• U.S. News & World Report Names The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center "#1 Best Hotel in Iowa"

     
    POSTED April 2, 2019
     
  • U.S. News & World Report Names The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center "#1 Best Hotel in Iowa"

     
    POSTED April 2, 2019
     

The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center has been named the "#1 Best Hotel in Iowa" by U.S. News & World Report in the "2019 Best Hotels" rankings. Located in downtown Muscatine, The Merrill is Iowa's only hotel to hold a AAA Four Diamond rating and International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) accreditation.

Adjacent from the city's River Walk Park, the 122-room hotel boasts numerous suites, 12,723 square feet of meeting space spread throughout 16 meeting rooms, a 4,719-square-foot Grand Ballroom, and a large outdoor balcony overlooking the Mississippi River. The Merrill also offers an indoor, heated saltwater pool, a fitness center, full-service restaurant and a 24-hour business center.

“Having opened just one year ago, this esteemed recognition spotlights the hotel’s exceptional setting, sophisticated amenities and the outstanding customer service our hospitality professionals deliver to our guests each day,” says Rebecca Howe, president of Riverview Hotel Development, LLC, the hotel’s owner. “This attention-to-detail truly sets our hotel and conference center apart.”

The U.S. Travel Association has called the current moment the “Great Travel Depression,” in light of the economic effects resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.  

 

Portland will be home to the first Ritz-Carlton in the Pacific Northwest. Developer BPM Real Estate Group is bringing the brand to the city, with an anticipated opening in early 2023. Plans call for a 35-story tower with 251 hotel rooms and 138 residential units, including eight penthouses.