hotels with a view in Waukee, 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. TownePlace Suites by Marriott Des Moines West/Jordan Creek (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

At the edge of the Jordan Creek Town Center shopping mall, this relaxed all-suite hotel is 5 miles from Living History Farms and 7 miles from the Des Moines Art Center.Unfussy, warmly decorated studios offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and desks. All feature sitting areas with pull-out sofas, as well as kitchenettes. The 1- and 2-bedroom suites have separate living rooms.Complimentary amenities include parking and hot breakfast. There’s an indoor pool and a fitness room, in addition to a lobby lounge with a fireplace and a flat-screen TV. There’s also a picnic area offering BBQ grills.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests liked the clean rooms and praised the kitchenettes
  • 11 min drive to Living History Farms
  • Some guests complained about the bathrooms
  • Guests mentioned refrigerators 12 times
  • Guests mentioned “shopping malls” 19 times
  • The fitness center has weight machines
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a spa

Feedback From Real Customers

Nathan Peyer

Pros: The room itself was updated, clean, and comfortable One of the nicer Marriott rooms I’ve stayed in for comparable price range The staff was very friendly at check-in and throughout the stay and plenty of parking

Cons: Hallways and common areas were not that I expect out of Marriott Very dark and poorly lit The walls and doors in the hallways had black scuff marks (very noticeable when all the doors and trim are white) all over the place; a little Magic Eraser can go a long ways Aside from the waffle station, the breakfast looked unappetizing (egg whites seemingly swimming in egg juice) and off-colored breakfast sausage

Travis Olives

Newish Marriott Shares the edge of a parking lot with a local mallOverall, clean and well-kempt

Our room – 2 bedroom suite with kitchenette – was fineA few things that we liked: easy checkin Quiet location Quite clean The suite itself was set up excellently for our family of 6 Breakfast was adequate with standard prefab hire food, but don’t expect more than that Hearty selection of milks, soy milks of varied kinds (chocolate, skim, 2%, etc)A few things that were lacking: the heat had clearly not been on, and the room was in the high 50s to low 60s (early march) when we arrived, and since we arrived late in the evening, this made bedtime hard for the kids They were cold Front desk staff readily brought an extra blanket, but it wasn’t too welcoming A light was out on the ceiling, a bit irritating but no big deal TVs had obviously been screwed around with (bolted to the tables, which felt a bit off) and I spent 10 minutes futzing with the wiring to make the cable work Finally, the bathroom was huge, which was great (maybe an ADA room that I didn’t realize?) but peeling paint and a moderately good shower headNo huge downer staying here but overall will probably look elsewhere next time we cruise through from Minneapolis

Debbie Dahl

This hotel is still using covid as an excuse not to service your rooms No rugs in the bathrooms and staff doesn’t make beds or replace towels Standard mediocre breakfast

Good Location Paying $250 per night for a room seems like some service should be included They don’t even replace toilet paper And the front desk doesn’t answer their phone This is like camping out Please note that their description claims that they refresh your room every day including towel changes and making your bed Not true VERY Cheap

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

About this hotel

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

Things You Need to Know

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

Feedback From Real Customers

Lindsey McNew

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

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


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

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

Doug Moore

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

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

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. Sleep Inn & Suites West Des Moines near Jordan Creek (2-star hotel)

About this hotel

Close to fast-food eateries in a retail area off Interstate 35, this low-key budget hotel is 5 miles from Living History Farms, an open-air agricultural museum, and 9 miles from Des Moines International Airport.The simply decorated, down-to-earth rooms offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus minifridges, microwaves and coffeemakers. Suites add separate living rooms.Complimentary perks consist of parking, and a breakfast buffet served in a casual dining area. Other amenities include an exercise room, an indoor pool and a hot tub, as well as a convenience store and coin-operated laundry facilities.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests liked the clean rooms and praised the beds
  • 7 min drive to the Jordan House
  • Guests praised the friendly service
  • Guests mentioned hot tubs 13 times
  • Guests praised the breakfast
  • Guests liked the indoor pool

Feedback From Real Customers

Paul Smith

Nice hotel Reasonable rate Friendly check-in person

Good location Near several restaurants and some shoppingIf it matters to you, there is no hot tub Workout center looked nice; I didn’t use itI would stay here againReally liked that the decaf coffee gave three choices in strength I think the regular did too(I rarely give a five star as I see that as exceptional)

Chris Schmidt

We had to go to a funeral in Des Moines and this is what we chose It was quite at night and it had restaurants across the street The room was very nice and the pool area was nice sized for the kido’s and adults to use at the same time

The only thing I was a little unhappy with was the breakfast the next morning Not much available at first and it was all cold I arrived about 10 minutes after my husband and brother-in -law, and they were sitting and eating a bananna and cold cereal because the eggs were ice cold A little later they had cheese omelets available which were good They also didn’t have decaf coffee available which is all I can drink It sure would have tasted good with my eggs

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. Sonesta Simply Suites Des Moines (2-star hotel)

About this hotel

This all-suite extended-stay hotel with redbrick accents is 11 miles from the jogging and biking trails at Water Works Park, and 5 miles from the open-air Living History Farms museum.The homey suites offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as dining tables, kitchens and living areas; some have sofabeds.Amenities consist of a 24-hour gym, and a picnic area with barbecue grills. Other perks include a business center, guest laundry facilities and free parking. Pets are welcome.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the clean rooms and the kitchenettes
  • 9 min drive to Living History Farms
  • Guests liked the friendly service

Feedback From Real Customers


The hallway carpet looks Iike it hasn’t been vacuumed for weeks, floor in the elevator was grossly dirty, housekeeping knocked then opened the door to come inside & woke us up @ 9:30 am-we had the do not disturb sign on our door, the sunday front desk woman charged our room to my sisters cc when we were going to split the charges, she didn’t listen to my complaints & rudely told me the receipt was for the room “obviously” when I asked what the receipt was for The American flag should be replaced with a flag that it not torn & ratty looking I will say the room was quiet & the bed was comfy

Will not stay there again

13. 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

14. 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!

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

About this hotel

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

Things You Need to Know

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

Feedback From Real Customers

Scott McCormick

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

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

Aware Wolf

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

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

Tyler Allen

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

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

16. Sleep Inn Waukee-West Des Moines (2-star hotel)

About this hotel

Set 1 mile from I-80, this straightforward hotel is 9 miles from Raccoon River Park and 8 miles from the Clive Greenbelt Trail.Unassuming rooms have Wi-Fi and TVs, plus coffeemakers, microwaves and minifridges. Some have sitting areas.Breakfast and parking are available. Amenities include a convenience store, plus a gym and a heated indoor pool. There’s also a coin-operated laundry and a 24-hour business center.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the unassuming rooms
  • 11 min drive to Living History Farms
  • Guests praised the service

Feedback From Real Customers

Veronica Russo

My husband and I were traveling from CT to CA and this was one of our stops along the way This is by far the best place we have stayed at in a while, even compared to hotels in our old local area Checking in took less than 5 minutes and the front desk staff was super friendly, room was super clean, bed was comfy, they have nice big TVs, a spacious shower and complimentary breakfast! 10/10 would recommend!!

Andy Zillins

Very nice hotel Had a few moment of confusion trying to identify the hotel as one sign says “Mainstay” and I missed the other sign that said “Sleep Inn” Only weird part for me was the area along the Parkway

Few food places and at 8pm they were closed The area seems too new to have any depth of choices Knowing that, I’d stay here again

17. 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

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