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About our Hotel

Location: Suburban

  • Location: Suburban
  • Closest City: DES MOINES
  • Distance From Hotel: 2.0MI
  • Local time zone: GMT-05:00

Check In: 3:00 PM Check Out: 12:00 PM

  • Check In: 3:00 PM
  • Check Out: 12:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age: 18
  • Late checkout available

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Accessibility

Accessibility

  • Number of Rooms:3
  • Parking
  • Service Animals Allowed

Pet Policy

Pet Policy

No Pets allowed, with the exception of ADA needs.

What's Nearby

What's Nearby

Attraction:
Drake University
Distance From Hotel:0.0MI
Attraction:
Knapp Center/Drake Stadium
Distance From Hotel:0.3MI
Attraction:
DSM University
Distance From Hotel:2.0MI
Attraction:
Grays Lake
Distance From Hotel:3.0MI

Parking

Parking

  • Car Parking Available
  • Parking for standard vehicles available at no extra cost.

Internet

Standard Internet Service

Standard Internet service is free for all guests
Wireless Internet available in Standard Rooms,Executive Rooms,Suites,Business Center,Public Areas

Facility

Facility

  • Hotel renovated inFebruary 01, 2013
  • Total number of rooms:52
  • Total number of rooms with only one bed:2
  • Total number of rooms with only double beds:50
  • Total number of non-smoking rooms:52
  • Total number of rooms for the physically challenged:3
  • Interior corridor
  • Total number of floors:2
  • FEMA Property Number:IA0301

Des Moines Hotel's Central Location Delivers Satisfaction

Poised right in the heart of the city in an up-and-coming renaissance neighborhood, the Holiday Inn Express® Hotel Des Moines at Drake University is revolutionizing the contemporary travel experience. Less than 1.5 miles from downtown and seconds from major businesses and attractions, this hotel is the smart choice for a productive stay in Des Moines.

The hotel's guests have no trouble accessing the vibrant campus of Drake
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Des Moines Hotel's Central Location Delivers Satisfaction

Poised right in the heart of the city in an up-and-coming renaissance neighborhood, the Holiday Inn Express® Hotel Des Moines at Drake University is revolutionizing the contemporary travel experience. Less than 1.5 miles from downtown and seconds from major businesses and attractions, this hotel is the smart choice for a productive stay in Des Moines.

The hotel's guests have no trouble accessing the vibrant campus of Drake University, which is within walking distance of the property. Major downtown businesses are just around the corner, as well. If you prefer to bring your colleagues and clients to you, you can host functions of up to 25 people in the hotel's meeting room.

Des Moines, Iowa and all it has to offer are at your disposal from this hotel's location. Distinguished from other Des Moines hotels near Drake University, this is the only hotel actually located on campus. Other attractions, including Adventureland Amusement Park and the Iowa State Fair, are just minutes away, and they're sure to make for a memorable vacation in Des Moines.

The hotel's location near Drake University, its friendly staff and the cutting-edge amenities ensure a positive experience. Guests can surf the Web using free wireless Internet access, and start each day off right at the complimentary, hot Express Start Breakfast Bar. Call to reserve your room today, and "Stay Smart" in Des Moines.

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Our central location offers guests unbeatable proximity and easy access to Drake University, downtown Des Moines and I-235. A 15-minute drive gets you anywhere, so you can fully experience the greater Des Moines metro areas attractions and businesses.

