Hotel & Travel


Convention Hotel

DemiCon is being held at the Holiday Inn & Suites Des Moines-Northwest. The newly renovated hotel features a conference center and a Bennigan’s restaurant. Rooms include internet, a microwave, a mini refrigerator, and a Keurig coffee maker. The hotel also has an indoor pool, fitness center, and business center.

The full address is 4800 Merle Hay Road, Urbandale, IA 50322.

Guest check-in is at 3:00 PM and guest check-out is by noon.

The hotel is 100 percent non-smoking, including guest rooms.

This is a pet friendly hotel, however please check with the hotel for the official hotel pet policy.


Hotel room block and booking your room

Room rates

A group room block with special rates is reserved for the convention.

Please make your reservation as soon as possible to ensure you get a room. Historically we fill the hotel. If you wait until the last minute there may be no rooms available. The absolute latest to get a room in our room block is April 12, 2023. After this any remaining rooms in the hotel will be opened for non-convention attendees.

Room TypeConvention Rate
Queen Double or King Executive$104 + tax
Junior King Suite or Extended King Suite$134 + tax
Family King or Parlor King Suite$164 + tax

Reminder that if you use your debit card the hotel will put a hold and pre-charge your rooms. This could cause money you think should be there to be unavailable throughout the weekend. Due to this common hotel practice, we suggest the use of a credit card if this would be an issue.

You have two options for making your hotel reservation.

Option 1

Make your reservation online using the room block code D34.

Option 2

Call the hotel directly at 515-278-4755 and ask to be placed in the room block.

Group Name:  DemiCon 34

Group Code:  D34

We highly recommend against calling the corporate Holiday Inn 1-800 number. Corporate customer service has a history of telling attendees that there are no rooms available because they don’t understand how the convention room block works and that we have blocked out the entire hotel for the convention. If the front desk at the hotel is busy, there is a chance your call might roll over to the 1-800 number. If this happens, kindly ask that they transfer you back to the hotel front desk.

Please let us know if you encounter any difficulties making your room reservation by contacting both concom@demicon.org and hotel@demicon.org.


Travel to and from the hotel

By car

The Holiday Inn & Suites Des Moines-Northwest is conveniently located just south of the intersection of Interstate 80/Interstate 35 and Merle Hay Road. The parking lot can accommodate 350 vehicles.

From ChicagoTake I-80 West for approx. 346 miles. Exit 131 South for Merle Hay Rd. 2 blocks, hotel is on the right.
From OmahaTake I-80 East for approx. 134 miles. Exit 131 South for Merle Hay Rd. 2 blocks, hotel is on the right.
From Kansas CityTake I-35 North for approx. 193 miles. Exit 131 South for Merle Hay Rd. 2 blocks, hotel is on the right.
From MinneapolisTake I-35 South for approx. 244 miles. Exit 131 South for Merle Hay Rd. 2 blocks, hotel is on the right.

By air

The local airport is Des Moines International (DSM). It is 12 miles from the hotel, 22 miles if you take the IA-5 bypass to I-35 North.

The hotel provides complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport.


DemiCon - Des Moines' Annual Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention
Hosted by DMSFFS - Des Moines Science Fiction & Fantasy Society, Inc.
Holiday Inn & Suites Des Moines-Northwest, 4800 Merle Hay Road, Urbandale, IA
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