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Sonesta Essential Opens in Des Moines, Iowa

Sonesta Expands Newest Hotel Brand with First Location in Iowa

NEWTON, MA, [April 25, 2024] – Sonesta International Hotels Corporation (Sonesta) today announced the opening of Sonesta Essential Des Moines. The 150-room, upper-midscale property is located at 4755 Merle Hay Road in Des Moines, IA.  The hotel is near the Iowa State Capitol, Des Moines International Airport, Drake University and Iowa State Fairgrounds, providing easy access to hiking and biking trails and the famed Downtown Farmer’s Market.

“The opening of Sonesta Essential Des Moines continues the momentum of our newest brand,” said Keith Pierce, Sonesta’s EVP and President Franchise & Development. “At Sonesta, relationships are at the core of our growth strategy as we expand our footprint and grow the Sonesta Essential brand through both new and repeat owners.”

Sonesta Essential provides guests with only the essentials for their stays.  Sonesta Essential features elevated bedding as part of the brand’s unique sleep program, high-speed complimentary WiFi, complimentary hot breakfast, premium all-day coffee, and a fitness center.

Guests of Sonesta Essential Des Moines can earn or redeem points as members of the award-winning Sonesta Travel Pass loyalty program.


Sonesta is one of the fastest-growing hospitality companies in the U.S., currently ranked 8th by Smith Travel Research (STR) with 1,200 properties totaling 100,000 guest rooms across 15 brands in eight countries. You will find nearly 300 hotels under one of Sonesta’s seven brands – Royal Sonesta ; Sonesta Hotels & Resorts ; Sonesta Select ; Sonesta ES Suites ; Sonesta Simply Suites ; Sonesta Posadas del Inca ; Sonesta Cruise Collection – operating in the U.S., Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Peru, and St. Maarten.

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