Rated 5 out of 5 by FaridahAZ My Favorite in West Des Moines
I love this hotel. What makes it #1 for me is the friendliness, attentiveness, and competency of the staff from the moment I am picked up at the airport, through registration, on-site concierge services, transport to and from my office, to my trip back to the airport.
November 25, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Johnskids good, except...
I had called ahead to reserve adjoining rooms and was told to call back the day of check in. I did that and was told they were all taken. When we checked in we found out that our two rooms had a room between us. Fine expect it was adjoining to one of our reserved rooms! I called down and was able to have it changed so that we'd have the side-by-side rooms. Also, at check in we guaranteed our rooms with a credit card, but wanted to pay cash and told them so. They charged our rooms to the CC anyway which was a huge inconvenience to us. How ever the rooms are clean and well-kept and quiet.
May 5, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by bull96206 One of the nicer hotels in West Des Moines, IA
This is one of the nicer hotels in the West Des Moines, IA area. The staff is friendly ahd helpful. The rooms are above average as are most facilities. The location is pretty easy to find and not far from the interstate highway(s).
I would stay here again in the future if/when I find myself back in the area.
December 1, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by Rob2865 This hotel shows promise
Overall, the hotel and amenities were appropriate for business travel. Convenient to West Des Moines businesses, easy to get to, close to large number of restaurants. Food in the hotel is good, and reasonably priced. Bar has a good selection of alcohol, but is limited to bottled beer only. The bar seating area is crowded without good sight lines. For a business class hotel, I would expect WIFI to be provided free, but it is not, and it is certainly more expensive than I have come to expect. Breakfast buffet was good, with a decent selection and made-to order items.
August 14, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by John45190 Hotel was nice
The room was nice and clean and updated. Even though it was 15 degrees outside, we could not get the room cooled down. We had the thermostat set on 60 degrees and don't think it got much under 70.
November 20, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Switch Not recommended
I was very dissappointed with our stay this time. The water pressure in the shower was terrible and we all took showers at different times of the day. Nothing worse than getting a bad shower in the morning. Had to pay for a refrigerator, interenet. Really?? Those are just standard in most these days. Another party in our group got moved 4 times before they actually got a room that had not already been given to someone else. Would have to say the breakfast was wonderful, staff was very polite although not very interested in your issues. Sad we paid $250 for the weekend and walked away with the feeling of never coming back. If we would of felt like they tried to make our stay better, would have been better but very disappointed.
February 25, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Upset357 Horrible experience
Had problems checking in and checking out even though reservations had been made 2 months prior to arrival. Front desk personnel appeared they did not know what they were doing and the manager was unhelpful and unwilling to provide good customer service. The hotel was very noisy and it was difficult to get any sleep. Finally, there was a conference meeting at hotel and it only has two elevators to transport people up to the room floors. They were constant tied up and it was not unusual to wait 10 minutes or longer to get on one. Thank goodness I was only on the fourth floor and was able to walk up and down the stairs located on the other side of the hotel from the elevators. I do not plan on ever staying at this Sheraton again.
March 30, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by NotSoGood123 Not So Great
I found this hotel to be dated with a distinct damp and musky smell and high priced for what you get. I have stayed in many other hotels that are just as old but have been remodeled so appear much newer for far less. To get a higher rating they would need to bring the room decor into the 21st century and get rid of the smell. Also found many stains on the ceilings, floors and walls of the general hotel area. Overall a poor experience..
October 23, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by kmat Not in keeping with Sheraton standards
Due to its location I understand why this hotel may not be the same quality as other Sheraton hotels I have stayed in. But that does not pardon poor customer service. When i returned from work I found my room had not been cleaned. So I called guest services who did not pick up the phone. So I walked down to guest services and was told they were very busy. I told them I would be leaving for dinner in an hour so they could have my room cleaned. An hour later I reminded them. When i returned after dinner two hours later the room had still not been cleaned. when the gentleman from housekeeping finally arrived I was asked if I wanted the whole room cleaned!!!. The rundown condition of the hotel may be overlooked with good customer service.
