400 Locust Street, Suite 265
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
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There is so much to do. It is a very hip city. We love it.
Walkability - the new convention space is centrally located on the beautiful Des Moines river, with a new river walk connecting users to restaurants, shopping, entertainment district and ball park. The Riverwalk connects to 300 miles of trails (Bike rentals available throughout downtown) allowing runners easy access to nearby lakes and parks. Four miles of climate controlled skywalks make getting around downtown convenient when weather forces us indoors.
Super, booming downtown, all ages mixing it up downtown, major job opportunities all through the metro,
Des Moines is a friendly, beautiful, thriving Midwestern city with an eclectic cultural offering. Professional services are easily accessible.
Because Des Moines is truly unique and has all the elements for continued growth and great hotels and the friendliest people in the world.
We have so much to offer out of town guests, great lodging accommodations, great meeting space all over the area and some of the best dining you will see in the midwest. Come stay with us, we would love to have you!
Easy to navigate by car or on foot; Great restaurants and establishments; Fun and Friendly people
It takes little time (less than 20 min anywhere) to get to so many forms of entertainment you prefer and there are a large variety of entertainment options available for a small market city. Plus, THE DOWNTOWN FARMER'S MARKET RULES!!!!!
Des Moines has so much to offer young professionals like myself. From exciting nightlife and entertainment to affordable housing and professional opportunities, I'm proud to call Des Moines home. I've traveled to larger cities that do not offer what Des Moines does. It's a big plus feeling safe downtown as well. I chose to stay in Des Moines after college to build a career as well as a family.
Des Moines is centrally-located so it's easy to get to and easy to get around. There are so many things to catch in Des Moines, from locally-owned restaurants with mouthwatering flair to eclectic shopping boutiques. Plus attractions, comfy hotels and never-ending festivals. Plus gorgeous meeting space options perfect for any planner. Des Moines is all that and more!
Easy access, friendly people, clean city and an abundance of activities for families and young professionals including our farmer's market, Civic Center, shows and annual sporting events.
It offers something for everyone - fabulous theater in a number of venues, connecting trails throughout the area, wonderful local restaurants, popular name recognition stores, and sports galore for participants as well as spectators. We see noted athletes in golf, track and field, baseball, basketball and hockey. The city is easy to get around in, find parking and has many outdoor events. What more could you ask for!
Most accommodating, centrally located, affordable and a hidden gem. Lots of culture.
Not only are our facilities adaptable to all group sizes, but we have the best in service!
There is never a dull moment. There is something to do here for everyone no matter the age. The people are friendly and accommodating. It is just an overall good time.
Lots to do downtown. Easy to get around. Clean and great food.
Filled with the top dining, arts and culture, this financial and tech leader provides urban amenities with close, convenient spaces and affordability.
Des Moines has so many offerings. With great hotels, fantastic restaurants and tons of cultural organizations - Des Moines has it all.
Des Moines is a thriving and growing area for all walks of life. From vibrant art and culture to the serious and progressive business and start-up community -- Des Moines has everything to offer.
All of the recent renovations at hotels, major changes in the downtown area making it a great place for groups to go before or after meetings. There is also the Farmer's Market that is one of the best in the country.
Des Moines is not only convenient for many states to access, but it also has a surprising amount of amenities including restaurants, museums and cultural gems.
Des Moines offers a vibrant atmosphere for meeting attendees among its eclectic restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and lodging. There is something for everyone in Downtown Des Moines that would enhance their meeting experience and stay.
Incredible opportunities for young professionals, a vested interest in providing a clean and safe environment for its residents and is affordable for most.
Location is excellent, two major Interstates pass through, I35 and I80. Large number of restaurants, many cultures represented. Accommodations are reasonably priced. Within the city you can travel anywhere in 20 minutes. Downtown environment is excellent. Small airport and seldom long lines. Facilities and staff always friendly and welcoming!
Variety of meeting locations, dining options, scenery/atmosphere, ease of access to highways, travel/commute time is minimal, traffic is minimal, hotels are plentiful at all levels, plenty to see and do for entertainment.
It is in the center of the country, therefore easy for everyone to get to. It is more reasonably priced than most capital cities. It is a walkable city but it also is easy to get around in. There are lots of cultural and sports events to attend and lots of public art.
There is a lot to do and the re-vitalization of Downtown Des Moines and East Village is truly amazing!
Innovative, not too small and not too big.
Great location - central to the US; Easy access to convention space (from freeway, skywalks, convenient parking), Plenty of hotels both in downtown and within 15 minutes of convention center, Located between two rivers (bridges, ball parks, trails); Skywalks which connect arenas, convention space and restaurants; Ease in transporting people around the city (manageable traffic); Minor league sports (baseball, hockey, basketball); Civic Center downtown (broadway shows, plays, concerts), Affordable hotel rooms, restaurants and transportation; DSM's experience hosting big events (NCAA Track and Field, NCAA Wrestling Finals...)
