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Des Moines, IA: Hotel & Motel Planning Guide

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The Des Moines center point is approximately the area of Walnut Street Bridge and the area of Iowa Events Center.

Des Moines isn't as big as Chicago or Manhattan, but it does have plenty of restaurants and shops to keep you busy. You can explore the downtown area, go for a walk through one of the beautiful parks, and dine at upscale restaurants. When you're done with a fun-filled day in Des Moines, rest your head at a nice hotel in the center of downtown so you can wake up and explore all the happenings in the center of the city. Des Moines is a big city with small-town heart. More from this guide...

Des Moines Hotels & Accommodations

Quality Inn & Suites 4995 Merle Hay Rd., Des Moines, IA 50322
  • Mid-scale property
  • 2 floors in property
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Embassy Suites by Hilton Des Moines Downtown : 101 East Locust St. 101 East Locust St., Des Moines, IA 50309
  • The Embassy Suites on the River Hotel is close to all of the action that Des Moines has to offer. As the closest hotel to the Iowa State Capital campus, the East Village, and the Court Avenue District, you'll find no shortage of activities to enjoy. The Principal Riverwalk lies right outside the doors of the hotel. Other nearby sights and attractions include the Science Center of Iowa, the Des Moines Farmer's Market, the Wells Fargo Arena, and the Des Moines Botanical Center. After a day of exploring the city, rest your head in one of the hotel's well-appointed guest rooms or suites. Rest and rejuvenate in the indoor salt water swimming pool and the whirlpool. Enjoy a meal and cocktails at the on-site restaurant. If business calls you during your trip, take advantage of the hotel's business center and meeting rooms.
  • High end Downtown hotel
  • Free comp. breakfast
  • Pool nice
  • Beds were acceptable for 50%
Hyatt Place Des Moines / Downtown : 418 6th Ave. 418 6th Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Three Star Downtown property
  • Fitness center on property
  • Comfort level is high
  • Great reception
From$93
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Staybridge Suites Des Moines Downtown 201 East Locust St., Des Moines, IA 50309
  • 3-star Downtown property
  • Fitness + Health Center
From$89
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Hampton Inn & Suites Des Moines Downtown 120 SW Water St., Des Moines, IA 50309
  • 3 star Downtown hotel
  • 41 suites in property
  • Wonderful nights rest
  • Most guests found the grounds to be nice
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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Des Moines Downtown : 333 SW 11th St. 333 SW 11th St., Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Affordable Downtown hotel
  • Check in: 3:00 PM
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Ramada Hotel Des Moines Airport in Des Moines 1810 Army Post Rd., Des Moines, IA 50315
  • Midscale Airport property
  • Hotel has 7 suites
  • Most guests didn't like the fitness area
  • Average beds
Baymont Inn & Suites Airport Conference Center 6221 SW Army Post Rd., Des Moines, IA 50321
  • 3 star Airport hotel
  • Check in: 3:00 PM
Value Place Des Moines Ia (Pleasant Hill) : 1525 Metro East Dr. 1525 Metro East Dr., Pleasant Hill, IA 50327 ~6.44 miles east of Des Moines
  • Two star Highway hotel
  • 4 floors in hotel
  • Rooms are not good
  • Average wifi quality
Woodspring Suites 6703 SE Bellagio Dr., Ankeny, IA 50021 ~6.46 miles north of Des Moines
  • Cheap property
  • Check-in time: 3:00 p.m.
From$45
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Hampton Inn & Suites Ankeny : 6210 SE Convenience Blvd. 6210 SE Convenience Blvd., Ankeny, IA 50021 ~6.87 miles north of Des Moines
  • 3 star property
  • Gym / Fitness Center Available
  • Close to downtown
  • Alot of restaurants
Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center : 5291 Stoney Creek Court 5291 Stoney Creek Court, Johnston, IA 50131 ~7.49 miles northwest of Des Moines
  • Cheap Suburban property
  • Airport shuttle provided
  • For free breakfasts
  • Friendly atmosphere
From$79
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Hilton Garden Inn Des Moines / Urbandale in Johnston
+1-866-429-5787
8600 Northpark Dr., Johnston, IA 50131 ~7.57 miles northwest of Des Moines
  • Affordable property
  • Excellent breakfast though
  • Queen sized bed
Towneplace Suites by Marriott - Johnston
+1-888-690-5281
8800 Northpark Dr., Johnston, IA 50131 ~7.60 miles northwest of Des Moines
  • Economical Suburban hotel
  • Free comp. breakfast
Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel - Des Moines 401 Locust St., Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Four-star property
  • The best bacon
  • For 52%, the lobby entrance was sub-standard
From$139
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Des Moines Marriott Downtown : 700 Grand Ave. 700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309
  • The recently renovated Marriott Des Moines Hotel offers luxury accommodations in downtown Des Moines. The well-appointed guest rooms and suites feature updated, modern furnishings and state-of-the-art technology. Satisfy your hunger or enjoy cocktails at the hotel's gourmet Rock River Grill and Tavern. Stay fit during your stay at the fully equipped fitness center. At the end of the day, take a dip in the swimming pool or unwind in the hot tub. The Iowa Events Center and the Wells Fargo Arena are both easily accessible, as they are both connected to the hotel by a skywalk. Other nearby attractions include the Blank Park Zoo, the Iowa State Fairgrounds, and the State Historical Building. The amenities and the location of this hotel make it one of the most comfortable and convenient in Des Moines.
  • Four star Downtown hotel
  • Shuttle to airport available
  • The majority of guests had problems with the shower
  • Could be quieter
From$72
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Residence Inn Des Moines Downtown : 100 SW Water St.
+1-800-881-1523
100 SW Water St., Des Moines, IA 50309
  • 3 star Downtown property
  • 127 sleeping rooms in hotel
  • Decent breakfast
  • Close to Court
From$109
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Des Lux Hotel : 800 Locust St. 800 Locust St., Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Mid-scale Downtown hotel
  • Check-in: 3:00pm
From$180
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Days Inn & Suites - Des Moines 1901 Hackley Ave., Des Moines, IA 50315
  • 2-star Airport property
  • 133 rooms in property
  • Good minibar
  • Good access to the airport, said 100%
Americinn Des Moines Airport in Des Moines 1920 Hackley Ave., Des Moines, IA 50315
  • Low priced Airport hotel
  • Check in time: 3:00pm
Sleep Inn & Suites 5850 Morningstar Court, Pleasant Hill, IA 50327 ~6.58 miles east of Des Moines
  • Economical Highway hotel
  • Hotel has 77 rooms
  • Free breakfast
  • Air conditioning was criticized by 100%
From$129
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Fairfield Inn & Suites Urbandale : 8661 Plum Dr.
+1-888-690-5247
8661 Plum Dr., Urbandale, IA 50322 ~7.40 miles northwest of Des Moines
  • Three Star Suburban property
  • Check-in time: 03:00 PM
  • Food stocked
  • Modern Hotel
From$84
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Microtel Inn & Suites 8711 Plum Dr., Urbandale, IA 50322 ~7.40 miles northwest of Des Moines
  • Two star Highway property
  • 25 suites in property
  • Stylish Hotel
  • Most guests liked the proximity to shopping
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Urbandale Des Moin
+1-800-881-1523
8789 Plum Dr., Urbandale, IA 50322 ~7.43 miles northwest of Des Moines
  • 3 star Highway hotel
  • Hotel has 4 floors
  • Wellness & sports facilities were not very nice
  • Tasty breakfast
From$103
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Best Western Plus Altoona Inn 300 34th Ave. Nw, Altoona, IA 50009 ~7.47 miles northeast of Des Moines
  • Cheap Suburban hotel
  • Hotel has 85 rooms
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One great thing about Des Moines is that it's only a day's drive from Chicago, presenting the perfect opportunity for day trips to the windy city. Of course, you won't want to miss everything Des Moines has to offer, such as free festivals, outdoor concerts, and a happening art scene. You can find events going on all year in this laid-back Midwest city. If possible, try to book a hotel connected to the skywalk so you don't have to drive as much.

