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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 109 reviewers.
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Friendly customer service From the lady at the registration desk to housekeeping...everyone I came into contact with was very pleasant. You appear to have a very good culture there for customer service. May 22, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great Place I ENJOYED MY STAY FREINDLY STAFF, NICE ROOMS, GOOD FOOD, I WILL BE BACK. May 12, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by very good service, kind and knowledgable staff Had a great stay. Will recommend to friends. Room was very clean as well as property. April 2, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Excellent rooms and friendly staff We were looking for a place close to the airport since we had to be at the airport at 4:30 in the morning .The staff provided a couple of sack lunches since we were not going to be there for breakfast. A real plus for me was being able to park our car in the back lot and know that it was in a safe place. It was really nice to be able to have someone drop us off early in the morning at the airport. Many thanks to Holiday Inn for your personal service while we were there! March 26, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great Service and Location for Air Travelers We have grown accustomed to clean rooms and friendly service at Holiday Inns. And a wakeup call. But how great it is to be able to park your vehicle in their parking lot when you travel by air to another destination. Our friends who went with us said they would remember Holiday Inn for their next air travel from the near-by airport. We greatly appreciated the shuttle service to and from the airport, especially when the driver on our return, in the brutally cold temperatures, took us directly to our vehicle. A feather for your cap! March 9, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by The Service is always great thank you As always enjoy staying at your hotel each year for the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine Ball . March 8, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by No Hot Water Had a great stay with the exception that there was no hot water the morning of my checkout. February 26, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Updating required I had a good experience but the facility and room is slightly outdated and updating the rooms especially fwould be a good idea... The retracable clothes line in the shower pre-dates the hotel. January 12, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great NewYear's!! We had great time. There was something for everybody. Their package included dancing,inflatables for the kids swimming the breakfast in the morning. Look foward to next year, January 4, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Worst beds I have ever had Price should have been at least half of what it was. I asked for a better bed, and that never happened. i inch of soft, then hard as a brick. Couldn't wait to get to a restfull bed, even my truck seat.Left room for 2 hours, and still didn't get cleaned. A lot of parking problems. I understand construction, however half of lot was tied up making myself park about 3 blocks away and walk in, or go across the street and pay for parking. I wouldn't recommend facilities to any convention. December 29, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Nice hotel Very nice older Holiday Inn with a good breakfast. December 23, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by staff staff (Janice)making reservations was excellent We enjoyed the weekend as always. Please be aware that the small refrig in room 260 cant be adjusted not to freeze produce( which was unfortunate) Hope to see you next year. Happy Holidays!! December 6, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Aged place needs to be refurbished Bar closed; no service available after 10:30 PM; old hotel and so are the carpets, beds and everythgin; not state of the art in 2013 considering there are much better competitive brands available for the same price; November 20, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Not up to par Untidy and not clean. Morning breakfast unappealing and needs revision. November 15, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Loved the Breakfast I loved the breakfast service at this hotel - very well done. November 11, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Great stay near the Des Moines airport I always stayed here prior to my early morning flight back south. The staff is courteous and friendly. They have a bag breakfast to take along (I leave prior to the breakfast provided). The van driver is always wonderful - picking me at the airport when I drop off the car, taking me to/from dinner and then back to the airport by 5:00 AM. November 11, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Friendly Staff When I called to make a reservation, the staff member was very helpful and courteous. Upon check-in, the staff members were friendly and attentive, also giving help to nearby restaurants and airport shuttle option. We chose this hotel for the location next to the airport. Being a service-member, I also received a great price! October 23, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by good service, I have stayed at this HI many times while attending a conference. I found my room was uncomfortable due to a noisy air conditioner/heater. It's constant off and on interferred with my sleep. October 21, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Memory lane As a family we spent many nights at this hotel back in the late seventies and early eighties. We were happy to see things remained the same, however a little unhappy things remained the same. Your site is somewhat outdated, and the initial smell when we walked into the building on the lower entrance by the laundry was a musty, old odor. Hopefully your present renovation plans will correct some of the negative impressions guests get upon entering the building. I would not hesitate to stay again. October 15, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Nice place This is a nice large hotel. They are adding an addition so there was some construction in the parking lot but it was nice on the inside October 9, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great place to stay! Great place to stay! Clean room and bathrooms. Facility in General was clean. October 9, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Outdated Hotel rooms/hotel needs updating (in the process, but not sure what all they will be updating) TV stations did not match listing provided in book room (113) was close to the outside door which did NOT lock. I had to ask for conditioner each morning October 7, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Honest staff This was not the newest property and the pool was cold, but the staff was honest and we are so thankful. My daughter left a ring that was sentimental in the room and I didn't find out until we got home. When I called the front desk, housekeeping had turned it in and it would be mailed to us. We were so thankful. The breakfast was excellent. The location was excellent for what we needed and it looked as though they were remodeling. October 3, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Food and hospitality great Enjoyed everything about stay. Food, atmosphere, personnel, and bed super comfortable. Even Pat the shuttle driver was nice. October 2, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great price for the comfort and convenience! I really love staying at this particular hotel. The staff is always friendly. I flew into town earlier than the posted check-in time. I called to see if early check-in was a possibility; the front desk staff was so accommodating and friendly! I was able to check in as soon as I arrived. My room was so comfortable. The bed and the pillows were exactly what I needed for my weekend away from home. The rooms are always clean and tidy. I booked a room that looked out onto the pool and central area, not realizing that children would be up early to play by the pool. The noise was a little more than I had expected, but I will ask for a room that does not enter onto the pool area next visit. More than anything, I was impressed by how friendly the staff was and how willing they were to accommodate my early check-in time. It was much appreciated! September 23, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great Time in the Lord! I was here for the Illinois Annual Conference of the AME Church. The rooms were nice, spacious, and quiet. It was great to be able to take a quick nap between sessions and not be bothered by noise from my neighbor. The ballroom was very nice and seated everyone comfortably. The temperature of the room was very comfortable - usually these rooms are ice cold. The food in the cafe as well as the catered food provided by the hotel was tasty and wonderfully presented. The workers in the restaurant and our servers were polite and professional. The same for the front desk. They did everything possible to accommodate us - even holding my food in their refrigerator until after the Closing Service. It was a great experience overall. September 12, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Ancient Holidome under renovation I was actually charged over $150 for a Holidome Holiday Inn under renovation. There was no restaurant or bar as in a traditional Holiday Inn but instead a snack bar. The room layout was so archaic in that it had the bathroom sink in the bedroom right next to the door leading to the hallway. The front doors to the hotel didn't work so you had to take a side door. What a piece of junk! August 26, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by ok stay at a lot if hotels, this good nothing sticks out good or bad August 24, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Good room and good service. Restaurant recently demolished for remodel. Grill only for food but food though limited was good. Good overall experience. August 24, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by close to airport Staff was very friendly, and accomodating. Restaurant food was alright, but not enough staff on. Room was good, Housekeepers put towel I had put on floor to be washed, on the bathroom door. August 22, 2013
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