Has all you need. Ballet, symphony, bike trails, arts, river walk and home of the World Food Prize headquarters. Great hotels and meeting venues.
It's the perfect size--small enough to travel around, small enough to know lots of movers and shakers, big enough to offer all the amenities of large cities, one of the friendliest places in the world, AND it has a fantastic library!
Des Moines is a thriving economic engine in the midwest that combines a redeveloped downtown with vibrant suburbs. It has a growing arts and cultural presence, and the region has a business community, a regional chamber and local governments that work together like nowhere else I have ever seen.
Because we call shotgun on being the best.
Great nightlife and places to eat, huge young professional presence, vibrant and rapidly growing downtown, no traffic anywhere and suburbs are close, great schools, many large corporations investing in the town, music festivals, bike trails and amazingly nice people everywhere
There are great restaurants and events. The bike trails are a good source of connecting the whole city. There are lots of people and businesses within the city who are willing to step up the plate and take responsibility for growth. Plus there is a cool winery in the middle of the city!
Great city with all the amenities. Lots of activities both inside and out. Wonderful energy and a sense things are always getting better.
Des Moines has all the flair of a larger city, with a small town smile and sense of safety and security. Des Moines has proven it's ability to serve as host city to all types of events from major sporting tournaments to festivals. And we Des Moinesians love having you here!
Downtown has the best Marriott service EVER! From planning to executing to follow up, their thorough, well trained team helps me, as a planner, have a more relaxed experience.
Des Moines has everything you want to find in a city. Variety of meeting venues and convention, exhibit space. More than 10,000 hotel rooms. Outstanding local flavors and eateries. Central location in the Midwest and nation. Affordable and convenient. What you find in Des Moines is a big city that doesn't act too big.
Des Moines surprises visitors with its big city attributes that are more accessible than a big city. It offers what you don’t expect from a city. Des Moines is easy. Easy to get around. It’s safe and affordable. It’s easy to experience more. It’s easy to catch more! Iowa's capital city is easily accessible from all corners of the country.
To put it simply; Des Moines is a city where seeds are planted, great talent thrives, new ideas are sparked and culture is embraced. Des Moines offers a vibrant and metropolitan atmosphere, with a handshake and welcoming perspective to culminate your experience.
Des Moines has all the necessities to make any meeting, any size, a successful and smooth transition. From event centers, hotels, entertainment, great caterers....you will find everything you need and with exceptional coordinating skills.
There is so much to do outdoors or indoors. Iowa people are very down to earth and hospitable, you'll feel very welcomed when coming to Des Moines.
Vibrant urban center with plenty of art, culture and entertainment. Easy to navigate, clean and safe. Central location. Fantastic CVB and hospitality community. Home of Zombie Burger and Drink Lab.
Hotels, restaurants and various things to do make Des Moines a great place to meet.
Convenient and Up-&-Coming is the best way to describe Des Moines.
Great accommodations condensed into a small area. Easy to get around! You can go from Downtown Des Moines to West Des Moines Suburb in 10 minutes! The people are amazing ...genuinely happy to host you! CVB is also very dedicated to the community and planners.
Des Moines is simply the best city - a lot of different activities to do, friendly people, and much to see.
It's a very cultured city that makes young professionals feel at home without having the hassles of a typical big city.
Des Moines has revived it's downtown area and provides an array of dining, entertainment, shopping, and lodging options. The eclectic areas of East Village, Court Avenue, and the Western Gateway enhance the attractiveness of the area. In addition, traveling to, from and around Des Moines is simple and easy. If you can't find what you are looking for in Downtown, head west to Jordan Creek Town Center or West Glen for more options! These options are all very affordable and can meet almost any need. The folks in Des Moines are hospitable, friendly, and genuine when we welcome you to our city.
Walkable, even in the snow. Wonderful cuisine within walking distances downtown. Friendly hosts and citizens of the city.
Friendly people, reasonable rates, lots of activities after hours. 10 minutes to anywhere in Great Des Moines Area. Downtown after hours rocks. Lots for families to do as well. Favorites are Sheraton West Des Moines and Ramada Inn Downtown. FREE PARKING!
The best city to view a 34 million public art display !!
The people are the most friendly I have ever seen. They bend over backwards to make you feel at home.
Great people to work with and a very clean city.
An undiscovered gem. Surprisingly sophisticated, but with an inherent appreciation of simple joys. Something for everyone can be found in the greater metro area!
Des Moines, Iowa is the best and most friendliest place on Earth! The people are so easy to work with.
Des Moines offers the amenities of a big city but with the luxuries of a small town. Our airport is easy to navigate. We have great hotels, awesome local restaurants and retail, and most of all, numerous places to hold a meeting! We have large convention spaces, as well as quaint spaces overlooking our lovely city.
Brilliant performing arts. Global caliber Norman Borloug World Food Prize, Vibrant young professionals population. Largest state fair in the world. Home of Meredith publishing a harbinger of great publishing. Low unemployment.
