Where am I going to stay?

Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City

To put your name on the list, call 319-356-3939.

Highlights: Free parking pass for Ronald McDonald House and ramps, free long-term parking, help with housing cost, food pantry plus food and meals from local groups, and the opportunity to meet other parents.

Ronald McDonald House has 25 rooms that allow up to four people. Suggested fee is $15 a night with a sliding fee scale. There is a room key deposit of $10. 
No family is turned away if unable to pay. Ask for the “Share a Night Program.”

  • Free parking ramp pass with a $20 deposit. This is returned when pass is returned. A credit card or a $100 “hold check” is held until the pass is returned at checkout. This pass allows parking at both Ronald McDonald House and UI Hospitals & Clinics parking ramps.
  • Free breast pumps, food pantry, kitchen, laundry, Internet, and computer access.
  • Free shuttle service to hospital: 8 a.m.,, 10 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 8:45 p.m. 
  • Grocery and drug store runs.
  • Free long-term parking ¼ mile from Ronald McDonald House; shuttle provided
  • Ronald McDonald House has six “guest suites” that allow up to six people. Guest suite room fee is $20 per night.
  • Guests gone from Ronald McDonald House over 48 hours must check out or your family’s ability to stay at Ronald McDonald House is cancelled.
  • If either NICU parent is under the age of 18 and not married, one of the NICU parents’ adult parents or legal guardian must stay with them. Children under 18 must be with a parent or guardian.

Rossi Guest House

To put your name on the list, call (319) 384-9240.

Highlights: Located in the hospital, TV in room  

Housing in the hospital near Elevator C. The check-in office is on Level 5 (S518 General Hospital) and the rooms are on Level 4 of General Hospital. Fee is $10 per night; no sliding fee scale. Parents under the age of 18 must have written parental approval to stay without parental supervision. A parent under 18 may not have anyone in room other than parent or legal guardian. Parents who are under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. These restrictions do not apply to married parents under the age of 18.  Proof of marriage will be requested.

There is a shared kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, laundry, and a lounge with a computer.  There is a TV, refrigerator, and a breast pump in each room. There are two double beds in each room—no more than 4 persons may stay. Parking is not provided. 

If there are no open rooms at Ronald McDonald House or Rossi Guest House, there are lower rates for some hotels in the area. Please speak with Ronald McDonald House first for lowest rates.

NICU Family Lounge

There is short-term sleeping in the NICU Family Lounge (up the stairway). There is a shower, restroom, refrigerator, microwave oven, TV, computers, lockers, and a breast pump. See the NICU clerk for the room code if you use the elevator to reach the lounge.

Local Hotels/Motels, Bed and Breakfast

See hotel guide. When calling, ask for the “hospital rate.”