Hyatt Place Makes Iowa Debut

A new Hyatt Place hotel — the state's first — has opened in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts announced last week. The new hotel, Hyatt Place Des Moines/Downtown, has 93 guest rooms and 1,125 square feet of meeting space.

"We have seen tremendous growth with the Hyatt Place brand and are thrilled to have a presence in Iowa with the opening of Hyatt Place Des Moines/Downtown," said Gary Dollens, global head, franchise and select operations, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. "Because Des Moines attracts such a diverse traveler mix and is also a major base for several large companies, we know that Hyatt Place is the perfect fit for this area and will offer guests the right environment to meet all of their needs."

Located in the heart of Des Moines' historic downtown area — near the offices of corporations such as Wells Fargo, Nationwide Insurance, Meredith Corporation, Wellmark and Principal Financial Group — the new hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi, a 24/7 guest kitchen serving made-to-order food and an onsite fitness center.

"As a major hub for insurance, financial and publishing companies, and rated the 'Best Place for Business' in 2010 by Forbes magazine, we are excited to be bringing Hyatt Place to such a thriving and vibrant community like Des Moines," said Robert Habeeb, president and COO of First Hospitality Group, the hotel's owner. "We are confident that Hyatt Place Des Moines/Downtown will bring a new standard to the area and will provide a perfect mix of style, service and amenities that will exceed guest expectations."