A simple exterior belies the rich furnishings inside this 51-room luxury hotel. Constructed in 1912 as the original Des Moines Club, the building was converted to a hotel in 2001. Leather and brocade fabrics grace traditionally styled furniture in a lobby that shows off exposed brick walls and a stone fireplace. Lodging options and amenities include gas fireplaces, whirlpools, two-room suites, presidential suites with a private courtyard, and an atrium that opens to a skylight three floors up.
With rates starting at $209, the spacious guest rooms offer well-stocked mini bars and free Wi-Fi. The rooms in the center of the hotel overlook the atrium and make for a quieter stay. A complimentary breakfast served in the street-level Cosmopolitan Lounge entails made-to-order omelets and eggs with fruit, cereal, pastries, muffins, bagels, juice and coffee. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night room service is available, and visitors enjoy guest privileges at the nearby Embassy Club for fine dining and social interaction.
Overnight parking runs about $8 in the ramp across the street, or you can valet. A short stroll through Des Moines’ extensive skywalk system provides convenient access to downtown restaurants and attractions, but at night, the empty corridors can feel a bit spooky.