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A Bella Vista Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #2 of 7 Iowa City B&B and Inns
Reno, Nevada
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28 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Nice place, a bit overpriced though”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2012

My mom and I stayed here on a spur-of-the-moment for a little getaway. The location of the house is great, and cozy, and the house itself is very homey. The host, Daissy, was very polite and welcoming, and takes great pride in it. She was very flexible with our plans and made us some very nice breakfasts, even accommodating my vegan diet. However, I was disappointed in the price for the value; our room was small, and dated, and we had to use a shared bathroom in the hallway. This did give a discount from the other rooms in the house with private baths, but I think the price could have gone down by about $30/night. Other than that, the house was mostly clean, and if you're into the bed & breakfast thing, it could be worth a try.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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    4.5 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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Evanston, Illinois
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2012

We stayed at this unique B&B in mid August, just before the University was to open. Daissy is great—full of stories of her travels and her life and friends, generous with advice and ready to call a friend of a restaurant for you if more information is needed. The house is lovely and the location quiet and residential, but still very close to downtown and the University.
We ended up with two spacious rooms, each with private bath, for us and our two teenagers. We were asked our preferred breakfast time, beverages, and dietary restrictions, and the result was great, with wonderful coffee!

Overall, it was a bit expensive because of our two rooms, but was worth it. Making a reservation was a bit of a challenge, and Daissy could make this easier and a little less stressful, but it was worth it once we got there. Now I feel I have a friend to stay with in Iowa City and I want to go back because the town is interesting and Bella Vista is a great place to stay.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Colchester
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2012

My husband and I stayed at A Bella Vista B&B in early August as we were passing through Iowa. It is in a nice quiet location near a university and only a few blocks from restaurants and shops. Our room was quiet, comfortable and spacious with an eclectic decor from the owner's travels. Breakfast was delicious and there is a very welcoming atmosphere. I would definitely stay here if were in Iowa City again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, CA
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2012

I found this place on my GPS and i was a bit skeptical, but the lady was so nice and friendly I had a pleasant stay. The house is clean and beautiful, the breakfast she gives you in the morning is to die for! I will definitely go back!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Chicago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2012

I had a wonderful stay at the Bella Vista B and B and I made a great friend in Daissy Prada Owen. Her B and B is charming and well kept. It is in the quiet historic district just off the river. It is close to town and easy to find of the interstate.

Daissy cooked some great breakfasts in my four night stay and we had fun discussing all her world travels. She is a gracious host and does not push anything. I love to travel and loved sharing stories with her. She is a great photographer and has amazing pictures throughout the house.

I was traveling alone without my husband to watch a swim meet for my son at the Univerisity. What a welcome and enjoyable time compared to a hotel stay. I look forward to coming back and staying again!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Hutto, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2012

My wife and I were on a road trip to see our sons in major Eastern cities, then find some family landmarks in rural Iowa. We found Daissy's place on the Internet, and were so pleasantly surprised. The house was quaint and comfortable, like our own, and the room was neat and convenient. Best of all, however, was the company. Daissy was a delightful hostess, feeding us a fantastic breakfast and sharing stories of her travels with us. Traveling is a hobby for us, too, and we instantly connected. This little gem near the University of Iowa campus should not be overlooked. We thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it! We would love to go again, anytime.
Steve and Janice, Hutto, Texas

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2012

I recently stayed at Daissy Owen's A Bella Vista Bed and Breakfast in Iowa City, and had a wonderful time. Her lovely home is in a quiet, well-kept neighborhood, and my room was clean and very comfortable. Daissy is a charming hostess, and I felt as if I was visiting a relative. If asked, she will tell you about her many trips all over the world, but she does not push this on you. My sisters and I had so much fun talking with Daissy at breakfast, we hated to leave. It was easy to get to the house from the Interstate, and a short distance to the downtown restaurants and shopping. I will definitely return if the opportunity presents itself, and I highly recommend this B & B to all. Thanks, Jean

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about A Bella Vista Bed and Breakfast

Property: A Bella Vista Bed and Breakfast
Address: 2 Bella Vista Pl, Iowa City, IA 52245-5840
Location: United States > Iowa > Iowa City
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Ranked #2 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Iowa City
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nineteen-twenties air-conditioned home, tastefully decorated with antiques and international artifacts. A Bella Vista provides three large comfortable suites with private baths and two rooms with shared baths. Guests can enjoy coffee on the back deck or front porch facing the garden and the quiet, private Bella Vista street. Conveniently located in the historical Northside. Within walking distance to the U of Iowa and downtown. Nice view of the Iowa River and Hancher Auditorium. This B&B was included in Rachel Ray's magazine in an article about Iowa City. Cable TV and free wireless access available. Breakfast with international flavor provided by well-traveled hostess, who in addition to English is fluent in Spanish and speaks some French. Her photographs of the Antarctica are the ones most appreciated by her guests. ... more   less 
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