nd floor, I questioned the functionality as it looked absolutely hideous! I didn’t dare touch the buttons due to how filthy the elevator inside was There were initials carved on the inside of the door along with really gross fingerprints everywhere! The elevator needs some detailed attention to maintenance and cleanliness It looked like it was going to fall apartUpon entry to our room, I was skeptical after the lobby and elevator, but was pleasantly surprised The room was fairly clean with nicely made beds and clean bathroom Great sized TV Wish more motels had bigger TV’s like this oneBreakfast was fine once it was restocked which the gal was working on when we got downstairs for breakfast The floor was VERY STICKY, though and needed attention I understand the shortage of help these days, so not holding that against this place Breakfast consisted of eggs, sausage, and biscuits/gravy Always like to see these options offered, so that was GREAT! Many other options including the usual waffles, bread, bagels, yogurt, and fresh fruit Coffee was good!Probably wouldn’t stay again, only because it’s Waterloo Will stay in Cedar Falls next time

6. Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Waterloo, IA (2-star hotel)

About this hotel

This relaxed hotel in an area with fast-food eateries is 8 miles from Waterloo Regional Airport, and 3 miles from both Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center and the seasonal Lost Island Waterpark.Warm rooms with a traditional vibe offer Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, along with tea and coffeemakers, microwaves, and minifridges. Airy suites have separate living areas and/or whirlpool tubs.Amenities include an indoor pool and a hot tub, as well as a fitness room and a business center. There’s a coin-operated laundry. Hot breakfast and parking are available.

Things You Need to Know

  • 6 min drive to Lost Island Water Park
  • One of the few hotels in the area with room service
  • Guests mentioned the rooms are unclean
  • Some guests disliked the bathrooms
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a restaurant
  • Guests mentioned hot tubs 23 times
  • Guests mentioned “a pillow” 14 times

Feedback From Real Customers

Keith Hearn

What a great hotel Price was very fair, room was very nice, continental breakfast was very nice But the best part was the people

Mark was very outgoing, made suggestions where to go get a bite to eat The other employees we very pleasant and outgoing I have been all over the USA, and have stayed at some nice hotels, but wow, the customer service was out of the world On a scale of 1 – 10, I would give them an 11 I WILL be back Thanks again to Mark and the others

Elizabeth Green

I would not recommend this hotelI stayed for 3 days on a work trip When I originally checked in, the front desk employee seemed like she was busy doing other things, but I got checked in quickly

Each day I arrived to the hotel from work my room key was deactivated The front desk employee (who seems to be the only person here most of the time) told me they get deactivated every day which I wasn’t told when I checked in This is frustrating when I am carrying things all the way to my room and then have to come back to the front deskCleaning doesn’t seem to be happening very often either Housekeeping didn’t come to my room the entire stay I think I saw that they come every 3 days However, it doesn’t seem like they keep track of housekeeping at all I also saw another guest (while I was waiting for my room key to be activated) saying that the second room he had been given was also not cleaned Meaning he had already tried two rooms that weren’t clean He was told he would have to wait 30 minutesMy room also did not feel not 100% clean when I arrived One night stand had spots on it And one of the top sheets even had a stain on it (major ick) I didn’t say anything to staff because I brought my own pillows, blankets, and a sheet I could lay on and put their sheets and comforter off to the side… I am certain they would have changed the sheets if I waited but not very comforting to say the leastBreakfast was basic, but fine Although I will say after everything else I didn’t feel very confident eating the food that was prepared besides the prepackaged itemsOverall, not a great experience and I won’t be coming back or recommending this hotel to anyone else from my employer

Pat Mosner

Very disappointed with our stay We stayed 4 nights and never had our room cleaned I even asked to have it cleaned even if it was just to take the trash and give us clean towels, but that didn’t even happen

Then to find out that the pool and hot tub have been closed for over a year When checking out our rooms were not at the price we booked and the gal checking us out did not have the skills to correct it(if you cannot fix pricing, then why are you scheduled to check people out) It took me 6 phone calls to get the pricing fixed Needless to say we won’t stay there next year

7. Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Waterloo Cedar Falls (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Off Interstate 380, this laid-back hotel is across the street from shopping at Cross Roads Mall and 2 miles from Lost Island Water Park.Relaxed rooms offer free Wi-Fi, desks and flat-screens, plus coffeemakers, minifridges and microwaves. Suites add living areas with sofabeds.A breakfast buffet and parking are complimentary. Other amenities include an indoor pool and an exercise room. There’s also a business center, meeting space and a coin-operated laundry.

