$109 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Aug 11, 2014 Check-out: Aug 13, 2014

Ramada Tropics Resort / Conference Center Des Moines

3 stars
5000 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, IA 50322
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.8
out of 5
130 reviews
Great play to stay

Could use better pillows. One of the best water pressures I have has in a hotel shower. Herb See full review

  • coffeman28
  • Nov 3, 2013
Very friendly and welcoming!

I enjoyed staying Ramada Inn. I would go back with my family next time. Thanks for the thorough... See full review

  • Happy Madisonian
  • Oct 25, 2013
Des Moines hotel with on-site water park, restaurant, bar and arcade
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.
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
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.
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.
Transportation
  • Des Moines International Airport (11.2 mi/18 km)
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

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
Jacuzzi
Game room
Tennis
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

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Hotel Map

41.6506 -93.6996
Area description
Business district

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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Guest Reviews (130)

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

Overall score

3.8 / 5
5.01.0
130 out of 130
Amenities:
3.9
Room cleanliness:
4.1
Hotel staff:
3.9
Room comfort:
4.2
Location:
4.1
Value:
3.9

75% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Ramada Tropics Resort / Conference Center Des Moines

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Super Swimmer Stan
Boone, IA
May 27, 2014

Water Park Vacation

Kids played at the Water Park until they were exhausted. Had the breakfast buffet at the on site restaurant the next morning before swimming for a couple more hours. There was no reason to leave the site. They had a nice selection of bourbon whiskey at the Tiki Bar as well. I would recommend this to a friend with a family.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
4
Review of Ramada Tropics Resort / Conference Center Des Moines

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
coffeman28
Long Grove IL
Nov 3, 2013

Great play to stay

Could use better pillows. One of the best water pressures I have has in a hotel shower. Herb

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Review of Ramada Tropics Resort / Conference Center Des Moines

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Happy Madisonian
Business
Madison, WI
Oct 25, 2013

Very friendly and welcoming!

I enjoyed staying Ramada Inn. I would go back with my family next time. Thanks for the thorough service. Everything was perfect.

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

Business

Review of Ramada Tropics Resort / Conference Center Des Moines

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
IowaGirl
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Sep 16, 2013

Water Fun

My five year old enjoyed the indoor water park. There was plenty of room for all guests to enjoy the water park area. His favorite thing was going down the water slides. Room was average but did include a microwave, fridge, and safe. Comfortable bed and bathroom was redone, but only had a shower.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Review of Ramada Tropics Resort / Conference Center Des Moines

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Concerned Iowa Parent
Iowa
Jul 20, 2013

Has Gone Down Hill

This was our second time at the tropics resort and what a difference a year made. -The room/shower was not clean; when we arrived their was urine in the toilet; the bathroom and shower was not clean with standing mildew/mold in the shower and corners etc. The floors looked as if they had not been shampooed for awhile. -The room has paper thin walls; Some guests were outside in the parking lot until 2:30 AM and we could hear them as if they were sitting in our room; We could also hear the adjacent rooms as if they were sitting in our room however lucky for us the adjacent rooms turned-in for the evening early enough. -Unruly guests patron with no regard from management; Kids were running in the halls and knocking on doors, kids were unsupervised in the pool area (I think some parents drop their kids off and expect other adults and the lifeguards to watch out for them), the lifeguards were allowing kids to sit in the 18+ only hot tub unsupervised (I think they were intimidated by the clientele and to top it all off a fight (between some inner-city thug adults) erupted in the pool area with no action taken by staff. First off this is my first (ever) review and unfortunately I don't have anything positive to say. I will never stay at this hotel again and do not recommend this hotel for anyone, especially those who believe they are going into a family friendly environment. My wife and children were so disturbed by the fight we left the water area and stayed the rest of the evening locked in our room. Other families did the same when they witnessed these thugs going at it. Due to the nature of the flight, I recall some of the other patrons expressing their concern that a gun might be brought to the hotel, just to give you a perspective regarding the ferocity of the event. If I could give zero stars I would. If after reading this review you still want to stay here, good luck to you.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
1
Location:
3
Value:
1
Review of Ramada Tropics Resort / Conference Center Des Moines

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Bags Packed and Car Gasse
Illinois
Jul 9, 2013

Good Family Place

We spent two days here while visiting Adventureland. It was a short trip to the park. Tickets weren't available at the hotel and there wasn't a shuttle both of which would have made it easier. The hotel water park was small, but well kept and well staffed. The water park had enough to keep the kids happy without being overwelming. The hotel has been tastefully remodelled and the rooms were nice. The stafff was not able to recommend any local restaurants only the hotel restaurant. The hotel restaurant was OK. They had a good breakfast buffet, dinners were average. We enjoyed our stay and would return if in the area.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Review of Ramada Tropics Resort / Conference Center Des Moines

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
sahm mom
marion iowa
Jul 6, 2013

great water park for kids

The kids love this water park. The hotel is nice. Free breakfast would make it a 4 star rating; too bad they don't have it.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
4
Review of Ramada Tropics Resort / Conference Center Des Moines

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Mom of two in ia
Waverly, Iowa
Jun 13, 2013

Summer getaway

The kids loved the water park and I loved that the water wasn't freezing like most hotel pools. Only downfall is no complimentary breakfast.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Review of Ramada Tropics Resort / Conference Center Des Moines

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Winner winner chkn dinner
Geneva, IL
May 7, 2013

Pleasant surprise

It's much more than meets the eye when driving past. This hotel was renovated so while it looks old on the outside, it feels new on the inside. The water park is a fun treat, especially since it's included with the room!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
5
Review of Ramada Tropics Resort / Conference Center Des Moines

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Dirtshark
Omaha
Mar 24, 2012

Nice water park

Kids gone wild..... Great kid fun for the family Nice water slide. Good food.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
5
Location:
3
Value:
3
Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

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