They have recently renovated the hotel and it is a wonderful improvement and update. Prior to the upgrade the rooms were dark and old. No more, its all nice and fresh. Great workspace for business travelers. The new showers and quality bathroom products are nice. Very comfortable beds and pillows. I get a great nights sleep in this hotel after getting lots of work done!
However, with the upgrades the old restaurant was closed. A new restaurant was opened at the end of the atrium. Hard to call it that however given there are only a handful of tables and a menu that would be equivalent of a "bar menu" in many hotels. (this is the same menu available via room service) My food was OK, but not great. The breakfast buffet is again, just OK. They have a made to order omelet bar which was very good, however all the sides, etc were barely warm and appeared / tasted made up of primarily processed foods.
Another element that is not quite the norm is that when you valet your car you just leave it out front and bring your keys to the front desk, then when they bring up your car when you are leaving your keys are at the front desk so you may have to wait in line to pick them up behind someone checking out etc... At least that was my experience the last two times I've stayed there (about 7 nights total).
I would absolutely stay here again because the rooms are very comfortable, just don't expect much for food.
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- Relax in the comfort of the spacious two-room suites at the Embassy Suites Des Moines Downtown. Located close to the Iowa State Capitol, explore the trendy shopping and dining opportunities of the Historic East Village. Enjoy complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast and a nightly Manager's Reception. Elegant banquet facilities are available for weddings, business meetings and other special events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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