Things You Need to Know

  • 4 min drive to Lost Island Water Park
  • Guests praised the service

Feedback From Real Customers

Ashleigh Hartmann

The rooms are great, they were cleaned very well, and the walk in shower is amazing!! It is a little more on the expensive side, but if you can it’s a great choice to stay at in the Waterloo-cedar falls area It’s located close to all the shopping you might need yet not in the busy downtown area of town which I find to be a plusOnly thing I wish they had were whirlpool suites which is why I gave for stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐


I booked weeks in advance and they canceled my reservation a day and a half before I was supposed to make my trip Stay away!!!! Received an email at 3 am I booked this hotel because of a tournament we are attending and wanted to be at the same place as our teammates and somewhat close to the venue

Very unprofessional Now im forced to book much farther away, due to all the hotels in the area being booked out No consideration for time, the extra mileage, and overall headache this now causes being so close to the day of arrival Extremely frustrating Completely done with Fairfield

C & H

We went to the hotel for an eventNice meeting rooms Nice desk staff

Clean, inviting, well kept lobby area and meeting roomsBeing a Marriott, I’m sure the rooms would be the same! I love the Marriott

8. Comfort Suites (3-star hotel)

  • Address: 7402 Nordic Dr, Cedar Falls, IA 50613
  • Phone: (319) 273-9999
  • Ratings: 4.3 (420 reviews) Very good
  • Website : Comfort Suites
  • Check-in time: 3:00 PM
  • Check-out time: 12:00 PM
  • Quick Summary: Unfussy all-suite hotel featuring an indoor pool & a gym, plus free parking, Wi-Fi & breakfast.

About this hotel

Within the Cedar Falls Industrial & Technology Park, this modest all-suite hotel is a mile from Highway 20, and 4 miles from both the University of Northern Iowa and UNI-Dome stadium.The straightforward suites offer complimentary Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, in addition to minifridges, microwaves and coffeemakers. They also feature living areas and sofabeds.Freebies include parking and hot breakfast, which is served in an informal dining room. There’s an indoor pool, a hot tub and an exercise room, as well as guest laundry facilities. Pets are welcome for a fee.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the large rooms
  • Guests praised the bathrooms
  • 4 min drive to North Prairie Lake
  • 66 min drive to Eastern Iowa Airport
  • Guests praised the friendly service, which has a concierge
  • Guests praised the fitness center
  • Guests praised the indoor pool and the hot tub

Feedback From Real Customers

Mike Bourdeau

Decent rooms, good breakfast but some staff issues As a gift my parents called before our check in and paid for the room on their credit card When we checked I was asked for a credit card for incidentals

So I submit my card and we went on our way to enjoy our weekend at a family reunion A couple of hours after checking in I checked my bank account and noticed that the room had been charged in full on my card I went to the front desk and spoke to the front desk staff, they looked and realized they made a mistake, they said they fixed the problem and we continued on Sunday morning we had a reciept under our door After reviewing it we noticed that they charged our card for one night and my parents card for one night, this is the second billing mistake that was made So now we are here waiting for our card to be reimbursed $290

9. Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Waterloo (2-star hotel)

About this hotel

A mile from Interstate 380, this simple, low-rise hotel is a 5-minute drive from Isle of Capri Waterloo Casino and a 16-minute drive from the University of Northern Iowa.All rooms and suites include en suite bathrooms with showers and tubs, and have free WiFi and TVs, as well as microwaves and minifridges. Upgraded rooms add pull-out sofas. Some suites also add kitchenettes. Kids 17 and under stay free with a paying adult.A complimentary continental breakfast is provided. There’s also a heated indoor pool and a children’s pool, as well as a business center, meeting rooms and free parking for cars and large vehicles.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the beds
  • 6 min drive to Lost Island Water Park
  • Guests mentioned the rooms are unclean
  • Guests praised the friendly service
  • Guests liked the indoor pool

Feedback From Real Customers

Kr B

Overall pretty nice place The rooms were pretty clean and we got a good price on our room – (around $80 or so) because we used a travel website to get a deal When we were checking in however, someone walked in and asked for the price for a room and was told $140 😳

There’s NO WAY I’d EVER pay that much for this hotelThat being said, the hotel was clean, had a very good breakfast The pool was okay Old and outdated, but functional and cleanThe staff was pleasant, location is great, and they allow dogs and for a very reasonable pet fee which I Greatly appreciateI’d visit again as long as the price was right

chelle gillis

Staff was outstanding, we were greeted with kindness and friendly smiles from the front desk to housekeeping being kind and chatting with our kiddos Hotel is dated, but our room was very clean and breakfast was hot and good Will definitely stay here again when passing through Waterloo

Thank you for a nice stay after a 16 hour travel day!

