hotels with a view in Johnston, IA

1. 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


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!!

2. Hotel Renovo (3-star hotel)

  • Address: 11167 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Phone: (515) 276-1126
  • Ratings: 4.5 (476 reviews) Excellent
  • Website : Hotel Renovo
  • Check-in time: 4:00 PM
  • Check-out time: 12:00 PM
  • Quick Summary: Polished, rustic-chic hotel with an indoor pool, a fitness center & a trendy lobby bar.

About this hotel

This polished hotel with a country-chic vibe is 8 miles from the Des Moines Art Center, 10 miles from bars and restaurants in downtown Des Moines and 19 miles from Adventureland Amusement Park.The streamlined rooms feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus minifridges and coffeemakers. Upgraded suites add lofts, kitchenettes, pull-out sofas, dining areas and/or board rooms. Room service is available.Amenities include a trendy lobby bar serving breakfast and dinner. There’s also a 24-hour fitness center, and an indoor pool with floor-to-ceiling windows.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the rooms
  • 4 min walk to Living History Farms
  • Guests praised the friendly service
  • Some guests complained about the restaurant
  • Guests mentioned lobbies 16 times
  • Guests praised the fitness center
  • Guests praised the indoor pool
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a spa

Feedback From Real Customers


Enjoyed my stay here; beautiful and well kept facilities Room was spacious and had excellent accommodations (only thing missing were the complimentary travel sized dental hygiene products) TV had local and cable channels (only thing to make it better is to install smart TVs so folks can stream their favorite subscriptions)

Pool was large and clean Hot tub was wonderful Outdoor patios are great for relaxing My only complaint is that the breakfast wasn’t complimentary and it wasn’t clearly stated that it wasn’t Me and other guests were surprised to be billed, but $11 isn’t much, just wish they were clearer about that Scones were some of the best I’ve ever had There’s also a bar on the first floor Staff is very friendly Prices are currently affordable and reasonable for the offerings Overall, a great experience and will return

John Pienta

Google listed this as a “three star hotel” I feel that’s a huge undersell I was put up here for an interview, so I’m not able to comment on pricing, but the service, and amenities are truly second to none when it comes to hotels I’ve stayed at in Iowa and even the Midwest in general The pool is huge, clean and well maintained, the gym is in excellent shape and has a pretty good variety of equipment

The king room I stayed in was spacious, and beautiful The staff consistently went out of their way to make sure I was well taken care of and my needs were all metI would highly recommend Hotel Renovo to anyone

Kelda Hankins

Overall, I was disappointed with this room from time of our arrivalRoom Issues:1 The shower head and handle were loose and rattled

It felt like this issue came from the lack of any sort of mount/restraint on the water pipe servicing the shower2 The shower door had seals installed in such a way that water hitting the glass just drained to the floor outside the shower Made for a slippery exit the first time I used it3 Carpeting on the stairs was frayed at the edges and looked to be coming up a bit at the corners4 Paint/caulk all over the chandelier’s bulbs5 Large stains on the rug downstairs6 The mini fridge couldn’t be shut unless it was dragged out from under the counter, and it didn’t seem to be able to chill anything even though it showed the right temperature7 Got woken up a bit after 8 am by some very loud housekeeping staffPayment Issues:The card used to book my rooms online was NOT the card they charged for final room payment even though the reservation listed that card as the “Payment Method”A family member checked in early and provided their card for the damage deposit, as is normal for every hotel That family member ended up being charged for the deposit AND the entire stay even after being told that the card they provided was only for deposit at check-inFurthermore, I called the hotel before our stay to confirm that this family member could check in early and use their card for the deposit, but my card was to be charged for the roomsApparently, it is the hotel’s policy to charge the rooms to the card used for the deposit regardless of the card used to book, and regardless of my phone calls to explain the early check-in situationStuff We Really Liked:1 Loft room was pretty neat and felt less like a plain old hotel room Particularly good room for a small group to hang out in2 Pool/hot tub were nice and quite large There was even an adult only time in the late evening3 Lobby was VERY nice Nice seating, itty bitty bar, nice breakfast hall(?)4 Bed was quite clean and comfortable5 Room had full-sized sink, a microwave, and a mini fridge Probably would have been good for a longer stay6 Breakfast scones! <37 Room had giant windows and the hotel was on a high(ish) point in the city so the view was niceConclusion:The payment issued can probably be chalked up to a series of miscommunications and my failure to confirm which card was being used upon check-out, but I had thought I'd already made arrangements with the hotel to handle itSome of the room issues were noticeable enough to make the recent remodel feel a bit shoddy, but we liked it overall and would probably stay again

