hotels with a view in Ankeny, IA

1. Courtyard by Marriott Des Moines Ankeny (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

This straightforward hotel is 7.5 miles from Adventureland and 7.6 miles from Prairie Meadows racetrack and casino.Contemporary-styled rooms offer free WiFi, desks with ergonomic chairs, flat-screen TVs with premium cable channels, minifridges, microwaves and coffeemakers. Suites add separate living areas.Social spaces include a living room-style lobby and an outdoor courtyard. The American restaurant serves breakfast and dinner, including Starbucks coffee. There’s also a business center with workstations and printers, plus 6 meeting rooms. Other amenities include an indoor pool, whirlpool tub, exercise room and free on-site parking.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests liked the rooms
  • 13 min drive to Adventureland
  • Guests praised the friendly service
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a restaurant
  • Guests mentioned “Bistro” 12 times
  • The fitness center has weight machines and elliptical machines
  • The hotel has a sauna
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a bar

Feedback From Real Customers

Jarrod Schoenecker

I would give them a 5-star rating but they are not checking all the boxes right now It seems to be a product of coming out of the COVID-19 pandemicThere is a VERY limited dinner menu right now at the bistro – burger, chicken fingers or a salad

Not exactly dinner and drinks Breakfast was also limited but not as much Missing a lot of items they normally would haveOverall though, staff that was there 3 years ago when I was last there is still there The staff is very friendly and helpful Definitely their star quality there Rooms are clean I even did a dust check and was surprised to find no dust! Good job!The place isn’t perfect but it seems it is managed well and the people working there care about their job and people they come in contact to Looking forward to staying at the conference again there next yearand hopefully fully operational!

Michelle Dornbier

We had our daughter’s wedding at this venue Ann the event planner is amazing! She covers every detail We truly just enjoyed the day and they took care of everything

The food and bar manager was great She communicated with us throughout the night The chef makes amazing food We had prime rib and made to perfection They served our 350 guest quickly It was top notch food and service We had a 5 star wedding thanks to courtyard marriott in Ankeny Thank you

BIRDM4N

One of the worst Courtyard Marriott’s I’ve stayed at The hotel/rooms are very worn…dingy carpet, mold in the showers, and uncomfortable beds It was a super hot week and the air conditioners are on an eco mode

I would get my room to a fairly comfortable temperature, leave for the day and when I got back in the evening it was a sauna We just checked out after a 4 night stay due to a faulty fire alarm that went off at 5 in morning The only bright spot is the friendly front desk staff

2. Stoney Creek Hotel Des Moines – Johnston (2-star hotel)

About this hotel

Off Interstate 35/Interstate 80, this laid-back hotel is 10 miles from Des Moines Golf and Country Club, and 13 miles from walking trails at Walnut Woods State Park.Rustic rooms feature Keurig coffeemakers, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi; some have wood-paneled walls and/or log furniture. Some upgraded rooms and suites add separate living areas and pull-out sofas; some also feature kitchenettes and/or in-room whirlpool tubs. Extended-stay cottages are available.Parking and hot breakfast are complimentary. There’s a cozy bar, a conference center, a gym and a hot tub, plus connected indoor and outdoor pools.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests liked the large rooms
  • 10 min drive to Living History Farms
  • Guests praised the service
  • Guests mentioned hot tubs 42 times
  • The fitness center has weight machines and treadmills
  • One of the few hotels in the area with an outdoor pool
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a bar

Feedback From Real Customers

Renie Osterlund

I’m in between on if this deserves the full 2 stars! The staff were excellent, friendly, and attentive, but busy They do deserve the full 5 stars However, the rooms/amenities do not

I’ve stayed in “discount” hotel chains that are nicer/cleaner than the Stoney Creek was First the room – we just had a basic king size room, they were spacious The bed was comfortable, and the pillows/linens were too However, the cleanliness of the rooms was lacking Our comforter had a couple stains on it The main garbage can still had some papers in it, and our bathroom had crumbs in the toilet paper dispenser area Not to mention we only had 2 towels in our bathroom upon check-in With that said, we simply needed a place to sleep and we were able to do that The walls are pretty thin, and the hotel was packed The pool area was simply disgusting There were so many people in that area, and it was absolutely freezing cold That might be fun in the summer but a cold Iowa spring and it wasn’t conducive to swimming Which made it so that the hot tub area was packed of children, and less than bathwater warm I spent all of 5 minutes in the area and it was more than enough, my husband and son stayed awhile longer but my son froze the entire time I’ll assume it’s a bit warmer when the outdoor (connected pool) can be utilized But they should note that the indoor pool isn’t heated for those staying in the winter/colder time of the year The halls were outdated, and dark, but the hotel was large The breakfast was decent They had a few options, and they kept it clean despite how busy the hotel was All in all, it’s definitely a bit more run down and pricey than other hotels in the area

