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AC Hotel by Marriott Des Moines East Village

Opened in 2017, AC Hotel by Marriott East Village is located in an affluent neighborhood in Des Moines with countless brick façade restaurants, boutiques, bars, and more. This cosmopolitan hotel is ideal for the design-conscious traveler and home to one of the area’s coolest cocktail spots, The Republic on Grand.

When staying at the AC Hotel by Marriott East Village, you will not have a lack of things to do and see. There are numerous bars, restaurants and retail spaces, all within walking distance of the hotel, including the famous Zombie Burger and RAYGUN. Other noteworthy Des Moines attractions, including the Botanical Garden, Wells Fargo Arena, State Capitol building and iCubs Stadium, are all within a short drive.

When entering the AC Hotel by Marriott, you are greeted by a contemporary aesthetic, along with friendly staff. The property includes complimentary underground parking, which is necessary for those cold Iowa winters. The lobby envelopes you with upbeat music and has ample seating to relax and enjoy the ambience. A unique fact about the AC Hotel properties is that they all include a staple sculpture. At this location, there are two large dog sculptures, named Zeus and Apollo, featured right as you enter into the lobby. For guests making themselves at home in the accommodations, in-room TV’s feature the capability to stream Netlfix, Hulu or other streaming services.

Zeus and Apollo sculptures

Before heading out for the evening, guests can enjoy The Republic on Grand, which is the hotel’s rooftop bar and eatery. This elegant bar offers exquisite views of the city and plush ambience as soon as you enter. Known for its elevated cocktails and small bites, The Republic on Grand is a must-go while visiting Des Moines. The entire bar/restaurant is available for rent and can accommodate up to 225 people total. It also features two smaller, open-air, covered lounge spaces, which are perfect to watch the sunset.

The Republic on Grand is the ultimate for a sophisticated date night, happy hour or an evening out with friends with noteworthy cocktails including The Hook and Ladder, The Traveler and Cedar Ridge Old Fashioned. The Hook and Ladder is made with simple syrup, honey, bitters and Macallan 12. This smooth scotch beverage includes a hint of caramel and vanilla with a smoky flavored finish. The beverage itself is served in a separate swing bottle that is filled with smoke; the longer it sits, the smokier flavor it acquires. The Traveler is made with Swell vodka, lime juice, simple syrup and aronia berry. The floral taste balances well with the tartness of the raspberries that are served on top, along with thyme. The muddled raspberries that are included in the drink give it the pretty bright pink color. Lastly, the Cedar Ridge Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail that hits all of your senses. It is traditionally garnished with an orange peel and cherry and includes award-winning Cedar Ridge Bourbon.

Other hotel amenities include a free shuttle, business/media rooms with the latest integrated technologies, a gym, complimentary breakfast on the go (due to COVID restrictions), a small convenience store, an in-room mini fridge and Wi-Fi through the property. The lobby and breakfast areas of the property are available for rental of private events.

COVID protocols include contactless check-in, digital keys to each guest room, on-demand housekeeping and all staff being masked. The Republic on Grand sanitizes each table after use, has QR codes to access the menu, and guests are required to wear a mask when not seated at their table.

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