A Letter From Our Owner Re: COVID-19


March 19, 2020

Dear Guests: It’s with heavy hearts we have decided to temporarily suspend new bookings at The Black Hawk Hotel to protect you and our staff during COVID-19. Rest assured, our small but mighty historic hotel has weathered many tough times in its 167 years; we will get through this too.

Along with many other small businesses, we are coordinating with local and state health officials’ recommendations on when to reopen (currently April 30, 2020). We will continue to answer calls and emails during this time, so please feel free to reach out.

One way you can support our small, independent hotel is by purchasing a gift certificate for a future stay—they never expire! Just call or email us and we’ll mail it to you.

And to our country, community, guests and staff alike: our hearts are with all of you during this tough time. We look forward to hosting you back at The Black Hawk soon!

Until we see each other again,

Mark Kittrell and The Black Hawk Team

Retro Motel Open to Healthcare Professionals

In an effort to serve our community through COVID-19, we have made the decision to open the retro motel to healthcare professionals who need a place to safely quarantine. We will donate half of the revenue from these reservations back to the local health system’s foundations. If you are a healthcare professional and would like to make a reservation, call the hotel at 319-277-1161. Daily and weekly reservations available.

Book direct for the best deal

We’ll price match any current third party rates, and reward your shop local efforts with a free drink to Bar Winslow when you book direct via our website or by calling the hotel: 319-277-1161

Welcome to the Historic Black Hawk Hotel.

An independent, boutique hotel focused on the complete experience of comfort and style. Each suite, like a guest house, is complete with an array of amenities ideal for both short and long-term stays.
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The Black Hawk Hotel is owned by and cared for by locals; we’re committed to presenting our guests an authentic Cedar Falls experience.

Experience Cedar Falls’ past, present and future all in one place. From the original penny tile still on the floors today, to the breakfast at Farm Shed made with local produce, everything we do has story and purpose.

Cedar Falls is a place of history, education, arts, and design. It is a town with a rich and interesting past (and future).

Explore the award-winning downtown, universities, miles of trails, and cultural institutions that make our town one of the most intriguing destinations in the Midwest.


The hotel features 43 thoughtfully-curated guest rooms and suites that offer a balance between historic charm and modern amenities.



Dive into the rich culture of Cedar Falls at Farm Shed, our farm-to-table eatery, and Bar Winslow, our prohibition-inspired craft cocktail bar.



Live like a local when staying at the Black Hawk Hotel. Let our concierge help you plan an unforgettable stay in Cedar Falls.


Our History

The Black Hawk Hotel has a rich history, which begins with the founding of Cedar Falls in the early 1850’s.  And now, The Black Hawk Hotel is  the longest continually operated hotel in the country.

We’re proud of our roots; at The Black Hawk Hotel, you’ll find we celebrate local history in everything we do. From our name, to the prohibition-inspired cocktails at Bar Winslow, we invite you to immerse yourself in our history.