Gateway Hotel is conveniently located near many Ames attractions and just minutes from the Iowa State University campus. The lobby is spacious and peaceful thanks to a soaring ceiling and water features that include a small brook bubbling across a corner. Guest rooms look fresh and modern with feather pillows, flat-screen TVs, neutral color schemes and soft white duvets over down comforters. Guests with kids will love the heated indoor pool and whirlpool, and the hotel also provides free Wi-Fi.
The on-site IowaStater restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and stocks a full bar. Many menu items boast an Iowa theme, such as buttermilk onion rings; a pan-fried Iowa pork chop; and an Iowa omelet with bacon, sausage and cheese. Small plates range between $5 to $7; expect dinner entrees to set you back $9 to $24.
Gateway is also a conference center, so it's often bustling with event attendees and wedding guests. For extra privacy (and a little more peace and quiet), book accommodations in the executive wing, where rooms feature larger desks and walk-in showers. Standard room rates range from $79 to $139.