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Iowa Meeting Guide: New hotels are in the cards

Courtesy Des Moines CVB

Iowa casinos are raising the stakes to attract meeting and event planners by adding hotels.

In May, a 78-room hotel opened at the WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan. In addition to a salon, indoor pool and fitness room, the hotel has four event rooms.

Owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, the casino appeals to regional events because it is on the border of Iowa and Nebraska, according to Kim Sulsberger, sales coordinator.

Prairie Meadows, a racetrack and casino hotel in Altoona, also has a 168-room  hotel  connected to the casino. It opened in February and has an indoor saltwater pool and spa and a restaurant and lounge.

The casino’s event and conference center, which opened in 2007, features 34,000 square feet of flexible meeting space.

The new owner of Lakeside Casino (formerly Terrible’s Lakeside Casino) in Osceola in May cut the ribbon on a 90-room expansion at the casino’s hotel. The existing 60 rooms will be renovated.

The property has 10,000 square feet of event space. An 800-seat amphitheater and a quick-serve restaurant are also planned.