Meet Where History Was Made
Hotel Fort Des Moines has a rich legacy of hosting iconic events on the level of Presidents and international leaders. Let us ensure your events meet the same standards.
We feature over 13,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, including our century-old Grand Ballroom with a maximum of 800 guests. Apart from an elegant décor, our stylish venues also have state-of-the-art audio-visual capabilities, premium WiFi, and other amenities. Flexible for events of all sizes, our nine rooms can host from large conferences to private functions, cocktail parties, receptions, board meetings, and more.
Iconic Venues in Downtown Des Moines
Built originally in 1919, the restored Grand Ballroom is an iconic, historic event venue in Des Moines and can comfortably host up to 800 guests. Our most significant event space is ideal for setting up large conferences.
Area: 4,200 sq. ft.
Capacity (Max.): 800
This ballroom offers a more formal setting for your events of up to 80 guests. The closed environment and multiple entry points are best for banquets or exhibits.
Area: 1,740 sq. ft.
Capacity (Max.): 220
The Walnut Boardroom has built-in table connectivity and a 56-inch television. The venue offers an exclusive setting for boardroom meetings for up to 14 members.
Area: 300 sq. ft.
Capacity (Max.): 14
The ample pre-function space provides a balcony view of the hotel's living room and is ideal for cocktail receptions, vendor tables, or a unique dinner setting. A similar pre-function area accompanies both the Grand Ballroom and Wedgewood Ballroom.
Area: 2,040 sq. ft. (largest)
Capacity (Max.): 200
The Courtyard allows for intimate outdoor gatherings of up to 100 guests, accessible from the Reading Room or the elegant staircase balcony of the Grand Ballroom.
Area: 1,360 sq. ft.
Capacity (Max.): 120
Feel like you are hosting an event in your home with our unique Reading Room meeting space, complete with the most refined décor and soft seating arrangements for up to 30 guests.
Area: 1,200 sq. ft.
Capacity (Max.): 40
Adjacent to the Reading Room, our Study includes a custom-designed conference table for 20 guests with connectivity at each seat, ideal for meetings or private dining service.