Des Moines Motels | Places to Stay in Des Moines

April 20, 2023 Chanda Heide

Today the capital city and cultural center of Iowa is revitalized. A versatile destination everyone will enjoy, Des Moines has an itinerary for almost every interest. Culture and art enthusiasts may want to roam through the Des Moines Art Center, spend the weekend museum-hopping or attend a Broadway-caliber performance at the Civic Center. Golfers can spend their time and energy teeing up at any of the area's fine championship courses. The Blank Park Zoo and the Iowa State Fairgrounds should be on the list for families. And gardeners will savor the fantastic blooms at the Botanical Center and the Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden. Mix it up a little and sample all this "big city with a small town heart" has to offer.
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1. AmericInn by Wyndham des Moines Airport

1920 Hackley Ave, Des Moines, IA 50315-4478
Excellent
40%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
8%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 300 reviews

AmericInn by Wyndham des Moines Airport

Welcome to the AmericInn Hotel & Suites Des Moines Airport. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure our hotel's vibrant modern decor and warm service oriented hospitality will suit all of your needs. Our 100% non-smoking hotel offers you a variety of room choices. Select one of our family or whirlpool suites for added perks. Start your mornings off right by enjoying our free to- go breakfast and enjoy our inviting, indoor pool. We are conveniently located directly across from Des Moines International airport and are just minutes from downtown. Our location allows for easy access to many area businesses and attractions, including Wells Fargo Arena and the Iowa Events Center. We offer a complimentary shuttle to the airport. No matter where you come from or what brings you to Des Moines, we invite you come explore the feel throughout the hotel.

Great place, low price

Reviewed By leahtitel

Breakfast was yum and had plenty of options. Pool was open. Service was great. Overall great price and good place to stay. We stayed 3 nights. Didn’t see any shady characters which is always a plus in a inexpensive hotel in a bigger city.

2. Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Des Moines - Merle Hay Rd

4755 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines, IA 50322-1964
Excellent
19%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
9%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 160 reviews

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Des Moines - Merle Hay Rd

Our extremely convenient location near Interstates 80 and 35 makes this Des Moines discount hotel your ideal lodging destination. As our valued guest, you can enjoy additional amenities as: Free Easy Starts® deluxe continental breakfast Free WiFi Guest laundry facilities You don’t need to sacrifice key amenities when you’re trying to be economical. We invite you to relax in your guest room which features a refrigerator, microwave, desk, coffee maker, iron and ironing board and flat screen TV. Some rooms also feature a sofa sleeper. Suites which feature a whirlpool and a balcony are also available.

Nice Hotel

Reviewed By bobkR1182EQ

Nice hotel. Reasonable rate. Friendly check-in person. Good location. Near several restaurants. The staff at this hotel is amazing. They went above and beyond to accommodate our group. I recently stayed at a 4 star hotel that did not have near the quality of service that this hotel does.

3. Cozy Rest Motel

2316 SE 14th St, Des Moines, IA 50320-1108
Excellent
12%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
8%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 50 reviews

Cozy Rest Motel

See why so many travelers make Cozy Rest Motel their motel of choice when visiting Des Moines. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a budget friendly setting with an array of amenities designed for travelers like you. Rooms at Cozy Rest Motel provide air conditioning, and getting online is easy, with free wifi available. And, as an added convenience, there is free parking available to guests. While staying at Cozy Rest Motel, visitors can check out Principal Park (1.4 mi) and Capitol Building (1.8 mi), some of Des Moines' top attractions. If you’re looking to experience local food favorites like crab, consider a visit to Fong's Pizza, Centro Restaurant, or Django Restaurant, which are all conveniently located a short distance from Cozy Rest Motel. Best of all, Cozy Rest Motel makes it easy to experience some great Des Moines attractions like Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens, which is a popular . We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at Cozy Rest Motel as you experience all of the things Des Moines has to offer.

terrible experience

Reviewed By M2052IQdianes

The room was nice. We didn't have any soap so we called -0- to ask for soap for the soap dispenser, he said they would bring us some. An half hour later he still hadn't brought us any. There were only 2 other cars there so I walked over to the office. He said I should call 911 for emergency after this if I needed anything. I asked if he meant the police, and he told me to call 911 if I needed anything after this again. This was only a little after 9 p.m. My friend that I was there with for an art show had made the mistake of paying him in cash. He proceeded to decided to tell us just to leave if we were unhappy and that he would just refund our money. She went over to get her money back and then he decided to not return her money and told us to get out and became very foul mouthed. I believe this was his intent all of the time. We told him we weren't going to leave if he didn't give us our money back and he became even more nasty. We called the police, but we became very frightened of him. He had also been drinking. He was also listening in at one of the other doors that was rented out. He continued to hollered at us as we left.

