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Seaford, United Kingdom
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107 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Stopped here for 2 nights whilst in town on business. its a little way out of town, but just off a main highway, but far enough away that its quiet (its in a residential area). Staff were friendly, and service was as you would expect from a Holiday Inn Express. good breakfast helps to set the day up (although why... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This inn is located in a questionable neighborhood and is in need of a remodel. Wallpaper was peeling off of the bathroom wall and the bathroom could have been cleaner. The air conditioner is rather loud and made it difficult to fall asleep. The courtyard is nothing special and we left the sliding door locked because of the iffy neighborhood.... 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 with us and the valuable feedback. We sincerely apologize for these issues you encountered. These issues will be addressed and corrected immediately. Safe travels to your next destination. More 

Dixon, Illinois
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54 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Like other reviewers have stated. It is clean, modern and the closeness to Drake University is great. The Drake Diner right nextdoor is wonderful. The breakfast is adequate; beats paying somewhere else. This was our second stay.

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

We appreciate the positive feedback Jim. We are glad you find our location to Drake University convenient for you. We appreciate your repeat business and hope to see you again soon. More 

Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The building used to be a dorm, but has been changed into a hotel. It's homey and comfortable - we had a room with a "patio" - that is, it led out into the courtyard. Wifi was faster than at home, and it was free. I've been in fancier places, but this was fine! Loved it that there is a... More 

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

Thank you for the wonderful feedback regarding your stay with us. We are thrilled you found our property to be as charming and delightful as we do. We love positive and exuberant guests as yourselves and we hope to see you again. In the meantime take care. More 

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27 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Place was awesome, breakfast was decent, yes there is NO pool but who really needs an oversized bathtub anyway rooms were clean, they only offer double queen rooms so no issues here. Customer service was very good

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

We appreciate the terrific feedback Kevin! We are thrilled you had a wonderful stay. Take care and safe travels. More 

Miami, Fl.
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74 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

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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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 August 5, 2016 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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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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532 reviews
101 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2016

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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100 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016 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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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 6 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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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 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • 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
  • Laundry Service
  • 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: $113 - $156 (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 Express Des Moines/Drake University Hotel Des Moines
Holiday Inn Des Moines
Des Moines Holiday Inn
Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University Iowa
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