The Holiday Inn Downtown - Mercy Campus hotel has recently been updated, and is close to some of the biggest attractions in town. Those in town for business can appreciate being near The Civic Center of Des Moines, state offices, the Capitol and other local businesses. In addition to proximity, HI provides hotel guests with free high-speed, wireless Internet access and a complimentary Business Center, as well as free parking and airport shuttle service.
Rooms are outfitted with standard Holiday Inn amenities - work station, flatscreen television, and neutral colors. They won't wow you, but they'll get the job done. The free WiFi is a nice perk to each abode.
You can expect a limited exercise experience here - the fitness center includes a multigym, stair stepper, treadmill, elliptical and two recumbant bikes. Enough for some, but not enough for others. If you're looking for more, take the 3-minute trip to Infinity Training Center. For $15/day, it might be worth it to get a reasonable muscle pump.
Swimmers should look to the YMCA of Greater Des Moines. It's your only viable swimming option and will run you $10/day (remember your ID).
Joggers looking to get an outdoor session should head to Water Works Park. It's a 5k south from the hotel, so if you're looking for a long-ish run, this is an excellent option. Otherwise, you're just 2 miles north of the John Pat Dorrian Trail.