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Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University

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Ames, Iowa
Reviewed 18 July 2014

I was a little unsure about how good this hotel would be, as it was by far the cheapest we could find in relation to downtown Des Moines. We were pleasantly surprised at our entire experience. The hotel was clean, staff was friendly, and the hot breakfast was very good. Would highly recommend staying here! A perk... Drake Diner is...

Thank Liz1005
Lincoln, Ne
Reviewed 13 July 2014

It is tucked in a neighborhood by Drake University. The beds were so comfy and the room was very quiet except for the construction that was going on under our window (and the window wouldn't shut all the way). By the time we went to bed it had stopped and we were so tired we wouldn't have heard it anyways....

Thank sablinc99
Litchfield, Minnesota
Reviewed 6 July 2014

My husband and I, and college son have stayed at this hotel 3 times over the past year as we were visiting Drake University. All 3 experiences were great in that the booking was a breeze, and the location can't be beat if you are visiting the University. Rooms are clean, beds are comfortable, the hot, complimentary breakfast is very...

Thank kkdoodlebug
Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 23 June 2014

This is a review of both this hotel and the Holiday Inn website.... both were just awful. I booked my hotel 6 weeks before my overnight trip to Des Moines though holiday inn's website. Between the time I booked and the day of my trip, my credit card number changed due to security issues. The hotel claimed because the website...

Thank YMAN74
ExpressDrake, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University, responded to this review

The guest information above was correct. Guest had reserved a room online and entered 111-111-1111 as phone number. We were sold out that day, so we pre-authorize credit cards and his card was declined, apparently because it changed. We had no way of getting a hold of the guest so we cancelled his reservation since it was not guaranteed with...

Hiawatha, Iowa, United States
Reviewed 18 June 2014

My wife and I had a great experience staying at this hotel. It was clean, comfortable and the breakfast was very good. It was located close to the concert we attended; located next door to the Drake Diner and not too far from Smokey Row where we enjoyed a great cup of coffee in a relaxed atmosphere. We look forward...

1Thank Don M
New York
Reviewed 26 May 2014

Had a great experience here. Came later in the day and need a place for the evening. Clean room and cozy bed! I wasn't here long enough to say much else! The breakfast was good in the morning. Biscuits and gravy with eggs.

Thank iristate
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Reviewed 13 May 2014

The hotel is a cheaper alterative to downtown, but has some wear. I'm guessing my room was once used by smokers as there was that old-school musty hotel smell that hung in my clothes all day after checking out. The bed was fine, the TV good and the internet okay, but the finish was peeling off the tub and the...

Thank sdski
ExpressDrake, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel. We are a converted hotel, but we have been entirely non smoking for at least the last 10 years since we have been a Holiday Inn Express. We completed public area renovations last year and this year we are working on the rooms themselves. I am sorry your room was...

Reviewed 14 April 2014

Holiday Inn Express at Drake University is the best location when visiting the campus. The employees are very welcoming and will do their best to answer any questions. The hotel is affordable, clean, and quiet. The morning breakfast is very decent with several choices including their warm cinnamon rolls that are delicious.

Thank Wendy R
Omaha, Nebraska
Reviewed 10 April 2014

We visited Drake University and interviewed. Nice school with good programs. Stayed at the HIE-University. Was very convenient to school. Easy access to Interstate. As with all HIE's you become accustomed to nice, clean, and comfortable rooms. This property did not disappoint. Well stocked breakfast buffet, frequently restocked. If the kids pick Drake we will be back.

Thank Daddy-Unit
Peoria, Illinois
Reviewed 20 February 2014

Came to Drake to do a presentation. Whole school closed due to snow. Staying here. Nice room but the noisiest maids I have ever experienced. Our room is across for their area and they have been cantering for the past several hours. I hope they go home soon.

Thank EdMonroe
ExpressDrake, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our property. I am sorry for the problem you had with your room being right accross from the housekeeping/laundry room. I have addressed this with my housekeeping staff.

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  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Microwave
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Laundry Service
  • Self-Serve Laundry
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 

Additional Information about Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University

Address: 1140 24th Street, Des Moines, IA 50311
Region: United States > Iowa > Des Moines
Price Range: $153 - $242 (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
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