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The Decker House Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 1 Mason City B&B and Inns
Knoxville, Tennessee
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25 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Fantastic Stay”
Reviewed September 10, 2013

My wife told me to give it as many +'s as possible. The room was clean and the shower was sparkling. The towels were luxurious (Jennifer Lopez) and the water was soft. The room was cozy. I wish we could have stayed more than one night!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Marietta, Georgia
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

A great innkeeper makes for a great stay, and Sally, whom I know only by her first name, because she's that personable, made our weekend visit everything we might want it to be. The Decker House is owned by a civic foundation, and she runs the inn for them. We were greeted warmly, she was helpful in every way, and contrary to one cranky recent review, the breakfasts both mornings were exceptional--eggs Mornay on Saturday, French toast with blueberry sauce on Sunday. Because the house is so old, she explained, the closets had to be sacrificed to build the modern bathroom -- but that really didn't pose a problem. Decker House is right around the corner from the Meredith Willson birthplace and the accompanying museum -- both of which we highly recommend, as well. Decker House is one of two great places to stay in Mason City and, for once, in an otherwise rather ordinary midsized Midwestern city, there should never be any reason for a visitor to have to resort to still another cookie-cutter lower-end franchise motel out on the highway as in so many other places. Explore and enjoy.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ukiah, California
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Reviewed June 1, 2013

Stayed in this bed and breakfast for one night and I was not very impressed with the cleanliness -there was hair in the shower and I wondered when the last time they cleaned their floors as they had a black appearance to them. I also came across hair on the bedspread. Breakfast wasn't that great either as the quiche was half cooked. I think this bed and breakfast is a dying breed. The hostess Sally came across as very frazzled.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kansas
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

We stayed here for a small family gathering, and overall our stay was fantastic. I loved the location, which was within easy walking distance of great restaurants, the library, MacNider Art Museum, Meredith Willson museum, and everything downtown. The hosts were very welcoming, attentive, and flexible with everything about our stay. Breakfast each morning was something fresh and fantastic.

The best thing for us was that Decker House is kid-friendly, which many B&Bs are not. But I would not recommend staying there unless your kids are well behaved and will have adult supervision (that should go without saying, but you never know).

My only small gripe is that the upstairs rooms are on a single thermostat, and with the wildly fluctuating Iowa weather in the spring, it made it difficult to find a temperature setting that worked for everyone.

It is a wonderful place to stay, and we would definitely stay here again!

Room Tip: Unless you need the first-floor accessibility, I'd recommend any of the upstairs rooms first.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Liberty, Missouri
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

We loved our stay at Decker House and would highly recommend it. The owners were warm and friendly, the breakfasts delicious, and our room was probably the cleanest room we have ever stayed in, including the bathroom. Towels were plush and thick, bed very comfortable. If you are in Mason City to visit Music Man Square or the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed hotel, this is perfectly situated. Quiet, cozy, comfortable.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Rose Room but saw several of the others and they all looked lovely. They are not co...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 19, 2012 via mobile

The Decker House is wonderful. The co-owners are a mother/daughter duo who made our stay feel like staying with an old friend. We were greeted upon our arrival with a warm welcome and a warm plate of cookies. We payed for a single room but when we arrived, had the choice to upgrade to a slightly larger room and bed with no additional charge. In the morning, there was a fresh pot of dark coffee and a lavish home-made breakfast. It's a few miles off of the 1-90 but well worth the extra 10 minute drive.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Maxwell, Iowa, United States
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

Our family arrived from different locations for an extended family reunion in Mason City. We rented the entire B&B to accommodate outs, our children and their families who includensix kids ranging fom one to fifteen years old. Sally and Sophie we're relaxed and flexible with our large group needs. The B&B is big, the rooms are very nice, and we really benefitted from a large common area to gather when we were there. And the large porch was a great place to relax. The location is very nice and within a block of the McNeider Museum, library, foot bridge and mall. Breakfast was delicious. Thanks to both Sally and Sophie!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about The Decker House Bed and Breakfast

Property: The Decker House Bed and Breakfast
Address: 119 2nd St SE, Mason City, IA 50401-3904
Location: United States > Iowa > Mason City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Mason City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Decker House Bed and Breakfast 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Step into the grand elegance of The Decker House, a beautiful 1890's home restored to its original splendor. The Decker House is located in the heart of the historic district in downtown Mason City. There are five bedrooms with private baths, including an accessible room on the main floor and a private suite with a Jacuzzi bath on the third. Rates, between $89 and $175 a night, include a never ending cookie jar and delicious, homemade breakfast. ... more   less 
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