a traveler from Travelocity.com
on February 23, 2012
I arrived at the Des Moines Marriott at approximately 12:30PM on a Thursday. The room was not ready yet, as to be expected so we checked our bags and went out for lunch. While at lunch they called and let me know my room was ready which I found very nice. When we picked up our keys they informed us that there was a wrestling tournament of some kind happening and they asked that we wear a plastic wrist band after 5PM otherwise we would not be allowed to get to our room. This was ridiculous to me. They said it was because of the high amount of teenagers there due to the wrestling thing. This did nothing to curb the teens from running around the hotel while their parents got drunk in the hotel bar from the ice chests that they were hiding under their tables. Speaking of the bar, I recommend sticking to bottled beer. I tried having a rum and coke and a friend had a gin and tonic and they were the worst drinks we have ever had. They tasted liked like the liquor had been watered down or maybe the bar tender didn't know what he was doing. As for the room, it was average. Clean but not sparkling. There was no in room fridge which I found strange but we made due with ice. The bed is very comfortable and I was a fan of the sheets. There are inputs to the TV on the wall where you can plug in an xbox or something which I thought was pretty cool. Didn't have anything to plug into it, but the option was nice. Wi-Fi internet is not free, which bothers me especially in this day and age. I don't know if wired was free since I only had a ipad with me. I did find that if I went down to the Starbucks in the lobby there was free wireless and I was able to connect there and then go back to my room on the 8th floor and was still connected. Over all, our stay was just okay. I have stayed in nicer hotels and I have stayed in much worse hotels. The staff was very nice and helpful but the bizarre wrist band thing left me with a bad taste in my mouth. If I am ever in Des Moines again, I will look in to staying elsewhere.
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