June 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by JphnP Service exceeds expectations
I had a few special needs and called in advance to ask for help. One of the managers Tim not only met those needs he went out of this his way to exceed them. Two young ladies at the front desk were proactive, asking what else they could do to make my stay better. They also were extremely enthusiastic and very genuine. I've stayed at this property before and will definitely return as I find the staff to be outstanding. The property is also immaculate and very nice but other properties in the area match them in this area. No one matches their service.
March 3, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Ann0310 I will pass next time...
It's disappointing when you stay a a hotel and have to pay for WiFi access and breakfast. Most hotels, in your price point, offer both as part of your stay. For the most part, I've always liked your lobby; the waterfall is very peaceful. The meeting rooms were comfortable. I will probably pass on staying again as so many other hotels offer amenities which are important to me.
October 27, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Jessyka What A Zoo
I upgraded to the Sheraton being that the prior hotel i checked in was a nightmare! (Hair in the bed,food on the floor..ect.)
Ill point out all the the things that I enjoyed first! I'm thankful that Steve at the front desk was able to allow an early check in
for me for an emergency. I had to plug in my asthma breathing machine and Steve had no problem helping me out so thank you for that!. We went to the lounge bar once and the Saturday night male bartender was very kind. When it was time for check out Jason was very kind and patient. I did take note that Jason was working up in the front alone while trying to deal with my issue,check other guest out and answer phones all at the same time! It impressed me how he kept a smile on his face and did the best he could but in my mind I was asking myself "where the heck is some more help" Just like I had been thinking to myself that entire stay at Sheraton. The room was nice to me because it was way better than what I had just checked into the day before. Now when I stay at a Sheraton in Houston,Florida and California and compare it to your Sheraton....Your location is a DUMP. All the kids that were running around that weekend uncontrolled and un supervised was uncalled for. I realize you are not the parents of these kids but management needed to step up and take control of the this wild zoo. The kids were allowed to play and run as they wished.I got hit with a basketball. We had to wait 15-20min for an elevator because the kids were joy ridding on the elevators. The Hallways were trashed.We could not enjoy the pool thanks to the wild kids busting a window. When we went down to the lounge at 10:30pm that Saturday we could not enjoy ourselves because the kids were running around the bar lounge playing tag and then on the other side of me there were kids swinging from the lounge carries like it was monkey bars. No I ask...Why did management not step up and try to take control off this zoo. Why was there not a staff member in the elevator controlling this issue. Why was there not staff walking the halls to clean up after the children.There were other guest like us there that should have not sufferd because Sheratan wanted the booking numbers. My thoughts. low staffed and poor management.If you aiming for an upper class Hotel I suggest you don't book groups like that and if so they need to be regulated.
Sunday comes and all seems to be peaceful now that the zoo has packed up and checked out. So Sunday was much more pleasant.The only downfall about Sunday was that for Mothers day we decided to enjoy lunch down at the restaurant in your lobby. We were not sure where to sit and I notice a staff member (Young girl with blond hair) just standing here smirking at us so i walked over to her and asked for help.Can you believe her response was "Ya I saw you over there and was going to just let you figure it out and after a few minutes if you couldn't I would have came and help" Mind you the place is empty. I thought that was so tacky but that would not be the last tacky thing coming out of her mouth. We ordered and that took forever and the food was cold.Before the meals came out i asked the waitress if she could bring the salads out before our meal....Her reply"Our manager wants us to bring it out all at once but since he is not here right now Ill go ahead and bring them out" Needless to say after that i just stop talking to the waitress.She had no class. The ladies that helped us at the breakfast buffet were nice but that was such a waste of $45. That food was so nasty.The hair cooked in my egg was a turn off and then I bit into one of the donuts and it was so stale. I just got up and excused myself from the table. So as your reading my overall experience was not good and I will not be returning and I will advise others not to stay there. I checked out on Sunday and request a days refund and Sheraton did comply with that but I found it tacky that the manager on duty did not come and show his face and personally apologize as if he was not concerned. So again my thoughts.... Poor management and poor staffing.
Thank you to the few staff members there that were professional!
