Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 104
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Mommetten Very disappointed
I was so disappointed with this stay. To begin with, our room did not have a refrigerator or microwave. I could have easily dealt with this. The desk clerk allowed me into the kitchen to use their microwave.
We stayed 3 nights. Our room was not touched by the the housekeeping staff after the first night - no vacuum, no towels, no anything. We had been out of the room all but about an hour during the day. When I notified the desk of the oversight they apologized and handed me towels and offered to allow me to change rooms.
After the next night housekeeping came but they didn't replace the cups we had used, cleaned the ice bucket or replaced the liner and there was a torn hand towel lying on the floor of the bathroom.
Breakfast wasn't up to IHG's usual standards either. The bagels, and muffins were dry. The first two mornings there was no gravy for the bisquits. The second morning no meat - sausage, bacon, anything.
The heater fan would run for about 2 minutes, shut off for 5 then pop on again.
I am sure I stayed at this hotel once before, not long after it was built and at that time it was fine. Again, this visit left me very disappointed. The cost of this stay was more than most of the much better IHG rooms I have booked over the past 5 years. Without the amenities that were missing, and the services we didn't receive I think this room is worth a fraction of what I paid.
January 23, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Jrunner2003 Jon S.
The spa was in a dark corner and very small. All other holiday inns I have been at we're a lot fancier. The first room I checked into smelled like sewage. There was no shampoo or conditioner in my room just 3 lotions. A room cleaner pounded on my door and enter the room waking me up at 9am. The heater was very loud and kept me awake. I would not go back to that holiday inn. Not to say i haven't had a lot of other great stays at other holiday inns
January 8, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Hawkeye264 Good location
This hotel is very nice and in a good location when in the Des Moines area. I have stayed here several times and the staff is friendly and the hotel is clean and comfortable.
December 22, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Timmer1977 Staff and bed
The staff was very helpful, the bed was excellent . The snow removal from the parking lot and sidewalks needs improvement, deep snow and sidewalks were slippery. I observed an elderly couple, wife in a wheel chair trying to navigate the deep snow in parking lot, slippery ramp and sidewalk. Without my assistance they may not have made it to the hotel lobby. The IHG discount was less then given at other locations. Overall the stay was very pleasant.
December 12, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by melted WIFI......what WIFI?
The internet service at this location is one of the Worst I've experienced in a long time. As you can see I stay in Lots of hotels from coast to coast and this one had some of the worst WIFI service of any. Kept dropping you off and had to keep logging over and over and several sites could not be opened. I hate to get some maintenance on my vehicle and this became Very frustrating to say the least. I mentioned this to the front desk and they were in agreement.....what's up with that? I have recommended this location but now i'll make sure to mentioned not to stay there if you need to get work done on the internet because that's not going to happen.
November 18, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RevDan A Travelers Oasis
This Holiday Inn Express peoved to be a travelers' oasis ona sea of interstate highway. The hotel was very clean witha friendly and helpful staff. I certainly will be staying here again in the future.
October 23, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Markb627 Recent stay in Altoona, IA
I have stayed in this motel several times in the past and generally it has been a good experience. However, this time I found that the front desk was unmanned several times. Also, the internet service was terrible and the "800" number I was given to call was no help. I am expected to work at my job at night, after working all day so the internet service is important. Unfortunately, I had a better connection using my "hotspot" on the cell phone as compared to the motel internet service.
October 21, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by EssentialVideoMidwestLLC Great place to stay!
Smelled wonderful, great mattress, and awesome breakfast.
October 16, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by vaca1 Fall Vacation
We had a very nice room, very clean, breakfast was hot, staff was helpful
October 7, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Popitrite Freindly staff, very clean, cost above average
As always a big fan on HIX. This location was a bit more likely due to the casino proximity. Freindly staff and very clean hotel.
October 4, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SoldOnU Close to the Casino but far enough away to be quiet.
The hotel was very clean and neat; breakfast was what you would expect but nice. The milk and cookies in the lobby in the evening were a nice touch. ;-)
This hotel is only a mile from the casino convention center so the area is quiet, but the casino, track and convention center is just down the road and the hotel is just off the highway.. easy to find.
September 23, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by pat05 Reservations
Was told would get 2 bed Handicapped room. Was verified 3 times. Check in was told the room was given to someone else. Question why do handicapped rooms only have one bed? Logic states even 2 twin beds would be better than one bed. Everything else was good.
September 6, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by CCKL Quick overnight stop
This is what I love about Holiday Inn Express....driving from San Francisco to Chicago with son, not sure how far we will get each day. Find this one on GPS. Call 3 hours ahead, reserve a room, arrive exhausted at almost midnight. Pleasant hello from staff, given room promised, asleep within 10 minutes of arrival at hotel. Clean, well lit, internet ready. Bathroom has nice towels, great showerhead. Grab a banana in the morning, and away we go. This place was just what we needed.
