5 Reasons To Love Downtown’s New Hotel

The lobby of the new Surety Hotel has an open coffee bar serving local brews by day and wine and cocktails by night. Photo: Jason Thomas Crocker.

Writer: Beth Eslinger

Located at 206 Sixth Ave., kitty-corner from the Polk County Courthouse, the new Surety Hotel is soon to become one of the new downtown hot spots. We recently toured the new boutique space—opening Nov. 11—and discovered these reasons to stop by for a drink, dinner or maybe even a workday.

Cozy eats. Wrapped in rich walnut, the Mulberry Street Tavern is sure to become a downtown destination for upscale pub fare, signature cocktails, local brews or a whiskey flight. Executive chef Marque Collins’ menu includes elevated classics such as burgers and mac and cheese, as well as bites of local tomahawk rib-eye and curried mussels. We’re particularly smitten by the burnt orange upholstered barstools.

Clubby hangout. The main-level lounge is designed to be “Des Moines’ living room,” says designer Staci Patton of Minneapolis-based DLR Group. Luxe leather sofas invite hanging out with safe social distancing, and an open coffee bar serves Des Moines’ BLK & Bold blends by day and wine and cocktails by night.

Remote work spot. Open tables near the hotel check-in are a welcome break from the home or official office. There’s space to sprawl or meet within safe social distance.

Shopping central. Modern shelves designed by Liz Lidgett form the check-in backdrop and display goods by local artists and makers including Alfar Pottery from Ames (the coffee shop also stocks the stoneware), Fontanelle, Indie House, Preservation, Monarch Pottery and Blond Genius. Artworks from Olson-Larsen, Moberg and Liz Lidgett galleries provide color and interest throughout the public spaces.

Sunny escape. Facing the outdoor patio off Mulberry Street, an interior atrium is planned for yoga and art classes. Just outside, the south-facing patio is another bright option—the fireplace might even be burning on winter days.

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