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Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University

2.5 of 5 Motel   |   1140 24th Street, Des Moines, IA 50311
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Ranked #18 of 45 hotels in Des Moines
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 6 days ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Holiday Inn Express at Drake University is the best location when visiting the campus. The employees are very welcoming and will do their best to answer any questions. The hotel is affordable, clean, and quiet. The morning breakfast is very decent with several choices including their warm cinnamon rolls that are delicious.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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10 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Drake University and interviewed. Nice school with good programs. Stayed at the HIE-University. Was very convenient to school. Easy access to Interstate. As with all HIE's you become accustomed to nice, clean, and comfortable rooms. This property did not disappoint. Well stocked breakfast buffet, frequently restocked. If the kids pick Drake we will be back.

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Peoria, Illinois
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63 reviews 63 reviews
8 hotel reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014 via mobile

Came to Drake to do a presentation. Whole school closed due to snow. Staying here. Nice room but the noisiest maids I have ever experienced. Our room is across for their area and they have been cantering for the past several hours. I hope they go home soon.

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ExpressDrake, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our property. I am sorry for the problem you had with your room being right accross from the housekeeping/laundry room. I have addressed this with my housekeeping staff. More

Mpls, MN
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139 reviews 139 reviews
74 hotel reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

As i was bargain shopping within HI's listing, this came up cheaper and convenient to downtown. But it is a older/refurbished unit, the rooms were alright but not a normal HIex. I'd spend the extra amount and stay in a different location. The guest were also very loud.

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ExpressDrake, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel. I am sorry your stay did not meet the standards you come to expect at Holiday Inn Express. We have recently renovated though and added a very nice business center and fitness room. Even though, we are an older building and not your typical Holiday Inn Express, we do keep... More

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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58 reviews 58 reviews
25 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Having reserved a room for four nights at $89.95 per night, the management added to my rate each night. Second night was $94.95 and the third and fourth night was $104.95. Girl at the counter gave me lip service and manager will not call back to explain or refund. As a business/casual traveler for the past 25 years at several... More

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ExpressDrake, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University, responded to this review

I am sorry you were not aware of the rate change at the time of check in. You checked into our hotel on a Sunday which is a slower day, so we lower rates on that day. Monday, your rate when up to normal weekday rates and the last 2 days of your stay the rates increased due to a... More

Willmar, Minnesota
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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

We stayed here because we booked late for an event and we wanted to get closer to downtown. My stay was average, the room was average, but the staff was very nice and accommodating. In fact when I left for the day I could not find my cell phone and I called the hotel and the front desk employee went... More

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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University, responded to this review

Dear Mikreyn, Thank you for taking the time to post feedback about your stay with us. I am happy to know that our location was of convenience and you found our staff to be accommodating to your needs. It is always nice on our part to receive commendable feedback from our valued guests like you. I hope the next time... More

Rockford, IL
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

This is my new business hotel in Des Moines. It is close enough to downtown at a much better rate than the downtown hotels. My room was clean and given that this used to be a dorm, I was surprised at how large. All of the equipment that I tried in the spacious exercise room worked and the rewards member... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

This property is located in a neighborhood quite a bit off the interstate. The surrounding houses do not make me feel comfortable walking around by myself at night, although there were no situations while we where there. The hotel does not feature a pool or hot tub. The breakfast room is really more a corner of their lobby. The only... More

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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University, responded to this review

Dear Betty F, Thank you for your recent stay with us and reviewing our property. However, I sincerely apologize that you did not find our location to your liking and deeply regret the dissatisfaction you had with the room condition. Comments such as yours are very important as it allows us to assess where we have opportunities to make improvements.... More

Flagstaff, AZ
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

My wife and I stayed here in order to be close to Drake University, where she had some business. It is very close to the university, but in a rundown neighborhood. It was difficult to find a parking space at times during the day. I was concerned that we would hear street noise from our room, but was delighted to... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

What a disappointment. We stayed at this hotel during the annual Hyvee Ironkids race. Pros: Great continental breakfast, good front desk staff Cons: No pool, hotel is in a former university dormitory We stayed here with three young children on a Friday evening. We were somewhat concerned about the location of this hotel as it is near Drake University and... More

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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University, responded to this review

Dear kcprgal, Thank you for your review and for staying with us. We take our guest comments very seriously and always strive to provide comfortable and friendly accommodations. It is regrettable we fell short of your expectations this particular day. Please be assured that all comments are acted upon and used to improve the products and service we provide to... More

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Also Known As:
Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University Hotel Des Moines
Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University Hotel
Holiday Inn Des Moines
Des Moines Holiday Inn
Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University Iowa
Address: 1140 24th Street, Des Moines, IA 50311
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Location: United States > Iowa > Des Moines
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 45 hotels in Des Moines
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Greetings from Des Moines, Iowa, home of the Drake Bulldogs and Drake Relays. Holiday Inn Express at Drake is at the heart of this city's renaissance neighborhood and ideally located right on campus. Seconds away are the Knapp Center, and Drake Stadium. Dining is available next door at the retro-themed favorite, Drake Diner. Follow your meal with an independent film a jaunt away at the Varsity Movie Theatre. Come visit the campus, the community, and us; we'll make you feel at home.Plenty of entertainment awaits off campus as well. Attractions include Prairie Meadows Race Track and Casino, Adventureland Amusement Park, Iowa State Fairgrounds, Principal Park, and Blank Park Zoo. Also nearby are the Civic Center, Convention Complex, Veterans Auditorium, Hy-Vee Hall and Wells Fargo Arena. We are moments from the Historical Building of Iowa, the State Capital, Living History Farms, Terrace Hill, Salisbury Mansion and Hoyt Sherman Place. Centrally situated among all of the Metro's retail districts --- four major malls, many boutiques and antique shops. Seasonal attractions are plentiful and near. Other areas of interest include The East Village, Historic Valley Junction and Downtown Court Avenue District, where nightlife is at its best. Free Wireless Internet available in all guest rooms and public areas. Whether it is business or pleasure that brings you our way, our team is ready to serve you! ... more   less 
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