5 BEST Hotels near Drake University

Taking all budgets into consideration, these are the 5 best hotels near Drake University.

#1 – Holiday Inn Express Des Moines-At Drake University

Holiday Inn Express Des Moines-At Drake University

– $$$

– Across the street from Drake University

You can’t get any closer to the university than this! But there’s so much more to love about the Holiday Inn than just its location…

The rooms are enormous and super clean – plus they all come equipped with cable, wifi, microwaves, AND a full work station. Save some extra money by doing laundry on-site, and be sure to grab some of the free daily breakfast (especially the pancakes).



#2 – Hampton Inn & Suites Des Moines Downtown

Hampton Inn & Suites Des Moines Downtown

– $$$$

– 6 minute drive to Drake University

Hampton Inn & Suites Des Moines perfectly balances value with a quality experience. We love their bright and beautiful rooms, and we especially love the big comfy beds.

The staff are also well-reviewed. They keep the hotel sparkling clean and are ready to help guests at a moment’s notice. Free breakfast is served daily and pets are allowed.



#3 – AC Hotel by Marriott Des Moines East Village

AC Hotel by Marriott Des Moines East Village

– $$$$$

– 7 minute drive to Drake University

If you prefer a more top-notch hotel experience, then AC Hotel will be much more up your alley.

Probably the overall nicest (and highest-rated) hotel on our list, guests at the AC Hotel enjoy exceptional customer service, and some of the most beautiful rooms in Des Moines. There is also an on-site billiards table and a large and clean fitness center.



#4 – De Moines Marriott Downtown

De Moines Marriott Downtown

– $$$$$

– 5 minute drive to Drake University

Another top-notch hotel experience, De Moines Marriott is easily the best-designed hotel on our list.

Modern and minimal – everything at this Marriott is new and sparkling clean. But our favorite part? The penthouse-style rooms. Bright and spacious, they come equipped with heavenly beds and enormous bathrooms. The on-site restaurant is also beautiful.



#5 – Comfort Inn & Suites Event Center

Comfort Inn & Suites Event Center

– $$

– 5 minute drive to Drake University

Finally we have the Comfort Inn & Suites, and even though it’s a budget hotel – there’s a ton of value here!

This motel boasts an indoor pool, the fast wifi, the 24-hour reception, and a the free breakfast buffet. Guests rave about the cleanliness and amazing customer service.



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About the Author Aaron Hovanesian

Born in Los Angeles, Aaron Hovanesian is one of the original staff writers for Hotel Jules. Having backpacked the world as a young man, Aaron now prefers to travel the world in luxury, proudly staying in the world's most amazing hotels and properties. When Aaron is not traveling he lives in Western Colorado he can be found brewing his own beer (probably an IPA) or spending time with his two amazing golden retrievers.