The city of Cedar Rapids, the second largest city in Iowa, was founded along
the banks of the scenic Cedar River and flourished as one of the early settlements
in the state. Second in size only to Des
Moines, Cedar Rapids motels, hotels, B&Bs and other lodging options offer
a wealth of choices to suit a host of needs. In the late nineteenth century,
the very first choice in accommodation in Cedar
Rapids was built right on the river bank by Osgood Shepard, a woodsman and
early Iowa pioneer. The tavern and inn became the first building erected in
the city, now home to more than 140,000 people.
There are several excellent budget hotels to choose from throughout Cedar Rapids.
Based on the age-old theory of getting the best value for the money, the many
options for cheap Cedar Rapids lodging won't force you to choose by price only.
Discount Cedar Rapids motels and hotels offer excellent package rates, and week
and weekend deals are plentiful around the city. Throughout most Iowa towns
and cities, affordable lodging is a mainstay. Cedar Rapids hotels like The Hampton
Inn afford guests a great atmosphere, many great extras such as onsite parking
and breakfast, and provide many conveniences inside guest rooms like coffee
makers, hair dryers, and free wireless internet. If you're a regular fitness
fiend, the "Nordic Rooms" are your best bet, featuring either a treadmill or
elliptical inside the room.
For a step up in luxury and refinement, The Marriott is one of the best choices in area hotels. This Marriott hotel is twenty minutes from nearby Coralville and Iowa City and close to downtown and the University of Iowa. Collins Road, within walking distance of the Marriott, is brimming with incredible choices in shopping, dining, cultural attractions, spas, and golfing. All guest suites provide high-speed internet access, work stations ideal for business travelers, convenient room service, luxurious bed linens, quality duvets, and many other lavish extras. Two-room suites are also available and feature a spacious living room, wet bar, and separate bedrooms. Unlimited local calls are another bonus for visitors.
If you're planning on visiting Cedar Rapids for a brief time only, you might want to forsake top luxury hotels and stick with one of the great Cedar Rapids motels. Situated between Waterloo, where a wealth of Iowa history awaits, and Iowa City, the Super 8's location is great if you plan on venturing outside the city during a brief stay. Other nearby attractions include the Amana Colonies, IMAX Theater, Riverside Casino, and the Science Museum. For great shopping, head to Coral Ridge Mall. The Super 8 not only offers cheap Cedar Rapids lodging, it also provides a fairly impressive list of amenities for such low rates. Complimentary high speed internet, parking, and breakfast are all included. Shuttle service to and from nearby airports is also provided. For significantly less than other Cedar Rapids hotels, Super 8 also provides suite rooms with sofa sleepers, free local calls, microwaves, refrigerators in select rooms, and convenient guest laundry.
There are Cedar Rapids hotels throughout the city within walking distance to a number of great attractions for those without car rentals. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the many exciting recreational opportunities available, especially those having to do with the river like kayaking and canoeing and fishing in Iowa's one and only inner-city trout stream. Cheap Cedar Rapids lodging can be found close to a variety of interesting attractions, sights, and things to do. With a large number of area trails for hiking, numerous nearby golf courses, and located only a half hour from Iowa City, Cedar Rapids takes the lead as one of the most diverse and exciting areas in Iowa.