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Ramada Des Moines Airport
Ranked #29 of 49 Hotels in Des Moines
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Rockford, IL
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34 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great value, clean, comfortable, good location, huge indoor pool ...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2009

We traveled to Iowa for the State Fair August 20-21, 2009 and stayed at the Best Western Airport Des Moines. It was perfect for our family of 4, with kids ages 9 and 4. The indoor pool area was huge, and included a hot tub. The rooms were very clean, and had a microwave and mini fridge. The bathroom was very large. The beds were wonderful, nice and comfortable with fluffy comforters and large puffy pillows. The A/C worked great, which is appreciated on typical August evenings. The hotel offered a shuttle service and a work out room, although we didn't have the opportunity to utilize them. Bennigan's restaurant/bar is attached to the hotel, and offered a complimentary HOT breakfast for overnight guests. They served scrambled eggs, bacon, french toast ... not your typical "complimentary" breakfast of bagels, yogurt and muffins at other hotels. Even though the hotel is close to the airport, it was still very quiet. The desk staff were friendly and helpful. It is obvious that the property owners and managers are dedicated to offering a clean and comfortable stay, while provided added value.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Omaha, NE
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3 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2009

I had a very mixed experience with the Best Western Airport Hotel in Des Moines. Although my room was comfortable and quiet (and I attribute the quiet entirely to an almost-empty hotel), and the amenities (fridge and microwave, iron/ironing board) were helpful and well-maintained, I can't help but think that my room had not been rented for a while... or kept at a clean level. There was hair in the sink, the toilet didn't work, the coffee maker was dusty, the bathroom vent was horrendously filthy, the comforter on the bed had little dark red spots (yes, like blood) in various places, and the whole room had the vague smell of urine. I'm glad I didn't have to pay the standard rate of $89.99 (on a Sunday!), and had I had more time to plan, I certainly would have searched around for better accommodations. Very disappointing.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank haphsaph
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Utah
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2009

I visited this hotel last year and honestly was not looking forward to going back. However, I was very pleased! They are under new management and have put a lot of effort into it. The room was very comfortable. I ate at the Bennigan's in the hotel and it was excellent. The staff in both areas was friendly and helpful. I recommend this hotel for business or pleasure.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank HoustonFamily2000
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Illinois
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2008

I stayed with a large group of friends. The hotel smelled of mold, there were dark spots on the wallpaper not only in the rooms but in the hallways. Mold will make you sick, so why is this allowed in a hotel?

  • Liked — Nice lobby
  • Disliked — smelled like mold, didn't seem clean, dark and dirty
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank shug14
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Wheaton,IL
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24 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2008

The walls were so thin,I could hear the neighbor's coughing most of the night, I think I got fleas or bed bug bite also, I was itchy after my night there. Like the hot buffet breakfast & the free wireless internet connection.

  • Liked — compliment hot buffet breakfast & wireless internet connection
  • Disliked — too thin walls
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank whyme2
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Daphne, Alabama
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212 reviews
71 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2008

This is the second time we've stayed at this hotel for a soccer tournament held every year in April. According to the property layout on the back of the door, there are a few larger rooms, but most are tiny. Last weekend we had 3 people in a tiny room and for the price I paid it was not pleasant. The attached Bennigan's serves a free hot breakfast buffet with a pleasant gal refilling coffee.

My in-room coffee maker didn't work the first morning but it was replaced. We needed extra towels and they were delivered promptly. When the people in the adjacent room took a shower, water poured from the area surrounding our showerhead into the tub. The hotel is very spread out and the large pool area is in the middle of it all.

Some rooms overlook the pool area and I made sure I didn't get one - people cut through to get to the lobby and restaurant and I didn't want the extra noise and possible chlorine smell. From our room I could see the planes at the end of the runway start their takeoff. Most of the area east/north of the hotel is pretty rundown, try the Okoboji Grill about two miles east/north - great place.

Stayed April 2008
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Thank ksheff-travel
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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17 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2007

We stayed at the Des Moines Airport Best Western after a long day at the Iowa State Fair. We were very pleased with our stay.

The check in was quick and courteous. Our room (a king single) was average size, but had a microwave/mini-fridge combo hidden in an armoire. The bed had nice linens (that didn't look like the typical hotel bed spread), and lots of pillows - including two overstuffed cushions that made it very comfortable to watch TV in bed. Overall, everything in the room looked new and didn't resemble the usual furnishings of a 2 star hotel.

On the down side, there was no free breakfast (the hotel is connected to a Bennigans, which did serve breakfast). Although since the majority of the hotel business is probably business travelers (with expense accounts) that's a minor drawback.

This property is not especially convenient for much of the Des Moines area, but it was worth the drive for the savings and quality . It definitely would be a recommendation if you're laid over at DSM.

  • Liked — Price & quality of the room
  • Disliked — The airport is on the far south side of town
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank feiter
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Property: Ramada Des Moines Airport
Address: 1810 Army Post Rd, Des Moines, IA 50315-5413 (Formerly Magnuson Hotel Des Moines Airport)
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Location: United States > Iowa > Des Moines
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Des Moines
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Ramada Des Moines Airport 3*
Number of rooms: 140
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