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Holiday Inn Des Moines Downtown

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1050 6th Ave., Des Moines, IA 50314
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Ranked #23 of 46 hotels in Des Moines
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
Lac0220 Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My room was clean and spacious. The front desk staff was courteous and helpful. My complaint is the lack of service in the restaurant. Each morning I had to wait several minutes while the hostess, who also happened to be the manager, talked with people and ignored people waiting to be seated. Don't make the mistake of ordering from the... More

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GretchenT81, Public Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Des Moines Downtown, responded to this review

Dear Lac0220, Thank you so much for offering a candid and thorough review of your stay. While I am happy to know that you found our front desk staff to be accommodating and were pleased with your guest room, your experience in our restaurant fell way below our own expectations as well as our own. I appreciate you bringing this... More

Waupaca, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hotel showed it's age and is need of a facelift! The elevators were so slow it was painful and to make matters worse we were on the top floor. It was crazy loud at night and not very clean. It's also not in a good neighborhood. I would not stay here again. The one nice thing was that they... More

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GretchenT81, Public Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Des Moines Downtown, responded to this review

Dear Laura W, Thank you for reviewing your recent stay at our hotel. I am very sorry to hear that we did not meet your expectations. We take great pride in our property and the services we offer, so it is upsetting to know that is not the impression you left with. However I am happy to know that you... More

Cleveland, Ohio
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

From the front desk to the restaurant staff, this hotel is ALL about great customer service! They go out of their way to accommodate and anticipate their guests every need. They are the true definition of service with a smile!

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GretchenT81, Public Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Des Moines Downtown, responded to this review

Dear rinkrover, Thank you so much for your review. We strive to be the best Holiday Inn around, and I am so glad to hear that we met your expectations as well as our own while you were at our hotel. I am especially pleased to be able to share with our staff your comments in regards to the service... More

Ft lauderdale
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Positive: Good front desk, friendly shuttle driver, clean rooms Negative: no stairs access, run down appearance We were here for the aau junior olympics so our lodging choices were limited since we waited for the last minute. the price was too high for this hotel but had not choice. the elevators were so crowded at some times of the day.... More

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GretchenT81, Public Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Des Moines Downtown, responded to this review

Dear travelfan68, Thank you for reviewing your stay at our hotel. We appreciate your input. As you noticed, we were extremely busy during AAU Junior Olympics and I am sorry for any inconvenience that caused you. I am happy to know however that you found our front desk staff to be accommodating, our rooms to be clean, and that you... More

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When we arrived at the hotel, the lobby looked very nice. Once we got to the room, it was very outdated. Our room looked nothing like any of the pictures and I expect that they wont, but it was not even close. There wasn't a fridge in the room, you would think that for the price that there would have... More

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GretchenT81, Public Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Des Moines Downtown, responded to this review

Dear Dorlisa, I want to thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us. Every review is important to us as it helps us identify areas in which we are doing well and areas that need improvements. We strive to be the best Holiday Inn around and it sounds as though we didn't meet your expectations or... More

Columbia, Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I don't know if breakfast is included normally, but I was traveling with a sports team for the AAU Junior Olympics, and our breakfast was included in the room fee. Breakfast was very good -- eggs, bacon, sausage, waffles, cut fruit, hot oatmeal, cold cereal. The location was a short walk to the sports arena, and when we wanted to... More

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GretchenT81, Public Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Des Moines Downtown, responded to this review

Dear Pursemustmatchshoes, Thank you for offering such a kind and thorough review of your stay with us. It is nice to know that you enjoyed breakfast and that our shuttle service was a nice amenity for you. If your travels bring you to Des Moines in the future we would love the opportunity to have you as a guest again.... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We were staying on our drive home from vacation. There was a big concert in town (not the hotels fault) but there was no where to park except a scary, very dark parking garage. Once we were parked and were sent up to our room the hallway and our room smelled like smoke, there was a guy passed out and... More

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GretchenT81, Public Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Des Moines Downtown, responded to this review

Dear Jensinnard, Thank you for taking the time to offer a review of your recent stay with us. We depend on every review to know what areas need improvement and what areas we are doing well. I am so sorry to hear about other guests smoking in the hallway. That is extremely unfortunate as we are a 100% non-smoking facility.... More

Omaha, USA
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72 reviews 72 reviews
43 hotel reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I stayed one night at the Holiday Inn Downtown while attending a concert on the DM riverfront. The hotel has been there for decades, looking much the same on the outside, and I first stayed there back in the early 1980’s on a school trip. I was not excited to stay there this time, but was pleasantly surprised. The Good... More

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GretchenT81, Public Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Des Moines Downtown, responded to this review

Dear Brewbaker, Thank you for taking the time to offer thorough feedback regarding your recent stay at our hotel. We rely on reviews, good and bad, to help us identify the areas do well and the areas that need improvement. I am so happy you found our front desk staff to be helpful while you were here. I am sorry... More

Plymouth
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This hotel has great views but the price was way too high for the quality of hotel. Our toilet wasn't even attached to the floor. They don't even have free breakfast. The whole experience was very disappointing. All in all we wouldn't stay again.

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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Des Moines Downtown, responded to this review

Dear Lschrader26, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your stay. It is unfortunate the pricing structure of the hotel prevented you from fully enjoying your visit. We are confident the necessary adjustments will be made, in order to achieve complete guest satisfaction. Thank you again for your comments, we look forward to serving you in the... More

Huntington Beach, United States
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
15 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Had a bad flight and got in well after midnight. They still came to the airport to pick me up and got me checked right in. The room was nice and clean but obviously a little older. I had rom service a few times and also the breakfast at the restaurant. Food was good. Overall a nice experience, shuttle was... More

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GretchenT81, Public Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Des Moines Downtown, responded to this review

Dear Dan E, We appreciate your choosing to stay with us while you were in Des Moines and for taking the time to give feedback of your stay. I am so pleased to find that you were happy with our shuttle service, the restaurant food, and the cleanliness of our hotel. I hope that if your travels bring you back... More

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Address: 1050 6th Ave., Des Moines, IA 50314
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Location: United States > Iowa > Des Moines
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Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Des Moines Downtown 3*
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Welcome to the Holiday Inn Downtown, Des Moines, Iowa. Come see our new Priority Club Executive Level with the new Holiday Inn bedding. Our convenient downtown location provides the ideal setting for both business and leisure travel. With convenient access to Wells Fargo Arena, Hy-Vee Hall, Veterans Auditorium, Des Moines Civic Center, Iowa State Fairgrounds, and Mercy Hospital, you can not go wrong when you stay at the Holiday Inn Downtown. Located in the heart of Des Moines, we are minutes away from an assortment of entertainment options. Indulge and have a ball at Prairie Meadows Race Track and Casino, Adventureland Park, Blank Park Zoo or the Science Center. Also, exceptional dining and nightlife are just blocks away at the Court Avenue Entertainment District and the trendy Historic East Village. Downtown Des Moines is alive with special events every weekend, and our area shuttle makes navigating downtown a breeze!Relax, it's Holiday Inn. We offer free parking and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, an indoor pool, and a complimentary downtown/airport shuttle. If you love classic American cuisine set in a casual but elegant dining atmosphere, then Genevieve's is the place to go. Whether your visit brings you to Des Moines for business or pleasure, allow the Holiday Inn Downtown to be your hotel of choice! ... more   less 
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