hotels with a view in Clive, IA

1. 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

2. 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

3. Comfort Inn & Suites Event Center (2-star hotel)

About this hotel

Off Interstate 235, this straightforward hotel is a 4-minute walk from Iowa Events Center and 1.2 miles from Des Moines Botanical Center.All rooms have en suite bathrooms, as well as free WiFi, coffeemakers, desks with ergonomic chairs, and flat-screen TVs. Suites, all with separate living areas, add extras like whirlpool tubs, river views or wet bars.Free hot breakfast is provided, as well as complimentary coffee. Other amenities include an indoor pool, an exercise room and a meeting room, plus free parking for cars and buses.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests liked the clean rooms and the beds
  • Walking distance to World Food Prize Hall of Laureates and the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines
  • Some guests disliked the bathrooms
  • 16 min drive to Des Moines International Airport
  • Guests praised the friendly service
  • Guests praised the breakfast
  • Guests liked the river views
  • Guests liked the indoor pool

Feedback From Real Customers

Feyre Fay

At least the power workedA pipe burst which resulted in no water for our basic needs

Not to mention them towing the car causing a check engine light to come up, they told us to move it once, which we did, then they forcibly moved it without telling us later on Also! the pool was fairly humid and decrepit looking – also the person vacuuming right out side our door and down the hall from 630 am to 730 am was not great Additionally, breakfast was cancelled which is the reason we booked here Lastly, the room was very noisy with the cars driving nearby If your looking for a place to sleep in comfort the comfort inn is not the placeBut hey we got a refund that we had to jump through a hoop and a half to get

TJ

Check in time was 3pm showed up at 3:30pm with a reservation and room still wasn’t ready Front desk didn’t offer any reason or compensation for us to have to wait 30 min to clean the room Didn’t offer anything

One of the most expensive rooms they offer Just over all bad customer service Room was ok Kinda outdated for the cost Bed was ok but the pillows where really small Breakfast was also not great Went down at 6:30am when it opened at 6pm was enough food but it wasn’t hot Scrambled Eggs and sausage was all cold I wouldn’t suggest or stay again

4. Hilton Des Moines Downtown (3-star hotel)

  • Address: 435 Park St, Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Phone: (515) 241-1456
  • Ratings: 4.3 (962 reviews) Very good Eco-certified
  • Website : Hilton Des Moines Downtown
  • Check-in time: 3:00 PM
  • Check-out time: 12:00 PM
  • Quick Summary: Contemporary business hotel featuring a restaurant with a terrace, plus a bar and a ballroom.

About this hotel

On a downtown corner, this sleek business hotel is across from the Iowa Events Center. It’s 1 mile from both the Iowa State Capitol and I-235.Relaxed rooms offer flat-screens, minifridges and safes, as well as tea and coffeemaking facilities. Some provide floor-to-ceiling windows with city views. Suites add sofabeds, wet bars and lounge access with continental breakfast, plus snacks and drinks. Wi-Fi and room service are available.A casual restaurant has a terrace with a fireplace. There’s also a bar. Event space includes a ballroom and a patio. There’s a business center, plus an indoor pool and a gym. Parking is available (fee).

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests liked the clean rooms, which have minibars
  • Guests liked the beds
  • Walking distance to Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines
  • One of the few hotels in the area with room service
  • Guests mentioned lobbies 25 times
  • Guests praised the fitness center

Feedback From Real Customers

Cathy Myers

Really nice hotel with good location I turned the air down as much as I could which was I thought was 70 and it was hot it my room I had called front desk and Andrew had said it should go to 66 and he’d bring me a fan or have someone come up and check my thermostat

He was very nice and I tried the digital thermostat again and it did go to 66 which helped me sleep without getting hot The room is clean and nice I would definitely recommend this hotel

Eric Crockett

We just had a small meeting/event at this facility and we couldn’t have been happier The facility is very nice and my room was awesome However, the staff was the best…hats off to all of them! Sophie, Erin, Zack, Lex, Andy, Lucas, Michelle, Ann, Bob (at the bar) and the two shuttle drivers (sorry I didn’t get your names, but enjoyed our conversation)

You guys all made being there memorable and successful! SGI 😉

Sadie Anderson

No parking, overpriced rooms, poor service The parking garage was full so we were directed to an “overflow” garage In the morning there were homeless people sleeping all over the place and it felt very unsafe

The person on the phone was very rude when asked about an early check-in There was blood on one of the paintings by the elevator and the walls are paper thin Do not recommend

