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“Great Hotel!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Des Moines Marriott Downtown

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Des Moines Marriott Downtown
Ranked #12 of 49 Hotels in Des Moines
Rockton, Illinois
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
“Great Hotel!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2012

Excellent check in experience, fast and service was top notch. We had a high floor with a great view of scenic Des Moines. Beds are very comfortable and the room was very clean. We had a drink at the lobby bar and the service was speedy, try the sliders they are delicious! We were in town for a wedding so we didn't get to do much else at the hotel. Elevators were a little slow but the hotel is upgrading them next month so that will no longer be a problem. We will definitively be back the next time we are in Des Moines.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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San Marcos, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2012

I enjoyed my stay here, and recoommend it. The housekeeping service was excellent, and the room was a standard Marriott room with a lovely comfortable bed and bedding, and a little more floor space than some other Marriottts.

I am a Marriottt "frequent flyer," so I had access to the concierge floor, where there was a breakfast buffet including trays of eggs, sausage and bacon. There was also a daily "happy hour" honor bar, with wine, mixers and spirits, as well as enough food that I rarely needed dinner. One night, there was chicken, one night there were egg rolls and wontons, another night there were little rolled tacos. Every night there were a crisp salad, cheeses, crudites and dip. The only extra charge was for alcohol, and it showed up as such on my bill, as it should.

This hotel is connected to much of downtown Des Moines by a skywalk. I loved not having to walk outside in the rain.

The negatives:
The lobby bar/restaurant is quite good, but the service is slowish, since the food comes from another floor. There was live music there one night that made the wait quite pleasant.
The hotel was renovating the elevators during my stay, so sometimes there was a wait of three or four minutes, but there were no delays during the busiest times.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kenosha, WI
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125 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2012

The hotel has a beautiful lobby/bar area that has an updated look. The staff was always pleasant and helpful. The rooms weren't as quality as other Marriott's I've stayed though. There was a stain on a throw pillow, no bathrobes, and in the bathroom the can light was not installed properly so you could see all this dust build up in the ceiling. But overall I would stay again. All my requests were fulfilled, a fridge and extra pillows. The concierge's even took us in the shuttle bus for free (tip, of course) down to Principal Park and gave us his card if we wanted a ride back. Though I'd recommend walking back and stopping at some fun bars including Fong's Pizza. The room service homemade cheesecake and banana bread pudding were very good.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2012

Centrally located downtown, great if you are doing business in downtown DSM. Near some very good local restaurants (Anericana and Centro).

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2012

Now that the lobby renovation is complete, the hotel at least feels as it should. The room was fine and the service good. The elevators are second rate. Still think it average, but clearly moved up by not having to walk through construction in the lobby.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Des Moines Marriott Downtown

Property: Des Moines Marriott Downtown
Address: 700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309
Region: United States > Iowa > Des Moines
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#9 Business Hotel in Des Moines
Price range (per night): ₹ 10,406 - ₹ 23,037
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Des Moines Marriott Downtown 3.5*
Number of rooms: 415
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy a luxury Des Moines hotel ideally located in the downtown business district just four miles from the airport and connected to the Iowa Events Center and Wells Fargo Arena by skywalk, making it one of the most convenient downtown Des Moines hotels. Dine at the delectable on-site Rock River Grill and Tavern, or discover the innovative City Center Lounge for casual downtown libations. Guests can relax in our sparkling pool or coffee shop and stay connected with our business center and free wi-fi in public areas. Highlighted by 25,000 square feet of space, this Des Moines, IA hotel is ideal for conferences, weddings, retreats and events of all sizes. ... more   less 
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