by Hilarey Wojtowicz
The Ramada Tropics Resort/Conference Center Des Moines offers families comfortable accommodations just steps from the onsite 18,000-square-foot water park, which features several waterslides, a pirate ship play area, and a separate children’s pool. Additional onsite activities include a game room, indoor and outdoor pools and a fitness center.
Families can choose from a variety of room configurations which include king beds, queen beds and sofa beds, allowing for up to eight guests in some suites. In-room amenities include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, microwaves and coffeemakers. Rollaway beds are available upon request for $10 per night. Additionally, children ages 17 and under stay for free when sharing a room with parents or guardians. Some rooms are also pet-friendly and the hotel’s policy allows for a maximum of two pets per room.
Onsite dining is available at Castaways Bar and Grill for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weeknights and until midnight on weekends. There is also a Tiki Bar onsite, open for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and from 4 to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Additional options are located nearby the hotel.
The Ramada Tropics Resort also offers perks like free parking, onsite laundry facilities and a business center for printing and Internet access. Check-in is at 4 p.m. and check-out is at noon.
Our Editor Loves
- Onsite water park and game room
- Spacious suites can sleep up to eight
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Water Parks
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Game Room
- Kids' Pool
- Onsite Dining
by Liz B
Room smelled like smoke the smoke detector was covered with a plastic bag. Front office just told they would note it. Service from the restraunt was horrible bother for supper and breakfast. We will not be going be back.
We booked this hotel for a family get together. Our family has kids ages 8 and up, so we thought this would be a good place to have our gathering. We were totally wrong. It took forever for us to get our rooms, check in is at 4pm, check out is at 11am. Some of our family spent Friday and Saturday night there so we went up early on Saturday to enjoy spening time with them. Some of our family members were able to get into their rooms around noon, while others had to wait until after 5pm. It seemed they were extremely short staffed so it made our stay difficult. There is no place to sit and chat without sitting in a very humid pool area. There is a major lack of security at this hotel, especially with a million kids running around the pool and to and from their rooms and game room. The safety of our stay was compromised by drunk adults loudly walking around the halways and yelling at their dogs that were not on leashes. Check out is at 11am and around 9:30am housekeeping came to clean our room that we were still in. I think this hotel needs better communication between their staff. The hotel restaurant offered a very limited menu and is super understaffed. Their staff is under trained in the restaurant area, we could have walked out without paying bills that were never given to us and they wouldn't have known (but we didn't because we are honest people) They do have a nice game room for kids to play video games in and win prizes, the pool area is big, loud, and I'm sure fun for the kids, the hot tub was super small and in the middle of all the crazy kids. It was just not an enjoyable stay for our get together.