Here's the bottom line with this Marriott: rooms and amenities are better than its local competition (Sheraton West Des Moines), and the gym equipment is a tad better, too. This Marriott provides compimentary high-speed internet access in all guestrooms, and also include fancy features such as Marriott's new beds, 37" flat panel televisions, and ergonomic desks/chairs. Concierge-level rooms add to the perks with complimentary breakfasts and evening hors d'oeuvres.
The machines here are all Life Fitness, which are top-of-the-line. There are enough treads and ellipticals to choose from in this hotel fitness facility. A multigym and dumbbell set round out the strength options.
Joggers should consider an outdoor run along the nearby Greenbelt Trail path, a much better alternative than an indoor treadmill.
Lap swimmers and those in search of a more traditional health club-like experience should head to the Walnut Creek YMCA in West Des Moines.