Joe Momma

I discovered when I went to take a shower that the bathroom drain and toilet hadn’t been cleaned & when you stay longer than a day, they don’t clean your room but if you ask for more towels or toiletries, they will give them to you at the front desk They also have a fitness room and pool It was a bit cold but warmed up after a bit

The manager was very nice and accommodating and the breakfast wasn’t horrible Hot breakfast consists of coffee, scrambled eggs, sausage & Belgian waffles They also have a few different varieties of cereal with 2% milk, yogurt, bagels with cream cheese, and a variety of oatmeal packets I chose to stay here over Super 8 in CF because Wyndham was in a more convenient location to where I worked & had a fitness center The discounted price I found online through Priceline made it worth the stay but was still more expensive by $10 a day

10. Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Cedar Falls, IA (2-star hotel)

About this hotel

Across from the campus of the University of Northern Iowa, this unassuming hotel is 3 miles from the Hartman Reserve Nature Center and 5 miles from Waterloo Regional Airport.The laid-back rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screens and coffeemakers, plus microwaves and minifridges. Suites add whirlpool tubs and/or separate living areas with sofabeds. Kids age 17 and under stay at no charge in a parent’s room.A breakfast buffet is complimentary. There’s also a heated indoor pool, a fitness center and a library, as well as meeting and event space. Parking is available.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the clean rooms, which have refrigerators
  • Guests praised the beds
  • Walking distance to Hearst Center For the Arts and Seerley Park
  • One of the few hotels in the area with room service
  • Guests praised the restaurant
  • Guests liked “cookies”, mentioned 11 times in reviews
  • Guests praised the breakfast
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a hot tub

Feedback From Real Customers

Wyatt W. Penke

Clean and comfortable updated rooms I could still smell the fresh paint! Comfortable beds and quality pillows Above average breakfast

Great pool area and hot tub Decent gym as well You might here road noise if your in a room facing the freeway if you are a light sleeper Front desk was a tad slow but overall a very good experience

Jayme Simon

Shout-out to Rex who helped us get our room reserved and helped us understand our boss’s corporate card He had such a wonderful, helpful personality He even remembered me the next morning and made sure we were comfortable and taken care of

The room was spacious and clean and comfortable Normally I hate hotel showers, they’re always small and dark and run down This shower was bright and felt big enough to move without the curtain clinging to you

Mattie Richardson

Overall very satisfied with our stays here, we have family in the area and have stayed a few times Rooms are neat and clean, smell is good, the staff has always been pleasant to work with and I enjoy the amenities available that we use Everything has always been in working order and we have never had an issue with rude patrons or staff

11. Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Just off Highway 218 and adjacent to the Lost Island Waterpark & Theme Park, this modern casino hotel is also 5.4 miles from Downtown Waterloo.Rooms have simple decor, plush beds, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Suites add whirlpool tubs.Amenities include an indoor pool and spa tub, a fitness center, 2 restaurants, and a gift shop with baked goods. The on-site casino features over 950 slot machines, plus table games and video poker.

Things You Need to Know

  • Walking distance to Lost Island Water Park and Lost Island Themepark
  • Guests liked the service
  • Guests mentioned the rooms are large but unclean
  • Guests mentioned water parks 19 times
  • Guests praised the breakfast
  • The fitness center has weight machines
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a casino
  • Guests liked the indoor pool and praised the hot tub

Feedback From Real Customers

Candice Carroll

Rooms could use some actual cleaning ! Had to switch roomsBut it’d always a good time when we go just everything is priced way to high! A pack of smokes the lady charged us $18!!! That’s crazy it’s even crazier we paid itIf looking for place to stay look somewhere else if looking to gamble and have good time would recommend

Hailey Kimball

I was a little unimpressed with my stay The checkin lady was very nice but once I got to the bedroom, it definitely was not what I expected There were black scratch marks on the walls and chips in the furniture

The bed was super uncomfortable The CD player/clock was gross looking The only thing nice about it was the bathroom but that wasn’t anything special either especially for the price There were hairs on the walls of the shower so it obviously wasn’t cleaned very well I’ve definitely been to way nicer hotels for half the price plus free breakfast Don’t recommend staying here