May 18, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by Madmama2012 Bad experience
A/C did NOT work. Hot in our room & it was cooler in the hallway. Couldn't move us due to being full. Gave a refund but no other hotel s available. No free breakfast offer or anything else to make us happy. Finally had to call down to front desk for a fan & I was told don't think they had one but would check. About 30 minutes later we got a fan. Next day, the elevators were ALL messed up. Skipping floors & limited amount of people in them. Complained but they didn't do anything. Finally had to go out emergency exit to get out of the building.
August 22, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by Unsatisfied140205 Will not stay at this hotel again
Front desk staff was great at check in and check out; however, after I checked in at 8:30 pm I found my room in disarray. Either someone was already staying in the room or it had never been cleaned from the night before. Staff quickly moved me to a different room. The second room was clean and satisfactory with the exception of the heat. The only way I was not continually cold in my room was if I set the thermostat at 85 degrees - even then the room felt cold in places. The room service was also overpriced for the quantity of food received.
February 5, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by SPG01SPG SPG
I would recommend the hotel, however, when someone enters your room they should make the bed even if they are not changing the sheets. All the other places I stay do that. Also remove the food tray from the room from the night before. I was in the handicapped room and use a cane so it was hard to put it outside my room, thus should have been taken out of my room the next day. They removed towels but did not make bed or remove tray from the night before. They also wanted me to get out of my room before I was ready on the day I was leaving.
September 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by VolleyballMom Huge Thank You!
We stayed at the hotel this weekend with a large group of volleyball players. When we returned to the hotel Saturday night we were all hungry, but not having much luck finding a restaurant that could accommodate all 27 of us without a very long wait. The bar staff let us clear off the already set for breakfast tables, put the tables together and then provided us with a feast of salad, nachos, quesadillas and pizza. They really went above and beyond and it made our stay go from a good experience to OFF THE CHART! Great customer service!
May 13, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Panthercub10 Diminishing Extras
I have stayed in this hotel annually for 3 years. The first year was very nice! As SPGs we received a couple free coctails, snacks, breakfast and Wi-Fi. The seccond year, we were informed the coctails were no longer included and would have to add them to our bill. We still had snacks, breakfast and Wi-Fi. This year however, we were informed that Wi-Fi was extra as well. We could get free Wi-Fi in the ballroom during classes, but not in our rooms that we were paying for???. And we were paying quite a bit more than what we paid in previous years!!! I could get free Wi-Fi in every restaurant around town and I was only buying a meal!! The beds/pillows were wonderful, but the price keeps going up and the "extras" keep getting taken away!!! Very disappointed!
November 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by luigi This hotel has wonderful special pomotions
We have been fortunate in being able to use the birthday promotion for each of our visits. We go to Des Moines to visit family and your birthday promotion allows us to enjoy superior accomodations at an extremely reasonable rate. Family can join us for your superb breakfast buffet in the morning, and your lounge at night for a drink and conversation. Your staff is excellent.
On this trip, the absolutely only criticism is that I noticed piles of dust in the cold air return. Otherwise the room was clean and so comfortable. Thank you.
April 2, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by CyGuy82 Lower your bar
I expected more from Sheraton. Musty smell in the hallways, with stained, loose carpet. Only 2 elevators that took FOREVER. We did get a nice workout using the stairs during our 2-day stay :-) Room was okay, except the heater didn't work and maintenance couldn't do anything about it. Only stay on the 3rd floor if you enjoy the roof-top, HVAC view. We've stayed in worse, but expected more from Sheraton.
October 13, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by HappyTraveler22 Clean, up to date, solid lodging
I stayed at this hotel for a business conference. They were able to negotiate a great overnight rate. The event planners also paid for continental breakfast, break snacks and beverages, and lunches. I have to assume the breakfast and lunch were economy packages because they were pretty sparse. The beverage service was great. The rec room was well maintained, though one treadmill was not working. My stay was pleasant, comfortable bed and pillows and the meeting rooms were comfortable. I felt safe and confident staying here.
April 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Cooperaz Great place! Great location!
