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“A fine place.” 5 of 5 stars
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835 South Second Street, Springfield, IL 62704   |  
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Ranked #1 of 4 Springfield B&B and Inns
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“A fine place.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2007

Since all your other reviewers report that the Inn at 835 is a fine place, I'll just say that I agree. It may be significant that I generally don't like B&Bs (where DO they get those mattresses?), but I did enjoy the 835.

  • Liked — Friendly service, nice room
  • Disliked — n/a
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Chicago IL
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2007

Springfield: The Inn at 835:" Not a Bed and Breakfast"
Date: September, 2007
Reviewer: A TripAdviser Member, Chicago IL

This Arts and Crafts Apartment Building has been ambitiously restored to its handsome past. The room we enjoyed was on the third floor,(yes there is an elevator) large comfortable, airy, and with a private bath original to the building. A true example of excellent restoration, that is walking distance to everything exciting in Springfield.

The first day we were met by the hired staff. We found them to be friendly and the rooms and bedding were always kept spotless. We did not meet the owner. There is a half acre parking lot and an addition larg enough for wedding receptions. The event that was held on our last evening.

We drove up the last evening, the parking lot was full, the front door to the inn was open, and we were asked by strangers what business we had being there.The wedding reception took over the common areas, left no space for the advertised evening wine and relaxation, which would have been perfect for our last night. We felt sequestered to our room, and though we were on the third floor the noise was loud.

This is not a bed and breakfast. The owner is a caterer and he has built on to the original building to have banquets. Which might be fine if it did not impose upon the room guests. The breakfasts are advertised as gourmet cooked and can accommodate any dietary needs. We had the same breakfast daily. We told them on the first day ,no eggs, dairy, or meat , we were never presented a breakfast that accommodated us the next two mornings..

I did leave a note to the owner and he has since sent a letter of apology. This is a great place, but not for some one looking for a bed and breakfast.

Stayed September 2007
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Innat835, Owner at Inn at 835, responded to this review, January 29, 2008
In response to our past guest that have expressed disappointment in the use of the common areas during special events in the main historic Inn, we have just finished the renovation of a "register guests only" parlor and business center. The spacious "guest only" parlor has evening wine and cheese, games and a common television(although each room has a TV,) as well as a business center.

At the Inn we alter our breakfast menu daily, but we always provide a full Midwestern hot breakfast . On rare occasions special request may pose some challenges, since our first Vegan request in September 2007, we have created a special Vegan breakfast menu - although we need a 24 hour notice prior to arrive to accommodate this. I personally apologize for not having this in place prior to the request.

The special events at the Inn are an important part of the operations, it provides us the necessary resource to maintain and continue improving a historic 100 year old building. We diligently strive in providing the best possible experience for event goers and overnight guest. Again, challenges, but we always listen to suggestions and constructive criticisms and try to improve base on this. A direct result from listening to our guests, we have finished installing individual thermostatic controls in each guest room, as well as a new guest friendly phone system. By the end of February our guest fitness center will be open. I thank you for your thoughts.

My husband and I opened the Inn for 11 years, we have worked 24/7 for 9 years of that. We have graduated to a rewarding level, where we have hired staff to assist with breakfast, reservations and housekeeping/ laundry - I can not apologize for this, for it is a good thing. It has helped us grow and offer more services and amenities to our registered guest. As is mine and my husband, so is our team's number one priority,... you the guest and nothing other.

A bed and breakfast or not? That is the question. The Inn exceeds the services of a typical B&B, we strive to accommodate the interest and needs of the leisure and business traveler. We have spent years doing research, travel and armed with a business background; my husband and I created an all in-compassing business model for the Inn At 835 that we feel serves more than the vast majority of our guest.

Please come visit us again and see the improvements. Happy journeys, The Inn at 835 Family.
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Portage, WI
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2007

We had a great time at this inn. The breakfast was delicious, the staff, friendly and helpful and the rooms were comfortable and decorated to fit the historical setting of Springfield. Our room also had a very spacious bath.
Wine was served in the late afternoon in a lovely sitting room and we were treated to cookies each day. We were especially appreciative of the location, as we were able to walk to the historic sites and restaurants.
A wedding reception was hosted one evening, so there was a lot of activity, but the noise level was not a problem on the upper floors.
We would recommend a stay at this lovely inn.