Bridgette Wiggins

After a long day of travel we were greeted with a warm and welcoming smile Despite a hiccup beyond her control, the woman at the front desk was patient, understanding and worked diligently to help us to get checked in The hotel itself is excellent

Lovely accommodations and a clean room were a welcome respite for us weary travelers We will make a point to come back here Highly recommended

Kayla Van Gorp

We booked 2 nights in one of the family suites with a bunkbed! The room was great, exactly as pictured on the website Very clean and the kids loved the bunkbed! The pool looked cooler online than it was in person It was also very small compared to what I was expecting based on pictures

The whirlpool was also down for our whole stay which was disappointingThe breakfast setup was very nice, something different each morning we were there There was an automatic pancake maker which was very neat and actually very tastyWe would definitely stay here again!

3. Residence Inn by Marriott Des Moines Ankeny (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Set in a modern shopping and dining district, this relaxed hotel is 3 miles from I-35, 4 miles from Saylorville Lake, and 9 miles from events and concerts at the Wells Fargo Arena.Featuring kitchens, the understated studios provide flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi, plus sitting areas and sofabeds. The 1-bedroom suites add separate living rooms.Amenities include an indoor pool, a fitness center, and a patio with a fire pit, as well as a coin-operated laundry. Parking and breakfast are available.

Things You Need to Know

  • The rooms have refrigerators and kitchenettes
  • 11 min drive to Saylorville Lake
  • Guests praised the service
  • The fitness center has free weights and treadmills

Feedback From Real Customers

Don Fernandez

Stayed in a studio for about two weeks Staff was friendly and helpful Parking was plentiful and enough room for small trailers

Location is walking distance to allot of good restaurants Room cleaning was only once a week, but you could always ask for fresh towels and other services All appliances worked and only fault I found was their can opener & veg peeler could use replacing

Steven Smithson

I stayed at this motel for businessNice placeThe room was clean

Staff very niceBed was pretty hard and a bit lumpyThey could use some newer mattresses

4. Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Close to shops and restaurants off I-80, this relaxed hotel is 8 miles from sports and concerts at the Wells Fargo Arena, and a mile from the Living History Farms.Unfussy rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows feature Wi-Fi (fee), flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers. Some have sofabeds. Suites add minifridges, microwaves and living areas. Club-level rooms provide access to a lounge offering complimentary WiFi, food and drinks. Room service is available.There’s a laid-back restaurant & bar. Other amenities include a gym, a heated indoor pool and a convenience store, as well as a coin-operated laundry. Parking is offered for a fee. Pets are allowed.

Things You Need to Know

  • 5 min drive to Clive Aquatic Center
  • Guests liked the friendly service, which has a concierge
  • Some guests complained about the kitchenettes
  • Some guests complained about the bathrooms
  • Guests liked “waterfalls”, mentioned 24 times in reviews
  • Guests mentioned lobbies 56 times
  • Guests liked the fitness center

Feedback From Real Customers

Tom Erdely

I stay at this hotel once a year for a conference The hotel is always nice, clean and the staff is friendly However, during my most recent stay, it was even better

The entire staff was fantastic and WAY above and beyond From the front desk staff to the people working the breakfast, to the manager who gave us a tour of the 10th floor Everyone was great!The entire trip wrapped up with Mo driving us to the airport and it was one of the nicest trips I’ve ever had! He was so kind, helpful and told us stories from his life It was incredible If you’re in the area and need a hotel, you can’t do better than the Sheraton, mainly because of the staff!The only thing I wish was slightly different was that for the last 3 years, I booked the exact same room type, but previously had a small suite (separate living area with a coach and separate TV) and a fridge This time, it was a single (very nice) room with no fridge Not sure why or how I can make sure I get the bigger room with a fridge when I return next year

