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Iowa House Historic Inn- In campustown

405 Hayward Ave, Ames, IA 50014-7300
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#1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Ames
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Situated in the "Campustown" area of Ames, the Iowa House is just three blocks south of the central campus of Iowa State University. Built in 1924 as the Delta Chi Fraternity House, it was transformed by a massive 2008 renovation into a 15-room hotel meeting current health/safety standards and providing state-of-the-art amenities, spacious private baths, whirlpool tub and shower combinations, flat-screen TVs and complimentary high-speed internet. Included Iowa Country breakfast is served daily in the colorful dining room. Iowa House is popular for weekend getaways; ISU Parent visits; wedding groups; sorority, fraternity and family reunions; business meetings and small certification classes.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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We've stayed here before and had wanted to return. Love the old building and the simple room decor. Everything was comfortable and clean. Noah at the front desk was very professional when I called asking how to get there (I'd forgotten to print directions) and helpful when we arrived. Evening snacks were a pleasant treat; we spent the evening reading in the comfortable living room. Breakfast is basic, but hot and good with more if you ask. We will certainly go back if we ever have a reason to stay in Ames again.
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Our family stays in Iowa House to participate in the graduation ceremony. The location was convenient to walk to ISU and restaurants, rooms were very clean and well decorated, breakfast was the best compared to other hotels, parking space was convenient. Among all, we really enjoyed Christmas decorations and snacks at the lobby during our stay. Thank you so much for the hospitality of the staff.
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Nice renovated frat house. We had room 304, loft with king bed. Bed very comfortable. 2 recliners. Refrigerator and microwave. Nice jacuzzi tub. Nice bath supplies. Good pillows. Quiet. We were disappointed in the breakfast. The cook barely said anything. Eggs had way too much garlic. Sausage burnt. No butter for the french toast. No milk for the cereal. No bananas, although there were 2 banana stands. Snacks the evening before were a nice addition.
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Of the over 25 B&Bs I've stayed in across the US, Iowa House is one of the best. Gorgeous furnishings in the main rooms and bedroom, good amenities including nice toiletries and reading material, good breakfast with fresh-made hot and cold offerings, and food and water available at all times. I was surprised to read the negative review below this one. It's possible that there is a big difference in quality of rooms (mine on an upper floor did have a hairdryer, clock, and hangers, and food and drinks were available constantly in the dining room), or that the innkeeper read the comment and changed things. Coffee was available by 6:30 am. One suggestion to make a great B&B even better: have a coffee maker and cups in every room. But even without them, I would be happy to stay here again.
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We really wanted to love this place, it just missed the mark in so many ways. We stayed in the basement “suite” because we wanted room for our family of four. We loved the look and feel of the place and the location was great for the game! Breakfast was delicious each morning! That’s about all the positives that we can give. Our room was right beneath the kitchen. We were warned on check in that it might be loud. We are early risers (6ish am) and were told it wouldn’t get busy in the kitchen until 6:30 or so. We figured we would be fine. Each night there was always a flurry of activity in the kitchen until 1 am! On our last night, the activity went on well into the night and started again at 5 am. And I’d like to point out that whatever was going on up there, it sounded like people were wearing military boots and fighting some sort of battle! Perhaps this area should not be used as a guest room but more of a recreational room? There just doesn’t seem to be a way to avoid that kind of noise, as it’s right beneath the busiest room of the house. The room itself was spacious but lacked amenities that even basic hotel rooms have. There was no coffee pot, no hair dryer, no clock in the bedroom, no glasses or cups, no iron and no hangers in the closet. These are very basic and would have been very handy. Also, the basement room had 3 entrances but we could only control the lock to one of those. Anyone could come into our room at any part of day or night! That was unsettling. The air conditioner was hit or miss. We couldn’t get it to function properly but when it was off, the room was very stuffy. There was a sitting room for all guests that we hung out in a few times. The same old pizza boxes and dirty dishes remained the entire time we were there. Breakfast was served from 8-10 am but there was supposed to be coffee and a continental breakfast well before this time. The coffee was never out until 7:30-7:45. That’s really late for a bed and breakfast! Guests were always milking about, waiting to get their first cup. We did not get to see the other rooms. From the reviews, they must be WAY better than what we experienced. Very disappointing because we had really high hopes! All these things seem like very easy fixes. Hopefully, someone will take note!
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$86 - $162 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Iowa House Historic Inn- In campustown
Which popular attractions are close to Iowa House Historic Inn- In campustown?
Nearby attractions include Iowa State University (0.4 miles), St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church (0.4 miles), and Stephens Auditorium (0.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Iowa House Historic Inn- In campustown?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Iowa House Historic Inn- In campustown?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Iowa House Historic Inn- In campustown?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Iowa House Historic Inn- In campustown?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Iowa House Historic Inn- In campustown?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cafe Beaudelaire, Stomping Grounds, and Pizza Pit.
Is Iowa House Historic Inn- In campustown accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.