Des Moines has the majority of amenities of a big city and the midwest hospitality of a small town
Friendly people with great hospitality, easy-to-navigate roads and streets, close access to airport, hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing. A big interest in "local" meaning delicious restaurants serving dishes with local ingredients, breweries in the Des Moines metro and dozens of nearby wineries producing great wines made with Iowa-grown grapes.
Many things: downtown is beautiful with the river walk, skywalk, East Village; Lots of attractions in the Greater Metro area; Great choice of restaurants and hotels.
Des Moines has a small town feel plus the amenities of a big city. The city has an international airport and a multitude of conveniently-located meeting sites, hotels and restaurants. The people are friendly, transportation is handy, scenery is beautiful and the downtown is vibrant.
Des Moines is a progressive, impressive City, with a vibrant downtown. Visitors (and residents) find Des Moines to be safe, clean, friendly and affordable.
We have many hotels, attractions, a skywalk system for all kinds of weather, Restaurants for any ethnic palate, friendly people, good facilities that will work with you to make your stay the very best! Come to Des Moines for your meetings and conventions!
Iowa is the best place to visit as well as live!!
Through my work and personal travels, I've been to a lot of cities in the Midwest. Of everywhere I've been, Des Moines is a city that makes me proud to call home. I love hearing from those that have never traveled to Des Moines before, because once they've been here, they're already scheduling their next trip back!
We have so much to offer and we are definitely a catchy surprise to anyone that hasn't been here before.
Des Moines is an amazing city located in the center of the country with easy access from two major interstates. It offers many opportunities for meeting spaces and places to eat, dine and much more. Known for many top rankings from a variety of sources, Des Moines accommodates all ages, races and cultures.
There is so much to do! Clean, Safe, Friendly, Affordable
This city has great atmosphere to bring events to. You will see that Iowans are friendly and most welcoming. Our great location in the heart of the U.S will make for easy travel from any state.
Des Moines, IA is full of very friendly people with a nice diversity mix of the population in the metro. Nice venues to hold meetings and other events at in the core of the metro and also on the fringe areas. Traffic on the streets, freeways/expressways, and interstates make it very enjoyable to drive and less time in a taxi. Des Moines is also nice located within a few hours drive and very easy commuting from other cities like the Twin Cities, MN, Kansas City MO/KS, Omaha NE, and a tad farther, but easy commute to Chicago and St. Louis.
You get the big city feel and the Midwest hospitality all in one.
Fresh, Hip and Happening. Great city with all the amenities of a first tier city!
Des Moines is just an all-around great city with a friendly vibe!
There is SO much to do - easy to see more without taking a lot of time. Big city feel without being in a HUGE city. Shopping. Restaurants. Attractions. So much to catch in Des Moines.
Des Moines is a city with a vibe. After meetings all day there is a 'cityful' of things to do by night.
Great things going on in Des Moines! Plenty of interesting activities around town.
Love this city. Awesome downtown with the BEST farmers market ever!
Because of all the development - we have so many great venues for meetings. The downtown area has so much to do and see.
It is inexpensive, easy to navigate and has a TON of shopping and nightlife for guests to enjoy after their event. Des Moines is also very conveniently located at the crossroads of interstates 80 and 35, and has an international airport. One of the best places to live and work, with a rich history of art and culture that is so much easier to access than many larger cities!
Great meeting spaces, nice hotels, wonderful upcoming restaurants, and so much energy!
We have the largest convention center and arena in Iowa located in downtown Des Moines. A safe, friendly and walkable city with plenty to experience.
Great facilities, great amenities, great people! Centrally located in the midwest, Des Moines offers visitors comfortable and affordable accommodations with a wide variety of activities throughout the area provided by great people offering quality services.
A great place to raise a family and great health care. It has everything that you would ever need. I feel very safe living here.
You can stay at location close to all meeting areas. Des Moines is a great City; Safe and never too far away from a good time!!
We have everything you could want or need.
We have great amenities, amazing attractions and a top notch CVB staff that always delivers.
The facilities and people of Des Moines are second-to-none.
Small city with a large city feel. A lot going on culturally. Easy to get around.
Des Moines is the new up and coming place for business professionals and entrepreneurs. The city of Des Moines offers so many opportunities and things to do.
Des Moines is great and it offers so many things to do!
It has a little bit of everything. You can't beat being centrally located, having friendly people to greet you and lower costs to host and plan an event.
Centrally located between Chicago, Kansas City and Minneapolis. Can be a drive market compared to flying which can save on expenses. Always a plus with meeting planners. Not to mention all that Des Moines has to offer.
Many activities, easy to get around, good restaurants
Plenty of amenities
Des Moines is a central, affordable and exciting location. Great food, shops and public art can be found around the city!
Classy, clean, outstanding restaurants, great for running/biking/walking trails and parks.