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Richards House Bed and Breakfast

1492 Locust St., Dubuque, IA 52001
Richards House Bed and Breakfast
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Clintonville, WI, USA
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

WE had a delightful 3 night stay here. The propriators treat you like family and the breakfast is SPECTACULAR. Don't be deterred by the exterior appearance. The well furnished rooms are luxurious and have very comfortable beds. We will definitely stay at Richard's House the next time we are in Dubuque

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I unfortunately stayed here over the winter months. Let's keep this simple - this place absolutely REEKS of cat urine! The rooms, the towels, the sheets, the pillows... everything! No further explanation is needed - stay somewhere else!

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Kansas City
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

I was on a personal trip, traveling alone, and wanted to try something new so I looked for a B&B in Dubuque Iowa. I found this place doing some online research and thought I'd give it a try. I wasn't disappointed. The hosts were friendly, the food was fabulous, and the house is amazing on the inside. It was easy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Steve and I stay here often. Our first stay was was 10 years ago. We travel extensively and always stay in B&B's when possible. Unfortunately the Richards House was our first B&B stay, so all other stays are compared to Richards House. There is no where else that has the whole package like Richards House. Friendly, great food, beautiful antiques,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

There are multiple things that are wrong with this establishment. Before you even enter the door the house is in a state of neglect and disrepair, the inside of the house is slightly better. The strong smell of cat piss that greets you as you enter the door is frankly repulsive. The hosts must have somewhere between 15 and 20... More 

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Schaumburg, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

I am noticing that all the folks with multiple reviews, that look like real people gave this place 5 stars. This is truly a luxury stay for a very cheap price. There is another B&B nearby and several hotels, and my guess is that most of these 1 star reviews are fake-as most have reviewed only one thing ever at... More 

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Ankeny, Iowa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

The Library Suite was awesome; luxury digs at a price I would normally pay at a hotel. David and Michelle were most gracious. I will judge all other Bed & Breakfasts by the Richards House. The history of the home was fascinating; Dave gave us a very interesting tour! The outside is a story of its own, and the moment... More 

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Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We really enjoyed our stay. We received a very nice tour when we arrived and did notice that there was the smell of cat urine. It was NOT overwhelming as some have suggested. We met the feline friends and it was very obvious that the cats were NOT allowed in the rooms. It was emphasized many times by Dave. The... More 

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Oregon, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

This is our second trip here. On Saturday evening we realized that some pillows and towels had cat urine on them. Why? We picked through and found ones that didn't smell so strong. Not all were strong with odor, but the pullout bed pillow was clearly use by a cat with the hair/cat urine to show for it along with... More 

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TheRichardsHouse, Owner at Richards House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review

The guests' account isn't even plausible. When they checked in they didn't notice any odors. When showed their room (free upgrade to much nicer room) they didn't notice any odors. Didn't notice any odors in the closet in their room (where the portable bed and bedding is stored.) Brought in their bags, went to dinner and came back and their... More 

Aurora, Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

On Saturday evening we realized that pillows and towels had cat urine on them. Why? Not all, but the pullout bed pillow was clearly use by a cat with the hair/cat urine to show for it. We know that Our 2-year-old was on the floor and playing with cats but cannot figure out how we brought such strong cat urine... More 

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TheRichardsHouse, Owner at Richards House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review

The guests' account isn't even plausible. From their own accounts and e-mails with us: When they checked in they didn't notice any odors. When showed their room (free upgrade to much nicer room) they didn't notice any odors. Didn't notice any odors in the closet in their room (where the portable bed and bedding is stored.) Brought in their bags,... More 

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