Iowa House was an awesome experience! Loved this place and would return if we ever make it back to Ames. Our travels brought us to Ames for a tour the ISU campus, which was also very nice.
We were very nervous about the high rating on Trip Advisor since we had been burned on a hotel rating for a vacation to Sanibel Island a few yrs back. That was the worst vacation ever due to the hotel. Anyway.... Trip Advisor has redeemed themselves based on the Iowa House rating and our experience.
The Iowa House was easy to find late at night with the help of our GPS. There was plenty of parking, close to the main entrance. We arrived very late, ~10:30 and the key was waiting at the front desk. Tasty snacks and goodies were in the dining area, which we thoroughly enjoyed. The fireplace was lit and waterfall thingy in the corner was running creating a nice relaxing environment.
The room we stayed in was small, but there was just the two of us and there was no problem for all our luggage and us. Check out the great photos to get an idea what the place is like. The place was very clean and everything worked. Since the place is very old, the floors did squeak, which we did not mind.
In the morning, we went to the main dining area for breakfast. There were your typical breakfast treats (i.e. coffee, tea, rolls, cereal) and Carl (the Chef) made an excellent egg, toast, sausage, and fruit meal. We enjoyed all the great food with a nice couple we just met that morning from Omaha. Out travels only allowed for us to stay 1 day and had to leave by 8:30AM.
Loved this place and would stay there again.
BTW... there was a pleasant by strong potpourri like smell throughout and nice decor.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
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