My wife and I attended the Home Free Country Christmas concert on 12/03/2017 and had landed this room as part of a priceline "name your price special". At a little over $82.00 for the night the room turned out to be well worth the price.
This particular Holiday Inn is an older property but about the only way you can tell is from the hallways and stairwells. The lobby area features a full bar and lounge (open 5pm to 10pm) and an onsite restaurant, has a workout facility on the second floor (and important point as the services guide in the room doesn't indicate where its located and I had to ask the front desk). There's also an indoor pool with an adjoining patio with several tables and chairs (although this area overlooks the freeway, so maybe not a great area for a picnic).
The rooms themselves are exceptionally clean (my wife, who generally is a stickler on this point, actually pointed out that the bathroom was the cleanest she had seen in a hotel in quite sometime). The bathroom is a bit older (a tube/shower combination with actually a hot and cold water valve as opposed to the single valve you'd be used to in newer hotels). However the bathroom looked like it had been recently been re-grouted, and there were none of the usual signs of past reno neglect (peeling wall paper, chipped paint, old or rusted fixtures, which was a key point of irritation for me at a recent stay at the Raddison in Davenport IA). The only real indicator of age, beside the style of the fixtures, was the double valve tub and the old school high school style door handle.
The room itself had a large queen size bed, a comfortable sitting chair with ottoman, a very nice desk plus a microwave, refrigerator and a keurig coffee maker with an assortment of pods. TV was a large screen lg, but service was direct tv vs a regular cable provider, but came with a full range of hbo and cinemax, so those that like to order movies directly as opposed to being stuck with what's available probably won't be to disappointed. Room service is also available, with a quick run through of the menu indicating your typical in house fare, though the prices weren't terrible for room service. Considering downtown was right across the freeway, delivery wouldn't be a problem.
The work out room was a nice surprise, being very well stocked (multiple treadmills, a rowing machine, workout mats, free weights and a weight machine). There's also a sizable conference space in the tower section as well as room for special events (there was a record and music convention going on on the day we were there, and there seemed to be adequate space to for the vendors to ply their trade).
Probably the biggest plus was the free shuttle, which runs to both the airport and down town to the civic center and surrounding areas. The driver (and older gentleman who had lived in Des Moines for many years) had several hints for restaurant options, and his recommendation of a German Restaurant down town was spot on. The shuttle is available until 11PM and was a great service to have once our concert was over. Actually it would be fair to say that our stay at the Holiday Inn was the high point of the trip as the concert was more meh.
So why 4 out of 5. A few niggling details. The breakfast buffet is your standard hotel fare (bacon, sausage, oatmeal, potatoes, eggs) that you would see for free at other hotels, but runs at $9.99 a person here, and isn't terrible but wasn't worth the expense if fuel was food at that point. A minor issue, they are a coke products only facility, but for some reason every vending machine in the place was out of diet coke (the only diet option) in nearly every vending machine I checked. Starting on the 3rd floor, both 3, 4,6,7 and 9th floors were sold out. The 5th floor machine ate my money. The 8th floor machine gave a regular coke instead of a diet. Only the 10th floor had any in stock. The front desk indicated a high school dance troupe had recently been through, so maybe they cleared everything out, but still annoying when that's the only available option (they did refund my money with no hassle on the machine that ate my cash and provided the wrong product).
So 4 out of 5. Regular rooms go anywhere from $115.00 up, so if you can land a room for under ninety you've got a great deal considering what you're getting. Happy Travels!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Holiday Inn Downtown, Des Moines, Iowa. Our convenient downtown location provides the ideal setting for both business and leisure travel. With convenient access to Wells Fargo Arena, Hy-Vee Hall, Veterans Auditorium, Des Moines Civic Center, Iowa State Fairgrounds, and Mercy Hospital, you can not go wrong when you stay at the Holiday Inn Downtown. Located in the heart of Des Moines, we are minutes away from an assortment of entertainment options. Indulge and have a ball at Prairie Meadows Race Track and Casino, Adventureland Park, Blank Park Zoo or the Science Center. Also, exceptional dining and nightlife are just blocks away at the Court Avenue Entertainment District and the trendy Historic East Village. Downtown Des Moines is alive with special events every weekend, and our area shuttle makes navigating downtown a breeze! Relax, it's Holiday Inn. We offer free parking and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, an indoor pool, and a complimentary downtown/airport shuttle. If you love classic American cuisine set in a casual but elegant dining atmosphere, then Genevieve's Restaurant and Cityscape Lounge are the place to go. Whether your visit brings you to Des Moines for business or pleasure, allow the Holiday Inn Downtown to be your hotel of choice! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Des Moines Downtown Hotel Des Moines
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