5. Hyatt Place West Des Moines/Jordan Creek (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

This informal hotel in a modern building is 6 miles from Living History Farms, and 13 miles from both downtown Des Moines and Des Moines International Airport.Simple rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and sofabeds, as well as minifridges, microwaves and coffeemakers. The 1-bedroom suites add separate living areas.An airport/area shuttle is complimentary. Other amenities include a 24-hour restaurant, a cafe/bar, a fitness center and an indoor pool. Pets are welcome.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the large, clean rooms and liked the beds
  • 10 min drive to the Jordan House
  • Some guests complained about the bathrooms
  • Guests liked the friendly service
  • Guests praised the 24-hour restaurant
  • Guests mentioned bars 18 times
  • Guests praised the fitness center, which has weight machines
  • Guests liked the indoor pool

Feedback From Real Customers

Ann Anderson

Very family and pet friendly atmosphere The hotel is in the hub of West Des Moines activities The staff were friendly and helpful

I brought a safety concern to the attention of the front desk Cassie had it immediately addressed and restored The full breakfast was stocked and had great options I will definitely stay again when in the Des Moines area

Jessica Horaney

If you are here for a party or a weekend night out, this might be the place for you The location is next to Jordan Creek It shares a parking lot with Smash Park, an indoor/outdoor game bar – which has loud music blaring and people yelling until 1am

The hotel itself is modern with comfortable beds, but we didn’t get much sleep thanks to the noise Our soccer team booked this hotel for a tournament in the area I would not recommend to stay here on a weekend if you are a family needing an early night for sporting events

6. Best Western Plus Des Moines West Inn & Suites (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Off Interstate 35, this straightforward hotel is 2 miles both from the Des Moines Children Museum and from the Living History Farms museum.Relaxed rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screens and desks, as well as coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms add sofabeds. Suites feature minifridges, microwaves and separate living areas.A breakfast buffet and parking are complimentary. Other amenities include a 24/7 gym, a heated indoor pool and a hot tub. There’s also a business center and meeting space. Pets are welcome for a fee.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the clean rooms and the beds
  • 6 min drive to Clive Aquatic Center
  • Guests praised the restaurant
  • Guests mentioned hot tubs 31 times
  • Guests mentioned “dogs” 16 times
  • Guests liked the breakfast
  • Guests liked the bar

Feedback From Real Customers

Tim Colburn

Have staid here 3 times but probably my last I asked about the hot tub several times and when I got there it was cold Really all I wanted was the hot tub

The room had water damage in the ceiling and you could tell it has been patched several times I wouldn’t have minded had the hot tub been hot The breakfast in the morning was biscuits and gravy with no biscuits or eggs and sausage but no sausage Would have not minded had the hot tub been hotThey charge for all these amenities and I am happy to pay for them but when you don’t get it you just got over charged for staying at a Super 8 There is a La Quinta and a Country Inn in the area, I would suggest trying them outThe standard reply does nothing for me and makes me less likely to stay Shows you won’t address the problems

Mary Anderson

Greeted by a lovely receiptionist In a quiet neighborhood No highway traffic noise

The rooms are shoddily redone The bed mattress is so soft it resembles a hammock Carpet is duck taped down from the transition from lobby to hallway leading to rooms Biggest complaint is we could hear every foot step the guest in the room above us took If I was in this area I would look at the other hotels around here before I would book this one Pool/Spa not working Juice machine not working

Kelly Schadeck

We were very pleasantly surprised by this hotel! We got a fabulous rate, the room was super clean, it had a continental breakfast, and the staff were all very friendly My only small complaint was that the walls were very thin I could hear a gentleman next door sneezing

The pool was not open at the time of our stay due to remodeling, but that will be another plus for future guests! I would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting the DSM area – it was about 15-20 minutes away from most major attractions

7. Hilton Garden Inn West Des Moines (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

A 6-minute walk from Jordan Creek Town Center, this business hotel is less than a 12-mile drive from downtown Des Moines.All rooms offer straightforward decor and custom-designed beds, plus flat-screen TVs, minifridges, microwaves and free WiFi. All suites have pull-out sofas, and some have whirlpool tubs.A cooked-to-order breakfast is available (fee), and there’s an on-site American restaurant, bar and 24/7 convenience mart, as well as a fitness center, indoor pool, children’s pool and whirlpool. Additional amenities include multiple meeting rooms and a business center, plus free parking and shuttle service.

Things You Need to Know

  • 10 min drive to the Jordan House
  • Guests liked the service
  • Guests mentioned lobbies 11 times
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a casino
  • Guests praised the indoor pool and liked the hot tub
  • Guests praised the bar

Feedback From Real Customers

Lindsey McNew

We picked this hotel specifically for the children’s wading pool, and I was so it excited for my little fish to see it and swim He loves water When we arrived Lisa at the front desk, was unable to pull up our reservation

I had booked online, so I went out to get my phone for the confirmation number My heart sunk, when I realized I booked it for the wrong date I had booked it for the day I made it, instead of that following Saturday Lisa was able to confirm I wasn’t charged for my original booking mistake, but she was actually able to get me a room for that night Orginally, I had requested 2 queens, unfortunately they did not have that available but they had a king suite It didn’t matter, I would have taken anything We could have easily returned home that evening but we really wanted to take advantage of the pool We were happy with our stay Our room was good My son loved the pool Staff was great Especially Lisa!