3. Holiday Inn & Suites Des Moines-Northwest, an IHG Hotel (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Located next to the intersection of I-35 and I-80, this modern hotel is 11-minutes’ drive from Camp Dodge.Straightforward rooms come with flat-screen TVs and desks, plus stereos and coffeemakers. Kids 19 and under stay free with an adult, plus there’s free WiFi in every room, as well as a choice of hard and soft pillows. Suites add separate living spaces with pull-out sofas, kitchenettes and whirlpool tubs.The facility also offers a restaurant and bar serving Irish-American dishes (where kids 12 and under eat free), plus an indoor pool and a fitness center. There’s also a full conference center and a free shuttle within a 2-mile radius.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the clean rooms, which have TVs
  • Some guests complained about the bathrooms
  • 12 min drive to Living History Farms
  • Guests liked the friendly service
  • Guests mentioned hot tubs 13 times
  • The fitness center has elliptical machines and treadmills
  • Guests liked the indoor pool

Feedback From Real Customers

Sarah Balleweg

Decor and carpet dated, but clean Rooms clean Pool is good size

Moved to a different hotel only because we had to pay for breakfastwhen we could go to another hotel same price free, breakfast I really hope that the ladies that were cleaning tables got part of the top we left our “server” the ladies checking on customers and busin tables were customer friendly and just all around sweet to us 🫶🏽

Courtney Linell

This hotel is pretty much what I expect from a Holiday Inn – not the most upscale hotel, but clean and serviceable for my weekend stayI didn’t have the opportunity to take advantage of the amenities while here, but the rooms were comfortable enough and reasonably well keptThe hotel has good access to the freeway, and is centrally located to a lot of the Des Moines suburbs

If you’re looking for an economical stay, this is a solid option

Matt Plumley

Staff was friendly but that was about it for this location The pool was full of green algae in the bottom of it and the ceiling of pool is failing apart The room was ok but not very clean

A guest puked in the pool the night prior and no one closed it off so people were swimming in it Every morning the pool area was not cleaned or picked up Swim diapers were on the ground and no towels were available Nice and big hotel but needs a lot of TLC to get it back up to standards

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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


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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Des Moines West, IA (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

This traditional hotel off I-35/I-80 is 3 miles from Jordan Creek Town Center mall and 10 miles from sporting events at Wells Fargo Arena.Relaxed rooms come with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, in addition to minifridges, microwaves and coffeemakers. All have work desks and pillow-top mattresses. Suites add wet bars and separate living areas. Upgraded suites also feature whirlpool tubs.Parking and a hot breakfast buffet are complimentary. Other amenities include an indoor pool, a hot tub and a gym, plus a convenience store, a business center and guest laundry facilities. Pets are accepted for a fee.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests mentioned the rooms are large
  • The rooms have TVs
  • 6 min drive to Clive Aquatic Center
  • Guests praised the breakfast
  • Guests liked the indoor pool and praised the hot tub

Feedback From Real Customers

Lilo Santos

Great little hotel Rooms were very clean and tidy The faucet was loose in the bathroom but everything else was nice

The pool is very large with lots of windows for some nice light The location was a bit confusing as there are two hotels right next to each other The tall sign looks like it is for the adjacent hotel There are two restaurants within walking distance The room came with three sets of towels so if you’re traveling with more than that you’ll have to ask for more towels

