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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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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Cedar Falls, Iowa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This has got to be the worst Holiday Inn I've ever stayed in. Not only is this hotel located in an unsafe neighborhood, but it is very run down and not well-maintained. This is not an area you want to walk alone in at night. Let me start off by saying that had my company not already paid for the... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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34 reviews 34 reviews
24 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My company has instituted budget cuts, so I was happy to see an HIE for $109 night in downtown Des Moines (the Residence Inn was $209). When I pulled it, I knew right away this was not going to be one of the nicer HIEs. The building is quite old and the property is in a residential/college area (hence the... More

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Davenport, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My colleague and I shared a room while in town for a conference. Back when I made the reservation, I called the front desk to confirm 2 Queen beds and the girl on the phone said to me in a very annoyed voice that "was all they had so id be fine" and when I explained that I too worked... More

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

Dear Amanda A, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your stay. It is unfortunate the service and cleanliness prevented you from fully enjoying your time at the hotel. We were glad to see you enjoyed the breakfast during your stay. We take all of the reviews we receive very seriously as they allow us to identify... More

Davenport, Iowa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It had been over a year from my previous stay and they have made some good improvements. There is now an elevator and a breakfast room. I like that the hotel sits back a block from the main road because it's quiet and you feel like you're more in a residential area. The room I stayed in seemed a bit... More

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Washington, DC
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed here for the Junior Olympics at Drake University. The hotel staff was very attentive to our needs. We stayed on the first floor by the vending and ice machines and to my surprise it was very quiet! The hotel was full of young athletes and families. The complimentary breakfast was great! There were many food options to choose... More

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Moorhead, Minnesota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We stayed one night at this hotel when visiting Drake University. The hotel was clean, reasonably updated, spacious, and quiet. The continental breakfast was excellent. It's proximity to Drake University and the Drake Diner, which was quite good, makes this hotel a bargain at under $100 per night.

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Warsaw, Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We stayed here while attending an event in Des Moines. We couldn't be happier with our choice!! The hotel smelled clean as soon you walked in, the staff was very friendly, and the room was very comfortable and quiet. The breakfast room was very warm when we entered, but we just moved to the lobby area and had a great... More

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Ames, Iowa
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I was a little unsure about how good this hotel would be, as it was by far the cheapest we could find in relation to downtown Des Moines. We were pleasantly surprised at our entire experience. The hotel was clean, staff was friendly, and the hot breakfast was very good. Would highly recommend staying here! A perk... Drake Diner is... More

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Lincoln, Ne
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50 reviews 50 reviews
13 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

It is tucked in a neighborhood by Drake University. The beds were so comfy and the room was very quiet except for the construction that was going on under our window (and the window wouldn't shut all the way). By the time we went to bed it had stopped and we were so tired we wouldn't have heard it anyways.... More

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Litchfield, Minnesota
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6 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

My husband and I, and college son have stayed at this hotel 3 times over the past year as we were visiting Drake University. All 3 experiences were great in that the booking was a breeze, and the location can't be beat if you are visiting the University. Rooms are clean, beds are comfortable, the hot, complimentary breakfast is very... More

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Address: 1140 24th Street, Des Moines, IA 50311
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Location: United States > Iowa > Des Moines
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University 2.5*
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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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