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“You don't want to stay anywhere else”
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The Oliver Inn
Ranked #1 of 6 South Bend B&B and Inns
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evanston
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4 reviews
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“You don't want to stay anywhere else”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

We have enjoyed Tom and Alice's hospitality many times over the years. The rooms are consistently clean, comfortable and eminently relaxing. Some of the best nights' sleeps we have had have been at the Oliver. Entering the Oliver is like coming home. There's always a warm welcome and a snack waiting. Breakfasts are truly something to look forward to. Favorites include: Omelets, quiche, cinnamon chocolate coffee cake, and the pancakes--and everthing else. We have stayed at other bed and breakfasts but nothing compares to the Oliver.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Uniontown, Ohio
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

My husband and I had a wonderful stay recently at the Oliver Inn. The desserts on Thanksgiving evening were to die for and the breakfast equally fabulous, especially the French Toast! Alice and Tom are warm and friendly hosts for our stay. The linens on our queen bed were superb and we loved the jacuzzi in Gertrude's Dressing Room where we stayed. Everything during our stay was great. Very quiet, comfortable and luxurious and we will definitely be back. Fabulous, relaxing stay for us. I can't recommend it highly enough!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

Tom and Alice welcomed us back (we only visit once per year for a Notre Dame football weekend) as if we are "old friends". We arrived late and were greeted by the intoxicating aromas of Alice's fresh baked desserts. (Somehow Alice finds time to create magnificent delicacies for other restaurants in town in addition to the Inn). Tom and Alice balance perfectly professional inn-keeping style with sincere friendship. They are a delight.

The Inn is the former Oliver Mansion and all of its elegance has been carefully restored and maintained from the welcoming portico to the elegant parlor, sitting room and dining room. We have stayed in several different rooms and all have warm, Victorian decorations consistent with the charm of this 130 year-old mansion.

We highly recommend the Oliver Inn!

  • Stayed October 2012
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

I'd like to echo the comments of a previous reviewer who enjoyed a familial "girlfriends weekend" in the Oliver Inn's carriage house accommodation. This space was absolutely perfect for our needs as well!

My mother, two sisters and I took full advantage of this cozily decorated living room by catching up late into Friday night, plopped on the comfy sofa and assisted by our friends "wine" and "cheese." It was easy to relax, given utter lack of ambient noise, the security of being able to stretch out as much as we wanted, and the calming, autumn colors Alice and Tom used to decorate the room.

On Saturday, due to weather unsupportive of our plans for an afternoon in plen air, we opted to gather around the spacious island in the carriage house's kitchen with our our canvases propped on wine bottles. There we deployed our slightly altered plan for the weekend, which was to "paint," with varying levels of skill, still lifes of an arrangement of fruit and veggies that we'd bought earlier in the day at the fabulous (and recommended to you) South Bend Farmer's Market. Let's just say, none of us is planning to change careers!

Another experience of note: you haven't lived until you've had breakfast by candlelight - accompanied by Alice's yummy baked goods and Tom's soothing service at the Queen Ann dining room table with the lace tablecloth and the "live" piano music...well let's just say, none of us confused it with our breakfasts at home!

As we were packing our cars to depart, we agreed that we'd just enjoyed a very special experience; I only wish everyone could spend a laid-back weekend at the Oliver Inn - this world would surely be a calmer, better-fed place!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Vero Beach, FL
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Reviewed October 11, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I frequently stay in high end B&B's, and we loved this property. What made it extra special was the hospitality of the wonderful innkeepers. We also liked South Bend very much. It was a great stop on our way to the Ryder Cup event in Chicago.

  • Stayed September 2012
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West Bloomfield, Michigan
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

My 2 sisters and mother rented the Carriage House at Oliver Inn for a girl's weekend. It was perfect. There is a full kitchen, living room, porch, and 2 good-sized bedrooms. There are also 2 full bathrooms, though only one has a stall shower. The decor matches the cozy hominess of the wood floors and real plaster walls. The beds were very comfortable, with crisp clean linens and lots of pillows. Super soft bath robes are included, too. We enjoyed the homemade cookies that Alice left for us upon arrival. Breakfast was served in the main house, just a few steps across the parking area. Very fancy, tasty hot breakfast. We loved the china place-settings, the candle-light, and Mr. O'Toole at the piano. Tom and Alice were lovely hosts. The only caution about the carriage house: the stairs are very steep and there's no elevator. Just be aware. One more thing...the lighting in the living room is CFL, not the best for reading.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Center Valley, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

September 24, 2012


This was our third visit to the Oliver Inn. It is a beautiful historic mansion with lovely manicured grounds. For this visit we stayed in the Clem Studebaker room. The room was comfortable, spacious and beautifully decorated. There was a fireplace and one of the best beds we ever slept in!

Alice prepared delicious gourmet breakfasts and graciously accommodated my dietary needs.
We have stayed at many bed and breakfast's but never met such wonderful owners. Alice and Tom are exceptional hosts displaying a warm hospitality that made us feel so welcome. They truly did everything possible to make our stay enjoyable and memorable. We greatly enjoyed our stay at the Oliver Inn and highly recommend it.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Oliver Inn
Address: 630 W Washington St, South Bend, IN 46601-1444
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Location: United States > Indiana > South Bend
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in South Bend
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Oliver Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This lovely Victorian 25 room mansion was built for entertaining. Guests may choose from one of nine large and beautifully decorated guest rooms, some with fireplaces, private balcony, claw foot tubs, marble sinks or Jacuzzi. Lovely landscaped one acre estate with lawn swings, gardens, gazebo and fountain. The Bavarian style Carriage House is an archetectural gem, totally unique to the area and has been newly renovated into a two bedroom, two bath suite. ... more   less 
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