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Iowa City/Coralville, IA Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 24
Total Sleeping Rooms 2,037
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 250
Committable Meeting Rooms* 20
Convention Center Space 60,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 30,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 15,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $83
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $46
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $200
*Maximum for a single hotel

Iowa City/Coralville, IA Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent's Meeting and Event Planning Guide to the Iowa City/Coralville Area, a guide for meeting professionals. A spirited metropolitan area with a wealth of cultural and recreational attractions, the Iowa City/Coralville Area serves as a fantastic meeting destination, fueled by its state-of-the-art facilities, beautiful accommodations, excellent service, and small town atmosphere with big city fun. Meeting travelers find an abundance of activities here (including 13 museums, seven theater companies, Big Ten athletics, and much more), making it easy to enjoy downtime in this scenic area set along the Iowa River.

Conveniently located in the center of Iowa, the Iowa City/Coralville area is continually energized by the academic, artistic, athletic, and medical strength of Iowa City's University of Iowa, one of the nation's most respected public universities. The University of Iowa contributes greatly to the area's cultural strength and reputation as a center for the arts; in fact, Iowa City is one of the seven UNESCO Cities of Literature in the world, and the only one in the U.S., thanks in part to the university's Iowa Writers' Workshop, which pioneered the teaching of creative writing at the university level. Downtown Iowa City, the city center and cultural gathering place of this metropolitan area, beckons with its tree-lined Pedestrian Plaza of local shops, restaurants, street vendors, and entertainment, as well as its Old Capitol Cultural District, 450-acre University of Iowa campus and parkland. Fast-growing Coralville features fantastic shopping and the popular Iowa River Landing mixed-use development, home to more than 330,000 square feet of retail, dining, office, and entertainment space perched along the Iowa River and accented by walking trails, green spaces, and even a sculpture walk.

Considered the anchor of the Iowa River Landing, the beautiful Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center features the largest meeting space in the Iowa City Area, totaling 60,000 square feet. Meeting facilities include a 30,000-square-foot exhibition hall, two ballrooms, eight meeting rooms, and two boardrooms. The 286-room hotel also features onsite dining, walking trails, and the very unique, 800-volume Iowa Writer's Library, which houses manuscripts from the country's oldest society of writers. The hotel is two miles from the University of Iowa and about 20 miles from Eastern Iowa Airport, which serves as the nearest airport to the Iowa City/Coralville Area. Eastern Iowa Airport offers nonstop flights to major markets throughout the country, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, and many other destinations.

Aside from the Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, the Iowa City/Coralville Area is home to a range of unique venues perfect for group gatherings and private events, as well as nationally respected festivals, museums, and galleries, practically designed for group downtime. The Old Capitol Museum and Museum of Natural History both offer private event capabilities, enabling groups to hold events in Iowa's first state capitol building or among an impressive one-million-specimen collection gathered during university-sponsored expeditions and research missions, or donated by private collectors. For a dramatic event, the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts houses a 472-seat auditorium perfect for large events, while the Englert Theatre in the heart of Iowa City welcomes groups to gather throughout its facility and gallery areas. The Old Creamery Theatre in nearby Amana features a main stage, studio stage, conference room, and picturesque courtyard for private events.

If it's history your group is after, consider holding a private event at the nearby Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum. Set within the 187-acre Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, the library and museum traces the history of the 31st president, as well as offers private event spaces throughout its galleries, and in its auditorium and conference room. Thirsty groups can head to nearby Cedar Ridge Vineyards, a family-owned vineyard, winery, distillery, and event space that features tastings, tours, dining events, and more throughout its 7,000-square-foot facility, complete with a 200-person event center.

About Iowa City/Coralville, IA / Additional Info

A charming hotspot for art, culture, education, and recreation, the Iowa City/Coralville Area truly shines with its wealth of activities, rich history, and vibrant atmosphere, all bolstered by the vibrancy the University of Iowa brings to the area. Created in 1839, Iowa City became the first Iowa state capital in 1841, and remained so until Des Moines was named the capital in 1857. To compensate Iowa City for its capital city loss, the state established the University of Iowa in 1857; today, the university is now one of the country's top public universities. The University of Iowa serves as the cultural heartbeat of the region; its world-famous Iowa Writers' Workshop has attracted emerging writers to its renowned program for more than 75 years. The Iowa City/Coralville Area is home to a host of literary presses and a strong writing community; in fact, there are approximately 300 places to buy a book in the area. Don't miss the Iowa Avenue Literary Walk, which links the university's Pentacrest and historic Old Capitol areas with parts of downtown Iowa City.

If you find your peace of mind in a hearty hike, you're in good company here; the area's rolling hills are home to hiking and biking opportunities, as well as lakes, rivers, streams, and ponds, all perfect for getting back to nature. One of the area's most popular recreation spots, Coralville Lake features swimming beaches to picnic spots. Its star attraction? A 375-million-year-old fossilized Devonian Age sea floor, frozen in time and preserved in limestone bedrock, which was revealed by floods in 1993 and 2008.

Hungry? No problem. The Iowa City/Coralville Area offers a variety of fine dining to casual dining spots, guaranteed to satisfy any appetite. The Iowa River Landing district in Coralville is home to a number of popular restaurants, including the playful 30hop, the place to go for craft beer and contemporary fare, served in a comfortable urban-industrial space. Also located at Iowa River Landing, Vesta serves up flavors from France, Spain, Greece, Italy, and North Africa in a lively, fun atmosphere. Coralville's Iowa River Power Restaurant is known for its riverside views, outdoor patio overhanging the water, and fine dining selections in a relaxed atmosphere. If you're craving pizza or pasta, don't miss Wig & Pen, which features locations in both Iowa City and Coralville. No visit to Iowa City is complete without a meal at Hamburg Inn No. 2, a true landmark and unique American diner that also hosts the Official Iowa Coffee Bean Caucus and Iowa Coffee Bean Ballot, helping to attract local, state, national, and international interest to Iowa politics.

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