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Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Des Moines

This is a 1 star hotel in Des Moines
4755 Merle Hay Rd., Des Moines, IA, U.S.A.
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Good rates, free breakfast, mixed rooms reviews, 13-min. drive from city centre
  • Free Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast, free parking
  • Many guests were pleased with the hotel's economical rates and good value
  • The hotel was praised for its proximity to restaurants, shopping and the highway
  • Several lodgers enjoyed their clean and well-equipped rooms
  • Some guests reported dated decor and slow Wi-Fi in their rooms
  • A few reviewers were disappointed with the level of customer service they received
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Editor's Analysis

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Updated on Oct 7, 2013
Located about a 1-minute drive from the nearest Interstate 35 on-ramp in northeast Des Moines, the Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Des Moines is geared towards road travellers who require an economical stopover hotel with a free breakfast and easy highway access.

Each of the hotel's air-conditioned guest rooms and suites offers free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a microwave, an iron and ironing board and a hair dryer. Rooms with a desk, a living area with a sofabed and a jetted tub are also available, as are wheelchair-accessible rooms. Smoking and non-smoking rooms are offered.

Hotel amenities include meeting space, a business centre, guest laundry, a free continental breakfast and free parking. One pet per room is permitted for an additional $10 per pet, per night.

Des Moines' city centre is roughly a 13-minute drive from the hotel, while Merle Hay Mall can be found 4 minutes away by car. Buccaneer Arena is about a 10-minute drive away and Des Moines International Airport (DSM) is a 25-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, 1 pet/room $10/night , wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: October 3, 2013)

The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with compliments going to the hotel's value, location and rooms.

Numerous guests praised the hotel's value, describing the rates as fair, reasonable, economical and inexpensive. The hotel's free breakfast was cited as adding to the value, and one guest remarked, "For an overnight you can't beat the price".

Many lodgers were pleased with the the hotel's location. They described it as safe, and close to the highway, restaurants, shopping, Merle Hay Mall, Mercy Hospital and Drake University.

The hotel's accommodations were enjoyed by several reviewers. They described their rooms as clean, quiet, spacious, functional and well equipped, with comfortable beds. Some patrons had complaints about their rooms, however (see below).

The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were some common complaints about the rooms and staff.

Although several guests were pleased with their clean and well-equipped rooms, some guests were disappointed with their lodgings. They reported dated and worn decor, uncomfortable beds (too firm), slow Wi-Fi, old TVs and cigarette odours in non-smoking rooms.

While some reviewers found the staff to be friendly and helpful, a few patrons were disappointed with the level of customer service they received. They described the staff as indifferent and unhelpful. guest reviews rated the hotel 3.6 out of 5 with an 83% recommendation rate from 252 reviews. guest reviews rated the hotel 3.6 out of 5 from 222 reviews. guest reviews ranked the hotel #21 of 44 Des Moines hotels with an average rating of 3 out of 5 from 24 reviews.

The author called the hotel on October 3, 2013 to verify some information.

Guest Reviews

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55.00 USD - 0.00 USD Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Des Moines
Out of 64 hotels
Guest Rating Explained
Rating: 4.5 / 10

No. of guest ratings: 1
No. of guest comments: 1
Guest Recommended: No
Popularity Ranking Explained

Rating: #23 out of 64 hotels in Des Moines ranked by guests.
Guest Recommendations
"Bathroom was filthy. Dead bugs in the tub and scum on the sides of shower. Bathroom floor had sticky stuff. Towel for bathroom floor had pieces of dead bug in it."
Verified Guest from Moville, IA US rated Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Des Moines 3 out of 10 on October 07, 2010


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Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Des Moines

  • High-speed Internet
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Elevator / Lift
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Disabled Accessible Rooms
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • Self Laundry

User Contributed Info

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Category Accommodation and Food Services
Friday Closing Time 24:00
Friday Opening Time 00:00
General Property Info 24 hr Service
Listing Type Place
Monday Closing Time 24:00
Monday Opening Time 00:00
Place Activities Sleeping / Lodging (hotel, chalet, B&B, cabin...)
Place Status Open at this location
Postal Code 50322
Public Access Open to the General Public
Saturday Closing Time 24:00
Saturday Opening Time 00:00
Sunday Closing Time 24:00
Sunday Opening Time 00:00
Telephone (515) 278-8858
Thursday Closing Time 24:00
Thursday Opening Time 00:00
Tuesday Closing Time 24:00
Tuesday Opening Time 00:00
Wednesday Closing Time 24:00
Wednesday Opening Time 00:00

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