Bill Bryson, originally from Des Moines, famously wrote of the Iowan capital: “I come from Des Moines. Someone had to.” And while, in decades gone by, the city may have had an image problem, the galleries, breweries, farmers’ markets and miles of leafy cycling trails of today make it one of the top cities in the Midwest. Here are the best cheap hotels in Des Moines, Iowa, bookable on Culture Trip.
Rooms at the Rewind deliver comfort and style, from the tasteful decor right down to the high-thread-count cotton sheets and down pillows. Modern art and art deco-inspired accessories add a pop of vibrancy to the rooms. As it’s on the southern edge of the city, the hotel has the luxury of space and offers easy access to I-35 southbound towards Kansas City – ideal if you’re on a Midwestern road trip.
At the junction of several major highways, you’ll find the Courtyard by Marriott Des Moines West/Clive, which is equally well set up for longer stays as it is for folks who are just passing through. If you’d like to explore on foot or have a bicycle with you, then the hotel has ready access to the Clive Greenbelt Trail, which winds through the city. The rooms are bright and cheery, with burnt-orange nature-print wallpaper and warm lighting.
This Hampton Inn is not only a modern, comfort-oriented hotel, but it’s ideal for guests looking to stay in shape while traveling. The on-site fitness center is among the best of all the cheap hotels in Des Moines, with free weights and multiple cardio machines. If you’re a fan of golf, Des Moines Golf and Country Club, which often hosts major golf and tennis events, is right around the corner.
In northwest Des Moines, right off I-35/I-80, the Hilton Garden Inn offers easy access by car. Once you’ve parked up beside your room, you won’t have to venture off the property for anything during your stay. The indoor pool, hot tub and fitness center will help you stay fit, while the on-site restaurant, shop and room service will keep you fed. There’s also plenty of working space if you’re living the digital nomad life.
For a cheap hotel in Des Moines that feels anything but, check out the Sleep Inn and Suites, where a caramel and duck-egg-blue color palette and tasteful black-and-white nature photography make for a stylish stay. Rooms come with work desks and executive chairs so that you can clock some hours in comfort while you’re on the move. A complimentary breakfast is provided each morning, with waffles, eggs and hash browns as standard.
Another great value hotel in Clive, west of Des Moines, the Country Inn and Suites is shrouded in trees with a lake nearby. This environment creates an instant sense of country living, even though the exit to I-80 is right beside the hotel. Inside, the rooms all have a rustic-chic blend of tartan curtains, pastel earth tones and, in the case of the whirlpool suites, two-person jetted tubs.
This cheap hotel in Des Moines is an impressive, open-plan building with an American grill restaurant and a barbecue space. Over multiple floors, the rooms are arranged around a spacious central atrium and have a classy feel thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, marble sinks and comfy sitting areas. In addition, it’s a pet-friendly property, so you can bring your four-legged friend on your Iowa adventure.
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