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Where to stay in Des Moines

If you're a first time visitor to Des Moines, you might prefer a more touristy area, but if you're a solo traveler, a local neighborhood could be more interesting. Some areas have lots of things to do within walking distance, but the hotels may be more expensive. To give you a starting point for your trip research, we looked at what people say about neighborhoods and places to stay in Des Moines.


What's the best area of Des Moines to stay?

The top mentioned neighborhoods and areas that people talk about in and around Des Moines are: West Des Moines, Clive, East Village, Ankeny, Urbandale, Johnston, Winterset, and Grimes.

Here's what Trippy members had to say:

"Your best options for funky local restaurants and bars (Zombie Burger + Drink Lab, Fong's Pizza, Django, Americana Restaurant and Lounge, Royal Mile, The High Life Lounge) are downtown, plus there is nightlife of all varieties nearby, and great local shopping in the East Village."  See More

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  1. West Des Moines
  2. Clive
  3. East Village
  4. Ankeny
  5. Urbandale
  6. Johnston
  7. Winterset
  8. Grimes
What are some good hotels in Des Moines?

Depending on the neighborhood you choose, you may want to research hotels in the area. If you'd rather start with the most recommended hotels in Des Moines, here's a list to get you started.

Here's what Trippy members had to say about hotels:

"I think most downtown hotels are nice, but I love The Suites of 800 Locust Hotel hotel because of the exposed brick walls and luxurious rooms."  See More

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  1. Marriott Des Moines
  2. The Suites of 800 Locust Hotel
  3. Ramada Tropics Resort & Conference Center Des Moines
  4. Hampton Inn - Des Moines (Airport)
  5. Comfort Inn Des Moines
Where did you get these suggestions?

Trippy is a great resource for planning your trip because you get advice from real travelers. We suggested neighborhoods and hotels based on the recommendations of the Trippy community. This gives you a quick overview, but if you're looking to do more research, here is a question that we used to find this information.

 Katie Simons from Los Angeles asked:
What's the best neighborhood in Des Moines for a first time visitor?  (3 answers)

What if I plan my trip around food?

If you're a foodie or just love to eat when you travel, you might decide to stay in a hotel close to a restaurant you want to try. Here are some places to eat in Des Moines.

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  1. Zombie Burger + Drink Lab
  2. Proof
  3. La Mie Bakery & Restaurant
  4. Tacopocalypse
  5. Jasper Winery
  6. Centro
What if I don't have a car?

Maybe you're looking for a happening area with lots to see and do, or you want to be walking distance from tourist attractions. Check out some of these places and see there's a hotel nearby.

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  1. Lincoln High School
  2. Merle Hay Mall
  3. Downtown Des Moines Farmers Market
Where can I find out more about Des Moines?

This page is just a starting point, to really get personalized advice from Des Moines locals and experienced travelers, post a question on Trippy! You can start by browsing the questions other people have asked about Des Moines.

If you've changed your mind and decided to go somewhere else, go to the main page and explore where to stay in any city.

Flying into Des Moines? There is one major airport for commercial flights. Find international, domestic, and local airports in Des Moines.

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