Hotels in and around Bloomington

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A Nice Place to Stay

Looking for a nice hotel? Bloomington offers a wide variety of choices for overnight accommodations. Here in this quaint Midwestern town, there are hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts and inns. Remembering this is a college town, you should not be expecting to see high rise five-star hotels. Many are scattered around campus and others are on the outskirts of town.

There are different things to take into consideration when booking a place to stay; I will do my best to cover all of them. It is a good idea to stay with one hotel chain allowing you to accumulate points to earn free night stays or other rewards offered by that particular program. I usually stay at the Hilton Garden Inn, which is centrally located downtown.

The other point to consider is that there are peak weekends in Bloomington where it is very difficult to get a room. Examples include football season, graduation, and parents weekend.  During these high demand times, rates can more than double for a stay, seemingly high for Bloomington. For graduation, it is strongly recommended that you try to book a year in advance. For sporting events, book as far in advance as possible. Cancellation policies vary.

Quaint Places to Stay

  • Biddle Hotel, This charming hotel is located in the Indiana Memorial Student Union. The Biddle Hotel has 189 guest rooms, was recently renovated, and provides complimentary breakfast at very reasonable prices. You will find yourself surrounded by natural beauty, breathtaking architecture, and IU landmarks. Just minutes away from Kirkwood Avenue with all its shopping and restaurants. Can you tell I really like this place?
  • Graduate Bloomington, Fairly new and close to campus, this modern hotel right is on Kirkwood, in the heart of the restaurant and bar district. You will enjoy the IU-themed decor. This is one of five new standout hotels in college towns.
  • The Grant Street Inn is a 10-minute walk from IU. This historic luxury inn offers all the amenities of a new hotel while nestled in a tree-lined residential street.
  • Walnut Street Inn is located in the downtown square and only blocks from the IU campus.
  • The Showers Inn Bed & Breakfast is popular and located in a Victorian home just block from campus and the downtown square.


Cost is obviously something most of us consider. Generally, the farther from campus one goes, the less the prices will be. During football season and special events; all bets are off. Prices can get high. Peak season can be tough, but keep calling the hotels back or opt to stay a bit farther from campus. Many parents say that they have also found homes for rent through Airbnb that worked out well.

Hyatt Hotels

Hilton Hotels


IHG  Hotels


For those who are traveling with pets, some of the pet-friendly hotels include:

Keep in mind that when you make reservations for pets, there may be restrictions, and some fees may apply. Read our blog on Bringing Your Pet to Visit for places to stay and places to eat.

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