Thomas Slater

It was kind of gross

without getting into too much detail The toilet seat was not cleaned (let’s just say that) The table was sticky with I’m not sure what Pillows and sheets were stuffed into drawers that wouldn’t stay shut Due to the number of people in our room, we’d requested a pull-out bed with additional linens We got neither The room itself was in some sort of remodeling purgatory, and smelled of a musty basement and an old ash tray It may have been tolerable had they’re not been 1,372 kids running up and down the halls day and night Oh, did I mention the TWO times someone though it funny to pull the fire alarm at 12:45am and again at 2:15am? Yeah, good times When I tried calling to the front desk to convey our concerns, no one answered When we went down to the front desk to inquire about a different room, no one was there I only saw one young lady running around doing everything for the entire hotel the entire length of our stay She’s a saintshe deserves better Do better, Country Inn Waste Of Money

Heidi R

One evening I had asked for my room to be cleaned and fresh towels for the next day while I was out I went about my business the next morning looking forward to fresh towels and the garbage haven been taken out Sadly no one came in to provide the service I had requested

Other than that it is a nice place to stay – very nice breakfast each morning and access to their computer & printer My room was great, although the tub bottom is very slippery and I fell trying to get out of the tub (broke 2 ribs 😫)

11. TownePlace Suites by Marriott Des Moines Urbandale (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Off Interstate 35/Interstate 80, this unpretentious all-suite hotel is a 5 miles from exhibits at the 500-acre Living History Farms and 11 miles from events at Wells Fargo Arena.The relaxed studios have free WiFi and flat-screen TVs, and feature sitting areas, and kitchenettes with dishwashers. Some offer pull-out sofas and/or living rooms.A hot breakfast buffet and parking are complimentary. Other amenities include a convenience store, a BBQ area, an indoor pool and a 24-hour fitness room. Coin-operated laundry facilities are on-site.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the clean rooms and the kitchenettes
  • Guests praised the beds
  • 9 min drive to Living History Farms
  • Guests praised the service, which has a concierge
  • The fitness center has weight machines
  • Guests liked the indoor pool

Feedback From Real Customers

Sugar Laing

Booked this place pretty last minute on the day of Booked for Thursday to Saturday; the two bedroom suite It’s very spacious

I appreciate having the fridge, stove, microwave, and dish washer The burners on the stove are messed up and off center But 2 of the 4 are okay to use It comes with very basic utensils and plates You can’t cook too much, but just enough The dining room table is nice, comfortable couch and chairs, TV tray is nice for the couch, two bedrooms are just fine (comfortable beds), and bathroom is a ful bath with tub Bedrooms are a bit small to fit a pack n play or portable crib in; but we just pushed the bed off center and made it work I was informed breakfast is 6am to 9am and the pool is open Customer service at the front desk was acceptable

Jack Batson

What a nightmare after a 13 hour drive and looking forward to a relaxing evening Non personable check in and walked in to a sauna of a room 405The HVAC was trying but could not get the room below 74 humid degrees

The filter and coils were plugged solid with some sort of yuck and I tried cleaning both to help, pictures can be provided The window would not fully close so I used a kitchen knife to wedge under the bottom to close the gap a bit Plastic bag frozen to the bottom of the freezer, vent in the bathroom kept making a rhythmic clanking noise, fan off or on, some sort of device on the wall that would blink a bright green 20 times and then stay on for a period and then go back to blinking Asked for another room and wanted to inspect it first which for some reason could not be done because there was only one employee there for some reason?? I called Marriott customer service and they were no help Needless to say we both had a sleepless night listening to the overworked HVAC and that is also how I know the device on the wall blinked bright green, kind of like counting sheep, from not being able to sleep, I did throw a towel over it to soften the strobe effect We finally gave up early in the AM and got the heck out so we could enjoy the coolness of the vehicle AC and push through to Detroit The was a debacle of a Marriott stay and I stay at a lot of Marriott properties for work and pleasure The facility is well past it prime and unfortunately we had to experience this after a long day on the road

