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“Unexpected Elegance and Charm”
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Vrooman Mansion
Ranked #1 of 2 Bloomington B&B and Inns
Twin Falls, Idaho
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Unexpected Elegance and Charm”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

We are relatively new to the B&B experience, so we were delighted to visit this stately, yet welcoming home! The extensive bookcases and gorgeous stained glass windows were impressive, but the extra small touches made it feel like home: snacks and sodas, fluffy robes, lovely linens. We enjoyed the tour and history that we were given of the home, but we never saw the English lift mentioned in another review. We loved the breakfast that Kate fixed for us, especially the carrot cake pancakes! We would love to return in the Spring or Summer one day, so that we could sit out on the veranda! Thank you so much for a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Bozeman, Montana
Level 4 Contributor
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

As our family gathered with relatives and friends to celebrate the life of our mother, a former Hudson and Bloomington-Normal resident, we were looking for a facility that could help us host 40 guests for a warm and intimate gathering following Mother's interment service. The innkeeper, Kate, provided all of the help necessary to plan our event from out of state. When family members arrived for a three night stay at Vrooman Mansion, our rooms were homey and comfortable, and the historic setting was charming. On the day of the Celebration of Life event, we met with friends and relatives we hadn't seen in over 20 years. What a wonderful time we had remembering Mom and renewing old friendships! Everything was perfect for our gathering and we are so happy that we chose Vrooman Mansion for our event and for our stay. We look forward to a return visit and another Vrooman Mansion stay.

Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Central Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

We celebrated our anniversary with an overnight getaway to the Vrooman Mansion in Bloomington, IL. We love old houses and this one has some wonderful features. In addition to the expected stained glass windows and ornate woodwork, there are surprises such as the English lift. We were fortunate to receive an extended tour along with an interesting history of this lovely home. We had Judith Vrooman's room which is surprisingly light and airy. Lots of extras such as the comforty robes and very nice soaps, etc. Website does a good job of presenting the house and also allows booking on-line. Definitely would recommend.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Vroomanmansion, Manager at Vrooman Mansion, responded to this review, September 21, 2012
Hi Thanks for Spending your anniversary with us! We love when people notice the littlest details becuase we put so much effort into the little touches here to make our guests feel at ease. We'd love to have you back again!

Take care,
Kate
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New York City
Level 5 Contributor
40 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed August 24, 2012

I was surprised that it was in the middle of a residential area - one where you would see no travelers around. The exterior looks just like it could be a part of the neighborhood - but the inside is magical. There is a lot of history that surrounds this house... you feel like you're back in the 19th century again. The innkeeper, Pam, was absolutely lovely and hospitable even though we were traveling through Bloomington. The rooms are also great, each one named after a member of the Vrooman family. We stayed at the Carl Vrooman Suite, which I imagine is the biggest suite. The beds are comfy, and it was nice to soak in a bathtub after being used to showers all the time. I might add that this was the best breakfast I've ever had at Vrooman. Everything was well-prepared and well-cooked! I will definitely stay here again if I ever go past Bloomington, which I imagine won't happen in the near future but I hope it does.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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Lombard, IL
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
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Reviewed August 22, 2012

My husband, son and I stayed at the Vrooman Mansion while visiting nearby colleges. This is a beautiful, gracious property that oozes charm and hospitality. When we arrived, Brian greeted us at the door, to the sounds of classical music from the player grand piano in the background. It is just wonderful and special walking into this grand B & B. He gave us a brief but unhurried tour of the mansion and shared some of the lore as we headed up to our room, the Carl Vrooman suite. Very clean, charming and comfortable. This room is actually a two room suite with a stunning picture window/bench overlooking the gardens. I loved the relaxing claw-footed slipper tub in the bath, beautiful marble sink, top-quality robe/towels, and all the authentic period decorations. I cannot overstate the peacefulness of this property, without phones/tvs in the room, and being located on a quiet residential street surrounded by lush gardens. There were two other guests staying that night, and the only other noise was brief, occasional floor creaking. The following morning we had breakfast in the lovely dining room with one of the other guests. Our meal, which consisted of orange juice/coffee, fruit cup, omlette with cheddar cheese and bacon, and french toast with a delicious cream cheese filling, was lovingly prepared, although our dining companion, a frequent guest at the mansion, had arranged for a simpler meal of eggs, bacon and toast. After a lovely conversion, we were off to visit colleges. I would love to stay here again the next time we are in the area.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Santa Clarita, California
Level 1 Contributor
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Reviewed April 14, 2012

What a treat!! Great history, food, comfort. The sheets are to die for....So quiet that you can actully hear the birds singing.
Lovely stay!!

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Champaign, Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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Reviewed March 1, 2012

We spent our 50th wedding anniversary at the Vrooman Mansion February 1st. We were the only ones there - but it was wonderful. Very clean, very comfortable and quite accommodating. The innkeeper was very special and a great hostess. Every room has a special story and entices one to enter "back in time". The night was wonderful with a great, comfortable bed, comfortable in every way. Breakfast was outstanding. Thanks for making our special occasion very special. Parking is in front on the street - no lot.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Vrooman Mansion
Address: 701 E Taylor St, Bloomington-Normal, IL 61701-5425
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Location: United States > Illinois > Bloomington-Normal > Bloomington
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Bloomington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Vrooman Mansion 2.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Vrooman Mansion, a Bed & Breakfast Inn located in the heart of Bloomington/Normal, Illinois. The Vrooman Mansion is a historical estate situated in the quiet neighborhood of Dimmitt's Grove and offers the utmost in privacy and luxury. This bed & breakfast allows guests to explore the fine restaurants, shops, and attractions of central Illinois while providing a welcoming and comfortable home base. Guests can choose from a myriad of activities offered by the surrounding communities-as long as they can pull themselves away from their luxurious accommodations. Because of its central location-just off of I-55, I-74, Route 39 and Historic Route 66-the Vrooman Mansion is a great place for friends and family to meet. In addition, its relative proximity to the larger cities of Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis makes for an ideal weekend getaway for city dwellers. Make your reservation today for a pampered and luxurious experience at the beautiful and historic Vrooman Mansion. Make your reservation today for a pampered and luxurious experience at the beautiful and historic Vrooman Mansion. ... more   less 
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