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Where Great Stories Unfold

Step back into history and celebrate the return of an icon, where worldly wanderers gather and visionaries find inspiration. Stay where celebrities like Elvis and Johnny Cash once stayed before taking the stage at sold out shows. Where John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson once ate dinner and met on domestic policy. Founded in 1919 to rival the greatest hotels of the era, Hotel Fort Des Moines is a perfectly preserved landmark where history is both celebrated and made.

For a century, the hotel has stood as a beacon amid the Des Moines community, delighting a world-class guest list. Through sedulous efforts, it has been thoughtfully transformed and meticulously preserved, from the retro light fixtures adorning the rooms and gathering spaces, to the ornate furnishings that reflect the hotel's origins. This iconic destination, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, beckons distinguished guests and curious travelers from across the globe, celebrating a storied past while anticipating the myriad of stories yet to unfold.

Amenities

Amenities
  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Digital Key
  • On-site Restaurants
  • Fitness Center
  • Business Center
  • Meeting Rooms
  • 60 inch Smart TVs
  • Connected to Skywalk
  • Coffee & Wine Bar
Amenities

Rooms

Every journey has a story. Make yours distinct. Find your refuge in the city where time comes to a standstill, surrounded by captivating views of downtown. Stay in rooms that effortlessly blend the timeless and the modern, evoking a telling past while granting all of life's fineries.

  • KING BED

    Our single king-sized bed guest room blends modern class with historic charm to create an inviting, relaxing, and luxurious experience. Amenities include: HDTV, Bluetooth alarm clock radio with MP3 connection, chair and ottoman, work desk, and a two-line phone with voicemail.

    KING BED

    Our single king-sized bed guest room blends modern class with historic charm to create an inviting, relaxing, and luxurious experience. Amenities include: HDTV, Bluetooth alarm clock radio with MP3 connection, chair and ottoman, work desk, and a two-line phone with voicemail.

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  • QUEEN BEDS

    Our room with two queen-sized beds is beautifully decorated and includes HDTV, Bluetooth alarm clock radio with MP3 connection, chair and ottoman, work desk, two-line phones with voicemail, in-room safe, coffeemaker, mini-fridge, iron with ironing board, and a hairdryer.

    QUEEN BEDS

    Our room with two queen-sized beds is beautifully decorated and includes HDTV, Bluetooth alarm clock radio with MP3 connection, chair and ottoman, work desk, two-line phones with voicemail, in-room safe, coffeemaker, mini-fridge, iron with ironing board, and a hairdryer.

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  • KING BED CORNER ROOM

    Our spacious king-sized bed corner room provides more space to unwind and natural light to enjoy the views of downtown Des Moines. Amenities include: HDTV, Bluetooth alarm clock radio with MP3 connection, chair and ottoman, work desk, two-line phone with voicemail, and in-room safe.

    KING BED CORNER ROOM

    Our spacious king-sized bed corner room provides more space to unwind and natural light to enjoy the views of downtown Des Moines. Amenities include: HDTV, Bluetooth alarm clock radio with MP3 connection, chair and ottoman, work desk, two-line phone with voicemail, and in-room safe.

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  • King Bed With Writer’s Nook

    Need some time to yourself? Our king bed hideaway room is the perfect space. Our unique writer's nook features a cozy, all-brick sitting area for guests to relax and unwind in peace. Additional amenities include: HDTV, Bluetooth alarm clock radio with MP3 connection, chair and ottoman, and work desk.

    King Bed With Writer’s Nook

    Need some time to yourself? Our king bed hideaway room is the perfect space. Our unique writer's nook features a cozy, all-brick sitting area for guests to relax and unwind in peace. Additional amenities include: HDTV, Bluetooth alarm clock radio with MP3 connection, chair and ottoman, and work desk.

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  • King Bed Studio Suite

    Whether you are entertaining guests, vacationing with the family, or looking to catch up with old friends, our King Studio Suite can meet your needs. With a large sitting area and sofa, our studio offers the perfect amount of space. Additional amenities include: HDTV and Bluetooth alarm clock radio.

    King Bed Studio Suite

    Whether you are entertaining guests, vacationing with the family, or looking to catch up with old friends, our King Studio Suite can meet your needs. With a large sitting area and sofa, our studio offers the perfect amount of space. Additional amenities include: HDTV and Bluetooth alarm clock radio.

