Hotel Review: Stoney Creek Inn in Johnston, IA

I recently hosted a client event at Stoney Creek in Johnston, Iowa.  I go to Stoney Creek a lot since it is in Des Moines and so convenient for bringing clients in from across the Midwest. So here is how this last event went and how it has always gone for me at Stoney Creek…….

THE FACTS
Escape to a Northwoods vacation lodge right in the middle of the city.  Stoney Creek in Johnston, IA is one in a collection of 13 privately owned unique properties scattered throughout the Midwest.  Over the years I have stayed at the Stoney Creeks located in Sioux City IA, Quincy IL, Quad Cities and Galena IL.  I have never been disappointed.

Stoney Creek in Des Moines is conveniently located off I-80, north on 86th Street.  When exiting the Interstate you will find Stoney is located in a nice area of Des Moines, close to a movie theatre and several restaurants.  Once arriving at your destination you will find ample parking in an attractive tucked away setting.

As soon as you walk in the door it is as if you have left the city and arrived at your vacation home complete with fireplace and comfortable leather furnishings.  Stoney is always busy as they play host to several corporate gatherings in addition to other types of meetings, events, reunions and weddings.  With that in mind you will see people in everything from business suits to swimming suits.

The hotel rooms are impressive. There are a variety of room styles from standard sleeping rooms to premier suites.  Some are themed for families, other specifically for business travelers, some for romantic getaways and others for long term stays. There is a lounge, breakfast area and pool for guests to enjoy.

Perhaps the most intriguing stay experience available at Stoney Creek in Des Moines is in their Cottages  which are located in a separate standalone building adjacent to the main facility, just a quick walk down a short pathway.  The Cottages has somewhat of a townhome feel with specialty themed suites offering private patios, decks, fireplaces or whirlpools as options.  The Cottage has concierge service with a large dining area that provides a great breakfast in the morning, and also game and exercise rooms.

The meeting space is outstanding with a variety of room sizes which can easily accommodate nearly any type of function and any size of group.  Stoney does not have an onsite restaurant or catering so they have partnered with a select group of outside caterers to support events.

THE FAVS
The Cottages.  During this particular event I was not staying at the facility but I have stayed at the Cottages before and it is outstanding.  As far as other properties in Des Moines a stay at the Cottages is unique, very comfortable and as a result…….. a memorable experience.

The overall experience at Stoney is great.  They manage events very well.  They are very accommodating.  Their catering partners are excellent.

SUMMARY
Clean, leisure lodge type feel that fits very well for any type of meeting or event.  Excellent service from the hotel and great food from their catering partners.  Excellent variety of stay options for sleeping rooms.  Everything one would NOT expect to find in the city – which is what makes Stoney such a great place to stay.  An excellent value.

Their website provides links for reservations and direct links to all their different properties.  Once you select the property you are interested in you can review the unique amenities and room options available.

Stoney Creek Inn and Conference Center
5291 Stoney Creek Court
Johnston, IA 50131
Phone: 515-334-9000
Fax: 515-334-0099
www.stoneycreekinns.com

 

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