Experience the magic of the Mississippi River in historic downtown Muscatine, Iowa, rich in history, activities, amenities, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit, as well as natural beauty. Once known as “The Pearl Button Capital of the World,” this East Central Iowa town is home to The Merrill Hotel, Muscatine, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, and the Howe Conference Center, featuring over 12,700 square feet of flexible and intimate event space. Perfect for creatives and captains of industry alike, The Merrill Hotel and The Howe Conference Center feature sophisticated interiors, curated art collection, and artful cuisine, where meetings and events are sensorial, creative, and inventive.
The exterior of the Merrill hotel
The Merrill Hotel
As rare as a pearl found in a Mississippi River clam, The Merrill Hotel is a 4 Diamond, boutique hotel in downtown Muscatine, located right on the Mississippi River with 122 guest rooms and suites. Consistently awarded the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award and among one of the top hotels in Iowa according to U.S. News & World Report, The Merrill Hotel includes The Howe Conference Center venue which features a total of over 12,000 square feet across 16 functional rooms.
The Howe Conference Center at the Merrill Hotel includes over 12,000 square feet of flexible meeting space across 16 functional rooms.
This versatile event space will accommodate small corporate meetings, fundraising events, and social events including galas and weddings. This luxury Iowa hotel is a proud member of the International Association of Conference Centers – one of only two IACC-certified hotels in the state of Iowa – and a Marriott Bonvoy hotel. The Howe Conference Center promises to deliver unforgettable service and unparalleled connections that will leave a profound impact on its guests. The emphasis is not only on the quality of the venue but the outcome of your meeting or event.
The Grand Ballroom at the Merrill hotel
Once a busy river port, today Muscatine has thriving manufacturing enterprises sprung from local entrepreneurs in the early-to-mid-20th Century. Some of the best products in the world – office furniture, livestock feed, stadium lighting, grain alcohol, and retread tire systems – are manufactured in Muscatine by companies grown from their roots.
Visit the Muscatine Art Center to find paintings by world-renowned artists. Learn about the “Gold Rush of the Midwest” at the National Pearl Button Museum. Explore and hike along 300-million-year-old sandstone formations at Wildcat Den State Park. When you stay at The Merrill Hotel, you’re in the heart of Historic Downtown Muscatine. Discover unique items at locally owned retail shops and enjoy delicious food from one of the many family-owned restaurants.
Whether visiting for business, family, sports, history, shopping or to enjoy the beautiful parks and river views, Muscatine is the natural choice. We’re happy to have you visit us and invite you to experience the warm Midwestern hospitality you’ll find here.