Shelby Reinhardt

Check in and check out was perfect However, our room had condom wrappers in trash can upon arrival Our bathroom toilet didn’t flush at times, and shower wouldn’t drain the entire stay (3 days)

We spoke to front desk about the issues, they were every kind and said it would be fixed Unfortunately later that night, it wasn’t Staff at bar in casino and restaurant weren’t very friendly at times Restaurant food was very good! Pool and hot tub were amazing, arcade was fun However, we will not be back

12. Motel 6 Waterloo, IA (2-star hotel)

  • Address: 2343 Logan Ave, Waterloo, IA 50703
  • Phone: (319) 236-3238
  • Ratings: 3.4 (412 reviews) Fair
  • Website : Motel 6 Waterloo, IA
  • Check-in time: 2:00 PM
  • Check-out time: 11:00 AM
  • Quick Summary: Roadside budget property with an indoor pool & hot tub, plus a coin laundry, free WiFi & parking.

About this hotel

Set on Highway 63, this budget property is 2.9 miles from the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center and 8.1 miles from the Lost Island Water Park.The standard rooms include TVs with expanded cable channels, plus free WiFi. Kids 17 and under stay free with an adult family member.There’s an indoor pool and hot tub, plus a coin laundry, in addition to free morning coffee and truck parking.

Things You Need to Know

  • 5 min drive to Black Hawk County Conservation
  • 71 min drive to Eastern Iowa Airport
  • Some guests complained about the bathrooms
  • Guests mentioned “Housekeeping” 10 times
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a hot tub

Feedback From Real Customers


My family stayed there 3 nights The pros the shower had amazing water pressure & the day time staff were helpful Cons, well where do I start, the beds were uncomfortable, each bed had 2 pillows these pillows appeared fluffy but immediately went flat, we asked 2 staff at completely different times, we received one extra pillow

The air conditioner worked great but made some horrible nose The shower rod is placed high or the shower curtain was too short once you turned on the shower the water sprayed the whole bathroom The toilet seat cover had a crack in it I must not forget the holes in the towels The new headboard/nightstand which included a built in power strip with USB ports (I was impressed) except when I realized it worked for 10 minutes This does not include the lovely smell of marijuana in the hall, the lovely couple having an argument in the hall, or the screaming child apologizing to his parents to let him back into the room If I would have came later, I probably would have choose to sleep in my vehicle, since every evening it appeared the staff and their friends congregation outside the main doors This is only a small amount Doesn’t help that at a local establishment, the locals didn’t recommend the motel

regina morgan

I am a travel x-ray tech from Alabama and was in town to help a local hospital Booked room for Tues-Sat When I got off my 10 hr shift Friday someone else was in my room and all my things were gone

Guy at front desk didn’t know what was going on He was very helpful and apologetic and started to make phone calls to get answers I was told there wasn’t suppose to be anyone in that room and they didn’t know who was in there (Used ID to check in) I was also told that they thought I had checked out All my things were there Purse, wallet, laptop, clothes,, toiletries,, food etc And then I was told I had been moved to another room But they didn’t take my things to said room Manager is not there but she has my belongings in her possession When she arrives I go through my things to see if everything is there As far as I can tell at that moment while I was dealing with pure RAGE, everything was accounted for except liquor is missing Manager pulls money OUT OF HER BRA to reimburse me for it She acted like she had no idea what happenedbut took all my stuff off the premises??? She says people leave stuff all the time The couple that was in the room stated they didn’t have the king room they reserved so they waited while they removed my things and cleaned the room She offers me free nights like that’s going to rectify the situation She ultimately refunded money for my stay Something sketchy is going on there HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN??? Someone needs to lose their job over this This is UNACCEPTABLE


The room was in awful shape The phone had no cord plugged into it or anywhere in the room There were scrapes and tears all over the walls

The AC unit only blew very hot air – it was colder outside in Iowa in August than it was in our room with the AC set on 60 degrees The microwave cord wasn’t plugged in because it wasn’t long enough to reach the outlet, so we had to put it on the floor to use it It was a gross and uncomfortable experience The ladies at the front desk were nice enough, but that’s the only positive thing I have to say about it No breakfast service They do have an indoor pool

