$59 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Sep 26, 2014 Check-out: Sep 28, 2014

Days Inn Des Moines/Merle Hay

2 stars
4845 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, IA 50322-1966
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
2.8
out of 5
36 reviews
Great, as always!

Been staying here off and on for the past year and always have a decent stay. Clean and friendly,... See full review

  • DMA1974
  • Apr 12, 2013
They remembered me...

My experience was a good one. I didn't need total luxury, just a room for a night. However my stay... See full review

  • majesticbob
  • Sep 4, 2011
Budget Des Moines hotel offers free breakfast, Wi-Fi, on-site lounge
The Days Inn Des Moines/Merle Hay offers convenient access to Interstate 35 and is near several restaurants and shopping. The budget hotel offers free Wi-Fi, in-room coffee-makers and expanded cable with HBO. Other perks include the free continental breakfast, an indoor pool, a whirlpool, a game room and on-site Derry's Lounge Bar open until 2 a.m. Parking is free at Days Inn Des Moines/Merle Hay.
Highlights
  • Des Moines hotel near Interstate 35, restaurants and shopping
  • Free Wi-Fi and expanded cable with HBO
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Indoor pool and whirlpool
  • On-site Derry's Lounge Bar
Location
The Days Inn Des Moines/Merle Hay offers convenient access to Interstate 35 and is near several restaurants and shopping. The hotel is about a 15-minute drive from downtown Des Moines.
Rooms
The interior-corridor rooms at the Days Inn Des Moines/Merle Hay include queen rooms with a microwave and refrigerator, king rooms, and two queen rooms. All have a cable television with HBO, free high-speed wireless Internet and in-room coffee-makers. Pets are not allowed.
Features
Start the morning off right with the free deluxe continental breakfast at Days Inn Des Moines/Merle Hay. An indoor pool and whirlpool (7 a.m. to 10 p.m.) sweeten your stay. Derry's Lounge Bar is open from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., and there are several nearby restaurants.
Transportation
  • Des Moines International Airport (10.6 mi/17.1 km)
Attractions
  • Des Moines Art Center (5.3 mi/8.5 km)
  • Drake University (5.5 mi/8.8 km)
  • Des Moines Botanical Center (7.5 mi/12 km)
  • Wells Fargo Arena and Iowa Events Center (7.5 mi/12 km)
  • Jordan House (7.6 mi/12.3 km)
  • Des Moines Civic Center (7.8 mi/12.5 km)
  • Science Center of Iowa (8.1 mi/13 km)
  • Principal Park (8.3 mi/13.3 km)
  • Iowa State Capitol (8.5 mi/13.6 km)
  • Iowa State Fairgrounds (11.2 mi/18 km)
Business
  • Free Wi-Fi

Hotel Map

41.6485 -93.6962
Area description
Entertainment district

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Amenities

  • High-speed internet
  • Heated pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
Air conditioned
No smoking rooms/facilities
Free local telephone calls
Ice machine
Activities
Heated pool
Jacuzzi
Game room
Dining
Coffee maker in room
Vending machines
Services
Guest laundromat
Conference facilities
Internet
High-speed internet
Parking
Parking
Outdoor parking
Accessibility
Accessible facilities
Wheel chair access
Accessible parking
Room
AM/FM alarm clock
Desk with lamp
Free newspaper
Microwave
TV remote control
Cribs available
Ironing board

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
02:00 PM
Check-out:
11:00 AM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (36)

Ratings and reviews for Days Inn Des Moines/Merle Hay

Overall score

2.7 / 5
5.01.0
9 out of 36
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3.2
Hotel staff:
3.4
Room comfort:
3.3
Location:
3.8
Value:
3.3

56% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Rome32
Business
Joliet, Illinois
Aug 3, 2014

Quick Stop

It's a great place if you need a quick place to stay, but for double the peoce od some cheaper chains it is not worth it. The staff was not the friendliest, I asked if there was a local nall near with a theatre & the attendant said "Can'tyou look it up?" The breakfast was microwavable and not fresh.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Drive 15 minutes to the West Des Moines location for great food and shopping choices.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
DMA1974
Business
Kansas City
Apr 12, 2013

Great, as always!

Been staying here off and on for the past year and always have a decent stay. Clean and friendly, close to where I need to be.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Days Inn Des Moines/Merle Hay

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
mpls,mn
Jun 27, 2011

good value,work crew friendly

clean,comfortable,very convenient,hot showers,friendly staff.close to food and liquor.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Daytona next door great food

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Review of Days Inn Des Moines/Merle Hay

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Des moines IA
May 24, 2011

accomodating

Everyone was very nice and helpful.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Days Inn Des Moines/Merle Hay

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Go po pa
Business
Phx, Az
Jan 4, 2011

Not for everyone

This is a very old hotal that looks more like a college dorm. This place needs a work over. The smell of cleaning solutions is enough to make you sick. This is not a family hotel or for business travlers. If you need a place to sleep and a bath, this is a place for you. If you are here on business or with your family stay away.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
2
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Days Inn Des Moines/Merle Hay

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Mukwonago, WI
Oct 11, 2010

Good food, leaky sink, & friendly roach

Good continental breakfast with clean dining facility with tables that were not wobbly. I stayed in a non-smoking room which was the first time that I have ever done this: the room smelled of cigarette smoke, and there were cigarette burns on the carpet and chairs. There was a leak under the sink that I noticed the last night there and there was a cockroach that came out in the bathroom. I cannot comment on the staff's response to them because I did not have time to make mention of it. The bed was clean, as were the sheets. The hotel was reasonably quite and had a nice gameroom, pool and vending machines throughout. The road in front of the building was under construction, but it is in a nice location in relationship to the city.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Days Inn Des Moines/Merle Hay

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
'B'
Business
chicago
May 16, 2010

Clean, tidy room, reasonable value

booked on [...]. checked in late. easy check in. room clean and comfortable. reasonable size for this type of functional, simple hotel. breakfast typical. nothing great but cup of coffee and banana before hitting road again. saw other end of hotel with a games/smoking room. Maybe at that end it might have been noisy (as i had seen in some reviews) but at our end it was fine.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Days Inn Des Moines/Merle Hay

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Ohio
Apr 19, 2010

Average Motel, Unprofessional Service

Was traveling on business and booked through [...]. I accept responsibility for making a mistake and clicking "back" while it was processing, which of course, made for a double booking of the exact same room. The booking was made one minute apart with the same card and the same name. [...] talked to the hotel owner he was unwilling to let the second room be cancelled, eventhough it was obvious I only needed one room. Would never return to a place that doesn't have enough business sense to know that a good review or a happy customer can make for even more customers. The motel itself is simply an average Days Inn room. Nothing special.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
2
Location:
2
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Days Inn Des Moines/Merle Hay

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
lead dog
Business
Nashville, MI
Sep 23, 2009

The right place

This was the ideal location for us. The hotel could not have been any easier to find. It is easy on and off of I-80 and close to good restaurants. The staff was friendly and helpful. We have stayed here in the past and hope to again in the future.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Best food is right across the street.

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