Amber Emberton

We stayed in this hotel for a wedding recently This hotel has a beautiful lobby, but the rooms are sub-par There isn’t a mini-fridge which is super inconvenient, and the rooms are in desperate need of updating

Not to mention all of our bedding was super wrinkled and there was someone else’s hair in the bathtub when we got there (which shows me little pride is put into the appearance of our accommodations) The elevators are an absolute nightmare There are only TWO elevators for ten floors, so you better be prepared to spend most of your time waiting on one to arrive to your floor It also seemed to be a pretty common occurrence for the room keys to all of a sudden stop working, as it happened not only to us but to multiple wedding guests, as well Their $12 breakfast is also just sad If you’re going to charge that much for breakfast, you better offer more than what most hotels offer in a FREE continental breakfast I must say, the staff are incredibly friendly, and I have zero complaints about them The wedding reception area is also very nice The staff, lobby, and reception areas are the only reasons I’m giving 3 stars Without them, my rating would most definitely have been lower

Nate Anderson

Rooms are average when it comes to comfort, along with terrible air flow and cooling during these summer months Hotels usually have great cooling but the room was muggy the entire stay, while the temp was set at “60°” No mini fridge which I suppose may be usual

However, we went to the bar to grab a drink and the bartender had tremendous trouble making drinks – the entire bar had to help guide her to the right bottles Clueless on what simple drinks were and poured the wrong drink Overall a below average stay

5. AC Hotel by Marriott Des Moines East Village (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Set in a polished building surrounded by bars and eateries, this modern hotel is 5 minutes’ walk from the Des Moines River waterfront, 1 mile from Pappajohn Sculpture Park and 5 miles from Des Moines International Airport.Contemporary rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minifridges, and tea and coffeemakers; some have sofabeds and/or city views. Suites add living areas.An airport shuttle is complimentary. There’s also a chic restaurant/bar, a gym and a coin-operated laundry. Parking and breakfast are available for a fee.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the clean rooms
  • Walking distance to Robert D. Ray Asian Garden and the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines
  • Some guests complained about the bathrooms
  • 16 min drive to Des Moines International Airport
  • Guests praised the service, which has a concierge
  • Guests praised the nightlife
  • Guests praised the bar

Feedback From Real Customers

Emily Nothwehr

The AC Hotel was one of the hotels downtown that I selected to block rooms out for my wedding in the East Village Tyler was very helpful assisting with setting us up with room blocks All of our guests commented on how nice their stay was and was impressed by the modern, sleek design and the amenities the hotel had to offer

The greatest amenity of all was Republic on Grand, the restaurant on the 6th floor It was nice that our guests didn’t need to go far for excellent food and drink Beyond Republic on Grand, the hotel is nearby several amazing restaurants and entertainment spots You can’t ask for a better stay in the Des Moines East Village!This rating would be an outstanding 5/5 if it wasn’t for an upholstery issue on one of the couches in the larger suites However, I have no doubt that this will be addressed soon!

Kimberly

Came to town for an event! This was the 2nd time I’ve stayed at the AC Hotel in East Village It’s clean, comfortable and beautiful! Everything you could ask for Staff is attentive and friendly! Special shout out to employee Stephanie who went above and beyond to ensure we had an excellent stay! We were able to walk to our destination was an added plus! We’ll be back!

Victoria Johnson

My husband and I won a free night at the hotel, which included a $100 gift card to The Republic (restaurant upstairs) which we were so excited about Upon arrival, the front desk worker was not very pleasant towards us, it was extremely awkward Then, we were notified that The Republic was actually closed for a private event that night, and was closed to the public

So, there went our dinner/drink plans on a Saturday night in the DSM area We were placed in a room directly in front of the elevator, which was possibly the noisiest room on the entire floor We heard people entering and exiting all night- it was very loud We even had a random person knock on our door at 3:00 am, and we are assuming they had the wrong room Aside from these things, the room was clean, bed was very comfortable The heated private parking garage for guests was the best feature they had, especially on a snowy January night We have a $100 gift card to this place, which just seems like a complete waste that we stayed there without being able to use it

