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“This hotel was great! Kids loved the pool and waterslides...” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ramada Tropics Resort / Conference Center Des Moines

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Ramada Tropics Resort / Conference Center Des Moines
Ranked #13 of 49 Hotels in Des Moines
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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
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Fort Madison, Iowa, United States
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2013

We stayed the weekend of the fair. The hotel was suprisingly not crowded and overun with kids (although i believe they were booked). The pool area was great, rooms were comfortable and beds were great. Housekeeping is a little behind, we were there 2 night, 3 days and our room was never cleaned. We decided to check out the the resteraunt for breakfast. There was only one lady working and one answering phones so service was extremely slow. The overall experience was great although i do think management needs to address the staff members that are in the pool area. The sighn says 'no lifegaurd on duty" I would assume that means they don't have a trained lifeguard (understandable because I think the deepest part of the pool is 4ft). The kids were all pushing and shoving down the slides and running like crazy. The first night we were there the staff didn't appear to be concerned at all that the kids were doing this. I finally spoke up and told 5 kids (none of them were mine) to knock it off. The 2nd night we were there the staff seemed to be a little more on it however repeatedly told the same kids over and over and over instead of finding their parents and addressing the situation. obviously the kds didn't care

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Prairie City, Iowa
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26 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2013

The water slides are fast and fun, the kids raced each other over and over. The hot tub was adult only so the kids had to leave me alone! The front staff was helpful and friendly. The room was pretty standard as rooms go. Our only issue with the room was with its location next to a mechanical room with a loud buzz all night. Unfortunately there was one hotel employee that was sharing his second hand smoke by a backdoor (this is illegal in the state of Iowa).

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Omaha
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2013

Was a very nice hotel. Very clean, and the staff was nice and respectful. The waterpark was quite fun. My wife and I felt like little kids going down the slides... was very cool. My only negative point.. the air condition was just air. Not cold, and a little uncomfortable. Otherwise, it was great.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Ramada Tropics Resort / Conference Center Des Moines
Address: 5000 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, IA 50322 (Formerly Holiday Inn Merle Hay)
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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 High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Business Hotel in Des Moines
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Ramada Tropics Resort / Conference Center Des Moines 3*
Number of rooms: 166
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