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Holiday Inn - Airport Conference Center

This is a 3 star hotel in Des Moines
6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA, U.S.A.
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2-minute drive from airport, free airport shuttle, mixed room reviews
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • Numerous guests were pleased with the hotel's proximity to the airport
  • The hotel's staff were praised for their friendly and professional service
  • Several lodgers enjoyed their clean and updated rooms
  • Some guests reported dated decor and no electrical outlets by the beds
  • Noise transfer was reported by a few reviewers
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Editor's Analysis

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Updated on Oct 17, 2013
Located about a 2-minute drive from Des Moines International Airport (DSM) and a 4-minute drive from the nearest Highway 4 on-ramp, the Holiday Inn Des Moines-Airport/Conference Center is geared towards air or car travellers who require a hotel with a free airport shuttle, meeting/conference facilities and easy highway access.

Each of this smoke-free hotel's air-conditioned guest rooms and suites offers free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a desk, an iron and ironing board and a hair dryer. Rooms with a separate bedroom, a living room with a sofabed and a dining table are also available, and the hotel is wheelchair accessible.

Hotel amenities include an indoor pool, a hot tub, a fitness centre, a games room, meeting/conference facilities, a business centre, guest laundry and free parking. A free roundtrip airport shuttle is also available (please contact the hotel for details). 

On-site dining is available at The Grill, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Pets are permitted for an additional $25 per pet, per stay. 

Downtown Des Moines and Drake University are both about a 15-minute drive from the hotel, while Blank Park Zoo is a 5-minute drive away. Southridge Mall can be found 7 minutes away by car. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, pets permitted for $25/pet/stay, wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: October 15, 2013)
The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with praise going to the hotel's staff, location and rooms.

The hotel's staff were the source of many compliments by reviewers, who characterized them as friendly, helpful and professional. One guest remarked, "They are extremely helpful in planning a conference, and they go out of their way to accommodate special room requests any time of the year".

Numerous lodgers were pleased with the hotel's location. They found it close to the airport, restaurants, downtown Des Moines, a grocery store and Blank Park Zoo.

Several guests enjoyed the hotel's accommodations. They described their rooms as clean, quiet, well equipped, updated and spacious, with comfortable beds and pillows. Some patrons did have complaints about their lodgings, however (see below).

The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few common complaints about the hotel's rooms and noise transfer.

Although the majority of lodgers were pleased with their clean and comfortable rooms, some guests were disappointed with their accommodations. They reported dated decor, worn carpets, no electrical outlets near the beds and no conditioner in the bathrooms.

A few reviewers complained of noise disturbances during their stay. They reported many noisy children in the pool area, which overflowed into the hotel's other common areas. Noise from guests in the hallways and in adjacent rooms was also reported by a few travellers. guest reviews rated the hotel 3.9 out of 5 with an 88% recommendation rate from 194 reviews. guest reviews ranked the hotel #15 of 44 Des Moines hotels with an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 from 78 reviews. guest reviews rated the hotel 3.7 out of 5 from 29 reviews.

The author called the hotel on October 15, 2013 to verify some information.

Guest Reviews

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161.23 USD - 0.00 USD Holiday Inn - Airport Conference Center
Very Good
Out of 64 hotels
Guest Rating Explained
Rating: 8.0 / 10

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

Rating: #1 out of 64 hotels in Des Moines ranked by guests.
Guest Recommendations
Ann from Fort Dodge, IA US rated Holiday Inn - Airport Conference Center 10 out of 10 on April 01, 2011


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Holiday Inn - Airport Conference Center

  • Business Center
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Room/Gym
  • Swimming pool
  • Pet Friendly
  • Airport shuttle
  • Disabled Access
  • Concierge
  • Elevator / Lift
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Air Conditioned
  • Conference Room(s)
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Safe-Deposit Box
  • Sauna
  • ATM / Cash Machine
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • In Room Movies
  • Bath / Hot Tub
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Coffee / Tea Maker
  • Microwave
  • Hair Dryer
  • TV
  • Laundry service
  • Shops
  • Disabled Accessible Rooms
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • Shower
  • Pool Indoor
  • Games Available
  • Executive Floor
  • Luggage Storage
  • Shops in Hotel
  • Souvenirs/Gift Shop
  • Self Laundry

User Contributed Info

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Situated close to area treasures, such as Drake University, and adjacent to the Des Moines Airport, this hotel provides a prime location in the midst of the best our city offers. With added perks like a tropical courtyard, our property provides a unique and comfortable atmosphere for business and leisure travelers alike.

Category Accommodation and Food Services
Fax (515) 287-4811
Listing Type Place
Neighbourhood Southwestern Hills
Place Activities Sleeping / Lodging (hotel, chalet, B&B, cabin...)
Place Status Open at this location
Postal Code 50321
Telephone (515) 287-2400

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