6. Hampton Inn & Suites Ankeny (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

This modern hotel off Interstate 35 is a 7-minute drive from Ankeny Regional Airport and 5.5 miles from the Adventureland amusement park. Downtown Des Moines is 12 minutes away.Simple rooms include free Wi-Fi, minifridges and custom-designed beds, plus both full and lap desks (for working on the bed). They also have microwaves, coffeemakers and flat-screen TVs with HD channels. Suites add living areas with pull-out sofas.Free perks include parking, on-site hot breakfast (daily) and weekday breakfast bags (to go). There’s also an indoor pool, a whirlpool and a gym, plus a 24/7 business center and a meeting room.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the clean rooms, which have TVs
  • 11 min drive to Adventureland
  • Guests liked the friendly service
  • Guests mentioned beds 22 times
  • Guests praised the indoor pool

Feedback From Real Customers

j Norris

The stay was great until the second to last morning I was there I had the door sign hanging saying do not disturb and as I was getting ready for the day, I hear someone use the key pad and my door start to open Luckily I had the door stopper activated or the house keeping girls would have walked in and seen me in my underwear

I did not ask for house keeping nor had I checked out Why were they entering my room uninvited? How many times had they entered my room when I had left for work for the day? Why is staff just entering rooms w do not disturb clearly showing? My trust was completely lost after that and I didn’t feel safe leaving my belongings in the hotel so I packed them up and had to drag to work

7. Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel (4-star hotel)

About this hotel

In an enduring redbrick building in downtown Des Moines, this laid-back hotel is a mile from I-235, 2 miles from Gray’s Lake Park and 3 miles from the Des Moines Art Center.The casual rooms have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Upgraded rooms add access to an executive lounge with complimentary breakfast and snacks. Suites feature living areas with pull-out couches, along with microwaves and minifridges. Room service is available.Amenities include a gym and a business center, plus 2 restaurants, 1 of which serves Italian fare. Hot breakfast is offered for a fee.

Things You Need to Know

  • Walking distance to the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines and World Food Prize Hall of Laureates
  • One of the few hotels in the area with 24-hr room service
  • Guests mentioned the rooms are clean but small
  • Some guests complained about the bathrooms
  • Guests mentioned lobbies 18 times
  • The fitness center has weight machines
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a hot tub
  • Guests liked the bar

Feedback From Real Customers

Mark Zimmerman

Very nice hotel! It wears its age very nicely Only real complaint is the lack of accessible electrical outlets in our room

3(1 on each nightstand and another in the bathroom)Today’s “plug it in” culture requires a few more than thatThe nearby (across the street) parking was shockingly inexpensiveThe staff was beyond friendly and helpful to the point I felt like a VIP despite the fact I’d never stayed there before

Philipo

Absolutely great to stay The staff is very friendly and kind They have driver’s shuttle service that can drop you off to where you want to go as long its within 2 miles distance

You can also catch a ride to and from the airport…that was definitely a plus for meI want to send a shout out to Bobby and Melissa for their excellent customer service!!Great hotel to visit and stay…the location is perfect

Ryan Whedon

Great hotel, historic and wonderfully appointed One of the better renaissance hotels in the Marriott chain Although the bathroom is very small and really can only handle one at a time, it’s a old hotel hotel, not much you can do

Bed was very comfortable and climate controls worked great One star knocked off as the staff was not friendly at all

8. Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack, & Hotel (4-star hotel)

About this hotel

This casino hotel is 1 mile from Adventureland and 4.3 miles from Terrace Hills Golf Course.Contemporary rooms and suites offer flat-screen TVs, minifridges, iPod docks, coffeemakers and free WiFi. Some have wet bars and microwaves.Amenities include multiple restaurants and bars, a casino, a horse-racing track and a gym, plus an indoor saltwater pool and a hot tub. Live entertainment and shuttle transportation to Des Moines International Airport are complimentary.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the clean rooms
  • 12 min walk to Adventureland
  • Guests praised the friendly service
  • Guests praised the restaurant
  • Guests liked the beds, mentioned 36 times in reviews
  • Guests praised the breakfast
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a casino
  • Guests praised the indoor pool

Feedback From Real Customers

Junie Marie

I love this casino My only complaint is that they need staff to offer drinks Server rarely came around

We stayed for 3 days and had a good time We spent a lot of money We didn’t win any jackpots Leslie in the restaurant was a hoot She made us feel very welcome Didn’t get to see much of Tony this time He’s a very helpful employee too

