Ramada Tropics Resort / Conference Center Des Moines ★★★

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$109
avg/night
Rate based on
Check-in: Feb 22, 2016 Check-out: Feb 23, 2016
3.8 /5
Overall score
76%
Would recommend
Amenities:
3.9
Cleanliness:
4.1
Hotel staff:
3.9
Comfort:
4.1
Location:
4.1
Value:
3.9
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Overview

The Ramada Tropics Resort / Conference Center Des Moines houses Buccaneer Bay, an 18,000-square-foot water park with poolside tiki bar. Three large pools with a hot tub, pirate ship and slides make up the complex that also hosts the themed Castaway's Bar and Grill and the Treasure Chest Gift Shop. Free Wi-Fi, guest laundry, a business center and meeting facilities round out this all-in-one Des Moines resort.

Location

The Ramada Tropics Resort is located off of Interstate 80 near the communities of Ankeny, Clive, Johnston, West Des Moines and Urbandale. Downtown Des Moines is about eight miles away.

Rooms

The renovated rooms at the Ramada Tropics Resort offer a 37-inch flat-screen television with cable, a microwave, a refrigerator, a personal safe and a coffee-maker. Wi-Fi and local calls are free, and four water park passes are included with every room. Two-room suites and spacious presidential suites are also available.

Property features

The 18,000-square-foot indoor water park draws a crowd with its three large pools, hot tub, pirate ship and slides. Four park passes are included with every room. Adults will enjoy the tiki bar at the water park and the chance to get away at the Castaway's Bar and Grill. Take a memento home from the Treasure Chest Gift Shop at Ramada Tropics Resort.

Highlights

  • The only water park hotel in Des Moines, with indoor waterslide, pirate ship and three pools
  • On-site restaurant, bar and arcade
  • Free Wi-Fi, business center, meeting facilities at Ramada Tropics Resort
  • Rooms and suites have flat-screen TV, refrigerator and microwave

Nearby attractions

  • Drake University (5.7 mi/9.2 km)
  • Des Moines Art Center (5.8 mi/9.3 km)
  • Des Moines Botanical Center (8 mi/12.9 km)
  • Wells Fargo Arena and Iowa Events Center (8.1 mi/13 km)
  • Jordan House (8.2 mi/13.2 km)
  • Des Moines Civic Center (8.3 mi/13.4 km)
  • Principal Park (8.8 mi/14.2 km)
  • Science Center of Iowa (9 mi/14.4 km)
  • Iowa State Capitol (9.3 mi/15 km)
  • Adventureland Amusement Park (11.6 mi/18.6 km)

Business

  • A 5,200-square-foot ballroom for up to 400 guests
  • Offers 10,000 square feet of flexible breakout space
  • Free Wi-Fi

Transportation

  • Des Moines International Airport (11.2 mi/18 km)

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Amenities

Featured

  • High-speed internet
  • Heated pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities

General

  • Air conditioned
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
  • Free local telephone calls
  • Elevators
  • No pets allowed
  • Ice machine

Activities

  • Heated pool
  • Fitness center or spa
  • Exercise gym
  • Game room

Dining

  • Restaurant
  • Coffee maker in room
  • Vending machines

Services

  • 24 hour front desk
  • Business center
  • Guest laundromat
  • Express checkout
  • ATM/Cash machine
  • Security
  • Wake-up service
  • Meeting/Banquet facilities
  • FAX
  • Conference facilities
  • Copy service
  • Overhead projector
  • Audio visual equipment

Internet

  • High-speed internet

Parking

  • Parking
  • Outdoor parking
  • RV or truck parking
  • Truck parking
  • Bus parking

Accessibility

  • Accessible facilities
  • Wheel chair access
  • Accessible parking
  • Ramp access to buildings
  • Brailled elevators

Room

  • Safe
  • AM/FM alarm clock
  • Desk with lamp
  • Microwave
  • Over sized rooms
  • TV remote control
  • Cribs available
  • Ironing board

Reviews

3.8 /5 Overall score

76% Would recommend

  • Amenities: 3.9/5
  • Cleanliness: 4.1/5
  • Hotel staff: 3.9/5
  • Comfort: 4.1/5
  • Location: 4.1/5
  • Value: 3.9/5