Former West Des Moines resident and needed to stay in the area recently. Since I was familiar with the hotel, I thought it would be the best place to stay. Wow! They have done an excellent job with this place and I would recommend it to anyone staying in the area. I was greeted immediately by Matt at the front desk when I arrived. His service was well beyond anything you'd expect in a chain hotel. All of my requests were met with a smile including an early morning check-in due to delayed flights from Dallas. The suite I stayed in was great, nice leather sofa, new TV's and very comfy beds. They have done great things with the lobby restaurant and bar area which welcomes everyone as they arrive. Housekeeping staff was very efficient, speedy and thorough. Price was right too!! :)
July 22, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by IowaMomof1 Met Expectations
Pros--Location, clean, Club Level, easiness of everything, quite
Cons--Older lady in Club Level might as well go home. She sat and read the paper the entire time. Older gentleman who worked in the Club Level was awesome!!
October 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by jamsi Achieved our expectations
We had stayed there before. We love the height, the openness. Every time I made
reservations, the person at the hotel, not the national reservation center, was very concise, pleasant and positive. Check-in was quick and easy. There was plenty of parking (even on weekends when the hotel seems full) and the rooms were large, clean
and in repair. We really like this hotel.
October 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by tjcullen weekend getaway
The staff was friendly durng our stay.
November 3, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Andrew4u Date Night
My wife and I stayed here for a date night. I'd ordered flowers to be delivered to the hotel that were supposed to be at the front desk upon check in per my request. When we checked in, they were not there and nobody knew where they were. When we got into the room, they had been put there. Kinda ruined the surprise. Also the overall hotel is pretty dirty. Stains on all the carpets give a dirty feel. Room was nice, but overall hotel was pretty dirty and in need of some overhauling. Average experience.
September 12, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Dan1313 Really only complaints on service
The problems; 1) I phoned with allergies to feathers and did not get replaced when I was out for two hours . . Had to rephone the request in. 2) Said I could check out electronically, but wasn't on the TV service, and then was put on hold to check out by phone . . . Added more time than I had.
October 17, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Ben2014 This is not a $185 hotel
Not a bad hotel, just not a value for the nightly rate. Went here for a convention. Feels more like a two decade old $75 night hotel in good condition. Way short on reception staff when I arrived. Took 15 minutes to check two people in ahead of me in line. Convention was short on space for breakouts, meetings, reception. Everything was pushed out in the main lobby. Guests not part of the conference were crashing the food and refreshments set out, raiding the tables put out by seminar hosts for trinkets. The hotel is clean, convenient, but not a good place for a conference, and certainly not worth $185 for a very simple room. And by the way, there is hardly room to swing the bathroom door shut. The door almost hits the toilet and the vanity counter. Yes, it's that kind of economy motel bath.
January 25, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by PrairieHawk How about restocking the toiletries?
I had to call the front desk to get the proper amount of large towels for our room and the bathroom toiletries were not restocked on our second day.
I called the front desk for a wake-up call on the first day of our stay and the phone never rang. Fortunately, I set the alarm on my cell phone and we didn't miss our daughter's volleyball tournament start time. This hotel is not even near any of the volleyball venues in Des Moines, so I'm not even sure why we stay there.
Not worth the value.....
March 24, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Rancher The only Starwood property in the area
So there really is not much choice if one wants to stay at a Starwood property in Central Iowa. That said, this basic 1980's or 1990's hotel is not bad. The front desk staff is friendly and competent. The lounge was radically understaffed and grossly overcrowded. The suite I was upgraded to had neither a refrigerator nor microwave. As a platinum, I was given the best suite in the house without asking....an increasing rarity among Starwood properties. Everything worked! The place is spotless.
April 6, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Crfonck Good Stay With A Few Exceptions
Enjoyed the hotel overall. Used a combination of points and cash for a club level room, which was good overall. Now the exceptions. Bed was pretty hard and uncomfortable...not what you usually get at a Starwood hotel. The attendant in the club room made several disparaging comments about the food she was serving, not only to us but to others in the room. Very odd to hear the club room employee talk about how bad she thought the bacon was, or how the eggs are reconstituted and far from fresh.
August 4, 2013