Summer travelers to Des Moines urged to make hotel reservations early

Families across the country are preparing to pack their bags for summer vacations. As hotels begin filling up for busy travel dates, local experts encourage travelers to book kid-friendly hotels early to ensure a fun-filled trip.
By: Robert Sharp & Associates
Ramada Tropics hotel in Des Moines, IA
Ramada Tropics hotel in Des Moines, IA
May 24, 2010 - PRLog -- Des Moines, I.A. – Thousands of people will travel to Des Moines this summer for family vacations and special events. Whether your family is planning to take in an I-Cubs game, watch the Iowa Corn Indy 250 or the attend Des Moines Arts Festival, be sure to book a kid-friendly hotel in advance.

“Reservations can fill up quickly, especially on weekends with big events in town,” said Rossie Williamson of the Ramada Tropics Resort & Conference Center. “Sometimes popular hotels will have cancellations that you can scoop up last-minute, but when you’re traveling with children, it’s best to be sure you book in advance.”

While the metro area has dozens of hotels to choose from, families with children often gravitate toward hotels with amenities designed to provide entertainment, like the Ramada Tropics, which boasts the only indoor water park in the city. With three large pools, a hot tub, waterslide and giant pirate ship, the Des Moines hotel if often a first choice for young families.

“Even if you’re planning to be busy all day, it’s always nice to be able to come back to your hotel and relax, and let the kids enjoy themselves – though sometimes parents seem to enjoy the water park as much as the kids,” Williamson said.

Families planning vacations during busy summer weekends should be aware that major events, like the Iowa State Fair, can make it tough to find a hotel in the weeks leading up to the event.

“If you have children and plan to travel during the busy season, book a kid-friendly hotel as soon as you set your travel dates,” Williamson said. “Those are the hotels that fill up the fastest.”

For more information on the Ramada Tropics or to book a room, visit or call 1.515.278.0271.

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About Ramada Tropics Resort & Conference Center
With 166 newly-renovated rooms and suites, the Ramada Tropics features an 18,000 square foot indoor water park, with three pools, two water slides, a pirate ship, hot tub, and poolside tiki bar. The hotel also features a conference center, Castaway’s Bar and Grill and a fun, friendly atmosphere for family vacations and business travel. Visit or call 1.515.278.0271 for more information.

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