My wife and I spent four nights here while sightseeing in the greater Des Moines area and everything was excellent. The hotel is just three years old and has been maintained like new. It is just off I-35, but set back from the main roads, making it very quiet.
The lobby is large, with two sitting areas plus a business center area with two computers and a printer. Our room with a king-size bed was large, and very nicely decorated & color-coordinated. Our bed had a thick pillow-top mattress, with lots of pillows, both soft and firm, and was very comfortable. Our room included a microwave and small refrigerator. All walls were wallpapered, adding to the attractiveness of the room. Our bath area had a marble countertop with lots of room for personal toiletries. It also was fully wallpapered. Internet was both wireless and wired in our room and both worked perfectly.
All of the staff were very pleasant throughout our stay and very helpful with local directions and restaurant suggestions. There are many restaurants in the area. Chips, Waterfront Seafood Market and Outback are within easy walking distance, almost directly across the street.
The breakfast area, just off the lobby, is large and and included a large-screen TV and sitting area. Breakfasts were very good throughout our stay and included several hot items plus the standard warm Holiday Inn Express cinnamon buns. A full-time attendant tried to keep everything replenished and clean, but with a full hotel including many families with children, was overwhelmed at times.
The hotel also has an indoor pool and hot tub, and an exercise room with several machines.
The rates were a little higher than we would have liked, but not out of line considering the quality of the hotel, and that we were there the week of the Iowa State Fair and the final weeks of summer vacations. We very definitely would stay here again and very definitely would recommend it to others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conveniently located off Interstate 35 the 100% smoke-free Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ankeny/Des Moines is your home away from home offering the best service in the Des Moines area. Our hotel is in close proximity to several businesses including Tones Spices, John Deere, Praxair, Monsanto, Caseys, Embria, Syngenta, DMACC, Iowa State University & the Ankeny Airport. The following attractions are close to our hotel: Wells Fargo Arena, Hy-Vee Hall, State Capitol, Science Center, Principal Park, Iowa State Fairgrounds, Adventureland, Prairie Meadows, downtown Des Moines, Civic Center & Blank Park Zoo. Our hotel staff will make you feel at home whether you re traveling for business or pleasure. You will agree that when travelling to Ankeny/Des Moines, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites is the smart place to stay! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Holiday Inn Ankeny
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