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Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel
Ranked #14 of 49 Hotels in Des Moines
Omaha, Nebraska
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15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Change isn't always good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2013

Don't let the title of my review give you the wrong impression, I am going to give this place a great review but I'll get to why I chose it at the end.

I first began staying at the Renaissance 5 years ago. Fantastic hotel right in the middle of downtown Des Moines.

I no longer live in Des Moines but I'm from there and the downtown is beautiful. The area around the hotel is nice and there is a garage right next to it. Easy to get to and for those in the city for the first time, you will feel perfectly safe.

The hotel itself is a great blend of old and new. Its a historic building that has been kept up and modernized without losing any of that history. The staff have always been friendly at the front desks. I can't speak to the bellmen as I always take my own bags. Must be the Midwest in me but unless i'm lugging a bag of bricks, Ill always carry my own bags.

The room are mostly a hit, but there are a few misses it just depends on the room. I use discount rates quite a bit so that's likely why but I've gotten some rooms that are much smaller than other and still look like some renovations are ongoing. This has been rare but its a let down when you open your room and see that.

In EVERY room you are getting the amazing Marriott beds. I always sleep like a baby in one. Whenever I need more pillows or what not, staff is up in no time. Please is quiet as a tomb so if you need a good night of sleep, this is your place.

Pool is nice, but small and shallow which is common for hotels. However, I've rarely seen more than a few people in there so its pretty private.

Lets discuss the change part I alluded to in my title. This hotel used to have my favorite bar in the world. It was a speakeasy with brown leather chairs and soft jazz playing. The first place I ever had Templeton Rye back when it was hard to get. Now? They have pallets of templeton at Costco and they completely changed the bar. Gone are the nice chairs and tables, replaced with white leather and glass/aluminum tables. Not a good change at all and I wont step one foot in there now.

If you never had a drink in the bar before the change this will not matter to you but I was not pleased when the made it over.

Don't let my woes dissuade you, this is a great hotel and if you have never experienced downtown Des Moines you should stay here and walk to court.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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rickylgaede, General Manager at Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel, responded to this review, 20 November 2013
Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry you do not find our new Coda Lounge as comfortable as the old bar. We have tried to make it like relaxing in your own living room. Thanks again for your comments.
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Vancouver, Canada
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18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2013

I have stayed here many times over the years.

Here is my breakdown:

Valet:
Their staff have always been nice to me. Although sometimes hard to find the Valet staff. I believe that they are also the bellhops, so they often run errands as well.
I would definitely recommend more full-time dedicated valet staff.

Lobby Bar:
AMAZING Staff. I forget his name, but the gentleman working the night of 4/11/2013 was absolutely amazing. Got me blue-cheese stuff olives when I asked (had to go into the back to make them, but still did).
Totally went above and beyond the call of duty.

Front-desk staff:
Friendly. Always greeted me with a smile and hello as I entered. Recognized my Platinum status.

Concierge lounge:
Average.

Internet/TV:
Sucks. Sorry to be so blunt. As I said, I have stayed here several times over the years (probably at 5) and have to say, every time that the internet service sucks.
I am a business traveler and have to be able to connect to the VPN for work. The network dropped so much that I could never stay connected. I couldn't even stay connected long enough on my iPad to be able to download an app.
I did end up going to the lobby bar to use the internet (the connection in the lobby much better then the rest of the hotel).

I understand it's an old hotel, but internet in today's society (especially for the business traveler) is one of those things that HAS to be up to speed and work reliably.

The TV stations had several blank channels and not many at that. Meh... it's a hit and miss in every city you go to whether "your" channel will be on the TV.

Overall:
Beautiful building, modern lobby. Would have been nice to have somewhere to put my clothes if I wanted to unpack. The rooms, depending on which you get of course, are typically big enough to fit a dresser in. It would be nice to look into that as it's a common amenity in most hotels now a days. I'd recommend staying here, just be aware of the internet.

Room Tip: Well, 932's internet sucks...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
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rickylgaede, General Manager at Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel, responded to this review, 8 November 2013
My apologies for the internet service. We are working with our vendor to solve our issues on high demand time for internet. I do appreciate the kind comments on our staff and will certainly pass along your feedback to them. Thank you again.
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2013

Was here over the weekend to watch some Iowa Wild hockey action. Saw the Milwaukee Admirals checking in when we got there.

Hotel is very nice; very representative of the Renaissance brand. Our two-double room wasn't huge, but was big enough. It also had a walk-in closet, so if you're a steamer-trunk kind of traveler, that would probably be good for you.