September 6, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by FF13 Clean and comfortable
I have just started staying at Holiday Inn Express. Haven't been disappointed by my experience at any of the one's I've stayed at. The cleanliness, the staff, and the choices for breakfast are great. Even the little things, like having an iron in the room sure help. After a tough day of work in different town. it can take you out of your comfort zone somewhat. It is nice to know what to expect when you are off and can count on the same amenities at a Holiday inn Express. I love the exercise room and the pools as well.
September 1, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Fairgoer Great staff
Freindly, courteous staff, from the front desk, to the housekeeping and breakfast people. I recantly stayed during the Iowa state fair, a total of 12 nights, the place was full every night, not a room open, everything run smoothly, great job! I'll be back! Thanks.
August 25, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DLSL August stay
Excellent 10 days. Comfortable, quiet and accommodating. I did laundry twice and since the dryer was broken the hosts dried it in their dryer.
I would like to point out that the manager and the desk person were outside the front door on many occasions smoking. This left the desk vacant and I think that it portrays unprofessionalism on the part of Holiday Inn. One time she left her keys out there and a guest brought them inside!
I will be back.
August 24, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by bingham Relax
I checked in after being on the road for 11 hours with three children and was exhausted. The staff was extremely helpful and went above and beyond to make me and my children feel comfortable! THANK YOU!!
August 21, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Wifeandme97 Nascar weekend
My wife and I made the trip the first weekend of August, 2013. We'd not been to this facility before. It exceeded our expectation. Our room was clean, the bathroom was clean. The staff, including housekeeping, was very friendly.
It was close enough to the track to be convenient, but not so close it was rowdy.
Close to a nice city walking trail, too.
Highly recommend, and we'll definitely be back.
August 13, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by AlwaysTraveling4 Clean and quiet!
We were impressed with the Clean Smell this hotel had the minute we walked in! Our room was very clean and VERY QUIET! Breakfast was wonderful...staff were very polite! Will definitely come back and stay here again!
July 29, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BaseballParent Awesome experience at this hotel!!
We stay at a lot of hotels and this is one of the best experiences we have had. The staff was extremely friendly, the hotel was extremely clean and convenient, and the environment was just great! I would highly recommend this hotel!
July 5, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Happyfives Great Place to Stay
We stayed for 3 nights and the service was great. Since we had a suite it was very comfortable for all of us. The only complaint is we wished the suite was separated for the sleeping area and the exhaust fan in the bathroom was on its own and not hooked up with the light. Very noises. Other than that we are planning again for next summer at the same hotel.
June 18, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by DLASH1 Altoona stopover !
This HIE was average, the room was decent , about what you expect from a HIE. The price to value is not very good and when we asked the desk for directions it seemed like we were bothering them even though it wasn't busy at all . I wouldn't rank this as the best or worst HIE I have stayed at but thats about all I can say .
June 2, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SteveCr Great
I really like this hotel. My checkin was just excellent- warmly greeted by both folks at the front desk. My platinum status got me an upgrade to a really nice room. The whole place is very clean. The beds are comfortable. It's right next to I-80 but there is no noise issue. The breakfast is typical Holiday Inn Express food but with plenty of selection. It's only about 2 minutes from various restaurants and fast food places and the horse track/casino. I will keep staying here whenever I'm in Des Moines.
May 21, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jake56 Friendly Staff
My stay was everything you could ask for.
When I arrived my room keys and registration were ready and waiting.
abbi was very cheerful and professional. She and all the staff made my two week stay enjoyable.
When I'm in Des Moines again on business I will stay here.
May 11, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Patou Great!
For some reason the iron was defective. They get another one really quick.
The personnal are great!
May 5, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Paula18 Great service and location
Will stay here again, great place right off the interstate and close to good food
April 9, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by LG98 Very nice hotel
Hotel was very clean, beds comfortable. I really appreciated the workout room and great breakfast. Only complaint was that in my room I could hear a ticking sound similar to water pipe noises. This happened pretty constantly throughout the time I was there, both nights. It would go on for about 5 minutes, then nothing for about 5 minutes, then on again. I opened the window and the highway noise seemed to drowned it out enough that I could sleep.
There wasn't much close for food options.
February 20, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by grubbybaker Good location
Nice location for business in Altoona. Close to restaurants and other attractions.
February 12, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Ed03 Able to Relax
Being a business traveler I'm always wanting a room that's away from roadway or street noise. I got that with this hotel.
Checkin and checkout was relatively fast and easy.
I also liked getting the complimentary cookies and milk in the evening.
With the cold weather (it was single digits and below) the main hotel entrance was warm; with the double set of doors. That little thing made a big difference.
The grocery store was only about a couple of miles away; if that far.
January 28, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by midwestrep Great stay
Enjoyed the hospitality. Would recommend this location for business travelers.
January 21, 2013