It's funny when you read other reviewers state something that you didn't expeirence at all in your own stay. We stayed a a very large room that was clean with no issues. It completely met our needs with large beds, a large living space, table and chairs, refrigerator, coffee pot and microwave. The inn itslef is about a block and a half away from the Des Moines marina and beach front. In addition, close by, there is a natural estuary that makes for some for investigating with your kids! All in all, it met the needs for a family traveling with kids. We stayed there nine days and had NO ISSUES. Other reviewers stated something about 'shoddiness, creepy clientelle, and lingering cigarette smoke odor.' I found none of the above. Other clientelle we encountered we numerous college students who use the other side of the inn as their semester living quarters. First, realize, it's a three story inn and it it quite large. There is plenty of room for everyone. As far as college kids are concerned, they were far from creepy and when they did smoke, it was on the other side of the parking lot. In fact. nearly all of the college kids that we encountered were freindly and said hello in the halls. They smiled and almost seemed to have a humble disposition to paying guests. Remember we were there for nine days- no issues! It's not a spa nor a five-star resort, but it works great for families on vacation!
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