Alon

Half the hotel has been renovated and the other half has not They try to stick everyone in the non renovated half

I’m guessing to preserve the renovationsThe staff is rude and not very helpful And don’t think being a diamond member makes a difference I am and still got horrible serviceNo air conditioning in the halls (expect to sweat on hot days waiting for the elevator, which takes forever), ice machines not working, gym had no water and the property hasn’t been cleaned in forever The floors are filthy!Wrote an email to the manager and never got a response Pretty bad!

Doug Moore

Glenn O’Connell the manager runs a tight ship there! Liz and Mike also made our stay perfectThe staff were friendly and accomodating, the rooms were spacious and clean, the breakfast buffet was delicious, and the hotel lobby was a great location for taking some pictures for our family reunionWhen my relatives from around the country saw how nice our hotel was they checked out of their hotel rooms at another hotel and came to the West Des Moines Hilton Garden Inn

The hotel is conveniently located within walking distance of several eateries and the mallKeep up the good work Team Glenn helped make our family reunion perfect We had flowen in from all 4 corners of the USA for this event and we couldn’t be happier with our stayIn other words: Well done and thank you!

8. 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

9. Element West Des Moines (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Off I-35, in an area with eateries, this informal extended-stay hotel is 3 miles from the landmark Victorian Jordan House and 7 miles from Walnut Woods State Park.The bright rooms have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and rainfall showers, as well as kitchenettes with minifridges and microwaves. Upgraded rooms add living areas and dining tables, and suites offer separate living rooms.Breakfast, parking and an evening reception are complimentary. Other amenities include an indoor pool, a 24-hour gym, and an outdoor patio with BBQ facilities, along with a mini-mart.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the rooms and the kitchenettes
  • 8 min drive to the Jordan House
  • One of the few hotels in the area with 24-hr room service
  • Guests liked the service
  • Guests mentioned “dogs” 18 times
  • The fitness center has weight machines
  • One of the few hotels in the area with an outdoor pool
  • Guests praised the bar

Feedback From Real Customers

Courtney Phillips

Absolutely recommend this stay to everyone!! We checked in and were kindly greeted with happy hour (free beer, wine, bread and cheese) Jack went above and beyond our hospitality expectations He was warm, welcoming, and organic in conversation

My husband and I called four days prior to see if the hot tub was functioning before booking a room (it was) When we went to swim, the hot tub was “out of maintenance” I approached the front desk to ask when this had happened and before I was able to get a word out, Jack informed us of a previous event (they had to drain it due to a child messing with a light) and immediately came to check the temperature of the hot tub for us He returned with towels and complimentary beer! Over the top with hospitalityThe room was clean, chic and comfortably simple The TV had a plethora of options for entertainment It was even personalized with a greeting for us! The bathroom was incredibly clean Bed was very comfortable The fourth floor view was beautiful as well Impressed with the kitchenette too – glasses, real silverware, toaster, microwave and fridgeBreakfast was delicious, had a wide variety of options and felt very homey They even had “specialty breakfast” options that would be cooked on the spot for you Also delectable! The staff was kind and welcoming all morning as we sipped coffee My husband and I couldn’t stop complimenting the aesthetics and how attractive and comfortable they wereThey offered an incredible military discount as well! Very impressed, Element! We will certainly be back

Carolyn Washington

My son picked the perfect hotel for my birthday getaway The hotel is bright and inviting, with lots of large windows to allow guests a panoramic view of the surrounding area It’s located near the heart of shopping, dining, and entertainment venues

In warmer weather, I would have loved to spend time on the beautiful outdoor terrace I didn’t have time to take advantage of the indoor pool, gym or laundry facility… maybe next trip My room was clean, spacious and comfortable And the staff was very accommodating

Andrea Arthur

I had a mini stay-cation last weekend and spent the night The room was great and had more amenities than I’m used to like plates, glasses, etc Loved the free breakfast which even included made to order pancakes with fresh toppings

It was a really nice touch Love the coffee/tea/etc available in the lobby at all times The patio is very nice and location is excellent The only negative was the pool was overrun by a sports team of rambunctious pre-teen boys so we weren’t able to swim when we wanted to I don’t really blame the hotel for this as they can’t control who is at the pool and when It would be nice if the pool could be open later for adults only Just a suggestion