Guest Reviews

Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 125 reviewers.
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Room Cleanliness I am not sure the towels in the room are white or brownish color. August 23, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Awesome 1 night Stay Very nice place. Close to the Airport. Room was very clean. Bed was very comfortable. Wife and I ate dinner at the lounge which was very good. We were very happy that we did not have leave the hotel as we are not familiar with the Des Monies area. Staff was very friendly. If we are flying out of Des Monies again we will stay at this hotel. August 22, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Very nice property Very nice property. Highly recommended. Good value. Very clean. August 21, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great Staff great room Staff is always very helpful. I keep coming here because staff friendly and caring. Rooms have always been clean and well taken care of. You also have lots of options for room types an things to do for the family. Pool and food areas very roomy and accessible. Very nice remodeled area for conferences. August 20, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Clean room and great food One night stay en route home. Met our needs. Room was very clean and comfortable albeit small, esp the bathroom. The pool had a lot of chlorine and we happened to be staying the same time as a large group of kids so pool time was chaos. No shallow area for our little ones unfortunately. We were very glad to have our rooms on the outside as the courtyard area and pool were VERY loud and would have surely disrupted baby sleep if we had interior rooms. Breakfast was free up to $9 per person and good with large portions. Overall good experience at this older ihg property. August 20, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Average Holiday Inn Front desk staff are outstanding. The hotel is noisy. Restaurant facilities are minimal—a small short-order area. Nothing special about this hotel, but nothing really awful either. Overpriced for what it is. August 20, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great Place to Stay if you fly out the next morning Hotel is clean and very close to airport!, Good size rooms and great service. August 19, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by A Very Good Choice! My Wife and I stayed here because they accept pets. This particular Holiday Inn has a few things going for it. Most notably: 1) Location. This Hotel is easy to get to, and even better if you are heading South the next morning like we were. 2) The Staff is friendly, fast & professional! 3) "The Grill" serves up tasty dinners & breakfasts 4) Their "Tropical Courtyard" is very open, very bright and has an excellent pool! I would definitely recommend staying here, and I would certainly stay again! August 19, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by even with a full hotel, quiet and relaxing We were accommodated with a late (1:00 a.m.) check in, and the front desk clerk was as energetic and friendly as the day shift (not always the case). The room was comfortable and clean. Even with some type of convention meetings and a full hotel, our 3rd floor courtside room was quiet. Will plan on staying here again. August 15, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by clean and comfortable Our room was clean and comfortable. The gal at check in was fast and friendly. The location was great for our upcoming flight at the airport early in the morning and they offer shuttle service so you can turn in your rental car early. August 14, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dated room, but exceptionally clean, Great Breakfast A dated property, but the room was exceptionally clean and comfortable. Stayed on the outside, facing the rear parking lot, so no pool or airport noise. Best freshly prepared breakfast value you'll find. August 14, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Hoilday Inn Des Moines South This Hotel is very dated. We stayed here on points , otherwise we would have never booked this location. August 14, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by confortable and friendly The A/C was VERY NOISEY. Otherwise it was a good experience. August 13, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Comfortable bed. The service was very good I was in a comfortable quiet room. Very well satisfied with the facilities available to me. The food was good to. August 13, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Very nice! Friendly staff very helpful. Looking forward to next time we stay should be even better. August 12, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Took excellent care of my needs Thank you for helping at this sad time of saying goodbye to a family member in death August 10, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great Service The staff was very helpful and the overall experience was wonderful. August 10, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by nice stay Stayed here for the iowa gas convention and the stay was very pleasant rooms were not brand new but very clean and in great condition.. August 5, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Dirty sheets and poor service I usually never post comments of surveys. This is my very first. I stayed at this hotel for a professional conference. I have stayed in many Holiday Inns and in general have had positive experience and in many cases prefer staying at a Holiday Inn. However, my stay and experience at the Des Moines-Airport/Conf Center was not a good experience. I would never stay there again and would recommend against staying there. The building is an old building with what looks to be many additions to the original building. The hallways are dark and narrow with very low ceilings. I was traveling