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  • Queen Beds Studio Suite

    Our studio suite with two queen beds offers space for the whole family. Amenities include: sitting area, HDTV, Bluetooth alarm clock radio with MP3 connection, chair and ottoman, work desk, two-line phones with voicemail, in-room safe, coffeemaker, mini-fridge, iron with ironing board, and a hairdryer.

    Queen Beds Studio Suite

    Our studio suite with two queen beds offers space for the whole family. Amenities include: sitting area, HDTV, Bluetooth alarm clock radio with MP3 connection, chair and ottoman, work desk, two-line phones with voicemail, in-room safe, coffeemaker, mini-fridge, iron with ironing board, and a hairdryer.

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  • King One-Bedroom Presidential Suite

    Using preserved materials and artifacts that are original to the 1918 construction, guests will feel that they have stepped into the era of prohibition. This two room suite offers 1.5 baths, a small kitchenette with microwave, refrigerator and wet bar, dining area and fireplace.

    King One-Bedroom Presidential Suite

    Using preserved materials and artifacts that are original to the 1918 construction, guests will feel that they have stepped into the era of prohibition. This two room suite offers 1.5 baths, a small kitchenette with microwave, refrigerator and wet bar, dining area and fireplace.

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  • King Bed Mobility Accessible With Bathtub

    This mobility accessible standard room features one king-sized bed and an accessible tub.

    King Bed Mobility Accessible With Bathtub

    This mobility accessible standard room features one king-sized bed and an accessible tub.

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  • King Bed Hearing Accessible

    This hearing accessible standard room features one king bed. The room also has a visual alarm, and notification devices for the doorbell or door knock and incoming telephone calls.

    King Bed Hearing Accessible

    This hearing accessible standard room features one king bed. The room also has a visual alarm, and notification devices for the doorbell or door knock and incoming telephone calls.

    BOOK NOW for King Bed Hearing Accessible
  • King Bedroom Suite Mobility/Hearing Accessible with Roll-In Shower

    This mobility and hearing accessible standard suite features one king bed, and a roll-in shower. The room also has a visual alarm, and notification devices for the doorbell or door knock and incoming telephone calls.

    King Bedroom Suite Mobility/Hearing Accessible with Roll-In Shower

    This mobility and hearing accessible standard suite features one king bed, and a roll-in shower. The room also has a visual alarm, and notification devices for the doorbell or door knock and incoming telephone calls.

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  • Queen Mobility Accessible w/ Roll In Shower

    This mobility accessible standard room features two queen-sized beds and a roll in shower.

    Queen Mobility Accessible w/ Roll In Shower

    This mobility accessible standard room features two queen-sized beds and a roll in shower.

    BOOK NOW for Queen Mobility Accessible w/ Roll In Shower
Meetings & Events

Meetings & Events

We’ve given room to big ideas since 1919. Host productive board meetings in our Walnut Boardroom or inspired conferences in our Study, featuring a custom designed conference table for up to 20 attendees with connectivity at each seat. Our large pre-function space is ideal for vendor tables.

Weddings

Weddings

Our ballroom met Elizabeth Taylor’s standards. Envision your dream day and let our team make it a reality. Host a ceremony or reception in our iconic Grand Ballroom with windows that flood the space with natural light. Customize a catering menu to match your theme and taste and let our staff handle the details.

Dining & Drinks

Dining & Drinks

  • Proudfoot & Bird

    Proudfoot & Bird

    Serving handmade pastas, humanely raised poultry, waterfowl, prime cuts of beef, sustainably caught seafood and locally sourced produce, Proudfoot & Bird's menu consists of world-class fare. Timeless cocktails, local/regional beer selections, and a carefully curated list of award-winning wines have been chosen to pair perfectly with our culinary vision.

  • Hobnob Coffee and Wine Bar

    Hobnob Coffee and Wine Bar

    With an ambiance blending the casual European countryside and approachable elegance, this is a space to be enjoyed and relished. Sip locally roasted coffee and enjoy a quiet rendezvous, where memorable conversation, sharable cuisine, and award-winning wines are on offer.

Offers

  • BESPOKE LUXURY

    Add our unique story to yours. Discover a world where the past and present merge seamlessly and tailor your trip to your exacting standards. Exceed all expectations in an urban refuge where discovery abounds. See what we have to offer.

    BESPOKE LUXURY

Nearby Experiences

Stay in the center of downtown near the Des Moines Civic Center, lowa Events Center, and Wells Fargo Arena.

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