10. The Rewind West Des Moines, Tapestry Collection by Hilton (4-star hotel)

About this hotel

Set among shops and restaurants, this upscale hotel with a retro vibe is 6 miles from Des Moines Art Center and 3 miles from Walnut Woods State Park. Des Moines International Airport is 12 miles away.Relaxed, understated rooms provide Wi-Fi, minifridges and sofas, plus designer toiletries, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Suites add microwaves, and separate living areas with sofabeds; some have dining areas, fireplaces and/or soaking tubs.There’s a steakhouse, an indoor pool and a hot tub, plus a gym and event space. Parking is available.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the clean rooms and the beds
  • 9 min drive to the Jordan House
  • Guests praised the service, which has a concierge
  • Guests liked the restaurant, mentioned 24 times in reviews
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a casino
  • Guests praised the bar

Feedback From Real Customers

Dawn Wheaton

Rooms were clean and nice We thought they had continental breakfast, but they did not There is a restaurant in the hotel that served a buffet breakfast

Food was not real good, hashbrowns were not completely cooked, bacon was over cooked Price was high for the meal Service was very good in both the restaurant and hotel They also did not have a microwave we could use Put on the robe they furnished and my husband’s had a container of chew in the pocket All in all not the best but not the worst stay either

Todd Parsons

Update to my previous 1 star rating This was a lovely hotel; clean, new, well maintained After having a not so good customer service experience I was asked to call them via an email and they finally after 2 weeks were able to offer over half off our stay ( after already paying for a night that we missed booked)

Satisfied but wish it would not have taken going out of my way to write a review

11. 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!!

12. 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!

13. Courtyard by Marriott Des Moines West/Jordan Creek

About this hotel

Off the I-35, this straightforward hotel is 5.6 miles from Living History Farms.The contemporary rooms offer free WiFi, desks, flat-screen TVs with premium cable channels, iPod docks and minifridges. Suites add separate living areas and microwaves.Social spaces include a living room-style lobby and an outdoor courtyard. The on-site American restaurant serves breakfast, dinner and all-day drinks, including Starbucks coffee. There’s also a business center with workstations and printers, and a meeting room. Other amenities include an indoor pool and a whirlpool, an exercise room and free on-site parking.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests liked the rooms
  • 11 min drive to the Jordan House
  • Some guests complained about the bathrooms
  • Guests praised the service, which has a concierge
  • Guests mentioned lobbies 10 times
  • Guests mentioned “shopping malls” 10 times

Feedback From Real Customers

A man D

Rooms are spacious and nice Place is clean The kids in the pool area were out of control

I know the hotel can’t put a lifeguard but maybe drop in and keep unattended kids in line My only issue with this place is the terrible shower Hardly any water pressure and our knob was broke The breakfast is t something you want to plan for if you are hungry Basically, it is a waffle maker and a few choices like cereal and yogurt

Stephen Mosier

Just checked out of this Courtyard by Marriott I was there almost a monthStaff and room was outstanding!Curtis made sure my stay went well

This place gets booked full every weekend There’s a reason for itJust wanted to publicly say,Thank you!!!You guys are awesome!

14. Courtyard by Marriott Des Moines West/Clive (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

This straightforward hotel is 0.9 miles from Living History Farms and 9.7 miles from the Science Center of Iowa.Contemporary-styled rooms offer free WiFi, desks with ergonomic chairs, flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers. Suites add separate living areas and minifridges.Social spaces include a living room-style lobby. The American restaurant serves breakfast and dinner as well as all-day drinks, including Starbucks coffee. There’s also a business center with workstations and printers, and a meeting room. Other amenities include an indoor pool and a whirlpool, a 24-hour exercise room and free on-site parking.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests mentioned the rooms are clean
  • 10 min walk to Clive Aquatic Center
  • Guests praised the friendly service
  • Guests mentioned hot tubs 13 times
  • Guests mentioned lobbies 20 times
  • Guests praised the indoor pool
  • Guests liked the bar

Feedback From Real Customers

Isiah Hoesli

A few positives first The staff was great and friendly and the beds were comfortable But walls are thin, do your best to get a room that isn’t facing the highway or you’ll hear traffic all night long

Rooms need to be updated some, and I noticed a smell in the halls that reminded me of “old” Other than the neighbors letting their door slam on the lock at 5 am and waking me (no fault of the hotel) it was an ok stay

Greg Jordan

Checked in in August expecting to use the pool I was informed that it was closed for repairs and that the pool had been closed since April The check in person didn’t seem to care

There was no apology, no offer for a discount 3 electrical receptacles in the room we’re so worn that they wouldn’t charge laptop or phones Overall needed some spruce up and customer service

Elizabeth Anderson

Found out after arrival the pool is closed and wasn’t disclosed before booking Pool was large party of my decision “Requested” and scheduled room service only to be told we weren’t staying 3 nights and weren’t eligible AFTER a long day out and about

walked into a room without necessary towels, glasses, coffee, etc Wouldn’t stay here again and will avoid the brand as well since this is apparently corporate policy

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

16. 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

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