4. Motel 6 Des Moines North

4940 NE 14th St, Des Moines, IA 50313
Excellent
7%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
25%
Terrible
29%
Overall Ratings

2.5 based on 85 reviews

Motel 6 Des Moines North

The destination town of Des Moines, Iowa is loaded with popular tourist sites and enticing outdoor attractions. Our hotel has amazing new rooms to go with the lowest price of any national chain. This chic new Motel 6 redesign starts from the ground up. Beyond the dazzling lobby and bright interior corridors, you'll find a room that uses crisp wood effect flooring and bold accent colors on the walls and soft goods. To keep you entertained, there's a space saving 32" flat panel TV with full Cable TV and free HBO, and free WIFI Internet access in every room. Other quality touches include a contemporary bathroom with a granite countertop and raised vessel sink. There is also an inviting outdoor pool area. For those on business or those that need to stay a little longer, corporate and extended stay rates are available. Rooms also available with micro/fridge for a fee with advance reservations. At Motel 6 Des Moines North, we welcome our guests 24 hours a day with a comfortable, pet-friendly environment at the lowest rates of any national chain.

Room from Hell

Reviewed By jshotwell4

I checked in July 12 Monday night Thru July 20th. Paid $538.00 to make my own bed, take out my garbage, go get more towels when needed. And to look at ants n roaches running around so I brought some Raid. The other problems The SINK was stopped up so either washing hands or brushing my teeth I had to look at water in the facebowl. The general manager is only available @ certain times. When I did talk to the manager he had such a nasty disposition, Didn’t want to do anything to makeup for a BAD STAY. He was trying to give 38.00 dollars back then gave me 50.00. After I contacted Hotel.com they sent a Full Refund email to Motel6 North when I called mr.sheth told me to go get lost because I gave 50.00 back. I should’ve camped out in my car.

5. Broadway Motel

5100 Hubbell Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317-4747
Excellent
0%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
20%
Terrible
60%
Overall Ratings

2 based on 5 reviews

Broadway Motel is a family owned and operated motel located close to all the action. We are one mile away from the Prairie Meadows Casino, Adventureland, and we are only five minutes from the fairgrounds. We offer truck parking, cable TV, free HBO, and free wireless internet. Some rooms have a freezer and a microwave. We accept all major credit cards. Call today to book your room!

Keep searching!

Reviewed By TinyToes123

We were looking for a cheap place to stay before heading home after the Metallica concert, which was awesome. It was cheap ($80), however, it probably should have been closer to "dirt" cheap. There was a strange smell in the room, the air conditioner worked for 2min and then a concerning noise followed. We attempted to plug in our cell phones and the outlet literally fell out of the wall. The bathroom had dead bugs in corners and we were unsure if we should have slept in the beds. Around 4am we were happily awaken by a couple yelling racial slurs at each other, slamming doors and at one point we thought they were attempting to get into our vehicle. The check-in attendant's English was broken, but we picked up on key words; definitely not locally owned. As we drove away (thankfully), our conversation was about safety inspections being conducted...ever?

6. AmericInn by Wyndham des Moines Airport

1920 Hackley Ave, Des Moines, IA 50315-4478
Excellent
40%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
8%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 300 reviews

AmericInn by Wyndham des Moines Airport

Welcome to the AmericInn Hotel & Suites Des Moines Airport. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure our hotel's vibrant modern decor and warm service oriented hospitality will suit all of your needs. Our 100% non-smoking hotel offers you a variety of room choices. Select one of our family or whirlpool suites for added perks. Start your mornings off right by enjoying our free to- go breakfast and enjoy our inviting, indoor pool. We are conveniently located directly across from Des Moines International airport and are just minutes from downtown. Our location allows for easy access to many area businesses and attractions, including Wells Fargo Arena and the Iowa Events Center. We offer a complimentary shuttle to the airport. No matter where you come from or what brings you to Des Moines, we invite you come explore the feel throughout the hotel.

Great place, low price

Reviewed By leahtitel

Breakfast was yum and had plenty of options. Pool was open. Service was great. Overall great price and good place to stay. We stayed 3 nights. Didn’t see any shady characters which is always a plus in a inexpensive hotel in a bigger city.

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