Maria M Pflugradt

I love this hotel I am happy that the mask mandate was removed, although I would’ve worn a mask if I had to I appreciated the 21 and over rule for the casino

The slots were fun! I also loved the Cafe at the Meadows restaurant! The food was delicious and coffee was excellent! We went to AJ’s Steakhouse for my husband’s early birthday dinner Wonderful food

Robert Formaro

About 75% non smoking for anyone who doesn’t smoke this is a plus If you’re a smoker then not so much Do wish they had tables in a smoking are too

They seemed to have a good selection of high and low limit slots throughout smoking and non I’d be at 5 stars if they had an even balance of tables and slots for smoking and non-smoking All in all, a pretty fun time

9. Embassy Suites by Hilton Des Moines Downtown (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

This polished all-suite hotel along the Des Moines river is less than 1 mile from the Iowa State Capitol.Modern suites, some with city or river views, include kitchenettes, separate living rooms and pull-out sofas. All offer flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi (fee); upgraded suites add free Wi-Fi and Keurig coffeemakers.Complimentary perks include made-to-order breakfast, and an evening reception with light appetizers and drinks, as well as an area shuttle. There’s also an American grill restaurant, an indoor pool and an exercise room, plus a multilevel atrium in the lobby.

Things You Need to Know

  • Walking distance to World Food Prize Hall of Laureates and the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines
  • Some guests complained about the beds
  • Some guests complained about the unclean bathrooms
  • Guests liked the service
  • Guests praised the American restaurant
  • Guests mentioned “waterfalls” 18 times
  • Guests praised the indoor pool

Feedback From Real Customers

Laurie Hansel

Nice location downtown Rooms are nice size and staff is very helpful and friendly The breakfast buffet is nice and there is plenty of seating

Staff does a nice job of keeping things fresh and full They do offer underground parking, but it is generally full and costs 18 dollars There is free parking on bridges if you can find it or a city parking garage across the street for 10 dollars, but it does cost 1 dollar an hour to come and go The building is dated and carpets in hallways desperately need to be stretched or replaced It’s a big tripping hazard I found the beds so hard it was like sleeping on a stack of 2x4s I couldn’t do a second night and slept on the couch Others with me didn’t find them this bad, so this is subjective Just be aware if you don’t like a firm mattress, this is not the place for you Overall, a nice stay, mostly due to the excellent staff Management is clearly not investing in this property to keep it safe or make improvements They are lucky to have excellent employees who probably all deserve a raise

Brenda Smith

Mold in two shower stalls!We stayed at the Embassy Suites downtown Des Moines on 5/14/22 I’ve been a Hilton Honors member for awhile and chose Hilton because of the reputation and my past experienceI was very disappointed to find in the first room (323?): hair and other debris in the mini fridge, debris on the bathroom floor and a pinkish substance that easily came off on a tissue on the shower floor and mold in the grout and caulk of the shower

We had little time before needing to leave for the show but a bellman was sent up and helped us quickly move to another room At first glance it was cleaner than the previous room so we accepted it and hurried to get ready for dinnerAfter we returned and I went to shower I then saw how bad the mold was in this second room shower stall(328?)We reported this to the front desk and were told a full refund would be processed I wrote to the manager in hopes this issue gets addressed and the bathrooms get professional mold removal and grout and tile cleaning Certainly at $250/ night x the number of rooms this would be deemed a wise investment by whoever makes these decisionsI would love to stay there again when attending a Civic Center show as it was otherwise a very nice hotel and walking distance to our event However, I won’t be staying there unless I’m somehow able to find out if this mold in the ceramic tile shower stalls is addressed

xFOXYxDIVAx Gamer

It’s always such a welcoming environment! Always beautiful, free breakfast & sometimes dinner or it’s all the time! Free alcoholic drinks between 530-730 Pool was nice and warm, our room was clean and nicely kept together! Bars and food in walking distance for a fun night, and they offer to drive you if you’re intoxicated Private parking too, or free on the bridge! Will always choose this hotel now!!

10. Surety Hotel (4-star hotel)

  • Address: 206 6th Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Phone: (515) 985-2066
  • Ratings: 4.6 (131 reviews) Excellent
  • Website : Surety Hotel
  • Check-in time: 3:00 PM
  • Check-out time: 11:00 AM
  • Quick Summary: Upscale hotel in a 1913 former bank building featuring chic quarters, plus a fashionable cafe/bar.

