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Hotel Fort des Moines

1000 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I read all the horrible reviews and was terrified when I showed up. The hotel is OLD, but I knew that when I booked it. The old architecture and styles of the rooms are AWESOME! The rooms are hot. I called down and asked for a fan and they brought it up right away. I had no issue sleeping. The... More 

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Cedar Falls, IA
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

None of the rooms had a/c. The front desk had one temperature setting for the whole place. Had to leave window open all night, not ideal in August. Our room was over 90 degrees. Everything is outdated...rooms, bathrooms, elevators, etc. Dont stay there!!!

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Cedar Falls, Iowa, Usa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was told when booking that it was an older hotel with only 1 air conditioner and when its hot it has a hard time keeping up.................THERE IS NO AIR! We were greeting with our window open! When we asked for a fan.....sure......bet they had a stash of those!!!!! I swear we were the only guests staying......didn't see anyone else... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I should have read more reviews. Hotel Fort Des Moines used to be sofisticated in the mid 90s and now it is a ruin. The last time I was there weddings were held, conferences were going on...Great structure and wonderful history. Unfortunately the room had not been cleaned and not checked (I would guess more than a couple months). Broken... More 

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Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Old, outdated, poor customer service and no air conditioning. Two of the three staff I interacted with over the course of the weekend acted like they didn't want to be there. One of those staff was seen asleep twice within 30 minutes of going to the front desk. Will never book there again and recommend you don't book there either.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My (our) recent stay at the Hotel Ft. Des Moines (Iowa) was a NIGHTMARE. My colleague and I - each having a queen bed room which I booked- were told (AFTER checking in) that "by the way, we have no air conditioning in guest rooms." This hotel is dirty, lacks amenities, and the rooms were HOT HOT HOT HOT. Locals... More 

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Boone, Iowa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We were in DesMoines and needed a place to stay close to the hospital so we choose Hotel Fort DesMoines, wish I would of looked at reviews first! Horrible! Heat index was in the triple digits and the hotel had no air on the 10 th floor where they gave me our room!! They did give us a fan but... More 

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Louisiana
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We were visiting family in the area and booked the Des Moines. It was a horrible experience. It was VERY warm and no AC was available. There was no way to adequately cool the room. We opted to leave before the next night. The lobby was well cooled so check in was deceptive. The restaurant was not open. Had we... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This hotel is a very old building in need of some serious upgrades. There is no AC in the rooms, no thermostat. Only an old ventilation control knob you can turn open or closed, and either way no air comes into your room. My room was near boiling hot. Old square tube TV with cable that buzzed loudly and had... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I bought a room for one night on Priceline and regretted it right away. This was mid-May but a hot day and when I got to my old, out dated room, it was very hot. When I called staff, they said it was broken and the engineer had not come in. From the other reviews, I'm going to say that's... More 

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