Very good

Would recommend Thu, Oct 15, 2015
We are a family of 4 with two young girls. We have stayed here three or four times. It's on Int. 80 and basically you are 15 minutes from several things in any direction. They have the best swimming pool if you have crazy kids. There are slides and pool areas for every age. The rooms are decent and the price is fair.

| N/A Family

4 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 4 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 4 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 4 /5

Started off wrong

Would not recommend Tue, Sep 29, 2015
We booked two rooms with king beds and one with two queens, what we were given were three handicapped rooms with a queen bed and sofas in each room. When I questioned our booking was told that was all they had. There is no place to eat food brought in from the outside without eating it in your room. Our rooms did not have a desk so this task of having 8 people eat pizza in one room was a real task. We did eat breakfast in the restaurant which was a good experience. Priced reasonable and ample quantity and tasted great. The waterpark was nice for the kids but I honestly would have to think twice about staying here again.

| Iowa City Family

3 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 4 /5
  • Cleanliness: 3 /5
  • Hotel staff: 3 /5
  • Comfort: 2 /5
  • Location: 4 /5
  • Value: 3 /5

OK

Would not recommend Fri, Sep 4, 2015
didn't clean/refirbish room even when gone from 11:00AM - 9:00PM front desk didn't answer phone, had to go to desk at 4:00 pm broken toilet seat,but fixed promptly

| N/A Couples

3 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 4 /5
  • Cleanliness: 3 /5
  • Hotel staff: 2 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 4 /5
  • Value: 4 /5

Clean hotel & great water park

Would recommend Sun, Aug 2, 2015
Great hotel directly off the interstate. Clean hotel with indoor water park, bar, restaurant, free coffee and CLEAN rooms. We do the water park, breakfast, dinner, bar and there is a fridge and microwave for leftovers. Very close to many restaurants and minutes from Adventureland. Great value for what you get and great overall for families. I give this all 5's because we have stayed here twice yearly for the last 4 years and it has all been perfect. Breakfast is worth the $8 or $9 dollars!

| LINCOLN Family

5 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 5 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 5 /5

Girls weekend

Would recommend Sat, Jul 18, 2015
I was needing a place to go for a girls weekend with my friend but she was bringing her little boy. So this was perfect with the waterpark. We could sit and watch him play and have drinks.

| N/A Friends

5 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 5 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 5 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 5 /5

Good family trip

Would recommend Wed, Jul 8, 2015
My kids were so excited and enjoyed the time there. That's why we often come here.

| N/A Family

3 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 4 /5
  • Cleanliness: 4 /5
  • Hotel staff: 4 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 3 /5
  • Value: 3 /5

WorthlessWaterPark

Would not recommend Mon, Jul 6, 2015
Water park is only for small kids. Hotel was getting a little run down. Showers are ridiculous with no door

| N/A Couples

3 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 2 /5
  • Cleanliness: 4 /5
  • Hotel staff: 3 /5
  • Comfort: 3 /5
  • Location: 2 /5
  • Value: 3 /5

awesome experience

Would recommend Tue, Jun 23, 2015
the hotel meet my expection! i made this reservation during a trip and not study ahead of time. i am very luck to enter this hotel. there are plenty room in the hall and room is very clean. we had a wonderful time!

| Denver Family

4 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 4 /5
  • Cleanliness: 4 /5
  • Hotel staff: 4 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 4 /5
  • Value: 3 /5

Fun and great location

Would recommend Thu, May 21, 2015
Kids small to pre teen will love it. My teen did like the arcade. Close to good shopping and food.

| Waterloo Family

5 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 5 /5
  • Cleanliness: 4 /5
  • Hotel staff: 3 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 4 /5

Kids pool getaway

Would recommend Wed, Dec 3, 2014
I brought my two oldest kids ages three and five to this hotel for a one night stay to get them out of the house. They had a great time staying in the hotel and an even better time swimming and using the pool. I was disappointed that the Jacuzzi was not working while we were there because that's what I was looking forward to the most. The only reason that I didn't give staff friendliness five stars was due to a bad experience with the bartender. He was rude and not knowledgable about the food voucher I had.

| Ames, Iowa Family

4 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 4 /5
  • Cleanliness: 4 /5
  • Hotel staff: 4 /5
  • Comfort: 5 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 4 /5

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Hotel Policies

  • Check-in: 04:00 PM
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM

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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Rate based on Check-in: Feb 22, 2016 Check-out: Feb 23, 2016