The following lodging options are recommended:

Official Hotel for the Annual Head of the Des Moines Regatta

Holiday Inn Downtown at Mercy Campus (Map)

The Holiday Inn Downtown Mercy Campus will be the official hotel for the 2015 Head of the Des Moines Regatta. The closest hotel to the Prospect Park regatta venue, the Holiday Inn offers convenience and value to our rowers and spectators for our annual regatta. It’s well positioned just off Highway 235 for easy access and offers a commanding view of downtown Des Moines and the river.

For your crew’s convenience, the hotel offers:

  • Guest room rate of $104.95 per room for the nights of September 25th and/or September 26th.
  • Free on-site parking
  • Free wireless internet
  • Free laundry facilities
  • A full restaurant
  • A business center
  • A fitness center
  • An indoor pool

To make your reservations, find a map and get other information, call (515) 283-0151. Be sure to tell them you are attending the regatta.


Wellmark YMCA – YMCA of Greater Des Moines
501 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50309
Rate is $10.00/night
This is minimal accommodation, rowers will need to provide sleeping needs (pillows, blankets, padding, etc.) as the Y is allowing the use of shared space for rowers (most-likely gym floor) and showers.

Rowers can call (515) 282-9622 to reserve space or for more information. The YMCA requests to have reservations a week before the event to allow for proper staffing at the YMCA.



Food & Dining

Complimentary breakfast items will be provided to all rowers on race day at Prospect Park.

Please visit our dining sponsors while in town.