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Hotel Fort Des Moines

Des Moines, IA View map Visit website
4.9 out of 5 rating
6 reviews
Up to 220 guests

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Up to 220 guests

Hotel Fort Des Moines is a historic wedding venue centrally located on the western edge of downtown Des Moines, Iowa. This fabled hotel was originally built in 1919 and once welcomed such illustrious figures as Elvis and Johnny Cash. It has since been lovingly restored to capture the grandeur of that bygone era’s opulence and decadence. Today, the hotel features state-of-the-art amenities and modern luxury, while the air of retro charm still pervades every hallway. You and your partner are invited to celebrate your momentous occasion here and enjoy an exclusive and elevated experience.

Facilities and Capacity
At Hotel Fort Des Moines, you will find a get-ready suite and a number of spaces where you can host your wedding events. The Wedgewood Room can accommodate 150 people for a ceremony or 80 people for an intimate reception with your closest friends and family. This spectacular room boasts custom crystal chandeliers that sparkle across the original hardwood floors, intricate crown molding, and decorative wainscoting. After tying the knot, you and your guests can head to the second floor prefunction area for drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Here, you will find dark wood accents, comfortable seating, and twinkling art installation overlooking the balcony. After the cocktail hour, greet guests into the two sets of french doors leading into the Grand Ballroom; a breathtaking banquet hall featuring elaborate chandeliers, hardwood floors, and natural lighting with French doors that open up to terraces. The Grand Ballroom can accomodate up to 250 guests to be dazzled by the elegance of the space and our on-site catering service.

Services Offered
Hotel Fort Des Moines is proud to offer wedding catering that is under the direction of Executive Chef Andrew Wilson. This culinary expert provides mouth-watering meals that are served with floor-length linens, china, glassware, and flatware. Rental of the venue also comes with round tables, padded chairs, and an experienced venue coordinator. In addition, a sweeping, original Grand Staircase leads up to the overnight accommodations, where you and your guests can stay in comfortable and stylish suites.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$3,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$1,500

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$3,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$1,000

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Chairs
China
Clean Up
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
Parking
Set Up
Tables
Transportation

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Server(s)

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$5

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

House Beer

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

220

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

10

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

4

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Historic Building
Hotel
Restaurant

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Accommodations
Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Liability Insurance
Outside Vendors
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Chairs
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Valet
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
July
August
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
April
November
December
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    Scott Married on 06/02/2018
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    Wonderful venue and great service and food!

    We hosted our son and daughter-in law's rehearsal dinner (50) and Sunday brunch (65) at the Fort Des Moines Hotel. The renovations to the hotel are amazing. My wife and I had our wedding dinner and dance there 37 years ago. The food and the service were out standing! The rooms are very nice and comfortable. Katie was our event planner and did an outstanding job is helping us plan the weekend. Also the food in the restaurant is very good. Highly recommend checking the hotel out for your next event.
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    Soraya Married on 10/20/2007
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    The Hotel Fort Des Moines was the best place for a wedding reception! The banquet coordinators were so helpful, answered all of my questions, and were extremely flexible and easy to deal with. They were accommodating when it came to my arrangements and the wait staff at our reception were wonderful. The food was outstanding. Some of our guests told us the filet mignon was the best they'd had all year! I would absolutely recommend the Hotel Fort Des Moines for a wedding reception!
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If you found us on WeddingWire we will give you a 3% discount on our services. Remember to show us your voucher when you come see us.
Hotel Fort Des Moines 2
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Receive up to $1,500 toward your cocktail hour hors d'oeuvres for every $5,000 in contracted minimum Food & Beverage spend.

Hotel Fort Des Moines 3
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Book your 2022 wedding reception at Hotel Fort Des Moines, Curio Collection by Hilton to receive waived room rental for the Grand Ballroom and Ceremony Space.

Based on availability. Some exclusions apply based on room reset, setup, and tear down requirements. Not available on December 30 or 31, 2022.

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1000 Walnut St Des Moines, IA, 50309
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Hotel Fort Des Moines frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Hotel Fort Des Moines?

Hotel Fort Des Moines includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables
  • Transportation

At Hotel Fort Des Moines, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

Hotel Fort Des Moines includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)

At Hotel Fort Des Moines, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at Hotel Fort Des Moines includes:
  • House Beer

What are the most important characteristics of Hotel Fort Des Moines in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Hotel Fort Des Moines for wedding events is known for:
  • Ballroom
  • Historic Building
  • Hotel
  • Restaurant

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Hotel Fort Des Moines for wedding events?

Hotel Fort Des Moines offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor

What kind of wedding events does Hotel Fort Des Moines offer?

Hotel Fort Des Moines offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does Hotel Fort Des Moines offer for wedding events?

Hotel Fort Des Moines offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Accommodations
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Liability Insurance
  • Outside Vendors
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does Hotel Fort Des Moines have available for wedding events?

Hotel Fort Des Moines offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Chairs
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend Hotel Fort Des Moines and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Hotel Fort Des Moines is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 5 in quality of service, 5 in flexibility, 5 in professionalism, 4.8 in average response time and 4.8 in value.

What kind of wedding service promotions does Hotel Fort Des Moines offer?

Hotel Fort Des Moines currently offers 1 special WeddingWire promotion and 2 offer promotions for wedding services.

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