Freeway access, free Wi-Fi, a pool and complimentary hot breakfast tempt guests at the Econo Lodge Ames. The 85-room Econo Lodge offers upscale touches for an easy-on-the-pocketbook price — expect pillowtop mattresses, flat-panel TVs and coffeemakers in every room. Some rooms also come with microwaves, refrigerators and sofa beds. Road warriors dig the free Wi-Fi, complimentary local calls, access to copy and fax services, and 24-hour front desk. As for recreation, you'll find a heated indoor pool on the property, plus a sauna. Laundry services are available. Pets are welcome (for a fee), and parking is free. Just off US highway 30, the Econo Lodge is less than two miles from I-35, offering easy access to business and leisure destinations. Sauer-Danfoss, Boehringer Ingelheim, 3M, Becker-Underwood and other major businesses are no more than a 10-minute drive. Two casual restaurants are within walking distance, and the attractions of Iowa State University — Jack Trice Stadium, Stephens Auditorium, Hilton Coliseum, Brunnier Art Museum and Reiman Gardens — are within four miles. Des Moines International Airport is 38 miles south. our guests say the Econo Lodge's convenient location, "happy and friendly" staff, and good value make it a savvy bet for a vocation- or vacation-related trip to Ames.
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