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“Nice family hotel, but bad night's sleep.”

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Holiday Inn - Airport Conference Center
Ranked #18 of 49 Hotels in Des Moines
Storm Lake, Iowa
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26 reviews
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“Nice family hotel, but bad night's sleep.”
Reviewed 8 August 2011

This hotel is a nice place for families, with the pool, games, pool-side rooms, and made-to-order meals at the grill. However, the mattress in our room had so little support that I sank half way to the box spring. I awoke with an extremely stiff neck and back. The desk clerk said that the mattresses are replaced every six months or so, but they must have purchased the $20 model this last time.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Milford, MI
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Reviewed 3 August 2011

Have stayed here before and will do so again! The staff, (especially Janice) went out of their way to accommodate us, our family and the special needs that we requested. Clean, friendly, and customer service orientated. Great Hosts for IOWA GAS. Proof positive that newer isn't always better. :)

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 28 July 2011

We had traveled over 6 hours on a mission to bring a retired aid dog back to the Chicago area. It was a rather stressful trip, especially picking up a dog we did not know very well and did not know what to expect. The reservations were great, we had adjoining rooms even though I had forgot to request them. The front desk staff was attentive and efficient, even though they had a large convention going on and several people wanting her attention. The rooms were comfortable, clean, and quiet. Thought the airport location might add to noise, but never heard a thing. Had a great night sleep and made the trip home much easier the next day. Check out was as smooth and efficent as the check in. Definitely will stay here next time I am in the area. Breakfast is better than most hotels where it is fend for yourself. Food was hot, coffee fresh, and severs courteous.

Room Tip: You might want to ask a for a room away from the pool unless you plan to use it alot.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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ALBUQUERQUE
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2011

Only stayed one night in route to the Twin Cities but it was very nice. We had a big room and my daughter loved the pool.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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skisnowing
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2011

I'm surprised by some of the negative reviews on here. The hotel is older, yes, and your review will likely be determined by which room you get. I stayed at this hotel for awhile all while doing business at the airport. I've also stayed at a lot of holiday inns (3 year platinum member) and it's true, this isn't the best holiday inn nor is it the worst like some of the reviewers claim it is.

Room selection.. Is KEY. I found that the best rooms on the property were the rooms that provided a view of the pool area. I liked the balcony (although a shared balcony.. Not very private) because I enjoyed listening to the waterfall by the pool before I went to bed. One time I got a room that faced a brick wall.. Asked for a different room and was promptly switched. Platinum members.. They do have suites but I was never upgraded to them so I can't speak of them.. Supposedly they are pretty nice.
The 'pool view' isn't for everyone though.. It's pretty loud Friday and Saturday nights with the kids using it.. But the pool closes at 10pm and the noise usually subsided shortly after. Only thing i didnt like about the pool view rooms was the fact that sunlight didnt enter into your room (pool is indoors and covered in holidome fashion).. Rooms had microwaves and fridges.. Some even had a small kitchenette counter with a sink.

STAFF.. Front desk was hit or miss.. In my experience more were friendly than were not. The shuttle drivers are pretty cool. Dick, the shuttle driver at nights is a really cool guy and has great recommendations regarding local food. Shuttle took me to a close grocery store many times on my stay.

OTHER: the hotel's food options were good.. Although they seemed even more overpriced than usual hotel cuisine. I heard the guy who makes the omelets in the morning has been doing it for 20 years--so you know they have to be good, which they were. Internet was complimentary and fairly speedy.. I was able to stream Netflix movies with only limited buffering.

All and all good stays and if I was staying close to the airport I would have no hesitation staying here again.

  • Stayed March 2011
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Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 17 June 2011

Recently renovated with Holiday Inn's new logo and whatnot, but still showing signs of age. For instance, the lobby is very clean and fresh-looking, but the pool area/center court is outdated with old lighting, green faux-grass carpet and a weird sunroof/canopy thing that is stained and torn so that it doesn't close all the way.

Most rooms open into this pool area and do not have outside windows, which is a bit odd, and lets people walk by your room all the time. Our room's bathroom was small and full of scum/mold around the shower and on the ceiling. The door also squeaked very loudly. Beds were fine, just old.

Breakfast was fine since we somehow ended up with two $9 coupons, but otherwise $18.66 for two Denny's-style breakfasts wouldn't have been worth it really.

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2010

Has nice indoor pool and hot tub for everyone to enjoy and plenty of open space for children to burn off energy. Game room and fitness center a plus. Friendly staff. Lots of pool side rooms. We were right next to the pool and I was worried if it might be too noisy to sleep, but we didn't have any problems. There is a combination restaurant/ gift shop/ convenience store that meet our needs well. Great atmosphere! Would stay again!

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled on business
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Fleur6111, Manager at Holiday Inn - Airport Conference Center, responded to this review, 17 December 2010
Thank you so much for your kind comments. It was the pleasure of our entire staff to host your recent stay and we were thrilled to hear how much your family enjoyed our indoor swimming pool and whirlpool. Hope to see you again soon!
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Property: Holiday Inn - Airport Conference Center
Address: 6111 Fleur Dr, Des Moines, IA 50321-2851
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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 ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 49 Hotels in Des Moines
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn - Airport Conference Center 3*
Number of rooms: 219
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Des Moines Airport Holiday Inn & Conference Center, Iowa places you minutes from area attractions including Des Moines International Airport with 24 hour free shuttle, Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa/IMAX theatre, Iowa State Fairground Varied Industries, Wells Fargo Arena, Hy-Vee Hall, Knoxville Raceway, Cownie Soccer Complex, Adventureland, Gray s Lake, and Prairie Meadows Casino. Our hotel is also convenient to businesses such as Wells Fargo, Allied Insurance, as well as area colleges such as Drake University, Des Moines University, Grandview College, DMACC, and Simpson College. If shopping is what you are looking for be sure to visit Jordan Creek Town Center & Mall, Valley West Mall, Southridge Mall, and historic Valley Junction Our hotel has over 200 beautifully decorated guestrooms, each with free wireless Internet, many with high-speed hard wired Internet as well. Many guestrooms come with microwave/refrigerator units, and our hotel has more than 20,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space with ample free parking for groups of 10-500. For your enjoyment we have an indoor pool, whirlpool, video game room, and ping pong in our tropical courtyard. Stop by our Grill restaurant, offering breakfast anytime, hot & cold sandwiches, along with steaks and seafood dinner entrees. Unwind in our bar and catch your favorite sporting event on our huge 68 big screen. ... more   less 
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