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Mandolin Inn Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #5 of 8 Dubuque B&B and Inns
GreenLeadersSilver level
Des Moines, Iowa
1 review
“First Bed and Breakfast Experience Exceeded Expectations”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2012

Neither of us had ever stayed at a bed and breakfast before. We really needed a weekend get-away and didn't want to go to a cold/impersonal hotel.

Amy, the inn keeper was a wealth of information, an awesome cook, a great conversationalist and provided the personal touches that made our first bed and breakfast experience the best ever.

We stayed in the Solarium room with our own bathroom (claw foot tub) and private patio. The house and grounds were well maintained. When we came back to the Mandolin Inn from the day's activities it was like coming home.

Debbie and Eolo
Des Moines, Iowa

Room Tip: The Solarium is a very bright room, but the shades on each window make it dark enough to sleep in. I...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Amy B, Owner at Mandolin Inn Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, September 12, 2012
It was a pleasure to have you guys stay here. Do come again!
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Indianola, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2012

My wife and I had an enjoyable stay at the Mandolin Inn Bed and Breakfast in Dubuque. Amy made us feel welcome and at home. She shared delightful information about the history of the mansion, the furnishings, and local lore. The house is beautifully restored and furnished with time period items. We stayed in the third floor suite, with its private bath. Our room was spacious and the bed comfortable. Everything was first rate. The breakfast was delicious. Amy is a terrific host and this is a great place to stay.

Room Tip: We stayed in the third floor suite and it was large and worth the cost.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Amy B, Owner at Mandolin Inn Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, September 12, 2012
It was such a treat to have you guys stay here. I'm glad you liked the Sunset Suite. I hope you'll come again.
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Middleton, WI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2011

Amy, the Innkeeper, along with making us feel like a member of the family is also a fabulous chef. The breakfast was awesome! Hot coffee ready when we woke up Sunday morning with doors open to the porch which surrounds most of the building. Even a swing on the porch to sip your coffee or tea from. Her inn is absolutely beautiful. She spent time with us upon arrival to ensure we knew the history of the inn and provided us with Diet Cokes upon arriving. We stayed in Holly Marie, the only room with a king bed which is actually two twin beds miraculously remade - I say miraculously remade made as the beds are over 200 years old. We hope to go back this autumn and experience the fall foliage. Be sure to ask Amy about the stained and leaded glass.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Holly Marie room - the bed was over 200 years old. In the turret.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Sioux Falls
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2010

My husband and I are avid B&Bers and have been so for over 30 years. The service we received fom the innleeper at The Mandolin Inn is among the best service we have ever received. THe inkkeeper took the time to greet us and easily shared information about the house and the city. She found out our interests and provided information that made our visit memorable. The rooms were beautifully decorated and comfortable. The antique furnishing suited the house perfectly. The house was convenient to the downtown area which we were planning to explore. And finally the breakfasts truly were gourmet and beautifully presented, shirred eggs florentine wrapped in prociutto, rosemary potatoes, melon strips and mixed berries. The coffee was ready early and hot throughout breakfast. I rarely return to a B&B I've visited as I look forward to trying something new, but this B&B is worthy of many happy returns!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2009

Group trip - we stayed in 4 of the rooms at the Mandolin Inn for a weekend. Great location in Dubuque - walking distance of historic downtown and restaurants. Rooms were very nice, clean and decent sized, particularly given that they're in a 1908 house.

Owner is very welcoming (drinks in our hands within 3 minutes of walking through the door) and very eager to make sure experience is a good one.

There are 2 cats living throughout the house.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
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Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2009

Superb historic Bed & Breakfast. Wonderful Innkeeper who makes you feel at home. Our family thoroughly enjoyed our stay. From available games and movies for kids and family, to the unique antiques, nothing has been left out to make your stay a memorable experience. And the breakfast was A+++. Highly recommend and we definately will return on our next trip into town.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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Chattanooga, TN
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2007

A group of us just returned from a stay at the Mandolin Inn, and had a good time. Amy, the owner, is a bit of a diamond-in-the-rough, but gives a great tour and history of the house. She was very generous with her complmentary glasses of wine she served us upon arrival, and keeps a supply of port and sherry for anyone to enjoy at any time.
However it should be noted that her ad, advertising this B&B as "Rated one of USA Today's 'Ten Best in the World'", is misleading. What she leaves out is that at one time it was rated as one of the top ten best B&B's that serve you breakfast in bed, which she no longer does!! From the moment I walked in, I knew this was no top ten property, although it is acceptable. Also, it should be noted that the property is located in a somewhat questionable part of town. Our stay was enjoyable, and, with a couple reservations, would recommend staying here.

  • Stayed May 2007
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Additional Information about Mandolin Inn Bed and Breakfast

Property: Mandolin Inn Bed and Breakfast
Address: 199 Loras Blvd, Dubuque, IA 52001-4857
Location: United States > Iowa > Dubuque
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Dubuque
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautifully restored historic property dedicated to sharing the elegance and charm of an earlier time with a few discerning guests. Modern ammenities (central air, wireless internet access,tv,queen and king beds,)gorgeous antiques, gourmet breakfast. Perfect for romance, business travel, family get-togethers, girls' getaways, weddings, or exploring the historic upper Mississippi River. Come join us! ... more   less 
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