$92 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Aug 24, 2015 Check-out: Aug 25, 2015

Ramada Tropics Resort / Conference Center Des Moines

3 stars
View map of 5000 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, IA 50322

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
3.8
out of 5
81 reviews
Girls weekend

I was needing a place to go for a girls weekend with my friend but she was bringing her little boy.... See full review

  • Elizabeth B.
  • Jul 18, 2015
Fun and great location

Kids small to pre teen will love it. My teen did like the arcade. Close to good shopping and food. See full review

  • Anonymous
  • May 21, 2015
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

  • 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
Bus parking
Accessibility
Accessible facilities
Wheel chair access
Accessible parking
Room
Safe
AM/FM alarm clock
Desk with lamp
Microwave
Over sized rooms
TV remote control
Cribs available
Ironing board

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.

Ratings and reviews for Ramada Tropics Resort / Conference Center Des Moines

Overall score

3.8 / 5
5.01.0
81 out of 81
Amenities:
3.9
Cleanliness:
4.1
Hotel staff:
3.9
Comfort:
4.1
Location:
4.1
Value:
3.8

78% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Ramada Tropics Resort / Conference Center Des Moines

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Elizabeth B.
Business
N/A
Jul 18, 2015

Girls weekend

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.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Ramada Tropics Resort / Conference Center Des Moines

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
YOHAN K.
Business
N/A
Jul 8, 2015

Good family trip

My kids were so excited and enjoyed the time there. That's why we often come here.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Ramada Tropics Resort / Conference Center Des Moines

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Justin S.
Business
N/A
Jul 6, 2015

WorthlessWaterPark

Water park is only for small kids. Hotel was getting a little run down. Showers are ridiculous with no door

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

Business

Review of Ramada Tropics Resort / Conference Center Des Moines

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Haiyan
Business
Denver
Jun 23, 2015

awesome experience

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!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Ramada Tropics Resort / Conference Center Des Moines

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Waterloo
May 21, 2015

Fun and great location

Kids small to pre teen will love it. My teen did like the arcade. Close to good shopping and food.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Ramada Tropics Resort / Conference Center Des Moines

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Proud Mommy of 3
Business
Ames, Iowa
Dec 3, 2014

Kids pool getaway

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.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Ramada Tropics Resort / Conference Center Des Moines

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
SoBoCo
Business
Boulder, CO
Nov 24, 2014

perfect layover for traveling familes

If you have small children that have been couped up in a car all day and you are traveling through Des Moines, then this is a great option to consider. We arrived at the Ramada around 8:30 in the evening after a full day of driving and played in the water until past 10pm. The kids had a blast and then slept great after all the exercise. The water park is perfect for kids 12 and under. It has a couple of fun water slides for "big kids" but otherwise it doesn't have much to offer teenagers and older. The water park is not an option to consider without age appropriate children.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Ramada Tropics Resort / Conference Center Des Moines

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
C.J. from Iowa
Business
Des Moines, IA
Oct 16, 2014

Convenient and great for families

Booked several rooms for out-of-town guests attending a business meeting. All commented on convenience, nice rooms, and attentiveness of staff. Several noted that they would be back with their children to take advantage of the great indoor pool area which provides fun for kids and easy, comfortable supervision by parents from surrounding seating and pool bar area. Value-wise, just a little on the high side for the vicinity.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Greenbrier - about a mile north of the hotel is a great local restaurant.

Review of Ramada Tropics Resort / Conference Center Des Moines

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Tina single mom
Business
waterloo, ia
Sep 15, 2014

Great weekend getaway

It was very nice. My kids enjoyed the waterpark. The food was good too. Will definitely stay again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

Don't stay in a room by the pool if you want to go to sleep at decent time.

Review of Ramada Tropics Resort / Conference Center Des Moines

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Mom of 2 babies
Business
Des Moines, IA
Sep 11, 2014

Nice family spot

Nice room, fun time at the waterpark, and good food from restaraunt. Only down falls were late check in time and the hot tub wasn't in working order at this time. Pool staff were very nice!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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