Linens were clean, beds were comfy, elevators were good, location downtown was easy. Parking is not free, but there is a ramp that is pretty cheap just across the front door of the lobby.

Considering it was the same price as the Marriott for our stay, I thought it was a great bargain.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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rickylgaede, General Manager at Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel, responded to this review, 8 November 2013
Thank you for the very kind comments on your stay with us. We do appreciate your feedback and for choosing us for your Des Moines stop.
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San Leandro, California
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55 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2013

The rating should be 3.75 stars - I rounded up to four stars. My husband and I found the staff to be very helpful. We received excellent customer service during our entire stay. The room was very comfortable - we slept well every night. You can tell it is a renovated hotel because when we turned up the heat, the heater in the room started knocking. This may be odd, but we found this to be a charming aspect of the historic property. The down sides were few. 1) The internet/wifi connection is spotty, particularly in the evening. This needs to be improved. 2) We had to constantly giggle the cables in the back of the TV in our room to get the remote to work. 3) The food at the main restaurant on the first floor and room service was bland. Overall - it was a reliable hotel with great service.

Green Features: It needs to be marketed better in the room. I did not immediately find any information.
  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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rickylgaede, General Manager at Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel, responded to this review, 8 November 2013
Thank you for your feedback on your recent stay. We are continuing to work on our internet performance. It is only during peak usage times that we are experiencing challenges. Thank you again.
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2013

We stayed here for just one night as we were attending a wedding nearby. The staff were incredibly accommodating and friendly - seriously the best I've ever experienced. The rooms were also very nice and kind of had a throwback colonial charm. Definitely a great stay.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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rickylgaede, General Manager at Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel, responded to this review, 23 October 2013
Thank you for the very nice comments on your stay with us. I will certainly share your feedback with my team.
Thanks again.
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013

Last weekend we had the opportunity to stay two nights at this hotel in De Moines as did our daughter, son-in-law and baby grandson. Our daughter and husband were attending a wedding, and we were the babysitters. We had adjoining rooms with their room having a crib. The hotel did everything to make our stay enjoyable--extra pillows, the crib, extra towels, etc. The entire staff was VERY friendly. The location is very good--near the river and an easy walk to a huge Farmer's Market. We were on the 10th floor and heard no noise at all. We ate breakfast both days in their dining room eating off the menu and/or having the buffet. The choices for freshly made omelets were wonderful---the best omelet I have ever had. The bar is very lovely and roomy as is the lounge. We would stay there again if we are in Des Moines.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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rickylgaede, General Manager at Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel, responded to this review, 16 October 2013
Thank you for the very kind feedback on your stay with us. There is only a couple of more weeks left this year for the farmers market. Come back down and do some shopping.
Thank you for staying with us.
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Muscatine, Iowa
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48 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2013

We booked this on Travelocity and named our price. We stayed here to go to the Iowa State fair and we were impressed with this hotel. The rooms were very big, two bathrooms per room! The kids had room to play and we could sit on the couch and not be scrunched into a small area.

We would definitely stay here again.

Quick note: there is not a free breakfast, but the restaurant on the first floor was very good. It had a decent buffet with any breakfast item you could want.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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rickylgaede, General Manager at Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel, responded to this review, 8 October 2013
Thank you for your feedback to your stay with us in August. State Fair in Iowa is a must for all to experience at least once. Thanks again.
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Additional Information about Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel

Property: Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel
Address: 401 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2311 (Formerly Renaissance Savery Hotel)
Region: United States > Iowa > Des Moines
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Business Hotel in Des Moines
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 211
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This historic hotel, located in the heart of downtown Des Moines, Iowa is within walking distance to Wells Fargo Arena, Iowa Events Center, Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, Court Avenue restaurants and nightlife and East Village restaurants and shops. Start your day off right with a visit to Coda Coffee, located on the street level of the hotel, for freshly brewed Starbucks beverages. Then return in the evening to Coda Lounge to discover the hottest new lounge in downtown Des Moines. Don't miss the contemporary midwest cuisine and local products served in BOS restaurant, also located street level in the hotel. Additional amenities enjoyed by guests include a fitness center, indoor pool, whirlpool, complimentary airport transportation and complimentary wireless service. If you’re searching for a venue to host a romantic wedding, a business meeting or a conference, this hotel features over 12,000 square feet of function space, innovative meeting technology and a creative catering and culinary team. ... more   less 
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