About this hotel

Set within an elegant beaux arts former bank building dating from 1913, this upmarket hotel is 14 minutes’ walk from Pappajohn Sculpture Park and a 13-minute walk from Iowa Hall of Pride, an interactive museum. It’s a mile from Interstate 235.Featuring original artwork, chic rooms have Wi-Fi, flat-screens and designer toiletries. Individually curated minibars are available. Upgraded rooms add sofas. Suites provide separate living rooms.A fashionable cafe/bar with an old world vibe offers private dining. There’s also a sleek lobby bar with a billiard table. Grab and go breakfast is available.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the beds
  • Guests praised the bathrooms
  • Walking distance to Des Moines’ Downtown Farmers’ Market and the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines
  • Guests praised the friendly service
  • Guests mentioned bars 10 times
  • Guests praised the architecture and the lobby
  • Guests praised the breakfast
  • The fitness center has weight machines

Feedback From Real Customers

Chandler Bos

Enjoyed our stay coming home from a trip Beds were comfortable, shower was hot, and the room was niceParking is worth it, not free but better than anything else

Front desk staff was very nice and helpfulOdd presence with cops and homeless? people outside the hotel both the night we got there and the next morning Didn’t seem threatening, just odd

Collin McGraw

Surety hotel lived up to our expectations on delivering a 5 star experience The hotel is very lively, and exciting even during a midweek stay We are excited to see drag bingo in the lobby Wednesday night

We stayed in a corner studio king on the 10th floor and were very pleased with the finishes in the room, the cleanliness and over atmosphere The provided shampoo/conditioner/body wash was so nice I actually looked it up online to order some for home The front desk staff were all very kind, accommodating and welcoming to our needs We cannot wait for our next stay in Des Moines and will continue to visit this hotel The on-site restaurant mulberry street tavern was absolutely to die for and a huge part of what made our stay so great

Patrick Hess

I used to live in Des Moines while the Surety was being renovated so I was very excited to have a chance to stay when visiting The hotel is delightful! Staff are friendly and helpful, the rooms are very nice and have much more character than a typical hotel I couldn’t find any pictures online of the gym but it is also very nice

Highly recommended if you’re bored of all the big chain hotels

11. Hampton Inn & Suites Des Moines Downtown (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Overlooking the Des Moines River, this modern, downtown hotel is a 3.9-mile drive from the Des Moines Art Center and a 4.7-mile drive from Iowa State Fair.Warm, polished rooms include free Wi-Fi, lap desks and custom-designed beds, along with flat-screen TVs, microwaves, minifridges and coffeemakers. Suites add living areas with pull-out sofas, wet bars and/or river views.Complimentary hot breakfast is offered. There’s also a 24/7 pantry, plus an indoor pool, a whirlpool tub and a fitness center. Additional amenities include a 24/7 business center and meeting space.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests liked the clean rooms
  • Walking distance to Des Moines’ Downtown Farmers’ Market and World Food Prize Hall of Laureates
  • 14 min drive to Des Moines International Airport
  • Guests praised the friendly service
  • Guests mentioned hot tubs 16 times
  • Guests praised the river views

Feedback From Real Customers

Annie Marie Young

Beds super comfy Great breakfast buffet and attendant wrote motivational messages on the bananasWe requested the top floor, away from the elevator and ice machine and were assured this was no problem

We even called twice to make sure this was still on the notes for our reservation We were astounded to find the room was the closest to the elevator! The staff was willing to move us but we ended up on a middle floorThere was a high school sports team on our floor and they threw their candy wrappers and sports drink containers in the hallway and stairwell Housekeeping never picked it up!The room keys are very frustrating Over and over we had to get them replaced It was a hassle because we parked on level 3 and often the key wouldn’t work so we couldn’t access our floor We could take the elevator down to the lobby—but couldn’t access it either!