Des Moines is also known for its fabulous farmers markets. You can attend one every Saturday morning from May to October. Plus, there are indoor farmers markets during the winter on a smaller scale. One of the best things about the farmers markets in Des Moines is that you can buy everything from fresh produce and flowers to farm-raised meat and ready-to-eat meals, like burritos. If you've never been to Des Moines, the farmers market is one thing you have to experience.

When to Visit Des Moines, IA

People travel to Des Moines year-round for various reasons. However, the most popular time to visit this city is during summer because of the warm weather in the mid 70s to 80s. Several festivals happen in Des Moines between July and August, and you can take advantage of the biking trails and parks without the need for a jacket. The East Village is always a great place to visit.

Fall is also a wonderful time to visit Des Moines because of the foliage. There are several gardens and parks throughout the city that have flowers and other plants on display. You can spend hours taking pictures and enjoying the beautiful landscape. Most people don't visit Des Moines during the winter, but there are skiing and snowmobiling options for those who want to do that.

Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in Des Moines, IA:

seasonality of hotel rates in Des Moines

Des Moines, IA: Prices by Star Rating Class

Below are 3 charts illustrating avg. nightly cost trends by star rating class in Des Moines, IA. Browse these illustrations to calculate the best time period to stay in Des Moines for upcoming travels.

