President Barack Obama, Cary Grant, Guy Lombardo, Richard Nixon, and Herbert Hoover have at least one thing in common: they all stayed at Hotel Blackhawk in Davenport, Iowa. First opened in 1915, the stately hotel stands three blocks from the Mississippi River in the heart of downtown. In 2009, a meticulous multimillion-dollar restoration breathed new life into the Blackhawk, even as the renovators worked to preserve the building’s most striking features, which include a soaring atrium, stained glass, and grand staircases.
Some of the unique amenities onsite include a New Orleans–style beignet café serving those popular puffed pastries alongside Starbucks coffee each morning. Just off the lobby, the upscale Spa Lucé offers relaxing services such as hot-stone massages and citrus-scented manicures. An indoor pool is lined with windows showing off downtown Davenport. On the first floor, you can eat fresh local fare for lunch and dinner at Bix Bistro. Dishes include cinnamon-brined Iowa pork chops and lasagna with pumpkin and spinach.
In your stylish jacuzzi room, you’ll have a panoramic view of the city skyline. Local artwork complements classic decor and furniture in rich jewel tones.
Davenport, Iowa: Cultural City on the Mississippi River
Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, Davenport is the third-largest city in Iowa. Hotel Blackhawk sits within easy walking distance of the mighty waterway, where you’ll find a number of footpaths and bike trails with scenic river views. Beyond its natural attractions, Davenport has a number of cultural offerings. Be sure to check out the Figge Art Museum, a strikingly modern glass building that houses paintings, installations, and sculptures from all over the world. Current and upcoming exhibitions include Sculpting with Fiber and Picturing Identity: The Allure of Portraiture. Also close by is the historic Adler Theatre, where upcoming shows include The Nutcracker, A Chorus Line, and West Side Story.