The Savery Hotel successfully appoints a quirky historical building with ample amenities and sleek atmosphere. The bright, open lobby is a nod to midcentury modern style with glass tables and low-slung furniture.
When the hotel was originally constructed in 1919, rooms were tiny and private bathrooms a luxury. Retrofitting for today’s guests required some out-of-the-box thinking; for example, large rooms created by merging smaller units retain two pocket-size but beautifully modern bathrooms. Large windows with views of the performing arts center and downtown plaza complement clean-lined furnishings, flat-screen TVs and cushy bedding. The thick walls do a good job of muffling any street noise, but the vintage heating system puts out irregular clanging if the temperature fluctuates too much. (Rates from $130.)
A fitness room, vintage-tiled swimming pool and whirlpool occupy the basement level. The lounge serves regional wines and beers and makes a great perch for people-watching through street-level windows. Fresh local ingredients make an appearance at BOS, the on-site restaurant. Iowa Eggs Benedict topped with a mustard-tinged hollandaise ($10) substitutes locally made sweet sausage for Canadian bacon, and Iowa cheeses can be added to omelets. In addition to a full menu, a breakfast buffet ($11) includes yogurt, cereal, eggs, meat, French toast, potatoes, fresh fruit and bread.