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Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University
Ranked #21 of 48 Hotels in Des Moines
Reviewed August 12, 2012

This is a great hotel for location if you’re visiting Drake University. We were in Des Moines for the Iowa State Fair (only a 10 min ride from the fair grounds). This is a fairly basic and small hotel. We selected this hotel because they have dual queen size beds and the room rate was very good at state fair time. The front desk service was good. I was impressed with the lobby breakfast and the care the staff made in making sure the breakfast was well stocked and supplied. The rooms are a nice size and clean although the bathrooms need to be remodeled. The AC units also need serviced, when the AC unit kicked on it sounded like a jet engine was taking off. Wireless service was included and performed well in the hotel. The neighborhood around the hotel seems to be on the rough side. I would recommend eating at the Drake Dinner which adjacent to the hotel. No reason not to use the Holiday Inn Express at Drake University if you’re looking for basic and clean accommodations.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

This Holiday Inn Express is directly across from Drake University, and offers all the amenities of a Holiday Inn Express, which is to say great stuff...great breakfast, and reliable high-speed wireless internet.
However, what sets this hotel apart is the friendly staff! I had to attend a phone conference that required that I have internet access with my computer, and as I was driving in to Des Moines, I ran into heavy traffic (construction). I knew that I'd be cutting it close, so I called ahead to the hotel, and when I got there is literally took me 30 seconds to check in, and the check-in included a bag of free goodies!
Can't say enough about the courtesy of the staff.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 11, 2012

Can recommend this hotel for a stay when you visit Drake. Very clean, friendly and very close to University

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 25, 2012

We arrived around midnight and the desk clerk was out back smoking with what appeared to be a campus security guard.
I wish he would have been there the next night when my car was one of three broken into. One was in the handicap space RIGHT in front of the lobby. The officer said the clerk didn't know how to view the security tape and little could be done.
I contacted the manager and he said they couldn't do anything for us regarding the cost since we booked with Orbitz. He credited my cc for $50.
We drove back to Chicago with plastic in the window.
There was a spider in the tub, the vending machines were spotty at best and the carpet felt wet under foot.
We come to Des Moines a few times a year and are staying downtown from now on. Park in that lot at your own risk.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Management response:Responded June 28, 2012

As this guest mentioned we do have a security company that makes rounds several times a night as well as surveillance cameras in our parking lot. This is not a common occurence at our hotel. We have asked campus security to make more rounds as well as our regular security company to help make our parking lot more secure.

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Reviewed May 24, 2012

This hotel is consistently staffed with very friendly and helpful staff. The location is a bit off the beaten track, but personally I enjoy this because it is quiet. The rooms are always clean, a nice selection for breakfast, and spacious rooms. The first floor rooms have patio access to a small patio area. There are several local resturaunts in walking distance, and again, it's quiet!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled on business
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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 postive review. We appreciate your loyal patronage and hope you can come back and check us out after we complete some rennovations this summer and fall. We will be adding an elevator, fitness room, larger breakfast area and expanding our lobby to make our hotel an even better place to stay.

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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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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: $111 - $163 (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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