alone for a conference and did not feel safe walking down the long and winding hallways. The rooms are decent size and I appreciated that, but that is the extent of my appreciation for my hotel room. After a long day of travel and meetings, I looked forward to resting. I pulled back the sheets and immediately noticed short curly hairs on the bed, rumpled, already-slept-in-sheets (this was my first night in the room), what I could only guess was dried nasal mucus (also what my kids call boogers), and other unidentified debris in the bed. I immediately called the front desk. The hotel staff told me “I will let her know” and hung up on me. I waited for the front desk to call me back or have housekeeping knock on my room door to replace the sheets. Neither of those things happened in the 20 minutes I waited. I again called the front desk. They asked me what was in the bed. I listed the above items I noticed (I took photos of the items in the bed). The staff member told me it was probably house keeping’s hair. I asked her to explain the other items and the slept-in-sheets to me. She could not. She told me she would get back to me. Again after waiting another 10 minutes the front desk called me. She asked me if I was part of the professional conference staying at the hotel and when I confirmed that I was, she let me know they have a new room key for me and I should come and get the key. I wonder if I wasn’t with the conference group, if I would have gotten a new room… When I arrived at the desk, she handed me the keys and offered free breakfast because “I have to give you something.” I assumed she meant she had to give me something because housekeeping failed to either knowingly or unknowingly replace the sheets. I was not given any type of apology for my inconvenience. On a minor item, the hotel does not provide hair conditioner. You have to call the front desk and pick up your hair conditioner. These are things I have never run into at other hotels or Holiday Inns. August 5, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Another nice stay here An enjoyable stay at this pet friendly property. Staff was very nice and helpful. August 5, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Stay at Holiday Inn Very nice room. Room was clean. Was quiet and bed was very comfortable. August 4, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by good room bad parking we have been there 14 year a row for the gas show good overall place August 4, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Always a Pleasure ..to stay at this hotel. Janice and her staff go out of their way to make us feel like we are valued and comfortable. There are always small glitches with our show and this staff manages to work through them and accommodate us. It is an older, currently being remodeled, hotel but it is Always clean August 4, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Close to the airport The hotel is close to the air port, as the name suggests, but that's about it. There is no free breakfast, even though I booked for 6 adults, I was not informed prior to check in that there was no sofa bed. Also there is no free breakfast, which was important to me, because I was on a road trip. It's only a good deal, if you want to be close to air port August 4, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Mattress Needs new more firm mattress. We rolled to center! August 4, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Noisy and Hot TV's a problem Spent two different nights there. If your room faces the atrium with the pool you hear kids playing in the pool until after 9PM. Very noisy and not restful at all. On my return a week later I was placed in the back building that does not have rooms facing the atrium. It was quiet, but the entire building had air conditioning problems. They apparently knew about this as when I mentioned it to one of the staff he said they were having problems. Spent the night sleeping on top of the bed trying to keep cool. Asked the front desk where the luggage cart was and was told they were out somewhere. This was 5:45AM. Front desk made no effort to help. Caught an incoming employee who knew where one was a led me to it. Very uncomfortable experience. TV goes out and takes about 5 seconds to display when you change channels. July 30, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Business trip The staff was very courteous and attentive to me as the client. A minor mix-up with the room reservation was handled quickly and efficiently. They treat you well! July 28, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by GREAT SERVICE AND LOCATION GREAT LOCATION TO AIRPORT AND CITY SERVICES. VERY CLEAN AND MODERN. July 25, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Under construction This hotel apologized for the fact that it is under construction, but that did not do anything for current guests. It is sadly in need of updating. Our room was at a junction of two hallways and was apparently a meeting/conversation place. Loud guests, washing machines and ice machines all made sleeping difficult. Our room had a shampoo and a body lotion when we arrived. No conditioner and no sign to say if you need anything else please let us know. The best thing about this Holiday Inn was the staff who listened to our concerns and dealt with them as best they could. July 16, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by #1 on my list of places to stay! We've stayed here every summer for the last 6 years and have never been unhappy. The hotel is in a great location, the staff is awesome and very accommodating, the free shuttle is a huge perk. Lots of places to eat around the hotel if you want to eat out. The snack bar in the hotel has great food for a very reasonable price. Would recommend this to everyone staying around the airport! July 3, 2014
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