  • Liked — location, historic setting, breakfast
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Indiana
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2007

My husband and I came for our anniversary weekend and had a lovely stay! (This is my second time and his first time staying at the Inn at 835.) The inn keeper was so helpful with dinner suggestions (Augie's restaurant and Gallino's Pizza is wonderful!) and even held our keys while we went for a midday run. The downtown area is fabulous to visit. The hotel is close to everything, we parked at the b & b and walked everywhere. We love this place and will be coming back.

  • Liked — The comfort, the food (deep fried french toast!), the privacy, the inn keepers
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Central Illinois
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2007

My Sister and I stayed in November of 2006.
We stayed because we had heard/read that there was a high level of paranormal activity there. I lived next door as a child in what is now a parking lot on the building's north side. I always felt like there was something very special about the place.

We were indeed able to capture, audio, video and still pictures and yes we heard noises in our room in the middle of the night which we were not able to explain. but nothing ominous or frightening.

The staff was wonderful, courteous, friendly... they brought us cookies in the evening to our room, there was wine and cheeses down stairs... this place was top notch all the way!

The next morning we were served a fantastic breakfast!

I would highly recommend this place to anyone, business traveler, tourist or paranormal researcher!

Great job in restoring this beautiful place Mr. and Mrs Conn I'm sure Belle is smiling down on you :)

Marie Tucker
Lead Investigator
Midwest Paranormal Society
marie@midwest-paranormal-society.com

Stayed November 2006
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Houston, TX
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47 reviews 47 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2006

My husband and I spent our first anniversary at this Inn when we had to make an emergency trip to Illinois rather than taking our originally scheduled vacation.

I found the inn online and was pleased to see that it was even prettier in person than in the pictures. We booked at the last minute but were able to get the room requested. We stayed in the Hydrangea room and absolutely loved it. The room was beautiful and very comfortable. We really enjoyed the jacuzzi tub in the bathroom and the nice toiletries provided.

We thought the staff was gracious and the breakfast tasty. The wine provided in the evening was a nice extra touch and the games and books available for use made it even more fun.

All in all, it was a great stay and I would highly recommend it to visitors to the Springfield area. It was a nice consolation prize for rescheduling our anniversary trip.

  • Liked — The hotel common spaces and rooms are beautifully appointed and comfortable.
  • Disliked — The double jacuzzi wasn't quite double but it was still great!
  • Tips/Secrets — Enjoy the common spaces and evening wine social
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, England
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2006

Having read all the favourable comments about the Inn at 835, we were looking forward to our stay. However, we were a little disappointed as the Inn is not really a "bed and breakfast" as we know it, but more a small hotel and therefore we felt it lacked the personal touch.

Our room (Iris) was lovely, with a very comfortable bed, and it was well equipped. We had a private verandah, which was great on warm afternoons, with a bottle of wine to hand! Housekeeping was good and efficient as the room was spotlessly clean.

We were disappointed with the breakfasts; we stayed for 3 nights and were served with exactly the same breakfast on 2 mornings. We also felt the food had a processed feel about it.

We were unfortunate to have a room located directly underneath (we believe) a room with a jacuzzi - the occupants selfishly used it several times during the night, thereby disrupting our sleep. Not the fault of the hotel, but it would be nice if the staff would point out that, due to its age, the hotel could be noisy and ask guests to be considerate of other guests.

Please don't think we didn't enjoy our stay, because we did, but we didn't think it lived up to expectations. We would, however, recommend it to others, subject to the above comments.

  • Liked — Great room
  • Disliked — Noise, food
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 835 South Second Street, Springfield, IL 62704
Location: United States > Illinois > Springfield
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Springfield
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 12
Also Known As:
Inn At 835 Hotel Springfield

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