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Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University
Ranked #21 of 48 Hotels in Des Moines
Reviewed May 20, 2012

Only stayed her overnight but was impressed with the standard of the hotel and the levels of service.
The room was spacious and clean and the breakfast in the morning was of a good standard.
The location is okay with some restaurants and shops nearby to pick up supplies if you need them.
Front desk service was excellent.
I would stay here again.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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ExpressDrake, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University, responded to this reviewResponded May 25, 2012

Thank you for your positive review. We are an older Holiday Inn Express which I think makes us very unique and a good place to stay. We will be undergoing some rennovations this summer to update our appearance and add more value to our hotel. We will be adding a new elevator, fitness room, larger breakfast area as well as expanding our lobby. We look forward to seeing you again so you can check out our new rennovations when they are complete.

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Reviewed May 8, 2012

Normally, I would go to a HI Express if I was on the road and wanted cheap lodging. This Holiday Inn is far away the top Express Inn that I have stayed at. The property was nicely landscaped. The rooms were well appointed, spacious and clean. The breakfast was the most comprehensive for a budget hotel. And, the staff was friendly and helpful. The Inn is conveniently located to downtown. All-in-all, this property exceeded my expectations.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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ExpressDrake, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University, responded to this reviewResponded May 10, 2012

Thank you for your positive review. It is always nice to hear from a satisfied customer. We are currently in the process of rennovating our hotel so we would love to have you back when we are finished later this year.

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Reviewed April 30, 2012 via mobile

Happened on this obscure HI Express while passing thru on a road trip. An unexpected delight at a bargain price. Immaculate, well furnished rooms, fast free wifi, good free breakfast. Right next to Drake University campus. And quite a bargain.

  • Stayed: April 2012
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ExpressDrake, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University, responded to this reviewResponded May 10, 2012

Thank you for your positive review. We appreciate hearing from satisfied customers. We are also in the process of rennovating the appearance of our hotel as well as adding ammenities such as an exercice room, elevator and a larger breakfast room. Part of the rennovation also involves replacing the shower valves with a new style so hopefully that will solve any water temperature issues. Thank you again for your response and feedback.

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Reviewed April 30, 2012

Stayed for Drake Relays. Little hard to find, its so off the beaten path. Quite!!Perfect location... only a 3 block walk to the stadium. Drake Diner next door. Sandwich shops 1+ blocks away. Few bars 1+ block away. Lobby was clean, bright. Staff was friendly and helpful. Room was big, clean and up to date. Breakfast had large selection, plenty of stuff AND it was tastey. (No waiting for any food item.) Parking was right out side the front door. Had a nice courtyard. Had firm and soft pillows on both beds. Really was a hidden jem. Not Club Med, but I would say a really nice place to stay. My only complaint was that the shower water temp kept goign from hot to cold to hot.

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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 15, 2012

The room (2 queen beds) was spacious, clean and well maintained. Staff was friendly and helpful. Room rates were good. Although I'm not sure about this, this area of town may be a bit suspect however the facility seemed safe. Parking lot had plenty of lighting. I would definitely use this hotel again.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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ExpressDrake, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University, responded to this reviewResponded February 17, 2012

Thank you for the positive reveiw. We appreciate you taking the time to review us online and look forward to seeing you again in the future.

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Reviewed January 10, 2012

I stay at this hotel at least 10 times a year for multiple days. I have NEVER had a bed bug bite and I have never seen poo on the sheets. If there is a problem, I only have to call the front desk and they take care of it. I once complained that the air conditioner was too noisy and they made it a point not to give me that room again.

I have bad hips, so they are very good about giving me a first floor room. I have stayed in the handicap room and it is very comfortable and quite convenient.

If you get to the hotel about 4:00 or 5:00, they have freshly baked cookies available. Staff is friendly and very helpful. I don't particularly like the Drake Diner, so I have received some good advice on other places to eat in the area.

I am suspicious of people who put in multiple reviews with the exact same complaints.

The have wireless access and computer access if you need it.
Breakfast is fine and there are things even a diabetic can enjoy.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled on business
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ExpressDrake, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University, responded to this reviewResponded January 26, 2012

Thank you very much for your positive review. As a new manager here it is greatly appreciated and it was nice to meet you last week.

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Reviewed December 22, 2011

As this property is immediately adjacent to the Drake campus (and also the Drake Diner), it is very convenient for visitors to the University. It has a very typical motel ambiance (plastic shower, no closet), but the front desk was friendly, and the bed comfortable. The choice of firm and soft pillows was a nice touch, as was the bag of goodies for Holiday Inn reward club members. The breakfast was not good - no fruit, tired-looking hot dishes, so we opted for cereal - but then the milk was clotted and spoiled. So this would be an area for improvement, but overall if you are looking for basic accomdation near campus, this is fine.

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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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ExpressDrake, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University, responded to this reviewResponded January 26, 2012

Thank you for your positive review, despite your problems with breakfast. I took over as manager a week after your stay and appreciate the feedback so that I can ensure any problems are addressed.

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Additional Information about Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University

Address: 1140 24th St, Des Moines, IA 50311-4309
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Location: United States > Iowa > Des Moines
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
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Ranked #21 of 48 Hotels in Des Moines
Price Range: $102 - $171 (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
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 
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