Depending on your price range and preference there are a lot of options for hotels in Des Moines. I will list a few from each price point, and hopefully you can find something you like.
- Des Lux Hotel – (downtown) Des Lux is a beautifully restored downtown hotel, it is the former location of the Suites at 800 Locust. The dark woodwork gives a serious, and decadent feel, but the staff are warm and welcoming. The hotel is located within walking distance of Court Avenue, The Civic Center, and the Pappajohn sculpture garden. Pictures tell a better story than words, check out their website.
- Embassy Suites – (east village) Embassy has been a consistently great hotel for Des Moines for years. With a location that is right in between the quirky East village and downtown its in a great spot, with great views. If there is a concert going on at the Simon Estes amphitheater you will have a great view and a free ticket. (If your room faces that way). Click here for their website.
- Hampton Inn and Suites (downtown) – Hampton Inn is a very new addition to downtown, and its in a great location. This hotel is within walking distance of Court Avenue, Principal Park (I-Cubs), El Bait Shop, and overlooks the Des Moines River. Staying with a large chain like this you can take advantage of their rewards program, and consistency throughout the country. Click here for their website.
- Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel (downtown) – The Renaissance is in a great location for downtown activities. It is within walking distance of the Civic Center, the farmers market, and Court Avenue. This hotel is on the national register of historic places and has housed presidents, and some of the more famous people to pass through Des Moines. Marriott runs this property, so you know the quality is consistent and excellent. Click here for their website.
- Stony Creek Hotel – (Johnston) If you want to get out of the city center, but still be within 25 minutes this is a great pick. Stony Creek gives you the feel that you are staying in a rustic lodge and out of the bustling city. With free breakfast, wifi, parking, and affordable rates Stony Creek is a great deal. Click here for their website.
- Butler house on Grand – (Des Moines west) Butler house on Grand has been in the B and B business since 1996, so you are is great hands here. Butler House on Grand has been used for numerous photo shoots for various Meredith Publications, including Better Homes & Gardens, Midwest Living and Paint Decor magazines. It also has been featured in the Des Moines Register, Home Style Magazine, The New York Sun, Cityview, Des Moines Business Record, and 50 Plus. This is a quieter location away from downtown, close to the Art Center and Greenwood Park. Click here for their website.
- Hotel Renovo – (Urbandale) Hotel Renovo is on the west side of the Des Moines Metro area, formerly the Comfort Suites. If you are interested in going to Living History Farms this would be a great hotel to pick. This property has been recently remodeled, and is definitely worth a look. Click here for their website.
- Ramada Tropics Resort -(North Des Moines) If you have kids this would be a great option. While they swim off all that energy, you can relax. Located just off of the Meryl Hay exit of 1-80 on the northwest side of Des Moines you have easy access to the interstate and most of the city. Click here for their website.
- Homewood Suites (West Des Moines) If your looking for an option by a mall this would be a good one. Located just a mile or so away from the Jordan Creek Mall, this is a great place to stay for the avid shopper. This hotel is also very new being completed in August 2015. Click here for their website.
- The 1900 Inn – (Des Moines West) The 1900 Inn is a Bed and Breakfast located in the Drake neighborhood, just northwest of downtown. Tim and Jane believe in having a great breakfast everyday, and feature Iowa eggs and produce in it. If you would like to try out the Bed and breakfast option, this would be a great choice. Click here for their website.