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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The room is updated, clean and very spacious. There is a Keurig and Refrigerator in the room. The staff was prompt and courteous. The breakfast is good and has enough variety to start off your day. We choose this hotel because of the location. It is directly across from Drake University.

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ExpressDrake, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University, responded to this review

We are thrilled you had a wonderful stay with us. Take care until your next visit. More 

Ashland, Missouri
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We needed to make a very quick trip to Iowa to a family wedding and return the next day. Parking was convenient and we checked in quickly (nice desk staff) and had a very nice room. Everything was great. Love the beds at the Holiday Inn Express - almost as comfy as mine at home.

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Thank harriskd
ExpressDrake, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University, responded to this review

We are very pleased that you had a pleasant stay with us. We hope the wedding was fun, and if you return to Des Moines we hope to see you again. Take care. More 

Tulsa
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127 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

One of the better hotels in the Holiday Inn Express network. The rooms are spacious and have all of the conveniences that you need, ironing board, refrigerator, wifi, microwave oven, etc. The prices are reasonable and the complementary breakfast is passable. It is very close to the Drake University campus (within walking distance). I definitely would stay here again.

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Thank Tulsajohn
ExpressDrake, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University, responded to this review

We appreciate this wonderful review Tulsajohn. We hope to see you again during your next visit to Drake University. Take care until then. More 

Cocoa, Florida
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

In a cute part of town near the university, the hotel was very clean, staff friendly and courteous and it was a good price. Quiet neighborhood with a diner right next door. Easy to yet to from the main highway too

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ExpressDrake, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University, responded to this review

Hello Peanutsmom92, We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to your return visit! Take care until next time. More 

Bothell, Washington
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13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016

A return visit to the Holiday Inn Express/Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, was a welcome retreat from those larger hotels and motels out by the interstates. Situated in the heart of "DogTown" (Drake University's immediate neighborhood), you are within walking distance of unique restaurants and stores, as well as the independent Varsity Theater. The rooms were clean, and the... More 

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Thank TravellingGiulia
ExpressDrake, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful feedback TravellingGiulia! We agree if you're coming to Des Moines and have plans to visit Drake University for any reason we are the place to stay! Take care and we hope to see you again! More 

Seaford, United Kingdom
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132 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

Stopped here for 2 nights whilst in town on business. its a little way out of town, but just off a main highway, but far enough away that its quiet (its in a residential area). Staff were friendly, and service was as you would expect from a Holiday Inn Express. good breakfast helps to set the day up (although why... More 

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Thank Ru198
ExpressDrake, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University, responded to this review

Thank you for the positive feedback Ru198! We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay with us! We hope to see you again if you return to the area for business. More 

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Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

This inn is located in a questionable neighborhood and is in need of a remodel. Wallpaper was peeling off of the bathroom wall and the bathroom could have been cleaner. The air conditioner is rather loud and made it difficult to fall asleep. The courtyard is nothing special and we left the sliding door locked because of the iffy neighborhood.... More 

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ExpressDrake, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University, responded to this review

We appreciate your stay with us and the valuable feedback. We sincerely apologize for these issues you encountered. These issues will be addressed and corrected immediately. Safe travels to your next destination. More 

Dixon, Illinois
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54 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016

Like other reviewers have stated. It is clean, modern and the closeness to Drake University is great. The Drake Diner right nextdoor is wonderful. The breakfast is adequate; beats paying somewhere else. This was our second stay.

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Thank Jim T
ExpressDrake, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University, responded to this review

We appreciate the positive feedback Jim. We are glad you find our location to Drake University convenient for you. We appreciate your repeat business and hope to see you again soon. More 

Chicago, Illinois
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33 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2016

The building used to be a dorm, but has been changed into a hotel. It's homey and comfortable - we had a room with a "patio" - that is, it led out into the courtyard. Wifi was faster than at home, and it was free. I've been in fancier places, but this was fine! Loved it that there is a... More 

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ExpressDrake, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful feedback regarding your stay with us. We are thrilled you found our property to be as charming and delightful as we do. We love positive and exuberant guests as yourselves and we hope to see you again. In the meantime take care. More 

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34 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Place was awesome, breakfast was decent, yes there is NO pool but who really needs an oversized bathtub anyway rooms were clean, they only offer double queen rooms so no issues here. Customer service was very good

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ExpressDrake, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University, responded to this review

We appreciate the terrific feedback Kevin! We are thrilled you had a wonderful stay. Take care and safe travels. More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Greetings from Des Moines, Iowa, home of the Drake Bulldogs and Drake Relays. Holiday Inn Express at Drake is at the heart of this city's renaissance neighborhood and ideally located right on campus. Seconds away are the Knapp Center, and Drake Stadium. Dining is available next door at the retro-themed favorite, Drake Diner. Follow your meal with an independent film a jaunt away at the Varsity Movie Theatre. Come visit the campus, the community, and us; we'll make you feel at home.Plenty of entertainment awaits off campus as well. Attractions include Prairie Meadows Race Track and Casino, Adventureland Amusement Park, Iowa State Fairgrounds, Principal Park, and Blank Park Zoo. Also nearby are the Civic Center, Convention Complex, Veterans Auditorium, Hy-Vee Hall and Wells Fargo Arena. We are moments from the Historical Building of Iowa, the State Capital, Living History Farms, Terrace Hill, Salisbury Mansion and Hoyt Sherman Place. Centrally situated among all of the Metro's retail districts --- four major malls, many boutiques and antique shops. Seasonal attractions are plentiful and near. Other areas of interest include The East Village, Historic Valley Junction and Downtown Court Avenue District, where nightlife is at its best. Free Wireless Internet available in all guest rooms and public areas. Whether it is business or pleasure that brings you our way, our team is ready to serve you! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University

Address: 1140 24th Street, Des Moines, IA 50311
Region: United States > Iowa > Des Moines
Price Range: £86 - £127 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Des Moines/Drake University 2.5*
Number of rooms: 52
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“Second Floor corner very quiet.”
 of 5 bubbles 969brendaa, 8 Nov 2016 | Read review
“I would recommend a room on the ground level, where the rooms open out onto a central Courtyard.”
 of 5 bubbles TravellingGiulia, 28 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Ground floor is secure as it faces into internal courtyard”
 of 5 bubbles Ru198, 26 Sep 2016 | Read review
“First floor patio rooms are nice!”
 of 5 bubbles TravelingGrands2015, 25 Aug 2016 | Read review
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