Sonesta Essential opens in Des Moines, IA

The upper-midscale property is owned by Bhavik Shah

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The 150-key Sonesta Essential Des Moines, owned by Bhavik Shah, is now open in Des Moines, Iowa.

Sonesta Essential Des Moines is now open in Des Moines, Iowa. The 150-room, upper-midscale property is owned by Bhavik Shah.

The hotel is close to the Iowa State Capitol, Des Moines International Airport, Drake University and Iowa State Fairgrounds, Sonesta said in a statement.

“The opening of Sonesta Essential Des Moines continues the momentum of our newest brand,” said Keith Pierce, Sonesta’s executive vice president and president of franchise and development. “At Sonesta, relationships are at the core of our growth strategy as we expand our footprint and grow the Sonesta Essential brand through both new and repeat owners.”

Sonesta Essential incorporates upgraded bedding as a core element of its distinct sleep program, the statement added.

Sonesta operates approximately 1,100 properties with a total of 100,000 guest rooms across 15 brands in eight countries. The company recently opened the Red Lion Inn & Suites in Elk Grove, Illinois, a 47-room property owned by Mahesh Chaudhari.