Luxury Hotel Options in Des Moines, IA

4 Star Average Prices: $117.03

Most of the hotels in Des Moines are on the affordable side because the city is not a major tourist destination. However, you can find luxury options, such as the Des Lux Hotel. It is centrally located to downtown and a favorite pick of people looking for a romantic night because of the spa options. Guests can also enjoy the bar lounge area, 24-hour fitness facilities, and free breakfast. Plus, Des Lux Hotel is centrally located for convenience.

Another great place to stay if you're looking for luxury is the Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel. It is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and it is a landmark of the city. The inside exudes luxury and the hotel is conveniently located on the climate-controlled skywalk for easy access to the Iowa Events Center, Civic Center, and Wells Fargo Arena in Downtown Des Moines. Many people choose to stay at the Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel because it offers 12,000 square feet of space for conferences and other events, such as weddings.

4 Star Hotel Prices in Des Moines

Affordable Hotel Options in Des Moines, IA

3 Star Average Prices: $118.71

The cost of living in Des Moines is relatively low in comparison to most of the U.S. However, that doesn't mean all the hotels have low prices. You still want to shop around for the best rates. If you're willing to drive to downtown instead of staying in the city center, you can find the best deals on hotels. Of course, if you don't plan on driving, a hotel in the center of the city can save you money since you can walk to a lot of attractions. You'll have to decide the best hotel option for your situation.

Some of the lowest-cost options include the Rodeway Inn Des Moines, Cozy Rest Motel, and Extend A Suites. However, don't expect grand accommodations at these hotels. Look for hotels that offer free breakfast to give you the best bang for your buck.

One of the most affordable hotels in Des Moines is the Days Inn & Suites that serves the airport. It is business friendly and family friendly, with free Wi-Fi and a continental breakfast. The rooms at the Days Inn & Suites are standard but comfortable with all the amenities you truly need. Since the hotel is near the airport, you can easily rent a car to get to downtown, too.

Ramada offers two affordable hotels in Des Moines: The Ramada Hotel Des Moines Airport and Ramada Tropics Resort and Conference Center. The Ramada at the airport is also near Blank Park Zoo and gives you all the amenities you need to relax after a busy day. The Ramada Tropics Resort offers similar accommodation a little outside the city in Urbandale.

3 Star Hotel Prices in Des Moines

2 Star Average Prices: $83.70

2 Star Hotel Prices in Des Moines

Where are the real discounts in Des Moines

If you're an AAA member, a senior citizen, or you serve in the armed forces, you can receive discounted rates at certain hotels in Des Moines. Discount options are available from the Embassy Suites Hotel, Residence Inn by Marriott, Quality Inn & Suites Event, and Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Downtown. Of course, you can ask any hotel where you want to stay if they offer special discounts — it doesn't hurt to ask. Check out HotelPlanner.com for a quick list of hotels that offer these types of discounts.

Des Moines Marriott Downtown is one of the more upscale hotel offerings in the city, but you can stay there affordably if you can get a discount. It is family friendly and business-friendly. Plus, it is part of the Marriott Rewards Program, so you can save money if you are a member. Also, ask about AAA discounts and discounts for seniors. Many of the rooms at the Marriott provide great city views, along with all the deluxe accommodations you'd expect from a hotel. The earlier you book this hotel, the more money you can save.

Best Value Options in Des Moines, IA

If you're looking for a midrange hotel that offers great value, the Hyatt Place hotel is located in downtown Des Moines. This gives guests easy access to downtown's skywalk system, as well as the East Village. The location of the Hyatt Place definitely adds value to this hotel. The furnishings and decorations at the Hyatt Place are modern and comfortable and guests will enjoy the on-site amenities, including a pool and fitness room.

Another best value option in Des Moines is the Embassy Suites hotel in the downtown area. All of the rooms feature kitchenettes with microwaves and refrigerators, as well as sofabeds, LCD TVs, Wi-Fi, and other nice amenities. The Embassy Suites hotel also has an on-site restaurant, fitness center, and indoor pool to make your stay better. You can order breakfast for free and enjoy the bar and lounge area in the evening. The Embassy Suites hotel takes care of everything for you, so you don't have to worry about a thing.

Top Des Moines, IA, Destinations

Even though Des Moines is not a top destination for tourists in the Midwest, there are still plenty of attractions to keep you busy and having fun. Championship golf courses abound, and there are tons of bike trails within the city limits. Des Moines is truly a beautiful place to visit. If you have time during your stay, take a stroll through Better Homes and Gardens' Test Garden and the Botanical Center. Iowa State Fairgrounds is also beautiful and a fun place to go if events are going on.

