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The 10 Best Hotels In Des Moines
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The 10 Best Hotels In Des Moines

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Des Moines has a wide selection of hotels fit for every type of traveler. From its many re-purposed, historical structures, to its quiet bed and breakfasts in and around the metropolitan area; privacy, luxury and comfort are themes across the board. Here are our 10 best hotels in Des Moines, Iowa.
Hotel Fort Des Moines
Hotel Fort Des Moines hallway | © David Morris/Flickr
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Hotel Fort Des Moines

Since opening in 1919, Hotel Fort Des Moines has seen quite a many famous personages pass through its doors. From US presidents to Charles Lindbergh and Henry Fonda, the Hotel Fort continues its legacy today. Although scheduled for a few renovations on its exterior, its elegant lobby outside the Grand Ballroom remains relatively unchanged after all these years, with strong stained wooden pillars lining the lobby walkway and a historic and majestic grandeur to boot.

Hotel Fort Des Moines, 1000 Walnut St, Des Moines IA, USA, +1 515-243-1161

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Wildwood Lodge Clive

The Wildwood Lodge Clive, located in West Des Moines, makes for a perfect haven amidst a harsh winter in Iowa. Walk in to feel warmer in its red-carpeted lobby, comfortable furniture and antique memorandum all adding to the atmosphere. With a variety of room types, the real winner here is the indoor pool, complemented by a raised spa with a waterfall. Whether it’s for business, for fandom or leisure, the Wildwood Lodge Clive is a great stop to get rest and recuperation.

Wildwood Lodge Clive, 11431 Forest Ave, Clive IA, USA, +1 515-222-9876

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Victoria’s Vineyard Bed & Breakfast

With its placement on the edge of a farm and vineyard, Victoria’s Vineyard Bed & Breakfast offers guests the opportunity to escape the city for a spell. As a private house set on more than 80 acres, solitude is easily found here. But being close to the Prairie Meadows Casino and Adventureland Amusement Park, a riotous time is also easily within reach.

Victoria’s Vineyard Bed & Breakfast, 5096 NE 62nd Ave, Altoona IA, USA, +1 515-967-1980

Butler House on Grand B & B
Butler House on Grand B & B in Iowa | © Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren/Flickr
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The Butler House on Grand

Despite its acclaim in national news agencies like USA Today and the New York Times, The Butler House on Grand continues to maintain its humble brand of personal hospitality. Be it for business purposes, a family vacation or a romantic getaway, enjoy one of this bed & breakfast’s seven uniquely decorated guest rooms for a quaint, luxurious experience in Des Moines. Built in the Tudor style in 1923 for Robert and Edith Butler, the property was once at risk of being torn down to make way for condominiums, but was deemed too beautiful for demolition, especially with features like its Gothic style limestone fireplace and a wood beamed ceiling on the second floor.

The Butler House on Grand, 4507 Grand Ave, Des Moines IA, USA, +1 515-255-4096

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Des Moines Marriot Downtown

At the heart of the downtown business district, the Des Moines Marriot Downtown offers a convenient, luxurious getaway for all travelers looking for a place close to everything the city has to offer. This four-star hotel has all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay, with a wide variety of guest rooms and suites to suit the needs of any traveler. Being very close to the Des Moines Art Center and the Des Moines Botanical Center, come to this hotel for its central location and ease of access to Des Moines’ most exciting attractions.

Des Moines Marriot Downtown, 700 Grand Ave, Des Moines IA, USA, +1 515-245-5500

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Hotel Greenfield

This beautiful brick building, designed in the classical revival style, is a main piece of the historic Greenfield downtown. Being only 45 minutes’ drive out from the Des Moines downtown, Hotel Greenfield provides a simple, historic and rural lodging for travelers in close proximity to the Des Moines metropolitan area.

Hotel Greenfield, 110 E Iowa St, Greenfield IA, USA, +1 641-343-7323

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Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel

It’s easy to spot the Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel in downtown Des Moines. With its prominent red brick, this vast structure is one of the best places to stay when visiting the city. Being registered on the National Register of Historic Places, this hotel has played host to many presidents and generals in its time, and was a popular event center in the Postbellum era. The Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel has also struck a good balance between the upkeep of its historic building and modern, 21st century amenities.

Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel, 401 Locust St, Des Moines IA, USA, +1 515-244-2151

Hotel Pattee
Willis Library in the Hotel Pattee | © Carol VanHook/Flickr
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Hotel Pattee

The historic Hotel Pattee celebrates everything that is small-town, Midwestern America. Located just a short distance outside of Des Moines, in Perry, Iowa, this boutique hotel stands as a destination in itself, with 40 uniquely decorated and themed rooms that honor the region’s diverse ethnic heritage. Its room names include the African Room, with appropriately decorated blankets and furniture, and the American Indian room, featuring traditionally patterned wall paper and themed bedding and lamps.

Hotel Pattee, 1112 Willis Ave, Perry IA, USA, +1 515-465-3511

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The 1900 Inn

After a complete renovation, The 1900 Inn operates today as one of Des Moines’s most beautiful bed and breakfasts. With a total of three luxurious rooms, intimacy is easily found at this lodging. The owners, Tim and Jane Niess, ensure a relaxing stay amidst their vintage rooms, whose comfortable amenities make for a great weekend getaway.

The 1900 Inn, 1033 26th St, Des Moines IA, USA, +1 515-277-0149

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Des Lux

Equipped with a bar, a fitness center and some of the most spacious rooms in Des Moines, Des Lux Hotel is assuredly one of the city’s most lavish historical lodgings. Originally erected in 1912 as the Des Moines Club, the hotel’s antique structure has undergone little change throughout the years, especially to the merit of rich, wooden lobby floors and its elegant brick exterior. With Des Lux’s wide variety of suites and rooms, this hotel has quickly become one of the premier lodgings in town.

Des Lux, 800 Locust St, Des Moines IA, USA, +1 515-288-5800