Besides its golden-domed State Capitol building, the lively capital of Iowa attracts visitors with a surprisingly diverse range of attractions, from the Downtown Farmers’ Market and Botanical Garden to contemporary sculpture at the Pappajohn Sculpture Park. Des Moines has a wide selection of hotels fit for every type of traveler, ranging from its many repurposed, historical buildings to family-run bed and breakfasts. Not sure where to stay in Des Moines? You’ll find the best hotels right here.
Make no bones about it – the Home2Suites at Drake University is the place to stay for a Bulldog fan. Your suite is right on the edge of campus, so let us clarify a few things for you. The bulldog painting hanging about the pullout sofa in your studio suite represents Drake University’s mascots. If you see a live bulldog sniffing around campus, that’s just Griff II. If you happen to see a costumed bulldog going number two on Painted Street Park, that’s Spike (and that’s probably illegal).
Get to know Des Moines right from Grand Avenue at AC Hotel. If you happen to book a corner guest room with a city view, you might be able to spot the State Historical Building and Iowa State Capitol from the window. Feel free to wander down to the landmark buildings or make an about-face for a quick trip to the riverwalk. Don’t freak out if you see the undead mulling about outside of this Des Moines hotel. Zombie Burger + Drink Lab is reanimating gourmet bashed burgers.
Midwestern hospitality is unrivaled, and Surety Hotel knows how to treat a guest. As any true blue Midwesterner would, they’ve fixed you a room with a minibar packed with Des Moines goodies. IPAs, roasted corn kernels, and pork sticks are among the munchies. Chow down but don’t ruin your appetite. Mulberry Street Tavern would be more than happy to whip you up a proper Midwestern meal of beef, cheese, and veggies sourced from right down yonder.
Making your way through the Midwest is quite the trek and Des Moines hotels near the highway, such as Holiday Inn, make it easier. Whether you choose a guest room with an extra rollaway bed or a suite with a spa bathtub, both are still a mere half-mile walk from the Wells Fargo Arena. Grub is free for the kiddos when an adult dines at the hotel and the views of the downtown skyline alone are reason enough to slide into a seat.
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