12. 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

13. Revel Hotel Des Moines Urbandale, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

About this hotel

In a busy commercial area off Interstate 80/Interstate 35, this relaxed hotel in a modern building is a 5-minute walk from farm exhibits at the open-air museum, Living History Farms. It’s 7 miles from Des Moines Art Center and 10 miles from State Historical Museum of Iowa.Warmly decorated rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and sitting areas, as well as minifridges and Keurig coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms add living areas and dining tables. Room service is offered.Parking is complimentary. Other amenities include a fitness center, and a vibrant bar with a billiard table and a patio. Breakfast is available for a surcharge.

Things You Need to Know

  • 5 min walk to Living History Farms
  • Guests praised the service
  • Guests mentioned beds 10 times
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a casino
  • Guests praised the vibrant bar

Feedback From Real Customers

rhonda haynes

I only spent one night in the hotel with my mother who’s 88 and my two daughters 21 and 23 We also had our dogs with us two Boston Terriers We booked through Priceline online because we were unfamiliar with the area, just traveling through

If I ever come through that way again I will definitely stay at the Revel again the rooms were very nice clean the beds were comfortable I love the pillows The bar was very nice everyone was so friendly all the patrons and employees wish we could have stayed longer Did not really get to experience any of the amenities of the hotel like the weight room or the pool Etc but the breakfast was phenomenal very basic very tasty

Raymond Waller

This was a wonderful place to stay The staff was kind and conversational every time we had questions The rooms were amazing and I think the bed was the most comfortable of any hotel I’ve stayed in

Highly, highly recommend! We brought our bikes, and this location is only a few blocks away from an amazing bike trail network We were able to bike from here to downtown every night!

Danielle Majors

I booked this hotel for my parents who were in town visiting I had never been in this hotel and simply booked it based on reviews! When I went to the hotel to meet up with my parents, I was really impressed with the ambiance they have when you walk in! The rooms were very spacious (in my opinion) and there was a nice seating area in their room where we could sit and talk vs sitting on the beds and talking

I will definitely book this hotel again!

14. 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!

15. 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


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

16. Extended Stay America – Des Moines – Urbandale (2-star hotel)

About this hotel

Less than a mile from Interstate 35, this unpretentious all-suite hotel is 3 miles from a museum at the Living History Farms and 4 miles from the Des Moines Children Museum.Straightforward suites offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screens and kitchenettes. Upgraded suites add living areas with sofabeds. Kids age 17 and under stay at no charge in a parent’s suite.Continental breakfast is complimentary. There’s also a 24-hour coin-operated laundry. Parking is available, and pets are welcome for a surcharge.

Things You Need to Know

  • 7 min drive to Living History Farms
  • Guests praised the friendly service

Feedback From Real Customers

M. E. Zinkevichius

The staff was extremely sweet I would give the staff 5 stars However, the quality of the rooms and the building itself is not up to par

The fire alarm went off every so many minutes The floor in the room was sticky, it had a weird smell, and the rack to hold the towels was broken in the bathroom There were brown stains on the bathroom ceiling Quite frankly, the room didn’t really look clean


This hotel is a horrible experience! It is advertised as clean and comfortable, but in reality, it is the opposite Oh boy, this is the dirtiest hotel I have ever seen! The kitchen drawers are full of garbage and messy Bathrooms are moldy, with yellow stains, and gross

Bed sheets are gray Red stains on the carpet that look like blood! I was shocked as I entered the room Unfortunately, I booked it through Expedia, where I saw a lot of good reviews, which tricked me into being nice and clean rooms as advertised Please do not fall on good reviews as they don’t represent honesty and truth When discussing with the manager, she said red stains on the carpet can be something else and not blood! She didn’t even question that there were red stains on the carpet Not a place for a family or kids


Drove 10 hours across the country only to have my reservation cancelled with no notice as I pull into the parking lot They were “overbooked with maintenance issues” Extended stay America took my reservation, but left me with no place to stay in a city I’ve never been to


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