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The Hotel Grinnell Press Page is where you’ll find our most recent news articles. If you are not a member of the press but have an inquiry about the hotel, please contact reservations or guest services.
October 15, 2020
Sara Broers, Travel Awaits
7 Unique And Historic Hotels In Iowa For The Perfect Stay

Iowa is home to several unique and historic hotels. Each of these properties owns a slice of Iowa history and makes for a memorable stay. I hope you will book a stay at some of these one-of-a-kind properties.

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December 29, 2017
Barbara Hall, Iowa Farm Bureau
Best in class

Walking up the front steps of the newly opened Hotel Grinnell, it feels like you’re walking into a school building. That’s because you are. Built in 1921, the structure in the heart of Grinnell has served as a junior high, city hall and a church before being converted over the last year into a luxury hotel.

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September 2, 2018
Preservation Iowa
Preservation at its Best 2018, Large Commercial: Hotel Grinnell (Grinnell)

Hotel Grinnell is a 45-room boutique hotel that includes a 300 seat ballroom, a 450 seat auditorium, a lobby bar and outdoor patio. The project is an adaptive reuse of the city’s 1921 Junior High School in the center of downtown Grinnell.

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Sep 12, 2017
Roger Riley,
Former School, City Hall Now Grinnell Boutique Hotel

For weeks, Angela Harrington had been getting the same question: when would the Hotel Grinnell open? That answer is now. In an effort spanning at least 10 years, city leaders and Harrington had been trying to figure out how to open a hotel downtown.

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September 11, 2018
Melissa Vine, Insight Advertising
The Hotel Grinnell Story with Angela Harrington

It started with a request from the Grinnell Business Community, "We need an events center..." What they got was the Hotel Grinnell a re- Angela Harrington IOB 6 Sept 2018purposed 1921 school building in the heart of the town of 10,000.

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March 02, 2021
Ben Jones, Only In Your State
This Old Iowa School Is Now A Hotel With More Class Than Any Classroom

You’ll want to be kept after class at the Hotel Grinnell, a boutique hotel that just happens to have taken over an old junior high school building.

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December 23, 2019
Michele, Endless family Travels
Review : Hotel Grinnell, Iowa

We were invited to come and stay at the Hotel Grinnell, in Grinnell Iowa. Where is that, I hear you ask? More on that later! This hotel is in a converted school house, so has a homeschooling family, this piqued our interest.

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February 10, 2018
Athena Waligore, Interior Design
Perkins + Will Jazzes Up a Former Junior High for the Hotel Grinnell in Iowa

Perkins + Will Jazzes Up a Former Junior High for the Hotel Grinnell in Iowa Adolescence doesn’t usually factor into hospitality projects. But for Iowa’s Hotel Grinnell, Perkins + Will transformed a former junior high into a unique hotel that pays homage to the site’s history.

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October 26, 2019
Jaime, Corn Fields & High Heels
Hotel Grinnell: One of Iowa’s BEST hotels!

Located within walking distance of Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa is one of the best hotels in the state.

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June 6, 2018
David Landsel, Food & Wine
We Can't Believe How Cool Des Moines Is Being Right Now

Iowa's capital city was recently tapped as the fastest growing city in the Midwest, and that means some serious changes.

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August 18, 2019
Chris Christen, Omaha World-Herald
Hotel Grinnell: Who knew an old schoolhouse could be this cool?

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September 8, 2019
Kylie, Between England & Everywhere
Hotel Grinnell Iowa Review: A Cool Stay In A Converted High School | USA

The Hotel Grinnell in Grinnell Iowa, is located in what was a former junior high school building that dates back to 1921. The school was in operation until the late 1970’s. It has now been transformed into a modern hotel with 43 bedrooms and suites, a restaurant and bar, a ballroom and a theatre!

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May 14, 2020
CR Rae, Gaston Gazette
Gem of a town: Grinnell, Iowa, nicknamed Jewel of the Prairie

A popular Iowa college town offers visitors a peaceful, quiet visit with interesting things to do and great pizza.

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April 23, 2018
Lindsey Puls, Have Clothes, Will Travel
Where to Stay in Grinnell, Iowa? Hotel Grinnell, a School Turned Hotel

Hotel Grinnell is a one-of-a-kind boutique hotel in downtown Grinnell, Iowa. This is by far the most unique hotel I’ve ever stayed in. That’s because it was once a junior high school, and instead of gutting the building, its owners, Steve Holtze and Angela Harrington, decided to embrace the building’s scholastic past.

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July 31, 2019
This is Iowa
Making the Grade

In 2009, the self-described ‘serial entrepreneur’ Angela Harrington arrived in Grinnell, Iowa, wanting to reinvent herself. After the economic crash the previous year, the Denver, Colo., native moved to Grinnell and accepted a position with the city’s Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau. However, her first marching orders from the board required tapping into her entrepreneurial past and would result in one of her, and Grinnell’s, proudest accomplishments.

