Review: AC Hotel Des Moines East Village

A couple of weeks ago I spent Saturday night in Des Moines, Iowa. Last time I was in Des Moines I reviewed the Des Moines Marriott Downtown so I wanted to try out a different hotel this time.

I booked one night at the AC Hotel Des Moines East Village for $275 after taxes and fees. Anything over $200 a night always makes me cringe, but I kept telling myself "Do it for the blog, do it for the blog..."

FOR THE SAKE OF PASSENGERPOLDBEG.COM

FOR THE SAKE OF PASSENGERPOLDBEG.COM

This hotel has only been open for about a year, so it's almost brand new. It's located in one of the most up and coming areas of Des Moines, East Village. I really like the location of this hotel and I think it plays a factor in the price.

AC HOTEL DES MOINES EAST VILLAGE

AC HOTEL DES MOINES EAST VILLAGE

The check-in desk is located immediately in front of you when you walk through the doors. Both sides of the steps are adorned with giant, steel dogs. I immediately knew this hotel was going to be what I would consider "Chic."

AC HOTEL DES MOINES EAST VILLAGE

AC HOTEL DES MOINES EAST VILLAGE

PETTING THE "GUARD DOGS"

PETTING THE "GUARD DOGS"

The impressive lobby continued to the left with a couple of couches, a pool table, bar, and breakfast area.

AC HOTEL DES MOINES EAST VILLAGE

AC HOTEL DES MOINES EAST VILLAGE

Elizabeth and I were assigned room 426 so we took the elevators up to the fourth floor to check it out.

AC HOTEL DES MOINES EAST VILLAGE

AC HOTEL DES MOINES EAST VILLAGE

The chic trend continued in the rooms.. The bathroom was located immediately to your left upon entering. It had a nice big counter and a great shower. The shower had both a rainforest and regular shower head.

AC HOTEL DES MOINES EAST VILLAGE

AC HOTEL DES MOINES EAST VILLAGE

AC HOTEL DES MOINES EAST VILLAGE

AC HOTEL DES MOINES EAST VILLAGE

To the right was a storage area for hanging clothes, a safe, and a refrigerator.

AC HOTEL DES MOINES EAST VILLAGE

AC HOTEL DES MOINES EAST VILLAGE

Past the entryway was the bed. I'd like to note that the bed and pillows felt like heaven, especially after a long night of adult beverages. Across from the bed was a TV and a long bench.

AC HOTEL DES MOINES EAST VILLAGE

AC HOTEL DES MOINES EAST VILLAGE

AC HOTEL DES MOINES EAST VILLAGE

AC HOTEL DES MOINES EAST VILLAGE

Next to the bed was a couch with a coffee table and a desk. The couch also doubles as a pull out bed (the extra bedding is located on top of the storage area). So in all reality you could potentially sleep four in this room.

AC HOTEL DES MOINES EAST VILLAGE

AC HOTEL DES MOINES EAST VILLAGE

AC HOTEL DES MOINES EAST VILLAGE

AC HOTEL DES MOINES EAST VILLAGE

The floors in the room seemed like a soft wood. I think the lack of carpet and minimalist design added to the sleek impression of the entire hotel.

The AC Hotel also had one of the nicest hotel gyms I've ever seen. They had plenty of cardio equipment, dumbbells, and even some cable machines. I didn't get a workout in, but you definitely could if you needed to.

AC HOTEL DES MOINES EAST VILLAGE

AC HOTEL DES MOINES EAST VILLAGE

AC HOTEL DES MOINES EAST VILLAGE

AC HOTEL DES MOINES EAST VILLAGE

AC HOTEL DES MOINES EAST VILLAGE

AC HOTEL DES MOINES EAST VILLAGE

The sixth floor of the hotel is home to an extremely popular rooftop bar. Elizabeth and I went up there to grab a drink after checking in and couldn't even find a spot! I talked to some Des Moines residents and it seemed like it's a pretty popular place.

All-In-All

AC Hotels are definitely a brand that focuses on style and simplicity. They provide the necessary hotel amenities in a cool, hip way. If you're looking for an upscale from the norm, then I think the AC Hotel Des Moines East Village could be the spot for you.

What's your favorite hotel in Des Moines, Iowa?