I stayed there while I had meeting on campus. When I price checked, it was the same price or cheaper than other options including larger, and further away chains. It was a very fast drive to campus and I could walk to a few places to eat for lunch or dinner. They have their own parking lot and it is free for guests.
I got into town at 9. At 8 I got a call to see if I was coming, the girl on the phone said she was leaving for the night and no staff would be there so she would give me a door code and leave my key on the table. One concern there is once you hear one door code, it seems like it would take you 10 or less tries to guess the code at any point, guest or not.
It is a cute set-up and they have treats out for you 24 hours a day. Good stuff too, I had a (ok, a few) amazing fresh baked oatmeal cookies.
I was in the basement room, it appeared to be the only guest room on the floor and not being a regular B&B guest I was a little weirded out at first, but I really liked it by the end. It had its own door to the outside so you could leave without walking through the rest of the house. It wasn't as cute of a room as some of the pictures shown on T.A, nothing to flashy but still nice. My room had, and I assume they all do, bed warmers, sleep sound machines, bath salts by the jetted tub. It was loud, with fan or air circulators running so maybe that is what the sleep machine was for.
There is a breakfast in the morning, yogurts, fruit and juice are out but a cook will make you a hot meal too. There was a sign in my room with the hours (weekdays 7-9) and it said they were not a fast food restaurant so please plan extra time for breakfast. I had to leave each day by 7:30. The first day I came up at 7:10 but there was a bunch of people in front of me. I waited 10 minutes and it became clear I couldn't wait long enough. The next day I went up at 6:55 and told the cook that I had to leave by 7:30 but was wondering if she could start me a breakfast that I could come up and get at 7:15....she ended up bringing it to my room which was nice of her.
I saw two guest rooms on the main floor - I am glad I wasn't there since booth where connected to common living areas and the kitchen and breakfast room.
- 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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