The Best Hotels In Des Moines

Head out for an evening under the bright lights of Des Moines
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11 November 2020

Des Moines has a wide selection of hotels fit for every type of traveler. From its many repurposed, historical structures, to its quiet bed and breakfasts – privacy, luxury, and comfort are the priority. For travelers looking to stay downtown near the Iowa State Capitol or planning a visit to the Iowa State Fair, here are the best hotels in Des Moines, Iowa.

Wildwood Lodge Clive

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The Wildwood Lodge Clive is in West Des Moines and makes for a perfect haven amidst a harsh winter in Iowa. Its red-carpeted lobby, comfortable furniture, and antique memorabilia all add to the warm 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 or leisure, the Wildwood Lodge Clive is a great stop for rest and recuperation.
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Victoria’s Vineyard Bed & Breakfast

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On the edge of a farm and vineyard, Victoria’s Vineyard Bed & Breakfast offers guests the opportunity to escape the city for a spell. The private house is set on more than 80 acres (32ha), so solitude is easily found here. But being close to the Prairie Meadows Casino and Adventureland amusement park, a riotous time is also easily accessible.

The Butler House on Grand

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The Butler House on Grand continues to maintain its humble brand of personal hospitality. 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, the property was once at risk of being torn down to make way for condominiums, but was deemed too beautiful for demolition. Features like the Gothic-style limestone fireplace and a wood-beamed ceiling on the second floor make this an perfect getaway for business purposes, a family vacation, or a romantic break.

Des Moines Marriot Downtown

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In the heart of the business district, the Des Moines Marriot Downtown offers a convenient, luxurious getaway for all travelers looking for a place to explore the city. 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. Close to the Des Moines Art Center and the Des Moines Botanical Center, come to this hotel for its central location and easy access to Des Moines’s most exciting attractions.
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Hotel Greenfield

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This beautiful brick building, designed in the Classical Revival style and on the National Register of Historic Places, is a main piece of the historic Greenfield downtown. Being only a 45-minute drive from downtown Des Moines, Hotel Greenfield provides a simple, historic, and rural lodging for travelers looking to escape the big city life, but in close proximity to the Des Moines metropolitan area.

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  • Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel

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    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. This hotel has played host to many presidents and generals in its long history, and was a popular event center in the postbellum era. The Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel also has a good balance between the upkeep of its historic building and modern, 21st-century amenities.
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    Hotel Pattee

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    The historic Hotel Pattee celebrates everything that is small-town, Midwestern America. 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 rooms include the African Room, with themed blankets and furniture, and the American Indian room, featuring traditionally patterned wall paper and themed bedding and lamps.
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    Des Lux

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    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 built in 1912 as the Des Moines Club, the hotel’s antique structure has undergone little change throughout the years, embracing the 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.
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