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Hiawatha, Iowa, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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... More 

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New York
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163 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 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
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60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2014 via mobile

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... More 

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... More 

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18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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50 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
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.

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Peoria, Illinois
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97 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2014 via mobile

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. More 

Mpls, MN
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136 reviews
69 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2014

As i was bargain shopping within HI's listing, this came up cheaper and convenient to downtown. But it is a older/refurbished unit, the rooms were alright but not a normal HIex. I'd spend the extra amount and stay in a different location. The guest were also very loud.

1 Thank TLD2006
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. I am sorry your stay did not meet the standards you come to expect at Holiday Inn Express. We have recently renovated though and added a very nice business center and fitness room. Even though, we are an older building and not your typical Holiday Inn Express, we do keep... More 

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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64 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2014

Having reserved a room for four nights at $89.95 per night, the management added to my rate each night. Second night was $94.95 and the third and fourth night was $104.95. Girl at the counter gave me lip service and manager will not call back to explain or refund. As a business/casual traveler for the past 25 years at several... More 

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

I am sorry you were not aware of the rate change at the time of check in. You checked into our hotel on a Sunday which is a slower day, so we lower rates on that day. Monday, your rate when up to normal weekday rates and the last 2 days of your stay the rates increased due to a... More 

Willmar, Minnesota
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71 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2014

We stayed here because we booked late for an event and we wanted to get closer to downtown. My stay was average, the room was average, but the staff was very nice and accommodating. In fact when I left for the day I could not find my cell phone and I called the hotel and the front desk employee went... More 

Thank Mikreyn
IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University, responded to this review

Dear Mikreyn, Thank you for taking the time to post feedback about your stay with us. I am happy to know that our location was of convenience and you found our staff to be accommodating to your needs. It is always nice on our part to receive commendable feedback from our valued guests like you. I hope the next time... More 

Bradenton, Florida
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37 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2013

This is my new business hotel in Des Moines. It is close enough to downtown at a much better rate than the downtown hotels. My room was clean and given that this used to be a dorm, I was surprised at how large. All of the equipment that I tried in the spacious exercise room worked and the rewards member... More 

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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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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: ₹ 7,432 - ₹ 10,910 (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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Des Moines Holiday Inn
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