For travelers needing/wanting to stay in the West Des Moines area, this Sheraton is your athletic-minded best bet. The hotel is centrally located among burgeoning West Des Moines office parks, retail strip malls, and commercial buildings. The typically noisy atrium-style property is 100% smoke-free and offers a complimentary shuttle to/from the airport.
All 285 rooms come standard with high-speed internet access (fee applies), coffee makers, Sheraton's wonderful "Sweet Sleeper" beds, and standard furnishings (desk, chair, television, etc.). Color tones are conservative beige and tan, but large windows allow in ample natural light throughout the day.
Sheraton's ground-floor gym consists of two separate rooms: cardio and strength. Divided by a hallway, the cardio space is superior, stocked with new True treadmills, bikes and an elliptical, not our favorite manufacture but good enough for a workout or two. A Stairmaster step-machine is also supplied. Strength enthusiasts receive second class treatment as only a mediocre multigym and a 5-50 lbs dumbbell set are offered. A few more weight machines would have elevated our rating to "Silver."
Joggers should consider driving to the Greenbelt Path trailhead.
Lap swimmers and those in search of a more traditional health club-like experience should head to the Walnut Creek YMCA.