13. Courtyard by Marriott Waterloo Cedar Falls (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Built in the historic John Deere Factory, this sleek hotel is a 10-minute walk from both the Waterloo Center for the Arts and hockey games at Young Arena. It’s 5 miles from Waterloo Regional Airport.Modern, airy rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat screens and minifridges, plus desks, and tea and coffeemaking equipment. Airy 2-bedroom suites add sofabeds and/or kitchens.Parking and an airport shuttle are complimentary. A contemporary lobby lounge includes a cafe, business pods and flat-screen TVs. There’s an indoor pool and a gym, plus a 24-hour market, a picnic and BBQ area, and meeting and event space.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the large, clean rooms
  • Walking distance to John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum and Dan Gable Wrestling Museum
  • 65 min drive to Eastern Iowa Airport
  • Some guests complained about the restaurant
  • Guests mentioned “Bistro” 15 times
  • Guests liked the fitness center
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a bar

Feedback From Real Customers

Greenheart Goddess9

Amazing From the time that I arrived, the view of the building and being near the river was breathtaking A very welcoming atmosphere

The lady at the front desk was very kind, efficient and assisted me without issue when I asked for a room away from the elevators The room itself was magnificent, large space, beautiful decorations and furnishings I loved the bathroom as well, a lot of good space in there too and great lightning There is no microwave in the room, which I am used to having with other Courtyards so it was a bit different but not a deal breaker, simply treat yourself to a fresh meal The pool and bistro was not available but it did not matter, there were a few good places around on a Sunday evening that offered a great meal and I figure I will just plan to return when the pool is open and it will be an even much better stay than it already was I did leave my hat there, I called in order to retrieve it and both Desire, another hotel employee and Ben, the hotel manager were very great and patient in working with me and thank you to the maid service that took my hat to the front desk so that I could get it back Superb customer service, great surroundings and a relaxing stay while there for business My return will be for leisure I loved this hotel so much Thanks to everyone involved Highly recommend

Brad Kosar

Nicest Courtyard I’ve ever stayed in However the walls are paper thin If you are a light sleeper AVOID this hotel

It’s a beautiful building; a converted factory into loft-style rooms Overall a wonderful structure with lots of open space in the lobby to sit or socializeThe rooms were clean and the staff were friendlyHowever the rooms are incredibly loudyou can hear every word of the neighboring rooms occupants conversations as well as their TV We were up until 1am listening to the adjoining room’s movie I’ve stayed nearly 700 nights in Marriott properties and this is by far the least sound-proofed hotel of them all Additionally when the room above you decides to shower be prepared for it to sound like a waterfall in your room The loft design keeps the original sewer pipes outside of the walls which also means they are quite loud as wellThe biggest problem here is the initial cost to retrofit this property into a hotel likely leaves the owner with little to no excess capital to invest in sound insulation upgrades In other words don’t expect the sound issues to ever be resolved in this buildingOverall disappointing experience and I would not stay here again

Josh Schechter

This renovation from factory to hotel was done well The high ceilings and rustic touches help the rooms feel opulent Bathrooms and fruniture are all modern and give an upscale feel

The room was spotless and the staff was great My only negatives with the hotel itself were I could hear my neighbors pretty clearly, the spring bed wasn’t great, and the pillows were awful and go flat immediately I also had to call the lobby just to get the a/c activated in the room, and I still couldn’t control the fan speed I feel I overpaid a bit due to an ordeal in the convention hall, but for around $109 this would be a great choice for a one evening stay

14. Super 8 by Wyndham Cedar Falls IA – University (2-star hotel)

About this hotel

This modern budget hotel, off Highway 20, is an 8-minute drive from the College Square Mall and an 11-minute drive from the Lost Island Water Park.All rooms include en suite bathrooms and flat-screen TVs with cable/satellite channels, plus microwaves, minifridges and coffeemakers. There’s free WiFi in every room and kids 17 and under stay free with an adult.Amenities include complimentary continental breakfast and a heated indoor pool with hot tub. There’s also a business center, as well as free parking for cars and large vehicles.

Things You Need to Know

  • 4 min drive to Katoski Greenbelt
  • 66 min drive to Eastern Iowa Airport
  • Guests praised the service
  • Guests liked the beds, mentioned 23 times in reviews
  • Guests mentioned hot tubs 10 times
  • Guests liked the indoor pool

Feedback From Real Customers

Mike Morton

I’m very thankful for this super 8 location and staff! Going on 4 years I’ve used their rooms on many occasions when working OT at John Deere or bad weather! In 2020 when the derecho hit Cedar Rapids and our power was out we stayed here almost a week so I could get rest for work while my family rested ti go help clean up debris from Cedar Rapid neighborhoods They accommodate 3rd shift workers like myself and I truly appreciate the service:) Thanks

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