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September 8, 2019
Lisa Waterman Gray, Wander With Wonder
Schoolhouse to Chic Boutique: Hotel Grinnell in Iowa

Hotel Grinnell offers a welcoming green hotel stay in the heart of the Midwest. Hotel Grinnell is in a former 1921 junior high school.

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Matador Network
The 25 coolest towns in America: 2019

The more you travel to big destinations and famous cities, the harder it gets to appreciate them. You can’t really hate on world-class chefs and major league sports, but after you’ve lugged your suitcase up enough subway stairs and drained your bank account on $18 cocktails, you start thinking that small towns might have just as much to offer. And, for short stays, many of them do.

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Nov 9, 2018
Hotel Grinnell: Former junior high school earns an A+

Once a junior high school, Hotel Grinnell is a chic and modern luxury hotel that has earned an A+ in our grade book. Located just an hour’s drive east of Des Moines, Iowa, Hotel Grinnell melds its literal old school history with innovative designs and amenities for today’s contemporary traveler.

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23 January 2019
BLLA Announces Winners of the Annual 2019 Stay Boutique™ Awards

Every year, the Boutique Community honors the finest in the industry at the Stay Boutique Conference. Founded in 2010, this is one of the highest honor to receive in the Boutique Community.

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October 22, 2019
Brian Taylor Carlson, The Des Moines Register
New pop-up restaurant serving classic Italian fare has great chemistry with Hotel Grinnell

In the restaurant world, chefs love experimentation. You could say that ingredients are a veritable "periodic table" for chefs' chemistry of creativity. That's why on Nov. 1, Hotel Grinnell — located about an hour east of Des Moines — will be the new home for a pop-up restaurant, Cilino’s. Cilino’s will temporarily replace the hotel's current restaurant, The Periodic Table, for six months.

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December 23, 2020
Dana Miller, Hotel News Now
Indie Hoteliers Plan Leaner, ROI-focused 2021 Budgets

Independent hoteliers realized in 2020 that there were a lot of things they could live without spending capital expenditures on, and in 2021 they plan to continue that streamlined focus.

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June 9, 2020
Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Stay in a repurposed candy factory and more historic buildings at these Midwest hotels

Hotel Grinnell, Grinnell, Iowa: Inside a revamped 1921 junior high school are 52 rooms and suites designed for couples (with heated tubs for two) to groups (10-bed bunk rooms). Room keys look like a hall pass. Accommodations, which used to be classrooms, are furnished with original art and iron beds made locally.

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Jul. 29, 2020
Jay Greene, KCRG
Luxurious Hotel Grinnell beautifully combines past and present

As you walk through the halls and staircases of Hotel Grinnell, you might suddenly get the urge that you’re running late for class. But don’t worry, you won’t be docked any points for waking up late here. The building actually served as the town’s junior high school from 1921 until 1978. In 1978, the school sold it to the city.

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February 21, 2020
Katy Flint, Flint & Co
Hotel Grinnell: A New Meaning to “Old School”

“Old School” has a whole new meaning when it comes to the Hotel Grinnell! Across from Central Park in Grinell, Iowa, you’ll find an old school that has been beautifully restored and renovated into a boutique hotel!

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June 15, 2021
Angela Holmes, Corridor Business Journal
Angela Harrington named CBJ’s Entrepreneur of the Year

Entrepreneurship isn’t for the faint of heart — especially during a global pandemic. But hotelier Angela Harrington relied on her tenacity and experience from a previous failure to make it through the tumult.

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Jun 24, 2021
Jared Ranahan, Forbes
Immerse Yourself In Iowa's Craft Beer Scene On The Ultimate Six-Day Road Trip

While Iowa is renowned nationwide for its agricultural prowess, this gem of the Midwest is home to far more than endless cornfields and cattle pastures.

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October 10, 2023
Leah Hall
24 Hours in Grinnell, Iowa

Spend 24 hours with us in Grinnell, Iowa seeing what we saw, drank and ate at Grinnell, Iowa restaurants, Hotel Grinnell, Grinnell College and art gallery, too! Can’t wait to share with you!

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Erin Huiatt, Des Moines Parent
Hotel Grinnell in Iowa | Go Back to School + Stay Awhile

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May 22nd, 2024
Historic Hotels of America
The 2024 Top 25 Historic Hotels of America® Best of Adaptive Reuse List Is Announced

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Tour Bus


Hotel Grinnell is offering a VIP Rockstar Bus experience. This luxurious bus seats up to 20 people, costs $250 per hour with a 5-hour minimum, and is available only to groups staying overnight at either hotel. For more information, contact Hotel Grinnell at or 641-236-9250.



Enjoy a perfect golfing getaway with Hotel Grinnell and Grinnell College Golf Course!

aerial view of splash park


This summer when you stay at Hotel Grinnell you can receive a FREE pass to Grinnell's Outdoor Aquatic Center.