Best Areas to Stay in Des Moines, Iowa

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Where to stay in Des Moines – A guide to the great city of Iowa

Des Moines, which name was adapted from the French colonial name Rivière des Moines or “River of the Monks”, is the capital and one of the most populated cities of Iowa, in the Midwest of the United States.

Des Moines is a popular destination for business travelers since it is a great center for insurance companies and editorials, among other fields.

This city has a humid continental climate with extreme temperatures, both in summer and winter. Therefore, the best time to visit Des Moines is between June and September, when the temperatures do not exceed 82ºF (28°C).

Des Moines and its picturesque Tudor-style colonial houses hide quiet neighborhoods and luxury hotels to relax from the hustle and bustle of big cities, without sacrificing leisure options.

Des Moines hosts tons of cultural events and festivals, attracting thousands of tourists annually. At the same time, the great culinary scene and trendy bars in the city do nothing but encourage travelers to choose it as a destination.

Public transport, such as buses or taxis, is not that frequent in the city. Therefore, it is recommended to travel to Des Moines by car and park it in one of the many of the parking lots available in the city.

The Des Moines International Airport is 15 minutes from the Downtown of the city, which makes the Downtown one of the best areas to stay in Des Moines. See accommodation in Downtown & Civic Center.

Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Des Moines, Iowa.

The best areas to stay in Des Moines, Iowa

1. Our favorite area: Downtown & Civic Center

The Des Moines Civic Center is the performing arts center in the city. It is the largest theater in Iowa and is used for concerts, shows, plays and other special events.

To the west of the Civic Center is the Cowles Commons, a space for all kinds of artistic movements in Iowa.

Around the Civic Center in Des Moines, there are several bus stops along Locus Street, Walnut and E 1st.

Staying in Downtown Des Moines is also recommended for being just a 15-minute drive from the airport.

The Des Moines Civic Center is one of the best areas to stay in Des Moines because it hosts many entertainment options, multiple restaurants and a variety of luxury hotels, at affordable costs.

Where to stay in Des Moines - Downtown

Where to stay in Des Moines – Downtown

Accommodation in Downtown Des Moines - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Downtown Des Moines – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Des Moines:

  • Central location
  • Best area for business travelers
  • Connected by public transport

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Comfort Inn & Suites Event Center

This hotel is located on Interstate 235, across from Wells Fargo Arena, Hy-Vee Hall and the Community Choice Credit Union Veterans Memorial Auditorium. It offers a heated indoor pool, a free hot breakfast buffet and free parking.

from US$109
Budget

Historical Lofquist Des Moines

Located in Des Moines, in the center of Des Moines, Historical Oscar Lofquist House offers air-conditioned accommodation with a patio and free Wi-Fi. The apartment is 3 miles from the Iowa Science Center.

from US$74
Luxury

Staybridge Suites Des Moines Downtown

Staybridge Suites Des Moines Downtown is located in Des Moines, 7 minutes away from Hy-Vee Hall and 8 minutes away from Iowa Events Center. This 4-star hotel offers a heated indoor pool, free Wi-Fi and free daily breakfast.

from US$153
 

 

 

2. West Des Moines

The west side is also one of the best areas to stay in Des Moines.

Popular attractions in this area include the Raccoon River Park, ideal for hiking or to connect with nature through its beautiful green areas.

For those who love shopping, it is essential to stay in the west of Des Moines, where the Jordan Creek Shopping Center is located, the largest mall in Iowa.

Although the west of Des Moines has bus stops on the Westown Pkwy and Woodland Ave, public transport in this area is not very efficient, so it is recommended to rent a car to move faster and more comfortably.

The west of Des Moines is known for its luxury hotels with the best services to satisfy the most demanding travelers and is among the best areas to stay in Des Moines

Best areas to stay in Des Moines, Iowa - West Des Moines

Best areas to stay in Des Moines, Iowa – West Des Moines

Accommodation in West Des Moines - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in West Des Moines – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Des Moines:

  • Best area for shopping
  • Luxury-type hotels
  • Bars and restaurants

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Holiday Inn & Suites West Des Moines

This hotel in West Des Moines, Iowa, located off Interstate 35, near the Jordan Creek Mall, offers a restaurant and free shuttle service within an 8 mile radius.

from US$109
Budget

Days Inn by Wyndham Des Moines Downtown

This Iowa hotel is 5 minutes’ drive from the University of Des Moines and just minutes from I-235. It offers a daily continental breakfast and free Wi-Fi in all rooms.

from US$49
Luxury

Sheraton West Des Moines

This Des Moines hotel is 5 minutes’ drive from the Living History Farms and offers a free shuttle service to the Des Moines International Airport and within a radius of almost 8 miles.

from US$209
 

 

 

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