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Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University

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Miami, Fl.
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74 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great hotel. Quiet, clean, modern and comfortable hotel. Located right next to Drake University. Diner for late night food is located right next door. The rooms are extremely clean and the beds and pillows are super comfortable. The front desk staff is friendly and accommodating. Free in room internet. Great great stay.

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Thank maxfly
ExpressDrake, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University, responded to this review

We appreciate the great review and are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope to see you again! More 

Sioux Center
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13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Room was very nice. Exceptionally clean and neat. The buffet breakfast was diversified and tasted great. Our waitress was outstanding and always had a smile. I would recommend the motel to anyone. The only downside is the proximity of the motel to the freeway traffic.

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Thank Alex P
ExpressDrake, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University, responded to this review

We are truly pleased that you had such a great stay with us Alex. Customer service and cleanliness are two of the areas we strive to be exceptional at, and we are thrilled that you experienced this during your stay with us. Safe travels onto your next destination. More 

Clarkston, Michigan
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506 reviews
99 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed here 4 nights in July 2016. Check in was fast and friendly. I had a room on the first floor. My room was regular size. I was told this place was once a dorm for the University. Then it became the Drake Hotel, and then it became the Holiday Inn Express. It is very close to the Drake... More 

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ExpressDrake, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University, responded to this review

We appreciate your stay and the valuable feedback Jeffrey. We are very sad about the damaged to your rental car, and completely understand your frustration with that. We are pleased the other facets of your stay went well. Good luck to you in your future travels. More 

Oklahoma City
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94 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The approach to the hotel is strange, almost sketchy. It's a residential area, so don't think you're in the wrong place. The hotel was actually really great. The desk staff was extremely polite and helpful. The hotel was quiet. I was mildly concerned about noise being on a college campus, but had absolutely no problems. Good breakfast options for for... More 

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Thank compton49er
ExpressDrake, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University, responded to this review

We appreciate the great review compton49er! We are thrilled you had a wonderful stay and do hope to see you again. Take care until next time. More 

Rosslyn, Australia
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16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

my party of four were very happy with the size of the rooms and were very clean and the beds great to sleep on with nice comfortable pillows. The Inn was really quiet and close to Drakes diner which is excellent. As my granddaughter and daughter were in des monies for a visit to the university we found it very... More 

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Thank Geoffrey E
ExpressDrake, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind feedback. We strive to provide exceptional customer service to every guest and make every stay as relaxing and comfortable as possible. We are thrilled that we were able to achieve this for you and your family. We look forward to seeing all again. More 

Jönköping, Sverige
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10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

Clean and functional. The newly renovated fitness center was a disappointment as was the breakfast. The room was nice with several wall based USB-ports for charging, really something for other hotels to learn from.

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Thank Johfril
ExpressDrake, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback regarding your stay with us. The areas of the hotel you found to be a disappointment will be addressed immediately, and we sincerely apologize that they did not meet yours nor did they meet our standards. We are pleased that you did enjoy your guest room. Thank you again and take care. More 

Sarasota, Florida
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61 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

On arrival we noted that the housekeeping carts and filthy linen were sitting around in the lobby. However, it was similar when we left and generally. The housekeeping of this hotel is poorly supervised although they are pleasant enough. The hotel is high priced for a hotel of this level. The tap water was repulsive, redolent of IODINE or some... More 

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Thank Jack P
ExpressDrake, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University, responded to this review

I want to thank you and your family for staying with us. I am deeply concerned about what you experienced during your stay with us. These issues you have raised will be taken with utmost seriousness and will be promptly resolved. I sincerely apologize for these issues you encountered, and will be taking a personal assessment of what myself and... More 

Belton, Missouri
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12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

Front desk was very helpful with giving us information on the restaurant next door, we had a king room that was very large & a wonderful breakfast, with fresh made pancakes, sausage, bacon, biscuits & gravy. We have no complaints, room was clean, bed was comfortable, food good & kept fresh.

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Thank Kati039
ExpressDrake, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University, responded to this review

We appreciate the kind review and are very pleased you had a wonderful stay with us. We hope your future destinations will also be pleasant for you. More 

Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

Graduation weekend stay. Excellent staff and service. They went the extra mile when we had a family emergency at home and had to check out a day early. Helped us find the nearest bus station to send a relative home. Have stayed her over a dozen times over the past 4 years. Great every time and would recommend to others.... More 

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Thank travelplanner2010_10
ExpressDrake, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful feedback regarding your stays with us over the past 4 years. We hope everything turned out the best regarding your family emergency. To all the graduating students and their families it has been a pleasure having all of you as our guests over the years. Good luck to all in their future endeavors. More 

Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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48 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

I really enjoyed staying here in the Holiday Inn and wish I could have stayed longer actually. It is one of the few quiet hotels that is near Des Moines that you don't hear constant freeway traffic. Made me feel like I was in San Francisco again only it was Des Moines. Des Moines is a pretty cool hip town... More 

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Thank TripReviewer243
ExpressDrake, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University, responded to this review

We appreciate the wonderful feedback TripReviewer243! It was a pleasure having you as our guest as we strive to make certain each guest receives as much enjoyment from their stay with us as possible. It appears you were indeed able to enjoy your time around Drake University as well as Des Moines. Take care and we hope to see you... More 

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  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Wheelchair access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Center with Internet Access
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Greetings from Des Moines, Iowa, home of the Drake Bulldogs and Drake Relays. Holiday Inn Express at Drake is at the heart of this city's renaissance neighborhood and ideally located right on campus. Seconds away are the Knapp Center, and Drake Stadium. Dining is available next door at the retro-themed favorite, Drake Diner. Follow your meal with an independent film a jaunt away at the Varsity Movie Theatre. Come visit the campus, the community, and us; we'll make you feel at home.Plenty of entertainment awaits off campus as well. Attractions include Prairie Meadows Race Track and Casino, Adventureland Amusement Park, Iowa State Fairgrounds, Principal Park, and Blank Park Zoo. Also nearby are the Civic Center, Convention Complex, Veterans Auditorium, Hy-Vee Hall and Wells Fargo Arena. We are moments from the Historical Building of Iowa, the State Capital, Living History Farms, Terrace Hill, Salisbury Mansion and Hoyt Sherman Place. Centrally situated among all of the Metro's retail districts --- four major malls, many boutiques and antique shops. Seasonal attractions are plentiful and near. Other areas of interest include The East Village, Historic Valley Junction and Downtown Court Avenue District, where nightlife is at its best. Free Wireless Internet available in all guest rooms and public areas. Whether it is business or pleasure that brings you our way, our team is ready to serve you! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University

Address: 1140 24th St, Des Moines, IA 50311-4309
Location: United States > Iowa > Des Moines
Price Range: $122 - $183 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University 2.5*
Number of rooms: 52
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Holiday Inn Des Moines
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