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“A Charming getaway close to home!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Old Northside Bed and Breakfast Inn
Ranked #2 of 18 Indianapolis B&B and Inns
Greenfield, Indiana
1 review
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“A Charming getaway close to home!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2014

We bid on this at a silent auction. Living only approx 30 mins away, we went here for an anniversary getaway weekend. We were given the bridal suite. It was romantic with a quiet charm, It was very interesting to walk through the house. There were pictures of the proprietor and his family as well as many well known people. An interesting glimpse into the history of the family as well as the house. There were many, many videos to watch & things to do within the house. Being very close to downtown, we were able to go to a great place to eat easily, although there were so many wonderful snacks in the house, we didn't need to fill up elsewhere! I would absolutely go back here for the homemade cookies alone! (I took several with me when we left!) The breakfast was ready on our schedule & once again, homemade treats were the best. Banana Nut bread that was awesome. We enjoyed visiting with Gary & felt he was extremely accommodating to whatever was needed to make our stay enjoyable & memorable. We will recommend to friends & family who are visiting the Indianapolis area & hopefully will be able to make a trip back ourselves in the near future.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Teresa V
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2014

My wife and I were given a night's stay for our 50th wedding anniversary, and an interesting stay it was. Gary met us at the door and gave us a brief tour of the spacious old home built in 1885. It is modernized without sacrificing the charm of 10' ceilings and original woodwork throughout. He has a huge collection of movies to watch while snacking on homemade cookies and banana bread. The room we stayed in was spacious and clean and comfortable. We only regret arriving late so could not fully enjoy all the amenities that "Old Northside" has to offer. Breakfast was served at our schedule: omelets, bacon, fresh fruit, a wide assortment of cereals, breads, waffles, drinks and more. Gary is an interesting man to engage in discussion; he is well read, well traveled at home and abroad, has worked as menial labor (in college), has performed on stage singing and acting, is well versed in subjects ranging from politics to jewelry. This was truly a memorable experience, and we would do it all over again. The only con was lack of lighting on the street in general and visible house numbers after dark. My GPS said we had arrived, but short of checking each house for a number with a flashlight, they all looked the same. Gary just happened to be coming out of the from door as we drove slowly by and showed us to the parking area behind the house. If arriving after dark, look for triple globe light fixtures in the front yard! Sleep well; we did!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Champaign, Illinois
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59 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2014

This Bed & Breakfast is still one of our favorites. The 24 hour snacks assortment, with homemade cookies included, and beverages readily available, The proprietor is friendly, and more than accommodating in every way, Private parking allows for added convenience and it is convenient to all events in downtown Indy,

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Michael P
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2014

Pros: Location, off-street parking, the hostess.
Cons: Overall, the inn is oddly decorated. I counted 51 plastic flower arrangements in the common areas. There is so much stuff that you can't appreciate the fireplace, woodwork, architecture, etc. A good cleaning would help. Only saw our room (Tiffany) and the 'Wedding Suite.' Our room was as filled with as much stuff as the house, the bed was not comfortable, and the bathroom a bit crowded. The Wedding Suite was in the basement, no windows, musty, and not romantic at all!
Saving grace: We had great conversations with the hostess.
We will be looking for another B&B when we return to Indy.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Debbie F
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2014

The charm of this Bed and Breakfast is never-ending. It starts with a knock at the back door, and we are greeted into the now familiar smell of baking cookies and banana bread. Our host has thought of every possible comfort, including a pantry full of sweet and salty snacks, soft drinks and the aforementioned cookies. Seasonal displays and a ginormous collection of video movies are found everywhere we look. The rooms are pristine, beds are comfy, and jacuzzi tubs are irresistible.

Equally charming are our fellow guests, and enjoying the wonderful breakfast family style gives another dimension to our stay..and we can never get enough of that banana bread. Our 5th visit. Hope for many more!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jan-Marie Z
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2013

Had 15 family members in town for Thanksgiving and needed a "home away from home" for many of them. I contacted Gary, the Innkeeper, who was incredibly helpful in making arrangements and accommodating our needs. The rooms were private and comfortable. Gary's hospitality was supurb. They all raved about the cookie jar. Besides being a great place to stay, it is well located in a small neighboorhood just north of downtown Indianapolis but easy to get to I-65 or I-70 Off street parking was a major plus!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Nancy B
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2013

My wife and I stayed in the Tiffany Room for our anniversary. The room was very nice. It had a 2 person jacuzzi, large walk-in shower, large closet, and comfortable king size bed. We really liked the fireplace, and the way the window above the bed glowed at night. I will try to include pics. There were plenty of snacks and Fresh Baked Cookies for cookie monsters like myself. The room had basic cable service, a VCR/DVD player, WI-fi service, and a HUGE collection of movies to choose from. Gary was a superb host and seems like an all around cool guy. He gave us a tour of the house and it was obvious to us that he truly cares about providing a quality experience to his guests. Other rooms that stood out to us were The Hollywood Room, really cool, and The Literary Room was notable.

Breakfast was great and you can pretty much choose the time you eat, up to 9:30am There were so many breakfast foods provided it felt more like a breakfast buffet. Gary's home made banana nut bread was our favorite.

There were plenty of clean towels available to us in the room, soft facial tissue, and clean linen. There is a private and well lit parking area behind the house with video surveillance for the safety of your vehicle.

This was only our third B & B experience. I would definitely recommend it! My only regret is that I didn't take some of Gary's home made cookies with me when we left.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Danny M
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Property: Old Northside Bed and Breakfast Inn
Address: 1340 N. Alabama St., Indianapolis, IN 46202-2524
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Location: United States > Indiana > Indianapolis
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Ranked #2 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Indianapolis
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Hotel Class:3 star — Old Northside Bed and Breakfast Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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