Des Moines International Airport with Allegiant, Delta, United, American Airlines, Frontier, U.S. Airways, and Southwest as carriers.

Ground Transportation from Des Moines Airport:

Executive Express Intra-City Shuttle (between Iowa towns/cities) a new shuttle service, Executive Express, will provide shuttle service to and from Ames, IA, on a regular basis.

Car Rentals  All car rental agencies are inside the terminal in the baggage claim area.

Limousine Services  Many DSM limousine services book and transport groups and individuals to remote cities. For information, contact the Limousine service directly.

Map Des Moines to Ames:


Gateway Hotel and Conference Center is the venue for the VAAVV 2015 symposium. It is also a full service hotel located within walking distance of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa and is just 30 minutes north of Des Moines, Iowa. Guests will find all they need for a wonderful and relaxing business or leisure stay.

Each of our 187 non-smoking guest rooms and suites have been comfortably appointed with guests’ needs in mind. Relax with a swim in our heated indoor pool, or enjoy a workout in our fitness center. Other amenities include a whirlpool and sauna, free parking, free wireless internet, and room service. Dine in The IowaStater, a casual comfort food restaurant located within the hotel.

With 16,000 square feet of meeting space, Gateway Hotel and Conference Center can accommodate groups from 10 to 850 for meetings, conferences, weddings or social events. Experience our award-winning service and attention to detail with your next meeting or event in Ames, Iowa.

HOTEL RESERVATION PROCEDURE:  Gateway Hotel & Conference Center

Your VAAVV 2015 registration fee does not include lodging. You will be responsible for securing your own lodging. The Gateway Hotel & Conference Center will have guest rooms blocked for the VAAVV 2015 symposium participants until Thursday, October 15, 2015. Please make your lodging reservations by communicating directly with the Gateway Hotel & Conference Center reservations department at 1-800-FOR-AMES by Thursday, October 15, 2015 in order to receive the preferred rate. You must identify your affiliation with the VAAVV 2015 Symposium to qualify for the group rate of $101.00, plus 12% tax, requests received after Thursday, October 15, 2015 will be accepted on a space available and a rate available basis. For online reservations you may use the code: VAAVV2015. Please note their check-in time of 4:00pm and check-out time of 12:00pm.

Gateway Hotel & Conference Center
2100 Green Hills Drive
Ames, IA 50010

There are two additional hotels within walking distance to the VAAVV 2015 Venue:

Holiday Inn
2609 University Blvd
Ames, IA 50010

Best Western Hotel
2500 University Blvd
Ames, IA 50010

About Ames, Iowa: