The nine-story, 231-room Graduate Iowa City is located on Dubuque Street, directly off the Ped Mall. Drawing inspiration from the University of Iowa’s prestigious creative writing program, the hotel’s design welcomes visitors into a literary work of art. With walls covered in novel works by local author Tim Taranto, the lobby features floor-to-ceiling bookcases and reading nooks as well as a cozy Tiger Hawk couch and long communal table inviting guests to cozy up with a good read. Design highlights include warm plaid drapery, Persian-patterned benches, floral-striped lounge chairs, Eskimo Pie nightstands, and Goldfinch wallpaper.