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Hotel Fort des Moines

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1000 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
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Ranked #32 of 46 hotels in Des Moines
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Quincy, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This hotel has character galore and from the moment you walk in you feel as if you've been transported in time. The room itself was dated but clean and everything was in good repair. I was in town with a friend for a concert at the Wells Fargo center so was happy to hear the hotel provided a shuttle service... More

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Chicago
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I stayed over a Saturday night with a couple buddies on a baseball road trip to see the Iowa Cubs. PROS You can feel the history of the place. It was built in the early 1920's, and twelve U.S. presidents dating back to Woodrow Wilson have stayed here along with countless other celebrities and political figures. I'd always rather stay... More

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Anaheim, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed here for one night. As others have said, this place is old. I was really worried about the cleanliness of our room. We stayed in room 407 and I think we got lucky. The bedding, tub, tile, etc were very old. They were stained from age but I can at least say they were clean. No mold or cockroaches.... More

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Marcus
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Staying at the Hotel Fort for just one night- thank goodness. The hotel is need of a MAJOR facelift. The rooms smell odd, the ceiling has unrepaired water damage, the paint is old, as well as everything else in the room. I wasn't here more than 2 hours when someone tried to enter my room. Thanking God I had the... More

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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 hotel reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I usually stay at the Marriott in Des Moines, and for no good reason I've never liked it. This time it was booked, so I stayed here. I like the throwback vibe, and my room was clean & quiet. I love both Django (co located French restaurant) and Centro (contemporary Italian down the street). Oh, and the price was right.... More

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Morrison, Missouri
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I called to book rooms and I needed a handicapped room my husband is paraplegic they said they had one with only 1 bed and they told me there was a bath seat. I had to book 2 more rooms for the rest of my family since there was only one bed in our room.i also asked if I could... More

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Davenport, Iowa
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109 reviews 109 reviews
73 hotel reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We visited this hotel to attend an event in Downtown Des Moines. The Hotel is historic and quaint with a great location. They go out of their way to provide a shuttle to spots in downtown and surrounding areas. Actually they have an old London Taxi for dropping the purpose. We took advantage of it. The room was clean and... More

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Iowa City, Iowa
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

Spent a Saturday night at the Fort while in town for a wedding. This hotel is old and somewhat elegant with spacious rooms with character. All good so far, until we went to bed. The king size bed was a lot like two in a hammock; both of us rolled to the middle. We tried to claw our way back... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014 via mobile

I simply can not understand anyone giving this place a favorable rating. It's extremely dated, worn out, dirty, musty and is seriously just a few notches up from a flophouse. I only wish I was joking as I'm writing this at 1 AM after a terrible travel day (storms everywhere) and this place is now actually the worst part of... More

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Iowa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Stayed her June 9, 2014 to attend the Cher concert at Wells Fargo. The most impressive thing was the staff. Everyone on duty was friendly, knowledgeable, professional and humerous. They provided transport to the arena in plenty of time for the show which was an unexpected perk! Nearby restaurants are very good. We chose to eat at Raccoon Brewing, but... More

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Address: 1000 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Location: United States > Iowa > Des Moines
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Fort des Moines 3*
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