Welcome to Gateway Hotel and Conference Center

Stay at Our Unbeatable Location Near Iowa State University

A memorable experience awaits you at Gateway Hotel and Conference Center at Iowa State University! You’ll find us in the heart of Ames, Iowa – an easy walk from the campus of ISU and just 30 miles from downtown Des Moines. As one of the few full-service hotels in the city (and home to the largest conference center), we provide a modern, welcoming destination for work or play.

Comfortable and intuitively designed rooms offer free Wi-Fi, plush bedding, mini-fridges, and other modern perks. On-site amenities include a fitness center, an indoor pool, a hot tub, and a sauna – plus delicious comfort food at The IowaStater Restaurant.  Enjoy a morning walk or evening stroll around 1.5 miles of walking paths surrounding the hotel and weaving through 17 acres of beautifully maintained grounds.

Plan your next event in one of our stylish indoor/outdoor venues, the largest of which can seat 850 people. In the mood to explore? In addition to our special relationship with nearby Iowa State University, our hotel offers easy access to a number of excellent golf courses, a nature reserve, and family-friendly attractions.

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Free Wi-Fi

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Guest Laundry

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Pool Area

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Fitness Area

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Free Parking


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King bed in Executive King at Gateway Hotel & Conference Center

Executive King (EXKG)

Our Executive King features a single king bed in the secluded Executive Wing of our property. There is more floor space than a Tower King and the bathroom features a walk-in shower. Standard amenities will also apply.

Atanasoff Suite kitchen, The Gateway Hotel & Conference Center

Atanasoff Suite (Suite)

The most luxurious room on property, the Atanasoff Suite, features a bedroom with a single king bed and dresser. In the bathroom, an air tub and a four head walk-in shower.  A living room with a full-sized sofa, and a kitchenette with expanded mini fridge, wine cooler and a wet bar. To top it off, one of the best views Ames has to offer.
Bed & lounge area in Platinum King at Gateway Hotel Ames

Platinum King (PLAKG)

Our Platinum King is a top floor room featuring beautiful  north-facing views. Included is a single king bed, a comfortable chair, and ottoman. A mini fridge and microwave also come standard as well as our other usual amenities.

Bed & Breakfast Package

Relax and rejuvenate in one of our inviting guest rooms and enjoy our delicious breakfast buffet the next morning.

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LowaStater Restaurant, The Gateway Hotel & Conference Center


Located right here at the hotel, The IowaStater Restaurant serves modern American comfort food in a relaxed, welcoming environment. We’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; fuel up for a busy day in Ames with buffet and a la carte options ranging from steel-cut oatmeal to Dutch apple pancakes and our famed IowaStater Steak & Eggs.