hotels with a view in Urbandale, IA

1. 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 😫)

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. 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

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. 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!

6. 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!!

7. 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!

8. Hilton Garden Inn Des Moines/Urbandale (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

This suburban hotel is less than 8 miles from Beaver Creek Golf Course and under 11 miles from downtown Des Moines.All rooms offer contemporary decor, custom-designed beds and flat-screen TVs with premium cable, plus minifridges, microwaves and free WiFi. Some have pull-out sofas. Suites add separate living areas, and some have whirlpool tubs.A cooked-to-order breakfast is available (fee), and there’s an American restaurant, as well as a lounge, outdoor patio and 24/7 convenience mart. Guests can visit a fitness center, indoor pool, whirlpool and sauna. Additional perks include meeting rooms and a business center, plus free parking.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests liked the clean rooms, which have minibars
  • 9 min drive to Living History Farms
  • Guests praised the service
  • Guests liked the American restaurant
  • Guests mentioned lobbies 16 times
  • Guests liked the breakfast
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a casino
  • Guests praised the hot tub

Feedback From Real Customers

Jan Gatzke

We love staying at Hilton Garden Inns because we know wherever we are in the country, we know that we will have a quality hotel stay Our disappointments with this particular hotel was the room upkeep and pool Our room was a king suite and while the overall furnishings were clean, as soon as we laid on the bed, there was a streak of white paint on the popcorn ceiling attempting to cover up stains

Paint the whole ceiling, not just a small section (Besides, the paint didn’t come close to covering up the stains) We were also very disappointed in the size of the pool Seriously the hot tub was just slightly smaller than the pool Add 4 people, and that pool was packed For such a large hotel in a metropolitan area, the size of the pool was a joke With having kids, we probably won’t stay here again

Angela Libertini

The front desk staff were incredibly rude and unorganized We paid for a premium room with snacks to be refreshed daily We stayed for a week and nothing was comfortable or easy

Every time we made a request or asked for service, the front desk argued or made excuses that later we were told different explanations by other staff The hotel is older than others in the area and overall not as clean There was minimal room to unpack our suit cases to make it easier while staying with young children Most evenings when we arrived after a long day visiting family, there was no hot water in the lobby The one night there was hot water, there weren’t any tea bags The pool was cleaned on July 4th during regular open hours around mid morning We had planned the day around letting the kids play in the pool before lunch and naptime at my grandma’s house One of the treadmills was partially broken Overall, the staff didn’t take pride in their hotel and didn’t care about making their guests feel welcomed

9. 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

10. 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

11. La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Des Moines West Clive (2-star hotel)

About this hotel

Off Interstates 35 and 80, this modern, colorful lodging is a 6-minute drive from Living History Farms and a 26-minute drive from Veterans Memorial.The brightly decorated rooms include pillow-top mattresses, free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with HD channels, plus coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms add minifridges and microwaves, and suites also add sofas or kitchens. Kids 18 and under stay free with a parent or grandparent.Free continental breakfast and parking are offered, as well as an indoor pool and a fitness center. There are also laundry facilities and 1 meeting room.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the clean rooms and the beds
  • 6 min drive to Living History Farms
  • Guests praised the service
  • Guests mentioned “waffles” 11 times
  • Guests praised the indoor pool and the hot tub

Feedback From Real Customers


Service was excellent and personalized It is nice when treated as a person not just a jobRoom was nice and clean

Pleasantly surprised to find usb charging portsFree breakfast was the best I’ve ever had with any free hotel breakfastI would most definitely stay here again and will look for Wyndham owned places on future vacations

Elizabeth Watnem

The hotel itself is amazing overall The room was newly renovated and very clean The free breakfast had lots of options and was the best hotel breakfast I’ve seen

The pool was nice and the outdoor area was very nice However, every single employee I interacted with was really rude When I checked in, the man just said “credit card, ID” He didn’t tell me about the room location, pool hours, wifi info, or anything else Very few words Then when I checked out, the heavy set female was really snarky We left and went to a different hotel for our 2nd night and probably won’t be back here solely based on the employees attitudes

12. Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Des Moines Urbandale (2-star hotel)

About this hotel

A mile from Interstate 35, this unpretentious hotel is also 6 miles from Living History Farms, 13 miles from Des Moines Art Center and 16 miles from the Iowa State Fair.Bright, casual rooms have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and desks with ergonomic chairs. All provide microwaves and minifridges, plus tea and coffeemakers. Suites add separate living areas with pull-out sofas.Complimentary perks include parking, and a breakfast buffet served in a colorful dining room. There’s also an indoor pool, a hot tub and a 24-hour fitness room, as well as a convenience store.

Things You Need to Know

  • 11 min drive to Living History Farms
  • Guests liked the friendly service
  • Guests mentioned hot tubs 10 times

Feedback From Real Customers

Robin Anderson

This was a great place to stay It is right off the interstate and easy to get to It is located by other hotels, gas stations, and restaurants

Easy accessto West Des Moines and downtown The rooms were updated The bedding and bathroom were clean The service at the front desk was excellent Tommy helped us out a bunch of times andwas always incredibly friendly The pool is on the smaller side but great for kids

13. 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

14. 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

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

About this hotel

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

Things You Need to Know

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

Feedback From Real Customers

Emily Nothwehr

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

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


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

Victoria Johnson

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

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

16. 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

17. 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!

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