I have been to Des Moines several times for business over the past few years. The distance from Chicago is about 300 miles or about a 5 hour car ride. This time I was flying in from Fargo, North Dakota and so driving was not at option. Therefore, since my plane was arriving at about 9:30 p.m. that night I didn't want to have to travel very far for a hotel. I was pleased to see that there was a brand new Fairfield Inn and Suites right at the edge of the airport property and since I am a Marriott member was able to get points for this stay as well.
Arriving by 10:00 p.m. in a rental car, I put about 1.3 miles on the car from the airport. The hotel has a free airport shuttle, but since I needed a car the next morning I did not take the shuttle.
Unique Quality: The rooms are nicely equipped as you would expect any new hotel especially near an airport. The room had a 32" high definition TV, desk area and typical ammenities.
Upon check in I received a free drink coupon for Johnny's Italian Steak House next door which I promptly said thanks, but no thanks as I don't need to have a drink after a flight or just before bed. But if I was thirsty or hungry I could have walked next door or even had room service from Johnny's
Didn't stay long enough to try out the pool or exercise facilities on site.
I did have the complimentary breakfast the next morning. Nice Breakfast Bar area and items such as breakfast sandwiches, belgium waffles, cold or hot cereal, yoghurt, coffee, juices, etc. are available.
Directions: At the edge of the Des Moines area airport
101 East Locust Street, Des Moines
6880 Fleur Dr, Des Moines Airport, Des Moines
700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines
4755 Merle Hay Road, I-80/I-35, Exit131, Des Moines
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Address: 6880 Fleur Dr, Des Moines Airport, Des Moines, Iowa, 50321, United States