My wife is in Des Moines on business, and I tagged along for the ride. I chose this new Residence Inn based on price, location, and amenities.
The hotel is new, so everything is fresh and clean looking. Our room, the basic studio, is quite spacious. Full kitchen, although the kitchen lacks some basic tools for cooking, like a kitchen knife. The kitchen counter doubles as a place to pull up a chair and eat, which is convenient.
The bed is super comfortable, with nice reading lights available on both sides.
The bathroom is good size, as is the closet.
There's free wifi in the room, with higher speed broadband available for a small fee, or free to Marriott Gold rewards members.
Staff are friendly and helpful.
There's a free breakfast available every morning which includes fruit, cereal, yogurt, make your own waffles, scrambled eggs, roasted or fried potatoes, toast, juice, etc.
There's also a "happy hour" monday-thursday evenings with free beer and wine, and snacks which change daily. Okay, it's inexpensive wine that doesn't quite make it to the "cheap but good" level, but the price is right.
There's a hotel parking building for $15 per night, but stay for five days or more and parking is free.
The location is just a block off of the Court Avenue section of downtown, putting a number of bars and restaurants within easy walking distance. So far, we would give the restaurants very mixed ratings, but at least they're close.
This is a location where a restaurant in the hotel would be welcome.
Overall, we're quite happy with what the hotel offers.
Definitely it will be on our recommended list.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The NEW Residence Inn by Marriott, the only all- suite, extended stay hotel in downtown Des Moines sits on the scenic river, close to Principal Park, Court Avenue Entertainment District, Science Center of Iowa and the Iowa Events Center. We have spacious studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites, all with a living area and a fully equipped kitchen. Enjoy your stay! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Residence Inn Des Moines Downtown Iowa