The art scene in Des Moines also provides plenty of opportunities for tourists. For instance, the Des Moines Art Center displays tons of contemporary artwork, and there is a beautiful landscape outside the door where you can take nice pictures. The John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park also features artwork from around the world. The park is in the middle of downtown and an easy walk from many of the hotels in Des Moines.

If you're looking for more things to do, you can attend a performance at the Civic Center, visit Blank Park Zoo, find some fun wineries and breweries, or check out some trendy restaurants. The Django restaurant gets rave reviews and Zombie Burger is definitely fun.

Des Moines offers a variety of hotel options to make your stay perfect, whether you're traveling on a tight budget or you're looking for deluxe accommodations that put you in the center of all the action. For convenience, pick a hotel near the downtown area. This will give you the most time to explore all that Des Moines has to offer.

'Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself' said Harriet Nelson, a famous actress from Des Moines. This piece of wisdom has echoed throughout history, but it is still as relevant as ever in the modern city of Des Moines. Without doubt, there is much to see in this beautiful town. Hotels in Des Moines can give both value and luxury so if you're planning a trip, read on to find the best hotel for you.

Budget Stays in Des Moines

If you want cheap hotels then following are the best options for you. Super 8 Clive in West Des Moines is a successful establishment and many people choose to stay there on return visits to the city, due to its clean, tidy rooms and polite staff. This hotel is pet friendly and also offers free Wi-Fi to its guests. It is within walking distance of many local restaurants and is situated near the main road for quick access to any part of town by car. The AmericInn Hotel and Suites is right next to the international airport of Des Moines, excellent for late night arrivals. It offers a swimming pool and gym, as well as a free breakfast. It is an excellent hotel for those who just want a place to relax after a long day in the city. The Comfort Inn is another good choice if neither of the others take your fancy. These are the best cheap hotels in the city.

Luxury Accommodation in Des Moines

The capital of Iowa is a bustling commercial giant, evidently seen by its lights and high rise buildings. Naturally then, Des Moines hotels can cater for even the richest taste. Embassy Suites, in down town Des Moines, is a prime option. When you enter through the glass doors you will be greeted by an atrium that has been lovingly decorated with a five story cascading waterfall, which dominates the center and creates a calm and relaxing atmosphere for all. Just across from the hotel is an ice rink which is open in the winter months and the state capitol complex of Iowa is clearly visible to the East. This hotel has a magical feeling to it, which will make your stay unforgettable. The Double tree hotel and the Marriott Downtown hotel are two more highly respected hotels which are in the center of the city and offer all the comforts you could possibly need.

Fancy Something Different?

Independent and boutique hotels in Des Moines don't get much better than The Des Lux Hotel. The lobby is beautiful, with dark wood accents and polished floors. The rooms are very large, with plenty of clean linen and pillows to make yourself comfortable. Huge windows allow plenty of light into your room, making the space feel even larger. The bar and gym are of top quality, and you can even relax around the fireplace in the lobby and listen to some tunes from their piano. The Cozy Rest Motel is another lovely independent hotel to stay at, with a very modest price point while still maintaining quality. Des Moines hotels come in a variety of sizes and types, but I hope this list has helped you choose one that will compliment your trip perfectly.

Verified reviews of the city of Des Moines

Below are reviews of the city of Des Moines, IA from an actual visitor's perspective.

" Great city to visit."
Score 4.0 / 5

It was an interesting city to look at and had some building that one needed to take time with.People were so friendly it was hard to believe. Great city to visit.

Rog R., from 22-Feb-2017
"Near Des Moines"
Score 5.0 / 5

Ankeny is a nice town...spread out, nice scenic countryside and little traffic.

Heather J., from 26-Apr-2016
"Always Enjoy Coming Back"
Score 5.0 / 5

Been here lots so nice town

Kathryn P., from 19-Feb-2016
"A Likable Place"
Score 4.0 / 5

Many excellent restaurants are nearby, there is a great shopping area nearby and the city has nice museums and sightseeing venues.

Luz P., from 14-Oct-2015
"When in Des Moines"
Score 4.0 / 5

Very friendly city with lots to do and great places to eat.

Robert G., from 10-Aug-2015
"Full of Life"
Score 4.0 / 5

There are excellent restaurants and many things to see and do. This city has numerous outdoor activities and beautiful, well maintained public parks, running trails and bike paths.

Luz P., from 17-Sep-2014
"Something to love about"
Score 4.0 / 5

The downtown area is something to love about. It is within walking distance to so many eateries and shops.

Barbara S., from 06-Aug-2014
"Des Moines IA is great for car shows."
Score 5.0 / 5

I was at the Goodguy's Car Show. I had a great time, and I plan on going back.

Patricia W., from 06-Jul-2014
The average traveler rating of the city of Des Moines, IA shown above is 4.4 out of 5 based on 8 reviews
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