Shannon Cusick

Very clean rooms, pet-friendly and the staff is SO polite and caring They really do take that extra time to make it a pleasant experience here We actually reserved a room at another hotel in the area and the rooms were unbearably filthy, so we canceled that reservation and booked here and THANK GOD we did! It’s in a great area where nightlife and food are within walking distance

We are very comfortable and will be back if we are ever back in Des Moines

aram brazilian

Needed a place to spend the night while crossing the country on a road trip And this was one of the only places we found that had a patio so we could open the windows to be safe because of covid And a nice view of the river too

But here are my complaints:1) Hard to find – the sign is more of a placard to the side of the door – no driveway where you can park while you check in – we circled the block twice before we found the place2) Hard to park – once you pull into the parking garage, it’s hard to know which way to go – it is shared w/ another hotel, so we were driving in circles in the garage too we finally parked on the third floor (incorrectly) and had to use the intercom to let us in and then walk through the upper hallways until we found an elevator to take us down to the lobby3) Hallway to our room was littered with trash and stains4) Ice machine broken5) Room was a bit worn out w/ frayed carpeting6) The walk back to the hotel from the downtown strip felt pretty sketchy at nightI assumed because this is owned by Hilton that there would be a higher level of cleanliness and proper signage All that big corporate money but I guess they don’t want to spend any of it at this location

12. Hotel Fort Des Moines, Curio Collection by Hilton (4-star hotel)

About this hotel

This classic, brick-style hotel is an 8-minute walk from Western Gateway Park and 1.6 miles from the Iowa State Capitol.Casual rooms offer tea and coffeemakers, free WiFi and cable TV. Some have microwaves and/or traditional furnishings.Amenities include a restaurant, a bar, a cafe and a gym, plus a business center and a newsstand. Airport shuttle transportation is complimentary.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the clean rooms, which have kitchenettes
  • Walking distance to Pappajohn Sculpture Park and the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines
  • Some guests disliked the air conditioning but others praised the beds
  • 13 min drive to Des Moines International Airport
  • Guests praised the service, which has a concierge
  • Guests liked the lobby, mentioned 13 times in reviews
  • Guests praised the breakfast
  • Guests praised the bar

Feedback From Real Customers

Pat Pula

Traveling from the East Coast to the West Coast we spent 2 nights at this hotel It has beautiful detail which you will not find in a modern facility Everything from the classic wooden appointed lobby to the elevators is just a wonderful experience of the charm and the workmanship of another era

Our room was pleasantly appointed and the bathroom spacious Only item I would add is a bench to the bathroomThe city is incredibly walkable Nothing is too far away Highly recommend staying hereAnd if you are here in the winter the hotel is connected to a lengthy interior walkway that can take you pretty much anywhere while you avoid the elements!

S Vital

We loved the hotel It is stylish and the rooms are clean and of a good size The staff is attentive and nice

We just had a little trouble with the heating system but did not stain our stay We also were happy with the location There are plenty of restaurants and cafes into walking distance from the hotel We plan to go back and we will recommend it

Kristi Mollenhoff

Excellent hotel Beautiful lobby, spacious, elegant super clean rooms Very friendly staff, from front desk to housekeeping service to cafe

Would highly recommend for the location too Seems central to everything Will def stay here next time in Des Moines Have stayed at other downtown hotels at twice the price and was not as impressed as I was here Loved the history of this place too

13. Des Moines Marriott Downtown (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Set 5 miles from Des Moines International Airport, this refined high-rise hotel is 2 miles both from the Iowa State Capitol and from the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.Airy rooms feature desks, flat-screen TVs and minifridges, as well as coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms add city views. Suites include separate living and dining areas. Wi-Fi is available for a fee.An airport shuttle is complimentary. There are also 2 casual bar/restaurants, 2 lounges and a cafe. Other amenities include a gym and an indoor pool, as well as meeting and event space. Parking and breakfast are available for a fee.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the clean rooms
  • Walking distance to the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines and World Food Prize Hall of Laureates
  • 13 min drive to Des Moines International Airport
  • One of the few hotels in the area with 24-hr room service
  • Guests praised the service, which has a concierge
  • Guests liked the fitness center, which has weight machines
  • Guests praised the indoor pool

Feedback From Real Customers

Scott McCormick

It’s a Marriott!If you have status, it’s probably worth it to visit the mezzanine level for their evening food & drinks The host is named Mary, and she’s very friendly You do pay for drinks, but the food is free and I really enjoyed the whole thing

Otherwise, the hotel is everything you would expect Clean, helpful staff, no issues at all

Aware Wolf

The only thing nice about this place is the Penthouse The AM staff are rude and have no customer service experience The breakfast was cold & old

