The Merrill Hotel, Muscatine, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel

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Distinguished by its romantic setting on the banks of the Mississippi River, The Merrill Hotel is an award-winning AAA Four-Diamond hotel that stands apart as a wedding destination. The elegance, grandeur, and history are not only felt the moment you enter the hotel lobby, but as you walk the banks of the majestic river that flows steps away from the hotel's front door.

Located in Muscatine, Iowa and within an hour drive from the Quad Cities, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, The Merrill Hotel is arguably the Mid-West's most scenic and romantic wedding destination. Named The Best Iowa Hotel by U.S. News and World Reports for two consecutive years and TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice #20 Hotel in the USA.

Your Choice of Venues

Grand Ballroom – 4,719 sq. ft. with Outdoor Terrace of 1,250 sq. ft. with River View

Book your wedding in the spectacular Grand Ballroom featuring unparalleled views of the Mississippi River. With floor-to-ceiling windows, alongside an outdoor terrace, your guests will be taken by the serenity of the rolling river. This highly desired room, with its elegant lighting and rich beautiful colors, offers spaciousness and grandeur with a fifteen foot ceiling. The Grand Ballroom can accommodate a private ceremony for 100 – 500 guests or an exclusive dinner reception for 450 guests.

Clark Room or Clemens Ballrooms – 2,000 sq. ft. with River and City Views

The Clark and Clemens Ballrooms mirror the Grand Ballroom with ambiance and design. With their large windows facing East and West, guests can enjoy both a river view and Muscatine’s quaint downtown. These intimate ballrooms accommodate a private ceremony for 50 – 200 guests or a private dinner reception for 150 guests.

Bridal and Event Services

When planning your big day, every detail is important, and The Merrill Hotel wedding specialists will not only help guide you through the process, but also assist in coordinating your plans at the hotel. Whether your wedding is formal, informal, themed, indoors or out, our staff will be prepared to help with every logistical detail, from catering, seating arrangements and high-tech sound systems to unique downtime and guest activities. During preparation and on the big day, The Merrill Hotel staff will be close at hand to support you and ensure every detail is customized to your desires. Our goal is to help you take the guesswork out of the process, making the execution of your big day as seamless and smooth as possible.

Wedding Reception Options Include:

  • Wedding Reception Set Up & Tear Down
  • Tables, Chairs, Hotel’s China, Glassware & Cutlery
  • White Linens and White Napkins
  • Wooden Parquet Dance Floor
  • Traditional or Family Style Head Table
  • Elegant Mirror Centerpieces
  • Votive Candles with Tea Lights
  • Cake Table / Gift Table
  • Wedding Cake Cutting & Service
  • Reduced Guest Room Pricing
  • Complimentary Honeymoon Guest Room (night of reception)
  • Complimentary Gift Opening Room the day after your wedding
  • Guest Coat Check
  • On-site Valet Service
  • AV Equipment with Onsite AV Technician

Exquisite Catering

One of the most important elements that contribute to the success of a wedding is the food! No matter how beautiful the venue or how great the DJ, people will always remember the food that was served. For your perfect day, know that The Merrill Hotel’s Executive Chef Tessa Crookshanks understands the importance of customizing the perfect menu - one that is equal parts unique, delectable, and universally appealing. With fresh sustainable options sourced from local growers, you’ll know every course will live up to your highest standards. Choose from a wide array of wine, beer, and craft cocktails to complement your cuisine of choice. Whatever your culinary wedding wish is, The Merrill Hotel is the wedding venue that can deliver it.

Guest Accommodations

Where your wedding guests relax and lay their heads is of course critically important to the overall wedding experience. At The Merrill Hotel, rest assured you and your guests will find our 122 guestrooms and suites spacious, comfortable and relaxing. We trust each guest will find all of the creature comforts they desire from complimentary wi-fi and Gilchrist & Soames bath amenities to a large work desk and in-room refrigerator.

Hotel Amenities

You and your guests will find all the amenities you’ll need as you enjoy your stay at our AAA Four-Diamond, Tribute Portfolio Hotel. The Merrill Hotel offers:

  • Free Parking
  • Valet Service
  • Room Service
  • Lobby Lounge
  • Large Fitness Center
  • Indoor Heated Saltwater Swimming Pool
  • Dry Cleaning & Laundry Services

A wedding on the banks of the Mississippi River can be truly magical. The beautiful outdoor setting and fresh river air create an atmosphere that’s perfect for weddings indoors or out. The Merrill Hotel abounds with lovely settings where you, your family and your guests can share the enchantment of the event in surroundings of unsurpassed beauty.

  • Woman-owned

Frequently Asked Questions

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What kind of settings are available?

Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

All Inclusive Packages
Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Get Ready Rooms
Outside Vendors
Set Up

What catering services do you offer?

Cocktail Reception
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake

What bar services do you provide?

Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What food and beverage items are available?

Chocolate Fountain

What transportation and access is available?

Wheelchair Access

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    Perfect Venue for a Perfect Day

    This hotel was perfect for our perfect day! Everything from the employees to the views! Lisa, our wedding coordinator, truly was the best! Thank you again!!

    The Merrill Hotel, Muscatine, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel's reply:

    Hi Shontel!! Thank you so much for the wonderful review. Working with you was a fantastic experience! A wedding I will always remember, as well as the both of you. I wish you two much happiness and laughter for many years to come.
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    Professional and Beautiful

    My husband and I and our daughter Anna (actually everyone from wedding planners to Florist to both sides of our families) were so impressed by everyone (Lisa and her staff) . Muscatine is so lucky to have such a beautiful place to hold receptions and to be able to work with such professional people like Lisa and her staff. Hats off tyo Chef Tess also!


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