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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel Iowa
- Des Moines Renaissance