They didn’t know how to give directions The halls smelled of puke and beer from college kids We was there to see Slipknot Do not bring a family here Thomas Walsh, and Shiny knight was right

Tyler Allen

This place is not family friendly and is too expensive to stay at There is not free parking or a free breakfast They seem to nickel and dime you on everything

The TV only has 60 some channels on it and none that are family wholesome showsThey don’t offer complimentary coffee in the lobby The worst part is a breakfast buffet that has less offering than a dinner cost more than getting steak and eggs at an upscale dinner For two adults it was 36 dollars If the conference I went to was not here, I would not stay here and I would not recommend it to others

14. Best Western Premier Ankeny Hotel (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Off I-35, this straightforward hotel on a lake is 7 miles from Adventureland Park, and 4 miles from Margo Frankel Woods State Park’s hiking trails and playgrounds.The relaxed rooms have work desks, flat-screens and free Wi-Fi, plus minifridges, microwaves, and tea and coffeemakers. Suites add living areas with sofabeds. Children ages 17 and younger stay at no charge with an adult.Amenities include free breakfast, an indoor pool and a gym, as well as a bar.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the rooms, which have refrigerators
  • 13 min drive to Adventureland
  • Guests praised the service
  • Guests mentioned beds 16 times
  • Guests mentioned pools 10 times
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a bar

Feedback From Real Customers

Raquel Gitch

2 things I didn’t like The lack of a solid shut of our restroom door and the breakfast However, the location is great, Ashley at the front desk was helpful, the outside patio was a great place to host our group of families and the beds were about the most comfortable hotel bed I’ve slept in for as long as I can remember

We will return

15. Wildwood Lodge Clive (3-star hotel)

  • Address: 11431 Forest Ave, Clive, IA 50325
  • Phone: (515) 222-9876
  • Ratings: 4.5 (945 reviews) Excellent
  • Website : Wildwood Lodge Clive
  • Check-in time: 4:00 PM
  • Check-out time: 12:00 PM
  • Quick Summary: Functional rooms with high-end bedding in a low-key hotel offering an indoor pool & free breakfast.

About this hotel

This casual, rustic hotel is 6.7 miles from the Des Moines Art Center and 9.1 miles from Water Works Park.Straightforward rooms and suites offer flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, iPod docks and free WiFi, plus high-end bedding. Some have colorful furnishings, desks and pull-out sofas, as well as whirlpool tubs, microwaves, minifridges, fireplaces and/or boardroom tables.Hot drinks, continental breakfast and afternoon cookies are complimentary. Other amenities include an indoor pool with a waterfall, plus a hot tub, a 24-hour gym and a business center.

Things You Need to Know

  • 11 min walk to Clive Aquatic Center
  • Guests praised the friendly service
  • Guests praised the large, clean rooms but some disliked the kitchenettes
  • Guests mentioned lobbies 49 times
  • Guests praised the architecture
  • Guests praised the breakfast
  • Guests praised the indoor pool and the hot tub
  • Guests praised the bar

Feedback From Real Customers

Christy Sundberg

This is a great place overall I’ve brought my nephew twice and he loves it Very homey atmosphere with helpful staff

We really like the saltwater pool You should absolutely get one of the poolside rooms if you like swimming! More breakfast than you could possibly eat (scrambled eggs, sausage, cereal, waffles, pastries, etc) Family-friendly selection of games available in the lobby is a perk

Laurie O’Brien

We happened to find this place when traveling across I-80 It was relatively close to the highway and not expensive As we drove up we saw the fire pit on the front patio with a fire going that can be seen through the glass surrounding the indoor pool

The facility is like a rustic lodge, with a large fireplace in the lobby, tables and space to hang out and games for guests to use Staff are the friendliest and most attentive we’ve ever encountered The room was very spacious and comfortable If there is a downside, it’s that there is no microwave in the room but there is one in the lobby Breakfast was wonderful with lots of choices and extras

Amy Spencer

Place was nice and clean Unfortunately we were on the third floor at the very end as far from the elevator as possible Morning breakfast was standard but good

They changed our towels but didn’t make the bed which seemed strange We didn’t use the pool because there were quite a few kids there but it looked nice Convenient location to everything we wanted to see Lots of restaurants nearby Staff was friendly

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