Aparium Hotel Group to open adaptive-reuse hotel in Iowa

The Surety Hotel will take over the former home of The Iowa Loan & Trust Company. Photo credit: Aparium Hotel Group

Aparium Hotel Group revealed plans to open what it is calling Des Moines, Iowa’s, first independent boutique hotel next spring. An adaptive reuse of a more than century-old building, the 138-room Surety Hotel will feature a flagship ground-floor restaurant and bar, a 200-person ballroom and a private outdoor courtyard.

“The Des Moines market is experiencing incredible growth and the expression of culture we are seeing through emerging art, entrepreneurialism and development is among the most exciting we have witnessed across the country,” Mario Tricoci, co-founder of Aparium Hotel Group, said in a statement. “We are very much looking forward to opening the Surety Hotel as downtown continues to thrive.”

Formerly the home of The Iowa Loan & Trust Company, the future Surety Hotel dates back to 1913. Aparium Group has partnered with Slingshot Architecture and design firm DLR Group to help transform the 12-story building.


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Aparium Hotel Group currently operates 10 hotel properties across the United States with another six new projects set to open in 2020 and more in various stages of development. The hotels—a mix of adaptive-reuse projects and ground-up developments—are each independent brands deeply tied to their specific neighborhoods.

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