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“Great B&B!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Spaulding Inn Bed and Breakfast

Spaulding Inn Bed and Breakfast
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1103 Main St, Grinnell, IA 50112   |  
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Ranked #1 of 5 Grinnell B&B and Inns
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

We love staying here every time we visit Grinnell. The house itself is gorgeous and the location to Grinnell College is fantastic. We appreciate the organic mattresses and pillows, the spacious and clean rooms, and the generosity of the owners. Will be back for sure.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Clinton, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

Three of us stayed at the Spaulding Inn in late May '12 while in Grinnell on business. Valerie was a wonderful hostess; she provided hearty breakfasts and loved talking about the history of the house including a review of many historic items on display. Rooms were quiet, air-conditioned, and very comfy. The location is on 6th Ave. nicely placed between the Grinnell campus and downtown.... an easy walk both ways. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012 via mobile

We have stayed at the Spaulding Inn repeatedly on our way between Indiana and Nebraska and it is something we greatly look forward to as we make the lonnnnng drive back and forth. The house is immaculate, the beds are extremely comfortable and the food is delicious. There is also an emphasis on sustainability, which we love! Valerie is a great host and we always learn more about the area and about native agriculture and foods. Looking forward to our next stay!

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Urbana, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

Spaulding House retains the ambience of the original mansion of the early 1900's while still being a very relaxing place to stay. If I were driving on I-80, I'd stay here for a night instead of a local motel for sure. Beds are super comfortable, food is great, hosts are engaging.

For Grinnell College visitors, this guest house is right next to campus, so it's an added fun feature of a college visit

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Merida, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

I made my reservation to stay here, two years prior to my son's graduation from Grinnell, as I had heard it is wonderful, walking distance to campus, and only has a few rooms. Staying at the Spaulding enhanced my Grinnell/Iowa experience 100%. Beautiful Victorian house, solid, beautifully appointed, large bedrooms and amazing, comfortable beds. The breakfasts were locally sourced and delicious. Valerie and Tim are gracious hosts and let you have the run of the house. I would stay here again without any doubt. I feel fortunate that I stayed here for graduation weekend -- it really made Iowa and Grinnell special for me.

Room Tip: Some rooms don't have their own bathrooms, since in Victorian days, they didn't build houses...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Grafton, Wisconsin
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2012

My family stayed at the Inn in March. My cousin rented out the Inn for a family event. It was just wonderful to be able to have the "run" of the place. The rooms were perfect, beds comfy, and food wonderful. I would recommend ti anyone!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Madison
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

We stayed two nights in this wonderful inn. Our hostess, Val, was pleasant and helpful. Would have given a rating of five except that several rooms share a single bathroom (although this arrangement has allowed the owners to keep the original floor plan of the house intact).

Room Tip: One room has an attached bathroom. The others share a bathroom.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Spaulding Inn Bed and Breakfast

Address: 1103 Main St, Grinnell, IA 50112
Location: United States > Iowa > Grinnell
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Grinnell
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 1907 Spaulding Home showcases a large staircase, 2 fireplaces, burl walnut and oak woodwork, leaded stained glass windows, and Quoizel chandiliers. Within 2 blocks of college and downtown. Nearby bike trail, Ahrens Park, Krumm Preserve, 2 golf courses, aquatic center with water slides and lazy river, and 18 hole disc golf course. Local and organic foods along with other sustainable practices are a priority. Mattresses in 5 of the 6 rooms and all pillows are made by Savvy Rest, rated the most sustainable mattress company. Our sheets are organic cotton grown and spun in the United States of America.All rooms that share a bathroom have an Native Organic robe included. We also have Native Organic (organic cotton linens grown, spun and woven in the United States of America) and Savvy Rest (mattresses, pillows, sheets, etc.) products for sale. ... more   less 
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Spaulding Inn Bed And Breakfast Grinnell, Iowa

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