AAA Four Diamond-rated and IACC-accredited luxury boutique hotel sits on the banks of the Mississippi River in Muscatine’s historic district
Hotel at a Glance: The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center
Overlooking the gently rolling Mississippi River is the AAA Four Diamond- and 4-star rated Merrill Hotel & Conference Center. The IACC-accredited hotel is fit for both business and leisure stays with its 122 guest rooms and 16 meeting rooms, as well as its prime location in Muscatine, Iowa’s historic district, which is home to a number of antique shops, art galleries, and museums.
- Rooms and suites: made up of five different room types, from cozy king and queen rooms overlooking the Mississippi River, to spacious, apartment-style corner suites outfitted with a private bathroom and fireplace
- Business ready: The Howe Conference Center holds a combined total of 12,723 square feet of meeting space across 16 rooms, each equipped with conference features like AV technology, blackout shades and drapes, and catering services.
- Unwind in the hotel’s outdoor green space accented with fire bowls and a tranquil water feature
- Dine alfresco on the paver patio at Maxwell’s, which serves new American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as craft beers and signature cocktails.
Muscatine, Iowa: Historic Small Town on the Mississippi River
If not for the mighty Mississippi River, there would be no Muscatine. The small city, on a series of bluffs at a large bend in the river, rose to prominence as an important trading post. But it wasn’t just traders that came here. Mark Twain lived in Muscatine briefly, and the town left an impression on him—he once reminisced, “And I remember Muscatine . . . for its summer sunsets. I have never seen any, on either side of the ocean, that equaled them.”
Today, you can watch the sun set behind the river from the Mark Twain Scenic Overlook. It’s located in the quaint downtown district, most of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Here, you’ll find plenty of shops and restaurants, the Muscatine History and Industry Center—which chronicles the city’s history as the pearl-button capital of the world—and the Mississippi Mist Fountain. Cool off on hot days by playing in the water cannon’s 30-foot-high stream. You can also stretch your legs in one of Muscatine’s 20 parks, which are interlaced with 10 miles of trails and the working historic Pine Creek Grist Mill, built in 1848.